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This Saturday at the Hollywood Farmers Market

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

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Ferguson Family Farm

Ferguson Family Farm

Market Extended ‘til November 23!Lucky for us, many of our vendors have agreed to continue bringing their products to our market beyond October 26—the day we original set as our last in 2013. By popular demand, the market will be held every Saturday until November 23—the weekend before Thanksgiving. Fall vegetables will be plentiful, and we’ll be able to stock up for the Thanksgiving feast.

 

Featured Vendor
Ferguson Family Farm

Meat-eaters will not be disappointed when they purchase products from this vendor, whose truck and table are at the front corner of the market. The Ferguson family offers a wide variety of meats—including pork, beef, chicken, duck, and rabbit—as well as fresh eggs. Check out the list of products at www.fergusonfamilyfarm.com .
If you love meat and eggs but want to ensure that it’s fresh and of the highest quality, you’ll get what you want here. All of the animals are raised naturally; moved to fresh, clean pasture daily; and given clean, fresh water and wholesome natural feeds. All chickens are free-range and grain-fed. No chemicals or arsenic are used to enhance growth or appetite. Sustainable agricultural methods and models are used to rotationally pasture and graze all of the animals.

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Conscious Alchemy
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Heavenly Created Desserts
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Fertile Soil Teas
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Red Chimney Flower Farm
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Henna Art
25. Angel Heart Tassels and Treasures
26. John & Allie’s Tea Pops

Community Groups Visit the Market

Community groups at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Community groups at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Representatives from several College Park community groups set up shop at the market last Saturday to discuss their missions with residents and recruit volunteers—and donations. Volunteers included Chris Nagle and Lourene Miovski for the Animal Welfare Committee, Eric Grimes for the College Park Community Foundation, Chris Nagle for the College Park Community Library, and Mary Cook for the Veterans Memorial Improvement Committee.
Anyone who wants to know more about these committees and others should go to the City’s website at http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/ and look (on the left side) under Boards and Commission for more information.

Featured Summer Produce: Potatoes
Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, grilled potatoes, boiled potatoes… Without added fatty decorations—like butter, sour cream, melted cheese, and bacon bits, potatoes provide “one of the better nutritional values per penny than most other raw vegetables” and deliver “one of the most affordable sources of potassium of the more frequently consumed vegetables, second only to beans.” (Quote from article entitled “Research Shows Potatoes Are One of the Best Nutritional Values per Penny” at http://www.potatogoodness.com/.)
We can benefit from all of these nutritional values by replacing the fatty (and, yes, delicious!) toppings we put on baked potatoes with salsa, steamed vegetables, and low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt. Instead of using cream to mash potatoes, use low-fat chicken broth, and roast potatoes with olive oil, garlic, and herbs.

Recipe of the Week: Hobo Pack

Ingredients
12 new potatoes (size of golf balls)
24 pearl onions with ends trimmed (or cut up an onion)
½ pound of spinach, well-washed
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh sage (and other herbs like chives)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Heavy-duty aluminum foil for wrapping

Preparation
Toss all ingredients together. Tear off four sheets of foil, about 2 feet long, and stack sheets. Arrange the vegetables in the center of the top sheet and season with salt and pepper.

Fold up the foil around the vegetables, one sheet at a time, turning the package one quarter turn between sheets and making sure each sheet is well-sealed around the vegetables.

Place hobo pack on the bottom of the grill off to one side, pile coals up around it and cook for about 25-30 minutes, depending on intensity of the coals’ heat.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Residents Asked to Report Incidents Involving Off-Campus UMd Student Misconducts

The University of Maryland recently revised the Code of Student Conduct to include misconduct that occurs off-campus. There was increasing concern over the limitations of the Code to address certain types of misconduct off-campus such as physical assaults, sexual assaults, and acts of hazing.

In May 2013, the University Senate voted to approve expansion of jurisdiction of the Code of Student Conduct. Specifically, the Code now covers conduct that occurs: (a) on University premises; or (b) at University-sponsored activities; or (c) not on University premises if the conduct would otherwise constitute a violation of this Code had it occurred on University premises and if in the judgment of the Director of Student Conduct the conduct affects the safety of the University community or the orderly operation of the University.

