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North College Park Crime Map: April 23 – 29, 2014

[mappress mapid=”170″] Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/23/14]STLVEH06:2307:429300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[4/23/14]STLVEH17:1018:279500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[4/25/14]STLVEH07:0008:369600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/24/14]BREAKR20:5922:135100 Blk KENESAW ST
[4/25/14]BREAK18:2219:144900 Blk LACKAWANNA ST,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/23/14]Theft14:0215:065000 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,
[4/23/14]Theft17:4418:375000 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,
[4/24/14]THEFT10:1811:549000 Blk ST ANDREWS PL,
[4/29/14]THEFT14:3815:134700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/24/14]THEFTA20:4221:089200 Blk 48TH PL,
[4/26/14]THEFT110:0311:08EB CHERRY HILL RD/NB BALTIMORE AVE,

College Park Child Care Survey

The College Park City-University Partnership, the nonprofit local development corporation jointly sponsored by University of Maryland and the City of College Park, is considering creating new child care options for local residents and UMD faculty, staff and students. The email below provides more information.

To measure demand and learn your interests, you are invited to complete an online survey on child care needs.

If this is relevant to your family, please complete the brief survey by Tuesday, May 13. We would also appreciate your help in distributing this to your friends and neighbors who may be interested.

Your feedback will help us determine the need for a child care center in the College Park area. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to email Valerie Woodall, College Park City University Partnership Program Associate, at vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org .

Home Check List – A Quick Guide to Keep Your Home Safe, Clean and in Good Condition..

I recently found this excellent home checklist that talks about how to do a quick check on our homes and make them safe, clean and in good condition. The guide was originally produced by the City of Greenbelt (so all kudos go to them), but almost all of them are common sense items that we should be checking on a regular basis. College Park may incorporate some of these items in its own promotional materials that it often shares with residents.

Home Checklist

Maryland Day 2014 – In Pictures

Second Season of Hollywood Farmers Market Opens

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The second season of the Hollywood Farmers Market started this morning. Here are a few pictures I took..
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UMPD to Collect Prescription Drugs for National Drug Take Back Day

Drug take back

Drug take back

Tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in National Drug Take Back Day. Members of the community were provided an opportunity to dispose of any unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs from their homes at UMPD Headquarters. The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.

On September 29th, 2012, UMPD and DEA collected 18 pounds of pharmaceuticals from community members. On Maryland Day this year, UMPD and DEA collected 75 pounds of pharmaceutical from community members. On October 26th, 2013, UMPD and DEA collected 14 pounds of pharmaceuticals this year that will be disposed of properly. Thank you for participating and doing your part of preventing prescription abuse and not contaminating the drinking water supply.

[Courtesy of University of Maryland Police Department]

UMD Responds to Route 1 Traffic Accidents

Here is the message UMD president sent in response to recent tragic incidents on Route 1.

April 23, 2014

Dear University of Maryland community:

Four serious pedestrian traffic accidents — two of them fatal, all within 10 months — call for urgent action. The anguish of the victims’ grieving family and friends is heart-wrenching. The Diamondback calls the area around Knox Road “the deadliest stretch of Route 1.” This must change.

The latest accident happened amid a heavy, increased presence of campus and county police in that area. They handed out over 400 safety flyers and conducted 43 field stops. Even that was not enough to prevent this accident.

The University, the City of College Park, and Prince George’s County have joined to implement the following actions to improve pedestrian safety:

1) More intensive policing. Campus and county police will be out in force and highly visible on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until 3:30 AM. Police cars will be parked with flashing red lights on Route 1, next to key intersections, to slow traffic and encourage pedestrians to use crosswalks. Officers will issue warnings to jaywalkers and those intoxicated in public. Drunk driving and distracted driving laws will be strictly enforced.

2) Educational safety campaigns. The University will work closely with local businesses and student groups to increase personal awareness of, and responsibility for, pedestrian safety. We will launch next week the “Street Smart” campaign. Look out for friends who need help. Do not jaywalk at night, or cross a street while glued to a cell phone. Reduce your car speed by just 5 miles per hour, because it can make the difference between hospitalization and death in case of an accident.

3) Physical changes. The State Highway Administration has authority over Route 1. It is undertaking a “pedestrian safety audit” that will take some months to complete. The city mayor and I have written to, and asked to meet with, the head of this agency to recommend that swift and provisional actions be taken while this audit unfolds. These include: lower the speed limit to 25 mph; have flashing red lights at key intersections to make all vehicles come to a full stop; install better lighting and pedestrian signals that flash and count down; and erect median strip barriers to discourage jaywalking.

We must all work together to make College Park safer for pedestrians, especially on weekend nights. I welcome your suggestions: president@umd.edu or on Twitter @presidentloh.

