North College Park Crime Map – Aug 24 – 31, 2014


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Breaking and Entering Residential






[8/26/14]BREAKR03:3705:509700 Blk 53RD AVE,
[8/27/14]BREAK05:0506:424900 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[8/29/14]BREAK13:4215:239000 Blk 50TH PL, 
[8/29/14]BREAKR06:2807:415000 Blk PADUCAH RD 








[8/27/14]THEFT09:3711:015000 Blk MUSKOGEE ST,
[8/27/14]THEFT10:2010:514800 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[8/27/14]THEFT14:1915:449500 Blk 50TH AVE,
[8/29/14]THEFT19:0519:349100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[8/29/14]THEFT23:2400:209100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE

Theft from Auto






#L14236THEFTA13:0413:569400 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
[8/27/14]THEFTA05:4506:554900 Blk NIAGARA RD, PP
[8/28/14]THEFTA15:1416:169800  Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE


Sign Up to Receive UMD Football Game Day Alerts

University of Maryland Police

Today is the first home football game of the year at the University of Maryland. We expect to have a large crowd during the game day, especially on Route 1 and the University Blvd.

To receive game day information text alerts regarding incidents, traffic problems, notifications about the start and end of incoming and outgoing traffic, etc… send a text message from your mobile device to 888777 with keyword: TerpsGameDay

For more information, please contact Marc Limansky of the UMD Police at mlimansky@umpd.umd.edu

Please check here to see the complete schedule of this game season.

‘Tis almost the Season for…Cool-Weather Crops!

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

‘Tis almost the Season for…Cool-Weather Crops!

Even though this Labor Day weekend unofficially ushers in fall, there is no need us to weep for the loss of fresh fruit and vegetables. From tomorrow until the market closes in late fall, you can get many favorites, including beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pumpkin, and spinach—just to name a few—and you can still find late summer crops like tomatoes and zucchini.

On the fruit side, there are sure to be apples—lots of apples, especially at the table of Kevin Tuckeyof Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries, Fruits and Vegetables. And don’t forget the baked goods made from fruit, available from Heavenly Created Desserts and other vendors.

Market Volunteer: Robert Boone 

r_booneOn his LinkedIn homepage, north College Park resident Robert Boone calls himself the “owner and grunt” of Morning Glory Farm—an impressive spread in his backyard that includes several beehives. You’ll find him at our market on Saturdays (along with his faithful, four-legged friend Boopie) selling vegetables, plants and flowers. Not only is Robert producing local food, he’s also researching ways of growing nutrient-dense healthy food as an alternative to corporate-produced products. Whatever products he doesn’t sell at the market, use himself, or give away to his friends, he donates to the local Meals on Wheels program.

Update on Our Vendors 

Wet your whistle and visit the table of Great Shoals Wine & Ciders this Saturday, August 30, for a tasting of a great, fruity wine or cider—then buy a bottle of your favorite. You won’t want to miss Great Shoals this Saturday because they won’t be at the market again until September 27! It is also useful to know how to store opened red wine without cork.

Christelle of Cresthill Bakery will not be at the market this coming Saturday, August 30, but will return next Saturday, September 6.


This week’s Vendors

1. Sunsplash Farm
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 Naturall
10. Red Chimney Flower Farm
11. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
12. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
13. Wood Doctor
14. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
15. Phil’s Dills
16. 49th Ave, Furniture
17. A Little Pottery
18. Ear gear
19. Vermi Compost
20. Huma Henna Art
21. True Honey Tea
22. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
23. Great Shoals Wines and Ciders

Recipe of the Week: Spinach and Beans 

Serving Size: 1 cup, makes six servings

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans of great northern beans or white beans, rinsed
6 cups of spinach, washed and dried
2 tablespoon of thyme, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Add onion and cook for about two minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and cook for one minute, stirring often. Add beans and thyme (optional), and cook for two minutes. Stir in spinach and immediately turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Source: Market to Mealtime, UM Extension – Eat Fresh Maryland

Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Hollywood Organic Garden Grown Using Backyard Composts

Today, I visited an organic garden in Hollywood, completely grown using backyard compost. Kennis Termini, a resident living on east Edgewood Road has been growing this garden for about a year. Her grand son Christopher helps her in growing the backyard compost. So far she has grown herbs, flowers and fruits. Here are a few pictures I took from the garden. Please enjoy.