Examples of off-campus misconduct that could be referred to the Office of Student Conduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Rioting ~ Sexual Assault ~ Hazing ~ Possession/Use Of Weapons
  • Illegal Drug Use And/Or Distribution ~ Stalking ~ Cyber-Bullying ~ Assault
  • Large Parties With Excessive Noise ~ Distribution Of Alcohol To Minors

Sanctions for Students:
Students found responsible for off-campus misconduct are subject to the same consequences and penalties as misconduct that occurs on campus including dismissal from the University.
What to do if you witness misconduct:
1. Call the Police (9-1-1)
2. Call Code Enforcement to Report noise complaints: 240-487-3570 during business hours Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m.

Council Approves Route 1 Power Undergrounding Study

Power lines on Route 1

Power lines on Route 1

In last night’s meeting, the City Council decided to send a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) pertaining to accomplishing and funding a feasibility study for the undergrounding of utilities in conjunction with the design of improvements for US Route 1 from College Avenue to MD 193.

The SHA is in the design phase of the Route 1 reconstruction project and has informed the City that it is not their policy to relocate utilities underground therefore the cost of a feasibility study, the engineering associated with utility redesign and the construction involved with relocating the utilities underground would be the responsibility of the city.

The LOA includes the estimated cost of consultant services to perform the feasibility study in the amount of $130,012.00 as well as $9,933.00 for SHA overhead for management of the study. The city will also be responsible for all costs that exceed this estimate.

The University of Maryland has provided a letter supporting the city’s efforts to pursue the undergrounding of utilities and agreeing to share the costs associated with the feasibility study equally.

The City and the university have long advocated that the overhead utilities be placed underground rather than relocated to another above ground location as part of the Route 1 improvement project.

I did raise some concerns about the open-ended nature of the study agreement. The City will mostly likely have no choice but to pay extra costs if a cost overrun happens in the study phase.  The staff has seen the detailed task plan of the study proposal and feels comfortable that there will not be a cost overrun.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

UMd/College Park Welcome Video Goes Live

Recently the University of Maryland and the City of College Park put together a video welcoming the new students and faculty staff to the UMd and the city. Please check it out here and share with others.

Despite Low Assessment, Many May Not See a Smaller Tax Bill

Property tax

Property tax

Last weekend, I met a resident, who told me that his tax bill did not go down a lot despite the fact that his property value went down after County’s last assessment.

This led me to investigate the issue and get me in touch with folks who have been following this closely. If you are one of them, here is what you will need to know.

From the public record, it appeared that the resident had a total reduction of about 18% in his property’s assessed value. This is in line with the case of the most north College Park residents had assessment reductions of about 22-32%.

We looked at the resident’s tax bill BEFORE the Homestead Credit is applied, and found that his property taxes went down a lot. In 2012 his tax bill, before Homestead Credit was reduced by more than $600. The lower assessment was just enough to wipe out virtually all of the Homestead Credit. At the end, his tax bill did go down about $77, though not much.

On top of that, there is a new tax residents will have to pay. This is the Chesapeake Bay new tax of $41. Plus the City’s net tax increase of about $15 from the tax rate increase also worked to limit his tax reduction.

That said,  the resident’s tax bill last year was definitely on the low side, as most City residents had tax bills over $3,000 last year.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

North College Park Crime Stats: Aug 4 – 10, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime reports. The Aug 7 breaking and entering in the Cherry Hill neighborhood happened on a vacant house which is currently on sale. The perpetrator stole the copper pipe from the a.c. unit.

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[8/06/13]07:4008:549300 Blk LIMESTONE Pl
[8/07/13]09:4610:303500 Blk WOFFORD CT,

City Renews UM-Shuttle Contract with the Umd

Shuttle - UM

Shuttle – UM

In last week’s work session,  the Council discussed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) of the University of Maryland College Park and the City about using the UMd’s UM-Shuttle by the College Park residents.

The draft MOU states that between September 1, 2013 through September 1, 2014, residents and employees of the City in possession of a prescribed identification card issued by the City will be allowed access to all publicly scheduled shuttle routes operated by DOTS.

For the shuttle bus services, the City would agree to pay DOTS $6,000, which is due by December 31, 2013. The annual rate covers up to 1,000 passes.Under the terms of the MOU, DOTS must provide the City with annual ridership data. The City shall keep a record of the total number of passes distributed during the agreement term. If the total number of annual passes distributed reaches 1 ,000, the City shall notify DOTS which will authorize the City to issue additional passes in increments of 100 at no added cost to the City.

Either party may terminate this agreement by providing written notice of termination 60 days prior to the stated termination date. DOTS shall report on the implementation of the above program with the City to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee by 12/31/13.

Based on the feedback from a number of residents, we think that it is important to keep it in place so that they can have access to transportation services around the City.