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland

North College Park Crime Map – April 13 – 21, 2014

Please see below last week’s crime report and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
[mappress mapid=”169″] Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/17/14]STLVEH06:1106:494700 Blk NANTUCKET RD,
[4/21/14]STLVEH05:1606:239300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/17/14]BREAKR21:3023:529800 Blk 53RD AVE,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[4/17/14]THEFT19:1419:29711 COLLEGE PARK,
[4/21/14]THEFT11:3012:1853RD AVE/KENESAW ST,

Theft from Auto

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[4/13/14]THEFTA12:3213:519500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[4/13/14]THEFTA14:4315:339500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[4/15/14]THEFTA18:0218:259500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[4/19/14]THEFTA07:3108:179200 Blk 48TH PL,
[4/19/14]THEFTA08:0809:019500 Blk 48TH AVE,
[4/19/14]THEFTA08:1708:374800 Blk DELAWARE ST,
[4/21/14]THEFTA11:5913:33HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK,
[4/21/14]THEFTA12:3612:56IHOP – COLLEGE PARK,

2015 Budget for Community Review

2015 budget for resident Review

2015 budget for resident Review

Like in the past years, we’ve prepared a short preview document that highlights the most important information about our budget. It does not include all the details, thus please feel free to ask any question you may have. This will be the second year we’re doing this for the community to review.

You can download this preview document here

Also, please attend our Budget Town Hall meeting tomorrow at 7pm at Davis Hall. Several College Park Council members will be there to answer your questions.

See you all there.

Maryland Day 2014

Maryland Day is a massive annual event at the University of Maryland typically attended by tens of thousands of people, with events and activities from just about every department and student organization on campus. This year, Maryland Day will be taking place next Saturday, April 26, from 10 am-4 pm. The University of Maryland will be present Tuesday night to talk about some of the features of the event. Please try to come next week, and if you do, come visit us at the College Park City tent on McKeldin Mall!​

On Emission Reduction and Sustainability: What Other Cities Do?

Matthew Popkin (Master’s Candidate, Maryland School of Public Policy), an intern working in the City Sustainability program has compiled a list of programs and action plans that other cities are doing. Here is his list:

• Baltimore, MD: The City of Baltimore announced its sustainability plans in 2009, and has since completed four comprehensive annual sustainability reports. These reports cover initiatives and metrics including, but not limited to, engagement, education, cleanliness, emissions, pollution, conservation, transportation, and green economy. Though the focus is on overall sustainability rather than emissions, the sustainability plan states a short-term emissions target of 15% reduction by 2015.

• Rockville, MD: The City of Rockville unveiled its Sustainability Plan in 2007. Despite no emissions targets specifically, there is a heavy focus on environmentally friendly procurement, sustainable development, transportation, waste, and public engagement and education in the third largest city in Maryland. Rockville became Sustainable Maryland Certified in 2012 and has a designated Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Management Division to implement its plan.”

• Chapel Hill, NC: The Town of Chapel Hill initiated its climate action and emissions reduction plans with preliminary discussions between the Town of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2005. The Town committed in 2006 to an emissions reduction pledge with assistance from the University’s Carolina Environmental Program. Both the Town and University have established goals of a 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, with incremental targets in the intermediary. The chart below shows the initial plan for Chapel Hill, though the Town has since modified its goals to be exactly in line with the University’s goals.

• Berkeley; CA: The City of Berkeley in California unveiled its comprehensive climate action plan in June 2009 with goals of reducing emissions through building energy use, transportation, land use, community empowerment, and waste reduction. Berkeley committed to an 80 percent reduction by 2050 relative to 2000 levels, with an interim target of 33 percent by 2020. An overwhelmingly favorable referendum vote in November 2006 has motivated the Mayor of Berkeley to take substantial action.

• Madison, WI: The City of Madison released its blueprint of being a sustainable capital city in 2004 and its official Sustainability Report in 2009. The city partnered with a professor and students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning to develop its comprehensive plans to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and with other sustainability goals for
stormwater, air and water quality, and solid waste.

• Montpelier, VT: The City of Montpelier announced a net-zero use of fossil fuels by 2030, partnering with Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, and the Energy Action Network in 2014. This capital city’s efforts are part of a state-wide goal of reducing emissions by 90% and a local goal of seeking to attract innovative energy businesses in the city.111

Take Mayor’s Challenge to Conserve Water

Mayor's Water Preservation Challenge

Mayor’s Water Preservation Challenge

The 2014 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation started on April 1 and will end on April 30, 2014.

The Challenge, a city-friendly competition, is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation. Residents who pledged in the winning cities are eligible for great prizes. Last year, citizens from over 1 ,000 cities in all 50 states made online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com to save water, use less energy and reduce pollution at home and in their community with potential cost savings of more than $30.6 million.

