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A Little Free Library in College Park

The other day, I got a call from a neighbor about something very interesting – a little free” library in north College Park. Later I made a visit to this little library with my son and guess what, he borrowed one that he is now reading in his summer school break.

The library is called “little”, because unlike the traditional libraries, where we go and pick books after browsing thousands, this library holds only a handful – in an enclosure that has a size little more than that of our typical mailboxes in front of our houses.

The concept is very simple. It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

The concept of having the little free library is not quite quite new. It all started back in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

The concept later turned into a kind of movement, which is now being adopted by many, not only in the USA, but other parts of the world as well. You can now order a “little library” online from the website

I think it’s nifty idea that some of us can use. All of us have a few collection of good books that often gather dusts on our bookshelf after we finish reading them. I ask why don’t we share them with our neighbors through our own little libraries.

College Park Woods Swimming Pool Opens Memberships to City Residents

College Park Woods Swimming Pool (CP Patch)

College Park Woods Swimming Pool (CP Patch)

The College Park Woods Swim Club still has membership plans available for this summer. Located in a wooded setting at 3545 Marlbrough Way, we offer ongoing family fun. A large pool, diving area and separate very large “baby pool” are available. Picnic tables and areas, bath house, solskjerming to protect you from the sun, snack bar and basketball court are available. Several cabanas and umbrellas offer shade.

The Pool has an active swim team and aerobic classes are given Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am when lane swimming is also open. Meanwhile, if there are other amenities available such as a hot tub, make sure they have the best Hot Tub Covers to ensure of their cleanliness.

Regular hours are Sunday – Thursday 1pm-7pm – Friday and Saturday 1pm-8pm.

Why not join the pool? Try them out with a day pass for $7 per person one time and the cost will be deducted from your membership fee. ALL new members receive our “early-bird” discount and reduced price guest passes.

The clear water is great exercise for swimmers or water walking and it’s a wonderful place to make new friends…open to all.

Please call 301 935-5617 or write for more information.

Outdoor Fire – What You Need to Know

Outdoor fire

As we’re into summer season, we were asked about outdoor fires , such as fire pits in residential yards.

According to County code, they are not prohibited, but certain cautions must be applied:

– property owners or tenants may have recreational fires ( such as small campfires, fire pits, wood/charcoal burning grills etc.) on private property
– they must be attended at all times until extinguished ( a nearby water hose is recommended )
– the fire department may prohibit these at any time it is determined they create a hazard ( e.g. high winds, dry conditions )
– open fires must be 30 feet or more from any building or structure
– a clear space, free of combustibles, must be maintained around the fire for 10 feet. An aerosol fire supression system can be effective in suppressing Class A, B, and C fires.

Please click here to get your information are relevant sections of County fire safety and air pollution regulations.

Let the Market Help You Prepare for Your July 4th Celebration!

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

Looking Forward to this SaturdayJugglers
We’re starting the July 4th celebration early this Saturday! Come to the market to shop for your 4th of July picnic, and you’ll also be able to:

  • Welcome back Ashley and her friends from the Circus School. They will entertain kids of all ages with their special talents – making animal balloons, hats, and swords; juggling; and walking on stilts.
  • FREE face-painting by north College Park resident Donna Weene.
  • John, head mechanic from Proteus Bicycles (one of our sponsors!), will be there from 9 am to 12 Noon to give your bike a FREE check (shifting, brakes, drive train etc.) and make minor adjustments.
  • Sign up for a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate from Behnke’s (another one of our sponsors!) and a gift certificate for a sandwich and drink from New York Deli (yet another one of our sponsors!). All you have to do is stop by the market tent, give us your name and contact information, and we’ll call or email you if you win one of the certificates.
  • If you plan to buy something from Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden or from Heavenly Created Desserts, stop by the market table to get a $1 coupon (one per individual or family) for their delicious food.
  • Fine jewelry artist Betty Gailes will be at the market Saturday to share her handmade beaded and sterling silver jewelry. Betty shares her life with Bill, owner of Gailes Violin, whose support for the market has earned him “angel” status.
  • Janis from the College Park Committee for a Better Environment will distribute large and small mesh produce bags.


A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.

• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery
21. Ear gear
22. Vermi Compost
23. Huma Henna Art
24. Larry’s Produce
25. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry



Recipe of the Week: Sweet & Sour Cabbage
Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

1/2 head of cabbage, washed and chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery seed
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons vinegar

In a large bowl, combine ingredients and mix well. Cover the bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours and stir before serving.

New Vendors
Gardener Alert: Vermicompost Joins the Market! This new vendor will be selling bags of nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Find out more about how worms recycle food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil amendment at Mabel’s table.

Jessyka Padilla will be there to offer a different kind of handmade jewelry.  Come check it out!

Larry’s Produce: Virginia-grown vegetables including daikon, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, rhubarb, beets and potatoes. The list goes on and on!  Get your entire dinner from this table alone, Jose and his sons will get you everything you need!


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook:
Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.


Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety

Prince George's Police

Prince George’s Police

The Prince George’s County Council will host “Building On Our Successes: Making Prince George’s County an Even Safer Community,” a Town Hall Meeting focusing on public safety in Prince George’s County, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

The Town Hall Meeting will be held in the Council Hearing Room, First Floor, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, in Upper Marlboro. Featured presenters include State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks; Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security Director Brian R. Moe; Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw; Prince George’s County Fire Chief Mark S. Bashoor; Prince George’s County Sheriff Melvin High; and Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough. Citizens will also have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session, and share their thoughts on issues of community concern with the County’s top public safety officials.

Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) – District 9, encourages residents to join this important discussion on safer communities in Prince George’s County.

“Public safety, a shared priority, is an issue that directly impacts every Prince Georgian. We want to update residents on our historic progress in public safety and discuss ways we can continue to work collaboratively to keep our communities even safer. This is an important opportunity to review our successes, identify our challenges, and develop strategies for our future, and I would encourage all of our residents to lend their voice to the conversation. ”

This event is free and open to the public. Live streaming will also be available on July 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Twitter users can live tweet their questions and concerns @PGCCouncilMedia.

Prince George’s County Council Public Safety Town Hall Meeting
“Building On Our Successes: Making Prince George’s County an Even Safer Community,”


Prince George’s County Council Members
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks
Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security Director Brian R. Moe
Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw
Prince George’s County Fire Chief Mark S. Bashoor
Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough
Prince George’s County Sheriff Melvin High

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Council Hearing Room, First Floor
County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Want to Go Solar? Join the College Park Solar Bulk Purchase by June 30

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on rooftop

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on rooftop

Members of the UMD and College Park communities are going solar and getting a 30% discount…Join them!

Over 70 UMD staff and local residents have already joined the coop. They’ve organized with the help of Community Power Network, an independent, nonprofit organization that helps communities go solar. Each member signs their own contract with the chosen installer, but everyone gets the bulk discount.

The group had a competitive bidding process and selected Astrum Solar to do the installations for the group. They are an awesome company and the group is really excited to be going solar!

New members can still join, but the deadline to sign up is MONDAY JUNE 30th! The group is open to anyone in College Park or the DC metro area.

Led by University physic’s researcher Bob Bartolo, and with the support of the UMD Office of Sustainability and College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, this group provides a great opportunity to go solar!

Click here to learn more and to sign up!

If you have any questions email Grant at

North College Park Crime Map – June 15 – 22, 2014

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

College Park, MD 20740

Stolen Vehicle






[6/22/14]STLVEH15:1516:469900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

Recovered stolen Vehicle













[6/21/14]Theft15:5517:225000 Blk MANGUM RD,

Theft From Auto







[6/19/14]THEFT05:2906:229600 Blk MILESTONE WAY,
[6/20/14]THEFTA07:1308:014800 Blk INDIAN LN,
[6/20/14]THEFTA09:1711:309500 Blk 48TH AVE,
[6/20/14]THEFTA11:3012:069500 Bk 48TH AVE,
[6/20/14]THEFTA12:0612:299500 Blk 48TH AVE,
[6/20/14]THEFTA18:4419:395000 Blk APACHE ST
[6/20/14]THEFTA21:0722:119200 Blk 48TH PL,


Primaries Tomorrow: See Where the Candidates Stand

Gubernatorial candidates debate at the Maryland Municipal League

After spending months on the campaign trails, the voters will choose the Democratic and Republican candidates tomorrow for the November election.

Three Democratic and four Republican candidates are running for the governor position. Depending on the affiliation, voters will get to choose one from each party. as far as the Maryland legislature goes, all candidates of the 21st Delegation are running unopposed. The same goes County Council District 1.

The Washington Post has an excellent analysis of the positions where the gubernatorial, and Attorney General candidates are standing. Please check that out here.

June is Flood Awareness Month

June is Flood Awareness Month and our County’s Department of Environmental Resources (DER) is working to raise awareness of flood risks and what County residents can do to protect their homes, families and personal belongings if flooding occurs.

June also marks the beginning of hurricane season and severe weather conditions can cause flooding, threaten lives, and damage property. County residents are encouraged to be flood smart and know what to do before, during and after a flood.

Residents must prepare to help prevent severe damages to their properties. In case their homes get flooded, they may have to seek water damage restoration services. It is crucial to schedule water damage restoration as soon as possible to prevent the damages from getting worse. Those who are dealing with roofing damages due to strong winds may need to hire roofing contractors. A new roof install may also be recommended by professionals if the damages are extensive. Contact a roofing contractor to do the garage roof replacement.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers flood awareness tips and information at To learn more about flood insurance options and premium discounts available to Prince George’s County residents, visit


Pepco Announces First Peak Savings Day of 2014

For Pepco Maryland customers, the Maryland Public Service Commission has approved Peak Energy Savings Credit. It rewards Pepco Maryland customers by offering bill credits when Maryland customers reduce energy use at home during Peak Savings Days. Pepco Maryland customers will automatically receive a phone call giving the hours for reducing energy use. Customers can also choose to be notified by email or text.

Pepco asked all of its customers to conserve energy on last Wednesday as high temperatures are expected to cause an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region is anticipated. The power supply in the region was expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

Pepco Maryland customers who reduce energy use below their specified baseline during the specific hours of the Peak Savings Day can receive a credit of $1.25 off their bill for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of reduced usage, through the Peak Energy Savings Credit program.

For Maryland and District of Columbia customers participating in Pepco’s voluntary Energy Wise Rewards program, a conservation period will be called from 2– 6 p.m. Wednesday. This means that Pepco will cycle the participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours. Because the air conditioner fans will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their home, and those who do should experience only a 1- to 3-degree change. It may take up to a half-hour after the event ends at 6 p.m. for air conditioners to resume normal operations. If you’re looking to buy the right air conditioning in Western Sydney, they discuss it all in their website.

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