Tony Yanchulis is No Longer With Us

Tony Yanchulis

Tony Yanchulis

Tony Yanchulis, the former College Park Council member of 18 years passed away this past Saturday at the Doctor’s Community Hospital.

Tony and his wife Betty moved to College Park in 1960 and raised a beautiful family of 5 children ( Elizabeth, Anthony III (Kathy), Suzanne, Christopher, and Mark (Sue)); 7 grant children ( Tim, Tyler, Christine, Brieann, Noah, Riley, and Cooper ) and 5 great-grand children (Cole, Luke, Tyler, Brandon, and Lauren ).  Here is an obituary on the Washington Post.

Tony will be missed sorely  by all of us. His  years of service to College Park as the Council member will be remembered by the city residents for many years to come.

Tony’s funeral will take place at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 4902 Berwyn Rd. College Park, MD 20740 tomorrow at 10 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Let’s keep Tony and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

North College Park Crime Map, August 17-23, 2014

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Breaker and Entering Residential
Theft from Auto
5000 Blk PADUCAH RD,

Free Watch Program to Prevent Car Theft

Watch My Car

College Park and the surrounding area have seen a rise in crime incidents involving vehicle theft in recent months. While we should everything possible to secure our vehicles and prevent damage and thefts, more can be done to reduce such crime our area.

In case you didn’t know, there is a FREE program to prevent car thefts. It’s called “WATCH YOUR CAR”. The “WATCH YOUR CAR” program is administered by the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (MVTPC) and is provided as a public service, free of charge, to owners of vehicles registered in the State of Maryland. It is a voluntary vehicle registration program designed to deter auto theft and assist in the apprehension of auto thieves.

How it works: The owner(s) sign an application form stating their vehicle is not normally used between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am which gives permission for a police officer to stop the car between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am to verify that the driver is actually the owner of the vehicle or an authorized driver, designated by the owner. Once registered, the vehicle owner will receive 2 window decals to be placed on the front and back windows of the vehicle. Vehicle owners wishing to participate in the program can click on the link below to download the application form and submit the completed form to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council.

Please click here to find more about the program and how to register.

Hollywood LPR Cameras to Go Live Soon

The license plate readers at the Edgewood and Rhode Island Ave are expected go live by the end of this month.

When installed, the data will be able to be downloaded at the intersection as needed by police . Soon it will be transmitted to police so a site visit would not be necessary.

There will be a few more security cameras installed in other parts of the city. Here is the current status of ongoing projects:

1. Edgewood / Rhode Island–– final equipment installation will take place before the 31st to allow recording of data by the 4 LPR cameras installed at this intersection and on-site data downloading. . Work will continue to provide off-site data downloading and storage.

2. St. Andrews / Metzerott ––County DPW&T has been requested to allow mounting of an LPR on a County traffic signal pole. Once permission is granted installation of equipment will be done immediately. This location was determined to be the best option after evaluation of the St. Andrews median proved the previously selected site to be problematic due to underground utilities. DPW&T response is expected sometime next week.

3. Princeton / Hartwick–– Preliminary approval has been given by Pepco to mount a PTZ camera on a Pepco pole at this intersection. Avrio will request permission to proceed to install the camera next week, before a final permit is issued.

4. Guilford Rd–– Avrio has obtained conditional approval from Pepco for mounting an LPR camera and transmitting equipment on Pepco poles. Poles proposed for mounting 2 PTZ cameras were not approved by Pepco due to other equipment or multiple power lines on those poles. Avrio has been directed to proceed to plan to install 2 new dedicated utility poles to mount the PTZ cameras. Avrio subcontractors have been authorized to purchase the poles. Estimated lead time is two-three weeks. Estimated three days to install poles, conduit, Pepco connection, etc. Equipment is ready for installation.

5. Baltimore Avenue / Lakeland.––Pepco approved use of a pole for an LPR, but denied 2 proposed pole locations for PTZ due to existing equipment and power line installations. Avrio has been directed to plan to install 2 new dedicated utility poles in City right of way to avoid SHA right of way locations. Avrio will work with Pepco to bring power to the new City utility poles. Avrio will coordinate pole placement with Miss Utility and the City Engineer.

