College Park PGPD Crime Map: December 2018

Please see below the PGPD’s College Park Crime Map for the month of December 2018. The map is based on crime statistics of PGPD Beat 6 (November 27- December 31, 2018) and Beat 7 (November 26 – December 29, 2018). The interactive map and the details can be found here: https://bit.ly/2SzuDN1 . Here is the breakdown of crime incidents by major neighborhoods (please see in the inset of the map below).

North College Park: 27

Mid-town: 9

Old town / Calvert Hill: 5

West College Park: 1

Estates & Yarrow: 0


Year 2018 in Review

As another year passes and we embark upon a new one, I thought I would drop a note to share some important events in our neighborhood and my activities as your Councilmember that occurred in 2018. I also want to take this opportunity to ask you how I can be of service to you in 2019. 

Back in November, the City Council approved a contract to complete the design work of the Hollywood Streetscape project. The project is expected to change the look of the most important intersection of our neighborhood at Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue with upgrades, intersection improvements, protected bike lanes, site furnishings and landscaping, parklets and better sidewalk. We expect to hold a community meeting soon to seek your input about the final design and then move to final construction.

After many years of delay, the City Council finally awarded the construction contract of the Gateway Park a few months back. The City got the necessary permits. Administrative work and off-site building fabrication have already started and will be ongoing. We expect to see the new park built by the end of this Spring.

On another good news, we expect to see the Hollywood Dog Park to be also built in the Spring of this year. If you recall, we held a community meeting back in May last year to present information about creating a dog park on a portion of the Prince George’s County Board of Education property on 51st Avenue north of the Public Works facility. Community members expressed overwhelming positive interest for this location. An agreement between the Board of Education and the City has been finalized for the City to use a part of the western side of the parcel to construct and operate an open-access dog park. 

The second phase of Duvall Field development is also gearing up. This phase will include updating the playing fields and providing new lighting. Other ideas include a new playground, walking trails, fitness stations.  As part of the first phase of the renovation of the Duvall Field facilities, the old concession stand was torn down, and a brand new beautiful concession building was erected in its place. The plaza has also been upgraded with tons of added seating areas as well as state-of-the-art stormwater management and bio-retention features. The City has scheduled a public meeting on January 17 (at 7 p.m.) at Davis Hall to get your input about the second phase of development. Please attend this meeting and share your ideas for upgrading and prioritizing its facilities, amenities, and services.

Late last year, we launched a monthly police community meeting in north College Park at the all-new MoM’s Cafe. We shared last month’s crime map and discussed incidents. Police officers also advised how to make our homes and neighborhoods safer. This event is an excellent opportunity to bring your crime-related concerns directly to our police officers who serve our community.

Last year, we engaged a consultant to complete the design of the proposed sidewalk on Hollywood Road between Route 1 and Rhode Island Avenue. In recent years, the traffic on the road has increased, and several residents have expressed concerns the safety of pedestrians, dog walkers and school going children.

I plan to continue my strong support for many existing projects we have in north College Park, in particular, the Hollywood Farmers Market, the Hollywood Community Garden and the College Park Community Library. I also plan to continue organizing neighborhood cleanups and a few other exciting projects with many residents in the district.

As you may already know, I write a daily blog where I cover events taking place in College Park. In case you didn’t get a chance, please visit my blog at www.KabirCares.org. The blog gives important updates on recent developments, crime maps, and analysis of current events and announcements. I believe you will find the blog useful.

I hope to stay engaged in the neighborhood matters this year as I did in the past year.  Let’s keep in touch and please let me know if I can be of any help!


Family Fun Bowling Bash – January 27, 2019

The City of College Park’s Recreation Board presents…
Family Fun Bowling Bash!

Sunday, January 27 from 1 to 4pm at Bowlero Lanes (formerly AMF College Park – 9021 Baltimore Ave)

Only $5* per person!! 

Includes unlimited bowling from 1-4pm, shoe rental, soda and pizza
*For the first 100 City of College Park residents. Proof of residency required. After that, the price is only $10 per person

No reservations required and a limited number of lanes also have gutter guards!

For more information, please call the Department of Public Services at 240-487-3570


Community Library Programs

New Programs: Baby and Me Tues. and Thurs. 1:30pm -3:30pm.  This is a drop in program for parents with infants and toddlers.The program will offer songs, stories, games and a way for parents to connect with other parents in our community.Our volunteer Sarah’s 5 month old son Will will be at the library with his Mom on Tuesdays.  