Please take the Mayor’s Water Challenge today and pledge to conserve water! College Park is currently in fifth place! www.mywaterpledge.org

You can even win prizes for taking the pledge! Please spread the word!

Mark Your Calendar! May 3rd Hollywood Clean-up

May 3 2014 Cleanup

May 3 2014 Cleanup

On Saturday, May 3, the City Committee for a Better Environment will be hosting a neighborhood cleanup!  Details below:

When: 
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Time and Place to Meet: 
9:30 am at Hollywood Park (on 53rd Avenue, by the Metro)
The City Committee for a Better Environment will be hosting a neighborhood cleanup on On Saturday, May 3,  at 9:30 am!  Details below:
Our Goals:
Cleanup. Walk down 53rd Ave from the Hollywood park. Pick up trash along 53rd Ave towards Greenbelt Metro and proceed right to Lackawanna Street and along Narragansett parkway. Make a right at Edgewood Road and end at the park
What to Wear and Bring: 
Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear or bring knee-high boots in case you need them. If you have a reusable water bottle, please bring it; we’ll supply the water.
We’ll Supply: 
Light refreshments, bags for trash, and gloves.
If you plan to participate, please RSVP to macrinaxavier@gmail.com or janiso@erols.com or call and leave a message at 571-283-8513 or 240-888-6972 with your name and contact information (to be notified in case of changes).
Here is a flyer: May 3 cleanup flyer .  Please spread the word!

New Registration for City Residents to Get UMD Emergency Alerts

UMD Alert

UMD Alert

The University of Maryland Police Department is asking College Park residents to register to receive relevant updates at the following address, especially during emergency situations that may occur on UMD’s campus: http://collegeparkmd.gov/government/public_services/umd_alert.php

This link only applies to those residents who not affiliated with the University.

The UMD Alert system is the channel the UMD Police use to provide critical information and instructions, as needed.

Since 2007, any person affiliated with the University of Maryland has been able to subscribe to UMD Alerts. The large number of subscribers, approximately 160,000, have impeded the system at times and delayed the delivery time of messages to those who need it most—our current students, faculty and staff. The registration system for residents will help improve the alert system.

All registered students and employees with active UIDs will remain in the system and no action is required to remain subscribed to UMD Alerts. If you are a current student or employee and need to change or update your contact information for the alert notifications, please log in to UMD Alerts (https://alert.umd.edu).

In an effort to improve the speed of notification to the campus community, effective today, the UMD Alerts text and email messaging system will only send updates to current students, faculty and staff.

If you are not a current student, faculty or staff member, we welcome you to follow us on Twitter (@UMPD), Facebook (University of Maryland Department of Public Safety) or subscribe to the UMPD news site (umpdnews.umd.edu).

Notifications will be posted to the news site and social media when UMD Alerts are issued. Instructions on how to subscribe to UMPD News are available at http://www.umpdnews.umd.edu/node/55.

City Council Asks SHA to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Route 1

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed a number of ideas to improve the pedestrian safety on Route 1, especially in light of last weekend’s tragic accident at the Knox Road intersection. Here is the text of that letter we decided to send to the SHA.

April 15, 2014

Ms. Melinda B. Peters, Administrator
State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Dear Ms. Peters:

On behalf of our residents, students, and visitors, I would like to convey to you our strongest request that SHA implement—in the most expeditious time possible—significant pedestrian safety improvements along Baltimore Avenue in the City of College Park. On April 11, 2014 we suffered the second pedestrian fatality this year when 23-year-old Carlos Pacanins was killed on Baltimore Avenue in downtown College Park. Cory Hubbard, a 22-year-old student, was killed in January in the same area.

Over the years, the State, the County, and the City have conducted studies and have implemented some safety improvements. SHA is currently finishing a Pedestrian Road Safety Audit for Baltimore Avenue, and a County working group involving State, City, and University stakeholders has convened to identify solutions. We appreciate these important efforts.

Without pre-judging the current processes or additional recommendations that may come from these activities, the City Council and I urge you to designate the area a pedestrian zone, and implement the following steps within the Pedestrian Road Safety Audit area (Berwyn Road to Guilford Road):

• Install pedestrian count-down lights for all sides of Baltimore Avenue intersections
• Use automatic flashing “walk” signals with a green light
• Install better lighting along Baltimore Avenue and at the intersections
• Lower the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour
• At the soonest opportunity, present the final Pedestrian Road Safety Audit report to the City Council and include a timeline to implement the recommended safety improvements.

The City of College Park will examine its pedestrian lighting and other aspects of pedestrian safety that it can influence, including increased policing, education and outreach activities. However, we need SHA to address the items above so that we significantly and permanently reduce the risk of auto-pedestrian incidents in the shortest time period possible.

Thank you for your attention to this issue, and we look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Andrew M. Fellows
Mayor