Residents Overwhelmingly Support Community Garden and Dog Park in North College Park

Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey about creating a community garden and a dog park in north College Park. Here are the results from both survey. The support for both projects is overwhelmingly positive. We’ll work on the results and see what we can do to make them happen. Thank you!
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Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: Hollywood Parent Group, Community Garden, Dog Park Election and More..

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and hence, the day when the north College Park has it’s monthly meeting.

The meeting will start with a presentation from a parents group associated with Hollywood Elementary School. The group will come and discuss ways we can be involved in supporting the school.

Members will then discuss potential expenditures on new member outreach. See details below.

Councilmembers Fazlul Kabir and Christine Nagle will discuss the results of their survey, which gauged community interest in a dog park and a community garden.

Councilmember Christine Nagle will lead a follow up to our fall discussion of priorities for neighborhood beautification.

Members will also elect a new NCPCA board. Please remember to pay your dues before voting in this year’s election.

Meeting will start at 7:30pm. Please note that meetings are temporarily relocated to Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Road. Hope to see you all at the meeting.


College Park Students Win Big in “If I were a Mayor, I would..” Essay Contest

If I were a Mayor

Fourth grade students across the City participated in this year’s Maryland Municipal League’s If I Were Mayor, I Would… essay contest. The City is very proud to announce that it had four MML Outstanding Essayists and six School Outstanding Essayists.

The distribution of participation certificates to all participating fourth graders from Hollywood, Paint Branch, Al Huda, Holy Redeemer and Friends School is almost completed.


North College Park crime Map: May 28 – June 6, 2016

Date Time Address Type
6/5/2016 12:46 PM 10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE Theft
6/3/2016 2:50 PM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY Theft
6/2/2016 9:43 AM  4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST Breaking & Entering
6/4/2016 11:49 AM 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD Theft from auto
6/1/2016 5:32 PM 4900 Blk BLACKFOOT RD Theft from auto
6/1/2016 4:50 AM 9090 Blk DELAWARE ST Theft from auto
5/30/2016 11:43 AM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD Theft from auto

Council Mulls Changing 48 hr Parking Rules

According to the current City Code, it’s unlawful for any person to park any automobile or other vehicle on city streets for a continuous period of more than 48 hours at any one time, unless an oral or written permit is obtained. Such permit can be issued only for good cause and for a period not exceeding 14 days, unless a written permit for a longer period shall have been granted by action of the Mayor and Council, and such permit shall be granted only for good cause.

In order to adhere to the City Code, the “48 Hour Limit” ordinance is enforced upon either, receipt of a formal resident complaint, which is specific to one or more vehicles, and with as detailed a description of the subject vehicle(s) as possible; or under the following circumstances in which a parking officer upon observation (a) which has been illegally parked in some manner, consecutive days, and remains unmoved and in violation (b) that is displaying either no tags, expired tags, or expired temporary tags; or (c) that has one or more flat tires and/or major body damage that deems it inoperable, to consider as possible abandonment.

Staff believes the current “48-hour” rule is generally working to provide for removal of abandoned vehicles from City streets, and usually to accommodate resident complaints. Some residents have expressed concern that a vehicle may end up being towed as the result of a complaint reporting their vehicle in violation of the 48-hour restriction either while they are away from home, or merely have not used their vehicle in over 48 hours. Staff believes this is unlikely given the warnings posted on vehicles and length of time before towing, and Code allowances for long term Council permission.

The Council may consider amending the code allowing unlimited parking of a legally parked, properly registered, and fully operable vehicle, without special permission, in front of the address to which the vehicle is registered. This proposal would simplify the enforcement process and better accommodate residents who minimize the use of their vehicles.

Staff has expressed concern that allowing vehicles to remain unmoved indefinitely could impact effective street sweeping.


City May Stop Publishing Notices to Newspapers

Back in January, the Council discussed the self-imposed rules in §C8 of the City Charter that require us to advertise public hearings and fair summary notices of ordinances in a newspaper having general circulation in the City.

In the past, the Gazette was used for these notices, but since the Gazette folded, the City is using the Washington Post, at considerable expense.

