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Council to Discuss Staffing Issues at the Branchville Fire Department

Branchville Fire Department

In next week’s worksession, teh City Council will discuss the recent staffing issues at the Branchville Fire Volunteer Fire Department.

Recent reassignment of County Fire/EMS career staff from the Branchville VFC&RS station has resulted in that station being staffed solely by volunteers. The College Park VFD and Berwyn Heights VFD stations continue to have weekday career staffing. The County advanced life support (ALS) “medic” unit stationed at CPVFD is staffed 24/7.

Berwyn Heights, Branchville, and College Park fire stations are the three stations with first due response assignments in most of the City. These are the volunteer stations which are provided annual City support grants. Council Members have heard reports regarding the impact of staff changes on response to calls for service from the community and increased demand on adjacent stations when BVFC & RS is not available. Council has also heard of various ideas for future station relocations or

County Fire/EMS Chief Bashoor, and Volunteer Chiefs Corrigan (CPVFD), Leizear (BVFC&RS), and McCoy (BHVFD) have been invited to participate in the Council work session on 4 March 14. They will be able to provide accurate and current information to the Council regarding staffing, service demands, and future facility and staffing plans.


UMD to Extend Credit Monitoring for Security Breach Victims

The University of Maryland is offering four more years of credit monitoring for anyone affected by a computer security breach that compromised hundreds of thousands of personal records.

UMD President Dr. Loh made that announcement on UMD’s website:
“I have ordered an extension of credit protection services from one year to a full five years of coverage. This extended protection will be available at no cost to every person affected by this breach. To register, please call Experian at 1-866-274-3891. “

Please see more about that announcement here.

Groups to Screen Movie on Healthy Diet

This Saturday (March 1), 1pm the College Park Community Library (CPCL) and the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) will screen the movie Forks Over Knives (2011) at the City Hall chamber. The movie is 96 minutes long. There is no fee to watch the movie.

Please RSVP if you plan to watch (for planning purposes—email) to or call 301-474-5358

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods and adopting a whole-foods plant-based diet boosted with supplements online which is why we recommend to buy kratom.

The film traces the personal journeys of two physician-researchers*—T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn. The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths then their partnership of exploring ideas that challenged established thinking, including their own. The film also features other leading experts on health, who discuss the issue of diet and disease. If you’re in search for a suitable diet, you can take a look at online resources, such as this website.
*T. Colin Campbell is an American biochemist and professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. Campbell conducted the China-Oxford-Cor­­nell study, which fol­lowed millions of Chinese over decades and found that increases in their incidence of cancer and heart disease directly paralleled their adoption of a Western diet. Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr. is an American surgeon and former Olympic rowing champion. He is a “leading proponent” in the field of plant-based diets.

The movie will screen again on Monday, March 17 at 7 pm at CPCL at the Church of the Nazarene, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., North College Park.

Council to Ask SHA to Improve Pedestrian and Biker Safety on Greenbelt Road

Greenbelt Rd design schematic

Greenbelt Rd design schematic

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will send a letter to the State Highway Administrator (SHA) to ensure safety of pedestrians and bikers during their reconstruction work on Greenbelt Road (MD 430).

Please click here to see a map of the proposed design here.

Last week, a representative from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) presented the Council a plan for improvements to Greenbelt Road as part of a SHA resurfacing project.

This is an important opportunity to create a safer road and connectivity for multiple users on both sides of the street, as the current vehicular capacity and lack of bicycle facilities are not in line with desired use and safety.

In the meeting, the Council expressed some concerns about the safety of the cyclists and pedestrians in the proposed design. The Council will consider sending a letter to SHA about these concerns. In the letter the City will ask the SHA to provide SHA’s study of actual vehicular speeds, and its assessment of the appropriate speed for this area that would protect drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The letter says that if the actual speeds are in excess of the appropriate speed, then additional measures should be designed to ensure that the changes will in fact reduce speeds to the appropriate level.

The letter also asks for separated bicycle lanes, or at least wider on-road bicycle lanes, with rumble strips or reflectors to help protect the lives of cyclists. Additionally, it will recommend convenient pedestrian and bicycle crossings with activated priority crossing lights and visible signage encourage drivers to slow down and anticipate pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage the safe use of the road by these users.

Finally, the letter asks that the SHA consider enhanced connectivity to the bicycle trails, and possibly safety areas for pedestrians to use when crossing.

