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May Experience & Enjoy College Park at Mama Lucia

Mama Lucia

This month, the Experience and Enjoy College Park Tour will be visiting  Mama Lucia Restaurant (4734 Cherry Hill Road) in north College Park, tomorrow from 7:30pm – 10:00pm.

March’s guest speaker will be MD state Delegate Ben Barnes, who represents 21st district that includes College Park.

The “Experience & Enjoy College Park Tour” is designed to bring those who work, live, and play in College Park together once a month to talk about local issues while patronizing a local restaurant. It was created by College Park residents who want to promote the idea of supporting local business.

I highly encourage anyone interested in supporting our local restaurants, meeting with other city residents, or wanting to find out more about what is going on around College Park to attend. These events are always fun and if you haven’t been to one yet now is as good a time as any to check one out.

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Proposed CSX Station Irks Area Residents

CSX

Beltsville is one of the proposed locations for a new facility that will allow the transfer of freight trailers and containers between trains and trucks.

The suggested location is on Beltsville Agricultural Research Center property north of Sunnyside Ave. (CSX Intermodal Facility between Sunnyside Ave and Powder Mill Rd west of Kenilworth Ave). More details about the Intermodal project can be found here on the project’s website  www.intermodal.maryland.gov

Area’s residents say the proposed plan could have a significant impact on traffic and the environment in Beltsville, Berwyn Heights, College Park, Calverton, Laurel, Vansville and other surrounding communties in MD.

A communication from a group of Beltsville residents says “We are working to keep the community as it is through continuing to preserve our natural wildlife environment and keeping traffic to a minimum.  So far we have contacted the cities of Greenbelt and Laurel, the Beltsville Civic Association and the Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek (CCRIC) and they are opposed to the building of a CSX facility.  We would like your support in this endeavour.”

During the month of May the group will have several informal town hall meetings, post concerns in the local papers and set up a meeting with State Representatives to voice their concerns with the facility and request their support.  Are residents are asked to send emails to  nobeltsvilleintermodal@gmail.com and their Facebook page (No Beltsville Intermodal) to get the latest updates on the proposed development.

Maryland Department of Transportation and the CSX Transportation, Inc held a public informational workshop on Wednesday, April 20, 2011at Beltsville Academy. MD 21st Delegation members were present at the meeting.

Gallery: Maryland Day 2011