5K Race This Sunday: What You Need to Know

College Park Community Foundation, which is organising this Sunday’s 5K race in north College Park, has sent this information about the race.


We’re so excited to see you on Sunday morning for the College Park Mother’s Day 5k! This email contains all the information you’ll need for the race.

College Park Mother’s Day 5k
Sunday, May 10
Hollywood Shopping Center
9801 Rhode Island Avenue | College Park, MD 20740
Race time: 7:30 a.m.

Free parking is available in the shopping center. Please plan to park on far left side of the parking lot (facing the shopping center), on the side closest to MOM’s Organic Market. After the race start, vehicle will only be able to enter through what is usually the exit, to the north of the usual entrance to the shopping center.

Packet Pick-Up:
Onsite Race Registration and Packet Pick-up begins at 6:15 a.m. At this time, you’ll pick up your race bib, timing chip, and race t-shirt. Onsite registration for any family and friends who did not pre-register is also available at this time ($30), via cash, check, or credit card. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! Onsite registration will end at 7:00 a.m.

This race is the final race in the College Park 5K Series. If you ran all three races in the series, be sure to let us know at check-in and collect your special swag bag at the race finish.

The race timing will be managed by Blue Point Timing and official times will be available on by Monday, May 11. And remember, the timing chip is yours to keep as a race memento!

Runners with strollers: We are taking special precautions for your safety. There is a curb cut that is one stroller wide near the beginning of the course. If you are running (as opposed to walking) the course, you will be sent off individually before the mass start, and the extent of your head start will be recorded.

Click here to view the course. There will be volunteers stationed throughout the course to guide you as well as provide assistance, should you need it.

All race finishers will receive a MOM’s Organic Market gift bag. At 8:15 a.m., the awards ceremony will begin, recognizing the top three overall male and female racers, as well as the top male and female finishers in the following categories:

Under 20 years old
21-29 years old
30-39 years old
40-49 years old
50-59 years old
60+ years old
Top 3 Stroller Racers (male or female)

Prizes include delicious pies, donated by Wegman’s, and REI has provided awards for the top finishers.

Pre/Post Race Activities:
Onsite refreshments, including water and coffee, will be provided by MOM’s Organic Market, and the College Park Chorale will share a few musical numbers. We’ll also have special local celebrities on hand to help us throughout the morning! Bring your friends and family to enjoy the morning and cheer you on!

Thank you to our generous sponsors – The City of College Park, MOM’s Organic Market, the Berwyn District Civic Association, and the North College Park Citizens Association.

Whether you plan to run or walk the beautiful course through the neighborhoods of north College Park, we know you’ll have a great day and achieve your personal goal! And remember, your participation supports the work of the College Park Community Foundation and will have an incredible impact on the non-profit organizations that provide much-needed services and increase the quality of life for all in College Park!


North College Park Crime Map – April 26 – May 4, 2015

Recovered Stolen






[4/29/15] RStVeh 08:27 09:16 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD


Stolen Vehicle






[4/27/15] STLVEH 08:04 09:36 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[4/29/15] STLVEH 03:12 04:09 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,

Breaking and Entering Residential






[4/27/15] Break 09:39 10:25 4700 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,


Upcoming Events on Neighborhood Quality of Life

City’s Neighborhood Quality of Life (NQoL) group is planning to organize / promote a series of events in College Park. Please try to attend and spread the word.

May 6 – Good Morning Commuters: NQoL will represent at UMD’s Good Morning Commuters @ Stamp Student Union (7:30AM – 11:00AM)

This will be an opportunity to introduce NQoL to students at UMD and get their feedback using Twitter #CPNQoL.

May 12 – University District 2020 Forum @ Nyumburu Cultural Center (12:30PM)
UMD Faculty and Staff will learn about the great plans for our city from Andrew Fellows, Carlo Colella, and Eric Olson, along with a panel discussion with UMD employees that currently live in College Park.

May 14 – Real Estate Workshop @ City Hall (5:30PM)
UMD Faculty and Staff (and all others interested in home buying in College Park) are invited to learn about the inventory of homes in College Park, the amenities, and the home buying processing (from pre-approval to working with a realtor).


New Trash and Recycling Route to Go in Effect in June

City’s Public Works has told us that the trash and recycling routes will go in effect from June 1, 2015. Initially, the effective date was set at May 1st. The new maps on our website should show a June 1, 2015 effective date.

Staff will deliver a note with a map to each household affected by the change.

Here is the reason why the City decided to make the route change:

Recently, the Knox Box apartments were torn down and, because of that, our staff has seen an average reduction of over one ton of refuse on the Monday routes. As a result of this reduction in Monday pick-ups, the Department of Public Works staff is proposing to re-align our refuse and recycling routes. The proposed changes to collection routes are as follows: (1) Autoville and Cherry Hill will move from Wednesday to Monday; (2) Oak Spring East (Branchville Road to Huron Street) will move from Wednesday to Monday; (3) Sunnyside will move from Wednesday to Tuesday; and (4) A portion of Hollywood East (Edgewood Rd. from Rhode Island Ave. to 51st Ave., Nantucket Rd., Niagara Rd., Ontario Rd. to 51st Ave. will move from Wednesday to Tuesday. With the change of routes on Wednesday, Public Works go from two refuse trucks and two recycling trucks going out on Wednesdays to one each. This allows staff to be available for other duties on Wednesdays.