UMD Eyes to Build Child Care and Staff Housing at the Calvert Rd School Site

UMD proposal for staff housing

UMD proposal for staff housing

In last week’s worksession, the University came to the Council to present design concepts of the of the UMD faculty / staff housing at the Calvert school site. The concept proposal aims to have faculty and staff housing and a child care facility. The child care facility will be built at the current school building, where as the staff housing will be built on both sides.

For some time, the University has suggested that the City should allow it to use the Old Calvert Road school site as a possible faculty and staff housing.

This proposal is also related to possible relocation of the College Park Academy to the Terrapin Trader which is currently owned by the University.

City has also been considering the Calvert Rd school site as the possible relocation of the City Hall. The City owned the property in the 70’s from a the County’s Board of Education.

In the past, there had also been considerable opposition from local residents to keep the Calvert Road site for some community use.  The current proposal to include a child care facility will likely to make the proposal attractive to local residents.

The Council will decide on the fate of the property some time in near future.

North College Park Crime Stats: February 15-22, 2014

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






[2/19/14]BREAKR08:5810:1510100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[2/22/14]BREAKR03:1804:199000 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,







[2/19/14]THEFT09:0511:209200 Blk ST ANDREWS PL,
[2/19/14]THEFT17:4318:489700 Blk 52ND AVE,
[2/21/14]THEFT16:4317:309300 BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft from Auto






2/17/14THEFA105:5606:349000 Blk 49TH PL,

City Announces Summer Camps Scholarships

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2014 College Park Summer camp scholarship

Like last year, the City pf College Park is providing scholarships to College Park students so that they can attend summer camps at the University of Maryland.The deadline is March 14.

The City will be paying upto $500 to each student.

Applications are available online at and at Youth and Family Services 4912 Nantucket Rd, College Park and City Hall – 4500 Knox Rd, College Park

For more information call 240-487-3550 or email

Please let me know if you have any questions. Details are in the flyer (please click the image on the left).

College Park Seeking Farmers Market Master for Downtown and Hollywood

Ripe berries, cherries and apples at Tuckey’s Mountain Grown at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Ripe berries, cherries and apples at Tuckey’s Mountain Grown at the Hollywood Farmers Market

This is an excellent opportunity to support City’s one or both farmers markets in the upcoming 2014 market season and get paid. which mainly include spending 4-5 hours every market day and interact with your neighbors and other customers and vendors.

The City of College Park is seeking bids from qualified firms or individuals to act as market master for the Downtown College Park Farmers Market (Sundays from 10am-2pm) and Hollywood Farmers Market (Saturdays from 9am-1pm) this season. The market master will manage in-season operations on site each week including overseeing an information table, organizing the market area before opening, and breaking down the market after its closing. Additionally, the contractor will meet with City staff and others to review various issues at the market.

Please note: you will not be required to do much of the market work behind then scene, such as recruiting vendors, promoting the market etc. In the case of Hollywood Farmers Market, those tasks will be done by the Hollywood Farmers Market committee, which consists of a group of very hardworking residents.

Also, please note that respondents have the option of bidding on one or both markets. Responses are due on Monday, March 10th by 4:00pm.

For more information please review the Request for Qualifications posted on the City’s website.

If there are any questions please contact me know.

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: College Park Academy, Greenbelt Metro and More..

NCPCA - Your neighborhood association

NCPCA – Your neighborhood association

NCPCA’s last weeek’s meeting was postponed due to the inclement weather. That meeting will take place tonight.

The meeting will start will a number of updates on some recent developments. The include (1) College Park Academy’s funding, traffic management and other considerations. (2) Charter Amendment: City will to allow 18 Olds to serve on City Council. members will provide feedback and (3) Greenbelt Metro: FBI Relocation, Impacts to Naragansett Run & North-South highway from I-95 to MD 193.

Members will also discuss NCPCA Participation at Book Festival on Mar. 22, Good Neighbor Day on Mar. 29 and at other possible events.

There will be a discussion on College Park Budget Wish List. This is your chance to weigh-in on the things that matter most to you!

The NCPCA officer Larry Bleau will provide and update on tax , both Federal & State. Tax seaon is upon us and this will be a useful session.

As usual, the meeting will take place at Davis Hall, at 7:30pm. See you all tonight.

Support Lions Club Chrity Drive Tomorrow

Free Ledo Coupon

The Lions Club will be doing a charity drive at the Ledo restaurant at 4509 Knox Road (Tel 301-422-8622 301-422-8122 )tomorrow.

Enjoy your lunch, dinner or carryout at the store and 15% of your check will go directly to support the Lions Club.

Please note, you must bring the coupon on the left to be included in the fund raiser.

Enjoy the great food at the Ledo and support the charitable work by College Park Lions Club

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