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College Park Airport Now Hosts Award Winning Police Surveillance Unit

Award-Winning Prince George’s County Aviation Unit Wins Awards For Surveillance Work, Housed At College Park Airport. Please check more here on WUSA9 news.

Cops on Donut Shops This Weekend

COPS on Rooftops

Police Officers from the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety will collect donations for Special Olympics Maryland on the rooftop of the College Park Dunkin’ Donuts the weekend of Sept. 29th – 30th, 2012.

Anyone who ever thought nothing good could come from cops sitting around (or in this case ON) a donut shop might reconsider that notion when “Cops on Rooftops” – a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland — comes to the College Park Dunkin’ Donuts location on Saturday, September 29th through Sunday, September 30th, 2012.

As part of a national fundraising effort for Special Olympics Maryland, five good-natured officers from the University of Maryland Police Department – Officers Brown, Dykstra, Mable, Powers and Meekins have volunteered to spend the day on the roof of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 9701 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD. Their collective fundraising goal is $6,000.00.

In 2009, the first year a Maryland location participated in the promotion, the Laurel Dunkin’ Donuts and Laurel Police Department raised more than $7,000. In 2010, five Dunkin Donut locations partnering with law enforcement raising $30,000 for Special Olympics Maryland. In 2011, eight Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state took part in the program: Laurel, College Park, Westminster, Towson, Reisterstown, Havre de Grace, Mount Rainier and California.

Dunkin’ Donuts customers and the general public alike are encouraged to stop by and support the officers in their efforts to raise both funds and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Maryland. Along with law enforcement volunteers who will be on the rooftop, other officers will greet customers inside and outside of the store, passing around donation jars and rallying support for the cause. There will also be a silent auction as well as a raffle for items. A merchandise table will also be set up, with Torch Run t-shirts for sale as well as raffle tickets for a 2011 Harley-Davidson XL1200 Nightster donated by Rommel of Annapolis Harley Davidson.

“Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it was only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin’ Donuts for this light-hearted event,” said David B. Mitchell, Chief of Police of the University of Maryland Police Department. “This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time. What could be better than that?” The event was founded on the idea by the law enforcement officers of Illinois, who in 2009, took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state and raised more than $182,000.

SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families. For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-789-6677.

Azteca Celebrates First Anniversary!

Azteca austomer appreciation Event

Come out this weekend to support Azteca Restaurant & Cantina, a locally-owned and independent restaurant, as they celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary!

Azteca is located on Route 1 at 9505 Baltimore Ave.

In honor of the anniversary, the restaurant is hosting a customer appreciation event on Saturday night beginning at 6:30pm.

Additionally, if you bring the flyer (on the left – print or phone) you will receive a complimentary appetizer with purchase of an entrée.

Please spread the word!

Council Takes Position on Greenbelt Sector Plan with Overpass Option

Greenbelt Sector Plan Map

In last Tuesday’s Council meting, the City Council approved several comments on the draft MD 193/ Greenbelt sector plan.

I was also very happy to see a compromise made in regards to the overpass between north College Park and Greenbelt.

Per this amendment, the feasibility study of this overpass will not include the Board of education property, as included in the original motion. (We also added the option of having an underpass in addition to overpass)

The amendment would allow connectivity between our two communities, without causing potential negative impacts to many neighbors living near the Board of education property.

I also want to thank everyone who wrote to me about the overpass option.

Here is the amended motion, which passed 4-3.

1.    Revise Strategy 2.5 on page 120 to include conducting a feasibility study for locating and financing a pedestrian/bicycle overpass or underpass in a location other than Huron Street.  Consideration should be given to locations that are south of the Board of Education property (as well as industrial property further south) to Branchville Road.

Help Improve City’s Quality of Life – Join Neighborhood Stabilization Group

City of College Park

In last night’s Council meeting, the City Council formed formed a neighborhood stabilization group in order to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

The formation of this group came after the Council decided to put its rent stabilization ordinance on hold for a year, in the hopes of working collaboratively with a group of stakeholders to look at alternative ways to address the issues that the rent stabilization ordinance was intended to address.