At the January Worksession, Council agreed that instead of requiring newspaper publication for ordinances, the following methods were adequate for providing public notice: City website, Cable channel, Bulletin board, and Constant Contact email listserv in addition to the City newsletter. This form of notice has already been adopted for notice of the fiscal year budget by the Mayor and Council.

In preparing this amendment, staff found two other instances in the Charter where there is a self-imposed requirement to give notice in a newspaper having general circulation in the City: advertising a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Council, and, advertising the need for election judges.

At this week’s worksession, the Council will review and discuss the Charter Amendment prior to introduction next week.


City Set to Launch Council Internship Program

Last year, the City Council approved $5000 for a Council Internship program in its FY16 budget. The idea was to help one or more City Council members in doing project(s) of their choice. Council members may have ideas about running small projects, however they often do not have the necessary time to devote to those projects.

The City Council internship program would recruit paid interns among residents and students and help Council members implement these projects. The announcement about internship opportunities will be made to local schools, the University of Maryland and local civic associations with a brief description of the project, application form, application deadline and selection criteria. A subcommittee has put together a draft report outlining the policies and process of the internship program.

At this week’s worksession, the Council will review the report and discuss when the program could be launched.


City Seniors to Attend Open House – Wednesday June 22nd



Compost and Wood Mulch for all Your Gardening Projects.

Because of our cool, wet spring, we still have SMARTLEAF® Compost and *Wood Mulch to beautify your gardens. It is available for pickup or delivery.

Products may be picked up at Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Deliveries of compost can be scheduled for any weekday depending on availability. Delivery cost is based on your location ($20 – $55). If you would like to schedule a delivery, please respond to this email with the following information:

1st delivery date preference (required):
2nd delivery date preference (required):
Quantity (in cubic yards – if you are unsure how much you need, please use this link):
Shipping Address:
Billing Address (if different than Shipping Address):
Phone number:
Alternate Phone Number (if available):
Delivery Instructions (please be specific about where you want our drivers to offload:

The City take 3 forms of payment: cash, check, or credit card. Payment needs to be made at the time you place your order. If you want to pay by cash or check, you must bring payment to our offices (or mail a check). If you want to pay by credit card, call me at the number below with the information. If I am not able to take your call, you can leave the information on my voicemail (it is pass-coded and only I have access to it). I will need the type of credit card you are using, the card #, and expiration date, and billing zip code. Note: please do not send credit card information by email.

There is a minimum of 1 cubic yard for delivery, and our dump trucks hold a maximum of 6 cubic yards. You may order more than 6 cubic yards at one time, but it will increase the delivery cost. Sorry, but the City cannot unload one delivery in more than one location and the City cannot combine compost and wood mulch in the same truck.

*DISCLAIMER: Since all of our products are municipally collected there is the potential for foreign material in them, such as pieces of plastic, sticks, wire or glass. Our products are not chemically treated.

Requirements for deliveries:
No low hanging wires or tree limbs: our trucks are 13 feet tall and the truck bed will rise 20 feet to unload the material. The truck also needs to be able to move forward 5-10 feet with the truck body raised for the material to fully unload.
Delivery areas need to be at least 11 feet wide to accommodate our delivery trucks.
Material cannot be unloaded in the street or public right-of-way (e.g. sidewalk, area between the sidewalk and curb)
You must have a paved/concrete/gravel/compacted surface the driver can access to unload the material (usually a driveway)
Drivers cannot drive over curbs
Trucks cannot drive across grass
If you need to reschedule, we need 1 business day notice
The City deliver in inclement weather

If you have a preferred location for materials to be unloaded and you will not be home for the delivery, it would be helpful for us if you clearly mark the area where you want the delivery to be made (e.g. tarp, chalk mark, bucket, etc.). Otherwise, the driver will attempt to unload materials as far back in your driveway as possible.

Our drivers make the best attempt to meet your delivery request, but overhead utility lines, tree limbs, or other obstructions may make it difficult for the driver to unload materials in an exact location. Your flexibility is appreciated.