This Saturday: Celebrate Our Farmers at the Hollywood Farmers Market

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

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National Farmers Market Week, August 4-8, 2013

National Farmers Market Week, August 4-8, 2013

Celebrate Our Farmers
This Saturday is the last day of National Farmers Market Week, as proclaimed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In early July, the Secretary of Agriculture issued a proclamation recognizing the important contributions that farmers maket in our lives. The proclamation acknowledges the key role that farmers play in “developing local and regional food systems that support the sustainability of family farms, revitalize communities, and provide opportunities for farmers and consumers to interact.”

At the Hollywood Farmers Market, we are very lucky to have so many “real” farmers—who grow their produce on their own farms. We can support their efforts by buying local—at the market, of course!

Featured Vendor
Tiffany’s Oven

Tiffany's oven at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Tiffany’s oven at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Walk on the wild side this Saturday, and visit Tiffany’s table (in the corner of the lot next to Rhode Island Avenue), which is full of vegan cuisine, both savory (like Italian sausage) and sweet (like vanilla bean pie). For those who don’t know, being a vegan means not eating any foods derived from animals, including meat, eggs, and dairy products. But, as Tiffany has proven, being a vegan does not mean that you give up flavorful, healthy foods. Tiffany’s products are healthy, and they won’t disappoint your taste buds. Stop by the table, ask for a sample and see for yourself!

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Conscious Alchemy
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Heavenly Created Desserts
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Fertile Soil Teas
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Phil’s Dills
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Marion Johnson Crafts
25. Angel Heart Tassels and Treasures
26. John & Allie’s Tea Pops
27. Henna Art
28. Red Chimney Flower Farm

New Vendor: Conscious Alchemy
This small, family-owned and -operated business will join us this weekend, and bring products made from their own original recipes that are vegan, fair-trade, and organic. In addition to face and hair-care products, Conscious Alchemy offers the following products free of synthetic colors, fragrances, preservatives, and unnecessary filler ingredients: raw sugar scrubs, shea balms and butters, herbal body elixirs, bath salts and soaks.

Featured Summer Produce: Corn
It’s that time again when we can indulge in the sweetest vegetable there is – corn! It’s time for corn on the cob, off the cob, and every which way in between, and luckily several of our farmers are selling it now—and some of it truly is sweeter than sweet.

Corn in College Park - at Robert Boone's Morning Glory Farm

Corn in College Park – at the Morning Glory Farm

For years, “silver queen” ruled the corn crop in Maryland, but a little web research shows that it may have been dethroned, although we still use the term in a generic way to indicate sweet white corn. Maryland farmers are, apparently, planting other types of seeds that produce even sweeter corn.

Recipe of the Week: Corn x Two
Plain ol’ Boiled Corn, contributed by a “real Marylander”
Get six ears of corn and prepare for boiling. Drop into a large pot of boiling water seasoned with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Boil three minutes and remove. (This cook thinks it takes at least about 5 minutes.) Spread on melted butter, salt, and pepper, and if you’re a real Marylander, sprinkle on some Old Bay.

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad
Ingredients

  • 5 cups sweet white corn kernels (from about 7 to 8 medium cobs)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces cut tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup small-dice red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  1. Prepare an ice water bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice and water; set aside. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the corn kernels and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and place in the ice water bath until cool, about 4 minutes.
  2. Combine the lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large, nonreactive bowl. While continuously whisking, add the oil in a steady stream until completely incorporated. Add the remaining ingredients and the cooled corn and toss until well coated. Add basil just before serving.

Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

State’s Homeowners’ and Renters’ Tax Credits Deadline Approaching Fast

The Maryland Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Program allows credits against the homeowner’s property tax bill if the property taxes exceed a fixed percentage of the person’s gross income. In other words, it sets a limit on the amount of property taxes any homeowner must pay based upon his or her income. If your home is your primary residence and you have a total family income of less than $60,000 you may qualify for a property tax credit.

If you think you may qualify, visit:  http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/htc.html or call 410-767-4433 for details and an application. Remember, the application must be received by September 1 to be considered and you must re-apply each year.

The Renters’ Tax Credit Program is a plan that provides property tax credits for renters who meet certain requirements.   The concept rests on the reasoning that renters indirectly pay property taxes as part of their rent and thus should have some protection, as do homeowners.The credit is based upon the relationship between your rent and income. The formula is based upon your income and compared to the portion of your rent which goes towards the landlord’s real estate tax bill. The credit is paid as a direct check from the State of Maryland.  To see if you qualify visit: http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/rtc.html or call 410-767-4433.  Your application must be in the hands of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation in Baltimore by September 1, 2013 and you must reapply every year.