Homework Help!  2nd and 4th Sat. 10:00 AM to  12:00 PM Komunumo is providing FREE homework help this Fall. If you need help with homework, you may be eligible to participate in our first ever Homework Help Program! We are looking to host this fall at the Church of the Nazarene 9704 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740. Help will be offered the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in participating, please send us an email to KomunumoCP@gmail.com so we can send you more information. Check us out on Instagram and Facebook @KomunumoCP

ESL Classes Monday evenings 7-8:30pm
Arts Group Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm
2nd Tuesday Book Group 7-8:30pm
3rd Tues. CPAE Book Group 7-8:30pm
4th Tues. CPAE Photography Club 7-8:30pm

Story Time:
Wed. Story Time 10:30am11:00am ages infants and up.
Drop in Story Time Tues. and Thurs. 1-4:00pm all ages.
Story Time Tues. in English and French 1-4:00pm
Story Time 1st Sat. in English and Mandarin Chinese 10:30am11:00am
Story Time in Russian 4th Sat. 10:30am – 11:15 am

Tues. and Thurs. 2-4:00pm
Students grades 1st – 3rd improve their reading skills and confidence by reading to a staff member.

web site: cpcommunitylibrary.org for additional information or “Like” us on Facebook — College Park Community Library


Things to Buy from City’s Public Works Department:

Here is a list of items avalibale to purchase from City’s Public Works Department:

  1. 50-gallon rain barrels for $72. Click here for more information.
    Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.
  2. Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (city residents) and $40(non-residents). Click here for more information.
  3. SMARTLEAF® compost ($28 cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12 cubic yard) are available for pick up. Click here for more information. Deliveries have ended for the season.

Need Snow Shoveling Help? Please Let me Know

Like the past years, we’re offering free snow shoveling help for the folks who need them. We know many of our neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled ones, often get stuck in their homes during this season and need our serious help.

If you or anyone you know who may need such help, please feel free to give me a call (301-659-6295) or email me at fkabir@collegeparkmd.gov. We hope to get some volunteers throughout the snow season to help out the needy folks.

Also, if you’d like to volunteer in this, please let us know. The experience you’ll get is very rewarding.


City Offices Closed for Christmas & New Year’s Day Holidays

All City Offices will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 for the Christmas holiday. 

All regular refuse & recycling collections will slide forward two days; no special collections will occur during the holiday week.

All City Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Monday refuse and recycling collections will occur as normal, however Tuesday and Wednesday collections will slide forward one day.

Special collections will only occur on Friday, January 4, 2019. You must contact the Department of Public Works at 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out on the curb.

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Public Forum: Duvall Field Visioning & Planning Project

The City of College Park needs your input to determine future improvements at Duvall Field. Please attend this meeting and share your thoughts and ideas for upgrading and prioritizing its facilities, amenities and services. This will help the City to develop a plan to meet community needs and wishes.

• Learn about the project
• Review existing conditions
• Consider new programs and facilities
• Provide feedback


January 2019 Police-Community Meeting at MoM’s


Holiday Light Recycling:

All holiday lights, working or not-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market (9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park) in December and the beginning of January. Please remove lights from bags/packaging and place in designated holiday lights recycling bin located in the lobby when you enter MOM’s Organic Market.

Requests for replacement street trees in right-of-ways, call 240-487-3590 or email Brenda Alexander at balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.

The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.

[Source: City of College Park]


Want Special Trash/Bulk Trash Be Collected by the City?

Do you have Special Trash/Bulk Trash Be Collected by the City?

We are reminded we must schedule an appointment to collect bulk trash, white goods, electronics for recycling, or yard waste/brush. Upcoming holidays will impact special collections – there are no special collections on December 27, 28 or January 3.

Please plan ahead and schedule a Thursday or Friday appointment by calling 240-487-3590 or emailing publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

Please don’t place items at the curb until you have an appointment which are scheduled on a first come first serve basis, and slots fill up. Have your items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.


Have questions about the City’s annual Curbside Leaf Collection?

City’s Director of Public Works Robert goes over the how-to’s, tips and more for when the leaf collection trucks come to your neighborhood. Please watch the video below. For more information about curbside leaf collection, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections#curbsideleaf.

Please check your curbs and remove any piles of leaves that have gone off the curb into the flow line of the gutter. This will help prevent leaves from clogging stormdrains. For updates regarding this weekend’s weather, visit weather.gov.


College Park PGPD Crime Map: November 2018

Please see below the PGPD’s College Park Crime Map for the month of November 2018. The map is based on crime statistics of PGPD Beat 6 (from October 31 to December 3, 2018) and Beat 7 (from November 3 – November 30, 2018).  The interactive map and their details can be found here: bit.ly/2QEGRXJ . Here is the breakdown of crime incidents by major neighborhoods (please see in the inset of the map below).

North College Park 24

Mid town: 4

Old town / Calvert Hill : 14

West college Park: 2

Estates & Yarrow: 0



Winter Car Theft Prevention Tips


Man Arrested in Arson Case in North College Park

According to the Prince George’s Fire Department, a man was arrested for setting fire to a North College Park commercial strip center early yesterday morning. Just before 2:00 am, Friday, December 14th, firefighters arrived at the scene of a 1-story commercial structure that several businesses occupy in the 10000 block of Rhode Island Avenue. Units arrived to find fire showing from a middle of the row business. The well-advanced fire extended to attached businesses on both sides before being extinguished.

The building of origin is a mental health facility going by the name of “On Our Own”.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. Personnel form the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal determined the fire was incendiary in nature. Fire loss was estimated at $250,000.

Shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene a suspect was identified and taken into custody by law enforcement officials.
The suspect, Paul Franklin Willis 3rd (DOB 01/24/1981) of no fixed address, has been charged with starting the fire at 10007 Rhode Island Avenue. Charges include:

Arson- Second Degree (Felony)
Malicious Burning- First Degree (Felony)
Malicious Burning- Second Degree (Misdemeanor)
Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor)
Additional charges are pending.

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