The City is not able to offer you a time-frame for delivery. Deliveries are generally made between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The City does offer a courtesy call before our drivers leave the yard with the product. If you need the material in a certain place, please use a tarp or other marker.

You will receive a response by email with a confirmation of the details of your order.




City Announces New Services at Davis Hall

Today, the City has announced that it will provide new services at its Davis Hall location to better serve the residents of College Park.

Starting on June 6, 2016, the following services will be provided to the public at the Davis Hall lobby window:

· Payment and processing for all parking zone permits
· Payment of all City of College Park parking fines
· Appeals forms for parking violations
· Maryland Non-Resident Vehicle Registration permit
· MVA flag releases due to non-payment of parking fines
· Purchase or renew the Prince George’s County annual pet license (dogs, cats and ferrets)

The services listed above will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The City of College Park’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is located at Davis Hall, and the office hours for services such as bulk pick-ups and compost sales, are 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The lobby window in City Hall will continue to open Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.; however beginning June 6, it will close at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Saturday hours at the City Hall windows will remain from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. City parking fines may also be paid online with no service charge at http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/tkt_payment_online/.


RESCHEDULED: Community Cleanup – June 11, 2016

Due to rain, we had to reschedule our May Cleanup event in Hollywood on June 11. Please mark your calendar and spread the word. Cleanup 11 June 2016


County Hosts 23rd Annual “Be Kind to Animals” Poster Contest and Awards Ceremony

Prince George’s County’s Department of the Environment (DoE) Animal Management Division (AMD) announced the winning entries of the 23rd annual “Be Kind to Animals” Poster Contest during a special awards ceremony held at the Animal Services Facility in Upper Marlboro.

More than 2,200 entries were submitted into the 2016 contest. Of those, 22 creative posters, designed by student artists in kindergarten through sixth grade, were honored during the ceremony. Through the contest, Prince George’s County recognizes elementary school students for their poster designs supporting responsible pet care and kindness to animals.

“Through this annual contest, the Animal Management Division focuses on educating young students on the best ways to care for pets. The goal is not for contest participants to create a pretty poster, but to demonstrate their knowledge of responsible pet care. And, these winning posters do this exceptionally well,” said AMD Associate Director Rodney Taylor.

Showing their support, principals, teachers and parents of the honorees attended the ceremony, which included welcoming remarks from Mr. Taylor, and DoE Deputy Director Joseph Gill presented a proclamation to the Animal Management Division, which officially declared May 9-13, 2016, “Be Kind to Animals” Week. Mr. Taylor also recognized and thanked Ms. Mary Jacobs, and Mr. Roger & Judy McClain for their generous contribution and ongoing support of the contest and awards ceremony.

Emphasizing the importance of giving pets love, a home, food and water, treats and belly rubs, grand prize poster contest honoree Trinity Williams, a fourth grade student attending St. Mary’s Piscataway Elementary School, received a $100 gift card and a commemorative prize bag. Honors were also presented in first, second and third places, which included $75, $50 and $25 gift cards respectively, and commemorative prize bags.

To view photos from the awards ceremony, click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pgcsprout/ .

Winners and their prizes include:

Grand Prize
$100 gift certificate and commemorative gift bag
§ Trinity Williams, 4rd Grade, Ms. Cook, St. Mary’s Piscataway Elementary School

First Place
$75 gift certificate and commemorative gift bag (per winner)
§ Michael Amao, Kindergarten, Mrs. Phelan, Vansville Elementary School
§ Madison Evans, 1st Grade, Mrs. Latorre, Kenilworth Elementary School
§ Janiyah Lee, 2nd Grade, Ms. Miller, Panorama Tulip Grove Elementary School
§ Vishant Bhagat, 3rd Grade, Ms. Chilcote, Whitehall Elementary School
§ Noah Smith, 4th Grade, Ms. Chatman, Excellence Christian School
§ Omorose Emwanta, 5th Grade, Ms. Kogut, Mount Calvary Catholic School
§ Sophia Montgomery, 6th Grade, Ms. Chatman, Excellence Christian School