This year the state budget includes $62.3 million for homeowners and $2.4 for renters, statewide.  We expect about 53,000 homeowners to receive an average credit of $1,700 while 8,250 tenants should receive an average credit of $295)))

[Source: Office of the Maryland State Senator Ulysses Currie]

Council to Discuss Extending Capital Bike Share to College Park

Capital Bike share

Capital Bike share

At tonight’s worksession, the City Council will discuss extending the Capital Bike Share Program to College Park.

In an effort to ease traffic congestion, decrease pollution, and improve public health, the City of College Park and the University of Maryland began negotiations in 2012 to implement an expansion of the Capital Bikeshare network.

As the largest in the nation, the network currently offers over 1800 bicycles and 200 stations in the District of Columbia, Alexandria, and Arlington, Virginia with expansion systems planned for Montgomery County. The system has enjoyed much success and growth by making the user experience convenient and flexible.

As a regional membership system, Bikeshare allows users to sign up on-line or at any of the stations in the region using a credit card. Daily, monthly, or yearly memberships can be set up on-line or at each station kiosk using a personal credit card. Bicycles can then be used and returned to any bikeshare station within the system. One-to-three day memberships are available for $7 to $13 respectively.

Monthly and annual options are available for $25 and $75 respectively. Longer term members are delivered a key which can then access bicycles 24 hours a day. While the first 30 minutes of use is always free, usage fees are charged in 30 minute increments and differ by membership type.

For the participating localities, memberships have, in some areas, generated a significant revenue stream. In the District of Columbia, for example, the system’s revenue to operating cost ratio in 2011 was 120% The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Maryland describes how the City and University will coordinate to develop the system. The five year MOU outlines specific details for the initial joint system which will provide a total of 10 stations on and off campus. While the State grant was for 8 stations ( 4 supported by the City, 4 by the University of Maryland) the City has added 2 more stations using funds from developers and the County.

Bike share stations

Proposed bike share stations

The stations and bicycles will be purchased and owned by the City and University. Alta will manage the entire system, including maintenance, bicycle repair and replacement, and daily “rebalancing” wherein bicycles are transferred from fully occupied stations to stations that need more bicycles. Station sites were determined through on-site consultation with Alta and are shown on the map above. The off-campus locations funded by the City are located at the 7400 Block of Baltimore Avenue, College Park Metro, The Varsity Apartments, the Quality Inn at 7200 Baltimore A venue, Ritchie Coliseum, and the Domain Apartments.

The on-campus locations are South Dining Hall, Stamp Student Union, Regents Drive Parking Deck, and Epply Recreation Center. The MOU calls for the University and City to pay operating costs and share revenues on a pro-rata or per dock basis. The City and University will sign a joint contract with Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.

The contract is still being finalized and is based on the recently completed Montgomery County system contract. The contract outlines the implementation details including how each station will be sited, installed, maintained, and if necessary, relocated. Marketing is largely the responsibility of the City and University with Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. providing assistance if necessary. The regional Bikeshare system is also promoted through capitalbikeshare.com as well as goDCgo.com.

An important component of the contract still being addressed is the creation of a membership category specifically geared towards University of Maryland affiliation. The goal is for students, faculty, and staff associated with the University of Maryland to have their membership fees allocated to the College Park/UMD system. This is an important aspect of the agreement due to the many students and faculty that reside outside of the City and University and would have their membership revenues sent to other jurisdictions. Along with memberships, the City and university will benefit from all proceeds for advertising at the station kiosks and on the bicycles.

Total System Funding for City of College Park is $376,842. This includes $66,000 from Maryland Department of Transportation Grant $187,490, $100,000 from City of College Park and Developer Contributions Prince George’s County Contribution, $23,352 from annual Membership and Advertising Revenue (estimated at 24% of operating costs)

Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. performs regular surveys of system usage and maintains data sets on issues such as memberships, ridership, customer service, and safety. Reports are provided monthly. There are capital and operating costs associated with the system. Capital costs are for the purchase of bikes and docks which together comprise a station. Costs vary by size of station. Operating costs are computed by the number of docks per station and billed at $117.43 per dock per month. The total capital cost for College Park’s 70 dock, 38 bike system is $244,988 paid upon execution of the contract. The total annual operating cost is $98,642, divided into monthly payments to Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.