The goal of the previous rent stabilization ordinance was specifically, to prevent the continuing conversion of owner-occupied properties into rental properties, and to address the quality of life issues surrounding the large number of rental properties in the City.

This includes noise concerns, property maintenance, overcrowding, public safety, littering, underage drinking and aggressive behavior.

The Council is looking for two residents from each district who are interested in working as part of a larger Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup to develop proposals to address these issues. The workgroup will meet a couple of times over the next few months and will also divide into task forces that will meet more frequently.

There will also be a couple of public forums over the next 6 months or so to allow for public input into these issues and discussion of the proposals that the workgroup sets forward.

If you are interested to join this group, please contact me or the council member of your district. Thank you.

Greenbelt Sector Plan Development Alert

Greenbelt sector plan alert

Much has changed since the north College Park community supported the 2001 Greenbelt Sector Plan.

Back in 2001, the community was excited with the idea of having a mixed use development – a development that can potentially have shops, town houses, hotels etc., that can be attractive to residents living in the surrounding area.

The 2012  Greenbelt Sector plan is quite different. In addition to having  the mixed use development, the plan allows developers to construct buildings up to 20 stories tall and a new highway, with the assistance of companies like https://www.dobsonexcavations.com.au, at the Greenbelt Metro Station. There are talks of having a major federal agency such as FBI occupying these buildings, thus raising the questions of integration with the residential characters of the surrounding single family neighborhood.

This may impact single family homes in north College Park. On Sept. 13th, members of the North College Park Citizen’s Association discussed this development and unanimously voted to oppose the Preliminary Greenbelt Metro Area and MD 193 Sector Plan.

A group of residents are alerting their neighbors on these negative impacts.  According to the alert, the proposed plan has the potential to :

  • Introduce noise and light to the neighborhood from the construction of tall buildings and new highways.
  • Fill the neighborhood’s eastern skyline with buildings as tall as 20 stories.
  • Allow construction of new beltway ramps behind Al Huda School and near Hollywood Neighborhood Park.
  • Allow construction of a major new highway to University Boulevard along the east side of the railroad tracks.
  • Change the alignment of Narragansett Run south of the Metro Station.
  • Allow construction of a 3,700 space garage near the end of Lackawanna Street.

If you’re concerned about these changes, please attend Public Hearing on October 2nd at 7:00pm at the County Administration building at Upper Marlboro. A shuttle bus will leave at 4:30 pm from Davis Hall.

Sign our online petition to join other North College Park citizens. http://www.change.org/petitions/prince-george-s-county-planning-board-revise-greenbelt-metro-sector-plan

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Crime Down in College Park, Again

Six police agencies operating in College Park came to last week’s Council worksession last week to report statistics regarding criminal activity from the first 9 months of the year. The agencies include, College Park Contract Police, Prince George’s County police, transit police, Park and Planning police, State police, and University of Maryland police. They reported that except vehicle thefts, crime has again gone down in College Park in almost all categories. Police attribute the overall decline in crime to the increasing and improved cooperation between the community and the police through their liaisons and education program.

NCP Crime Stats: Sept 16 – 22, 2012

Date of
Incident
Time of
Incident
Incident
Type

Location
09/16/20121251THEFT9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
09/16/20121533THEFT FROM AUTO9400 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
09/17/2012738THEFT FROM AUTO4900 Blk MUSKOGEE ST
09/18/2012827THEFT9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
09/18/20121940THEFT FROM AUTO9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
09/20/2012815THEFT5200 Blk PADUCAH RD
09/21/2012907THEFT FROM AUTO5000 Blk STEWART CT
09/21/20121056THEFT FROM AUTO4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST
09/21/20121541THEFT FROM AUTO9200 Blk 48TH PL

Maryland’s New Scooter Law

Here is a video explaining Maryland’s new scooter and mopeds.

September Drug Take Back

Drug take back

The University of Maryland Police will be hosting a site for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The site will be located at the front of the University of Maryland police station located on Rossborough Lane across from Ritchie Coliseum.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. All community members are welcome to drop off unwanted, unused prescription medication.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past April turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

When the results of the four prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation. In Maryland, 49 agencies collect over 8,116 pounds at 104 take back sites.

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