Second Place
$50 gift certificate and commemorative gift bag (per winner)
§ Ali Majid, Kindergarten, Ms. Saafiyah Abdul Aleem, Al-Huda School
§ Joseph Harrison IV, 1st Grade, Mrs. Cavanaugh, St. Pius X Regional School
§ David Priester, 2nd Grade, Mrs. Tapang, Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School
§ Carlos Lee, 3rd Grade, Ms. Chatman, Excellence Christian School
§ Gabriela Chicas Romero, 4th Grade, Mrs. Hill, Lewisdale Elementary School
§ Casey McGee, 5th Grade, Ms. Humphreys, St. Pius X Regional School
§ Ryan Samuel, 6th Grade, Ms. Lovette, St. Mary’s of Piscataway School

Third Place
$25 gift certificate and commemorative gift bag (per winner)
§ Ariela Okonta, Kindergarten, Mrs. Walter, Vansville Elementary School
§ Erin Thweatt, 1st Grade, Ms. Jiggetts, New Chapel Christian Academy
§ Stephanie Garcia, 2nd Grade, Mrs. Wilson, Tulip Grove Elementary School
§ King Lockley, 3rd Grade, Ms. Prelovsky, John Bayne Elementary School
§ Gabriella Patrick, 4th Grade, Ms. Heilman, Vansville Elementary School
§ Myris C. Rochez, 5th Grade, Mrs. Losey, Brandywine Elementary School
§ Madelyn Cipolla, 6th Grade, Mrs. Baden, St. Pius X Regional School

For more information about the “Be Kind to Animals” Poster Contest and Awards Ceremony contact County Click 3-1-1.

[Source: Dept. of Environment, Prince George’s County]


Trash Pickup, Office Closure This Week

All City Offices will be closed tomorrow, Monday, May 30, 2016 for the Memorial Day holiday. The City will be holding our annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor our fallen service men and women, and we encourage all to attend. For details, please see below.

Due to the holiday, the refuse and recycling schedule will be as follows for next week:
Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, May 31
Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, June 1
Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, June 2

Special collections for bulky items, brush, electronics and hardware will only be scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2016. You must schedule a pickup before setting your items on the curb.

To request a special pickup, please do one of the following:
Email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov
Call Public Works at (240) 487 – 3590
Click here to make a request through College Park Central


College Park’s Memorial Day 2016

This Monday, (5/30/2016), the City of College Park will be observing this year’s Memorial Day event at the College Park Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Route 1 and Greenbelt Road. The event will start at 11:00 AM and will continue until 12:30pm. Here is the video of last year’s event.

College Park’s Veterans Day Observance: 2015 from Seth G on Vimeo.

[Credits: College Park resident Seth Gomoljak]


College Park Announces a New Communication Coordinator

The City has announced the appointment of a new Communication Coordinator. Please see a press release the City has made today:

COLLEGE PARK, MD, May 27, 2016 – City Manager Scott Somers and all City staff welcomed Ryna Quinones as the new Communications Coordinator for the City of College Park. The Communications Coordinator position is a new position for the City, as communication functions were previously dispersed to various City departments. The new Communications Coordinator role will not only disseminate all news and information for the City, but will also help promote the City to residents, businesses and the community at large.

In regards to the new hire, Somers said “This is an important function for the City, and we are thrilled to have Ryna join us. She brings great skills and experiences that will benefit all aspects of our communications.” With a strong background in marketing and communications, Quinones is looking forward to her new role and working with staff to implement a City communications plan, which will include new social media channels, new website improvements and a greater media presence. “I am very excited to be a part of City of College Park and to help direct the new narrative for all the exciting changes in the City” said Quinones.

Prior to her position with the City, Quinones was the Marketing Manager for BookHolders for over six years, handling all of their marketing and communications plans and outreach. She was also the President of the Downtown College Park Management Authority, the representing body for merchants in the Downtown College Park area, where she worked with numerous entities including the University of Maryland and the College Park City University Partnership. Originally from New York, Quinones has lived near the College Park area for over twenty years, and is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park.

News and media outlets are encouraged to contact Ryna Quinones regarding any inquiries or stories about the City of College Park. For all media inquiries, please contact her via email at rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov or by phone at (240)487-3508.

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