Additional costs include a one-time “launch” cost of $15,800. Costs associated with the launch include items such as Alta’s labor expenses, site visits and analysis with the City, safety equipment during installation, tools, crane use, and communication. The stations and bicycles themselves are special ordered and are anticipated to take approximately 4 months to arrive. Installation is expected to take an additional 2 months.

Staff is recommending that the City Manager be authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Maryland and to enter into negotiations with Alta Bicycle Share, Incorporated for the contract for a Capital Bikeshare system.

Today is National Night Out: Leave Your Porch Lights On ’til Midnight

National Night Out

National Night Out

Today (Tuesday, Aug 6) is the annual “National Night Out (NNO)“.  The NNO focuses on fighting crime, fostering community partnerships to keep crime out! 

Lock the doors and windows, turn on the porch light and join neighbors to celebrate  the NNO.
There are a few NNO events in the area that we encourage you to join:
(1) North College Park: Gather with neighbors at 7-8:30 PM at the Cherry Hill/North College Park. Meet & Greet Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park, 9800 Cherry Hill Road.
 
(2) College Park Woods: At the College Park Woods Pool (3545 Marlbrough Way) 6 pm – 8 pm   Rain or Shine Come, relax, meet your police officers  and celebrate NNO
 
(3) Beltsville: Hosted by the Prince George’s County Police Department Laurel-Beltsville District 6, from 6-8 PM at 4321 Sellman Road (next to the Library). 
 
(4) Laurel: The City of Laurel event will be from 6-9 PM at Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry Street, Laurel, MD 20707.
In addition to tonight’s event, plans are underway to sponsor a larger, centralized public safety exhibition at the College Park Day, to be held at the Linson Pool / Wells Ice Rink from 11-3 on Saturday 19 October 2013.

NCP Crime Stats: July 28 – Aug 3, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime report and let me know if you have any questions.

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Doing Good Never Tasted this Great!

[The following is an announcment from Emily P. Adams, Community Partner Project Coordinator]

Celebrity Waiter Flyer

Celebrity Waiter

Meet Terps Head Basketball Coach Turgeon and Other Celebs, Grab a Slice of Great Pizza…and Support a Good Cause While You’re Doing It!

On August 28th, you’re invited to The Original Ledo Restaurant in College Park (4509 Knox Road) for a special fundraiser to support the Community-Police Dream Team, a popular crime prevention partnership initiative of local police who coach College Park youth, encouraging them to make positive life decisions by building bonds of mentorship with them on the basketball court. (See for more info. about this outstanding program!)

When you present this Celebrity Waiter Flyer any time during that day, Ledo’s Restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds from your order (all dine-in and carry-out orders count toward our fundraiser) to the Dream Team.

Bring your co-workers, family and friends to the restaurant for a slice of great pizza, and have your order taken by a local celebrity waiter for lunch (10am -2 pm) or dinner (5pm -7pm).

Make your office meeting memorable! Fuel up for move-in! Get your seat at the restaurant by 10:45 am and snap a picture with Terrapins Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon, Terps Field Hockey Head Coach Missy Meharg, and many more local celebs! (Photo ops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.) You never know who will be your waiter!

Volunteers Needed for North College Park Research Project

The following is a message from John Krouse, the president of the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA)
Dr. Alexander Chen of the University of Maryland Urban Studies and Planning Program is looking for residents of North College Park to assist with a class research project.
 
Beginning this fall, Dr. Chen’s research methods course will focus on four census tracts in and around North College Park (Tracts 806714, 806800, 806900, and 807000).  The course will provide students with experience in different field data collection techniques, including census analysis and resident interviews.  Classes start on Thursday, September 5.
 
You are invited to assist this project.  Please reply to Dr. Chen ASAP.
 
More info from Dr. Chen:
 
Four teams of students will conduct field observations of the area focusing on community assets and quality of the physical environment.  They will create a 2010 profile of the housing and population characteristics of the area.   
 
Students will be expected to meet with residents of the study area to conduct face to face interviews as well as facilitate a group (or focus group) discussion.  Interviews should take no more than an hour.  
 
The focus group discussion entails 3 to 5 students facilitating a discussion of 6 to 10 residents regarding community needs and concerns.  Ideally, we will have more than one focus group.  
 
Focus group sessions will last approximately 75 minutes.   Interviews are to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the interviewer and the interviewee.  Ideally, the focus group session will be scheduled during our class time from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  But given student schedules,  we can try to schedule the focus groups from 7 to 9:30 pm.  
 