Today: Hollywood Elementary School Fun Fair

Hollywood Elementary School will be having a fun fair today from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be games, food, moon bounces, prizes and more for the kids.


City Seeks Quotes from Residents About Living in College Park

Our City staff are working on a new brochure aimed at highlighting the benefits of living in College Park. They would like to incorporate brief quotes from City residents to liven up the brochure, So staff are asking for your help to compile a few options. Basically they are looking for two to three sentences describing the reasons they moved to College Park or enjoy living here.

Here is one response I got from a resident. If you want to add yours, please let me know.

“College Park is so convenient to Washington and Baltimore everybody wants to be here because of Metro. Its cheaper than DC its friendly its diverse it’s walkable and bikeable, great shopping good restaurants. I know all my neighbors and both I and my husband work in College Park it’s a great place to live.”


Celebrate May at the Hollywood Farmers Market!

Please see below tomorrow’s Hollywood Farmers Market’s newsletter.

Perfect market conditions are in the forecast for this Saturday, 73 degrees and sunny!This week at the market – get advice from a Master Gardener!
Prince George’s County Master Gardeners will be hosting a plant clinic at this week’s Farmers Market. Bring them any troubled house plants, unidentified garden pests, bothersome weeds or any other gardening questions!

Join us in welcoming our new vendors this week. 
Randalias Bee Hives: Honey and bee products
Celestial Sweets: Cookies, tarts, fruit pies and sweet breads

Returning vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Morning Glory Farm: Produce
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian Cuisine and vegetables
El Toro Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes and crepes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Phil’s Dill: The best pickles in town
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and deserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Heavenly Created Desserts: Sweets and hot dogs
Great Shoal Winery: Maryland wines
A Little Pottery: Clay made pieces
The Wood Doctor: Wood restoration and wood designed products
49th Ave. Furniture: Outdoor Furniture
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for baby and adults
Red Chimneys Farm: Flowers
Jessica Padilla Jewelry: Hand crafted Jewelry
Kettle Corn Popcorn: Popcorn

Meet the Vendors: Crest Hill Bakery

Crest Hill Bakery, based in Beltsville brings fresh and hearty bread to the market each week. Be sure to try a loaf of Cheddar Jalapeno Bread or some tart Raspberry Pastries.
Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:

CBE to Host Workshop: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

The Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) is sponsoring a workshop entitled “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden”

When: Saturday, May 2, from 9 am to 11:30 am.
What: Workshop on “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden”
Where: Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road.

Esther V. Mitchell, Master Gardner, University of Maryland Extension will present the best methods to attract pollinators to your garden and what plants are most often identified for this purpose.

Parking passes will be available. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVP to or call 301-474-5358


Group to Host Community Solar Co-Op Event – May 6

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Council to Send Letter to Washington Gas to Improve Service in College Park

At last week’s Council worksession, the City Council discussed with the Washington Gas service representatives about a few operations in College Park. Based on the feedback, the council will send a letter to Washington Gas at tonight’s meeting.

The letter asks that Washington Gas adopt the following steps:

l. When residents have concerns about Washington Gas operations in the City, such as when a gas leak persists for multiple days, the City would appreciate access to a contact number which our staff can reliably use to contact Washington Gas to receive the latest status about the incident. The City will not share this phone number with our residents. The City has a similar line of communication with Comcast and Verizon.

2. When a resident calls to report an incident, we suggest that Washington Gas update both the resident and the City about the status of the service once Washington Gas begins the repair work and once it is completed. The City contact is Mr. Steve Halpern, City Engineer (cell: 240-508-7958, or

3. In a case when a problem continues even after a crew has attempted to fix a leak and residents continue to report the issue to Washington Gas, there should be sufficient information available to the dispatchers that the residents reporting the issue do not have to recount the entire history of the problem. In several cases in the past few months, when Councilmembers and other residents reported ongoing issues to Washington Gas, the dispatchers seemed completely unaware of the history of the issue or past attempts to address it.

The letter also asks Washington Gas to report back on the following issues:

1. Regarding the leaks on Lackawanna Street, why did the incident take many days to locate and adequately repair? Several residents and the two Councilmembers representing this area called numerous times to try to address this issue, and repair crews came out many times to attempt to fix it, but it still took nearly a week, and several calls, to repair it.

2. Regarding the issue on 52nd Place and Kenesaw Street, Washington Gas crews were present for numerous hours, but did not begin work on the leak until well into the evening and late into the night. Why did the crews not begin the project earlier, and instead perform the repair late at night, creating noise that made it difficult for residents to sleep?


Tonight: County Zoning Rewrite Presentation at City Hall

The Prince George’s County is currently doing a “Zoning Rewrite”, in an effort to streamline County’s zoning codes. These changes will affect many of the current zoning laws in College Park.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mitchel will be hosting a “Resident Presentation” on this initiative tomorrow, Monday April 27, at the City Hall from 7 PM to 9 PM. Please see below for more information.