I have two possible days to conduct the focus groups—Thursday, October 10 or Thursday, October 17.  Students would present the results of the semester’s work to the public on Thursday, December 12—preferably from 4 to 6:30 pm (but depending on student schedule’s we can see about 7 to 9:30 pm on that day). 
 
I am looking for resident volunteers who would be willing to be interviewed by our students.  Time and data to be mutually agreed upon. 
 
I am also looking for resident volunteers who would be willing to participate in a focus group discussion.
 
There are four time slots to consider.  Focus groups sessions between 4 and 6:30 pm would be easiest to schedule, but I realize how difficult this might be, and can consider the 7 pm to 9:30 pm slot, but would not be able to confirm until classes start. 
 
Thank you for your consideration. You can email me at achen@umd.edu if you have any questions.
 
 
4:00 to 6:30 pm
7 pm to 9:30 pm
October 10
 
 
October 17
 
 
 
 
Alexander Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean / Associate Professor
The Graduate School / Urban Studies and Planning Program
2400F Lee Building / 1217 Architecture Building
301-405-4901 / 301-405-6798
The University of Maryland

This Saturday: Bill’s Backyard BBQ is Back at the Market

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

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Bill's Backyard BBQ at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Bill’s Backyard BBQ at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Bill’s Backyard BBQ is back this Saturday

Beef brisket, pulled pork, and salmon with a side of baked beans, collard greens, or coleslaw is on the menu. College Park resident Bill, our very own BBQ chef, will join us this Saturday and make our mouths water by grilling the meat and fish right on site. A visit to the market isn’t complete until you get one of his complete meals to-go, which is more than delicious.

Featured Vendor
Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries, Fruits and Vegetables

Kevin and his crews from Tuckey's Mountain Grown at the market

Kevin (left) and his team from Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries, Fruits and Vegetables

Ever hear of Biglerville, Pennsylvania? Neither us, but this vendor comes to the Hollywood Farmers Market from this small farming community located about 15 miles northwest of historic Gettysburg. At this farm, which has been in the Tuckey family for four generations, you can find a full line of berries, fruits and vegetables as well as cut flowers. We are lucky to be able to share in this crop since the Tuckey family visits many farmers markets in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Ferguson Family Farms
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Heavenly Created Desserts
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Fertile Soil Teas
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Phil’s Dills
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Marion Johnson Crafts
25. Angel Heart Tassels and Treasures
26. John & Allie’s Tea Pops
27. Henna Art
28. Red Chimney Flower Farm

New Vendor: Red Chimney Flower Farm 
This Bowie-based cut-flower and pottery vendor will join the market this Saturday, bringing along a variety of fresh-cut annuals and perennials, including lisianthus plants, which the Better Homes & Gardens online plant encyclopedia says “make people ooh and ahh.” For more than seven months of the year, this farmer grows more than 100 varieties of flowers, offering customers the “usual and unusual” straight from the garden to the vase.

MJ Gift Basket

MJ Gift Basket from Marion Johnson Crafts

New Vendor: Marion Johnson Crafts
Once a month, this former College Park resident (now living in New Carrollton) will join the market to offer mugs, bowls, and small paper crafts that are decorative and functional (gift-card holders, paper trinket boxes, and notepads). Marion calls her products “unique, classy-sassy, and inspired by nature.”

Featured Produce and This Week’s Recipe
Tomatoes—what else! Here’s Wikipedia’s answer to the age-old question: Are they a fruit or vegetable? “While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes (as well as by the United States Supreme Court, see Nix v. Hedden), which has caused some confusion.”

Tomato Dill Soup
(Chef Queen uh Cuisine posted this recipe on www.food.com.)

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 lbs fresh tomatoes (or two 28-oz cans of diced or chopped tomatoes)
  • 15 oz canned tomatoes (or tomato sauce)
  • 1 carrot (peeled and grated)
  • 2 cups yellow onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic (fresh)
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 14 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 12 tbsp dill (dry)
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 cups Half-and-Half (optional)

In large soup pot, add all ingredients except orange zest and Half-and-Half. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. In batches, ladle hot soup into blender and puree until smooth. Return back to soup pot and add orange zest and Half-and-Half (if using).

Bring back to simmer and serve.

A Little Correction

Last week’s newsletter announced that Chris Knits would be joining our market, and she did—complete with knitted catnip toys and baby clothes. But Chris Knits isn’t the exact title of her efforts—it’s Christiane’s Designs, and her name is spelled Christiane, not as it was spelled. Apologies to Chris for botching her name!


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