What: The Prince George’s County Planning Department is comprehensively rewriting the county’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations? The Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations are the laws that determine how land or property in Prince George’s County can be developed. The intended impact of this multi-year project is to modernize the county’s zoning code into a more user friendly document that is aligned with the county’s vision for smart growth, economic development, and improved quality of life for Prince George’s County residents. Project Goals

  • Streamline the ordinance and development approval processes
  • Modernize and consolidate our zones and development standards
  • Incentive revitalization and economic, transit-oriented, and mixed-use development
  • Protect stable residential neighborhoods planners plans

Why Prince George’s County’s current Zoning Ordinance has not been completely updated in over 50 years. The document, at more than 1,200 pages, identifies more than 50 zones and hundreds of different potential uses of property. The current Zoning Ordinance has proven to be overly complex, difficult to understand and administer, and unresponsive to the county’s vision for growth.

In 2014, the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council, approved Plan Prince George’s 2035, the blueprint for where and how the county grows over the next 20 years. The highest priority in implementing the new general plan is rewriting the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. Updating the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations assists in solidifying Prince George’s County as a sustainable network of communities for individuals to live, work, play, and shop.

Who the project is being managed by the Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. For questions or more information contact Chad Williams, LEED AP BD+C, who is serving as the Department’s Project Manager? He can be reached at: or (301) 952-3171.

How The project is being implemented in four distinct phases: Pre-Planning, Evaluations and Recommendations, Drafting the New Code, and Implementation.

When Now! Updating the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations is a significant undertaking. Pre-planning for the project began in 2013 and our hope is that the new Zoning Ordinance will be approved by the District Council in 2017.

Next Resident Presentation: Monday April 27, 2015
Where: City of College Park, 4500 Knox Road College Park, MD
Time: 7PM to 9PM.
For more information and/or to R.S.V. P, please email:


North College Park Crime Map: April 19-25, 2015

Recovered stolen






[4/25/15] CKAUTO 11:40 12:53 4700 Blk LACKAWANNA ST







[4/20/15] THEFT 14:46 16:26 9000 Blk GETTYSBURG LN,
[4/21/15] THEFT 09:16 10:03 9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[4/21/15] THEFT 20:56 23:26 5000 Blk ONTARIO RD,


Theft from Auto






[4/20/15] THEFTA 14:23 15:26 5000 Blk PADUCAH RD,


Hollywood Farmers Market Starts Third Season

The third season of the Hollywood Farmers Market started this morning. Here are a few pictures I took..


Hollywood Farmers Market Set to Open Tomorrow

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

NL_banner_2014_1After a long winter, the Hollywood Farmers Market is ready to celebrate the arrival of spring with fresh produce, delicious prepared food, crafts, and much more.

Join us opening day to visit returning favorites as well as the new additions to our market this year while enjoying our live entertainment special: folk and classical musician Eric Vosper.

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market is proud to have:

Pleitez Produce Vegetables
Calvert Farm Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm Meat, eggs , cheese
Morning Glory Farm Local produce in season
Roys and RT’S Garden and Kitchen Indonesian cooking
El Toro Loco Mexican food and crepes (later in the season)
Jose Castillo Coffee Coffee by the pound and by the cup
Phil’s Dill The best pickles in town!
Heavenly Created Desserts Sweets and hot dogs(not here this weekend)
Tiffany’s Oven Vegan food (not here this weekend)
Ice green Snowball Snowball , pick your flavor
Cresthill Bakery Bread , bread and desserts
Designed Naturally Natural bead jewelry
Great Shoal Winery Maryland Winery
A Little Pottery Clay made pieces
The Wood Doctor Wood restoration and wood designed products
49th Ave Furniture Outdoor furniture
Inge’s Crochet Selections Crochet made items
Christiane’s Designs Knits for baby and adults.
Red Chimneys Farm Fresh cut flowers
Jessica Padilla Jewelry Hand crafted Jewelry
Kettle Popcorn A variety of gourmet popcorns

And don’t forget to stop by our Market Table for free bags and gardening magazines! As always, free parking and Giant Chess!

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Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: Copyright © 2015 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.


This Saturday – Maryland Day 2015

The 17th Annual Maryland Day will take place on the University of Maryland campus this Saturday, April 25 from 10AM – 4PM

College Park residents are invited to the University of Maryland celebration to participate in more than 400 free events and exhibits across the entire campus!

To view the full Maryland Day schedule, visit Follow the celebration and join in on social media with #MarylandDay
WHAT: Possible traffic delays due to Maryland Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 25 from 10AM – 4PM
WHERE: University of Maryland campus and surrounding College Park community

The university of Maryland expects crowds of 100,000 or more – so expect heavy vehicular traffic along Route 1 and University Blvd on Saturday.

Also, please note that in addition to Maryland Day, UMD Men’s Lacrosse hosts John Hopkins at 8PM on Saturday evening.

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