LPR stands for License Plate Recognition camera whereas PTZ stands for Pan/Tilt/Zoom remote controlled & monitored camera.

The cameras will be installed by the security camera contractor Aviro.

Our Public Safety staff met with an Avrio project engineer yesterday and we surveyed all the ongoing security camera project locations, determined current status, and conducted a preliminary site visit to identify options for the future Lakeland/Berwyn Trolley Trail project

Mundo Latino Safety Update

Yesterday I met with a Hollywood resident, who was at the store during the time of robbery. Even though he was with his wife and 5 year old son at the time, he took the risk of quickly hiding behind the shelves and calling 911 emergency number. I think we should all be proud of a neighbor like him for showing such an act of bravery in a very difficult time.

On a related matter, police and I met with the store’s cashier and owner last week to discuss a couple of safety improvements at the store. We showed the owner the “Wanted” Police reward posters about the 3 robberies at the store. We told him that we support his business and are concerned about the safety of this staff and customers.

The owner said he will start working on the following items soon. Some of the items will need working with the owner from who he is leasing the store.

Suggested Safety Improvements Inside Store
1. Remove covering from windows to allow pedestrians to see inside
2. Add a working audible alarm inside the store
3. Add Video monitor inside store ( like in 7-11)

Suggested Improvements to Make the Store More Inviting and Attractive
1. Remove or fix the light posts by the fence
2. Keep the front area trash free
3. Repaint the posts in the front area
4. Fix the light post at the entrance

We’ll certainly need to keep him in touch on these items to see the progress

Free School Giveaway at Duvall Field, Today

Today, Former Maryland Terrapin, Grevis Vasquez will be at Duvall Field for a family-oriented event and Back-to-School give away. Please bring your children and meet Grevis.
school bash

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

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

Chair Massages Now Availablemassage

Before or after you do your market shopping, treat yourself to a 10-minute chair massage at the Elated Harmonies Massage tent.

For a small fee, you will receive a deeply relaxing chair massage of your neck, shoulders and back from Nora, a registered Maryland massage practitioner, who is now a regular vendor at our market.Nora, who founded Elated Harmonies Massage soon after graduating the Potomac Massage Institute of Washington in 2012, has extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and additional certifications in hot stone and Ayurvedic spa and bodywork.

Her philosophy is that “the power of touch can restore, relieve and renew,” as she says on her website at http://www.elatedharmoniesmassage.com/.

Need Bread?
Unfortunately, our much beloved bread vendor, Christelle of Cresthill Bakery, will not be at the market this coming Saturday, August 23 or next Saturday, August 30. However, don’t worry, she will return to her spot on September 6.

Market Volunteer: Kennis Termini


In addition to being a member of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market Board, Kennis is a dedicated College Park activist.

She volunteers for many city events and committees, including the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE), as well as good causes outside of College Park, such as the food pantry in Laurel. As one of her friends recently said, “the community is her hobby.”

In addition to her volunteer work, she enjoys helping children and cats as well as gardening, cooking, and good conversation.

This week’s Vendors

1. Sunsplash Farm
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. True Honey Tea
25. Great Shoals Wines & Ciders
26. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry

Recipe of the Week: Tomato Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 40 minutes; Yield: 6 to 8 slices

4 medium tomatoes, Salt, 1 regular pie crust
3/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 8 to 10 basil leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoons dried basil)

Thinly slice the tomatoes and salt them. Place them in a strainer or on a cooling rack to allow the salt to draw out some of the moisture.

Bake the pie crust per the instructions and cool.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and minced garlic. Stir well and set aside.

Return to the tomatoes and use paper towels to blot them well to remove the excess moisture. Layer the tomatoes and chopped basil in the pie crust. Spread the cheese mixture over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. [Source] 

Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

SHA to Build Fence to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Route 1

Rt1 FenceThe State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are placing concrete footers that will support a fence between Knox Road and Hartwick Road to deter mid-block pedestrian crossings on US 1. Weather permitting, the installation of the fence should be complete by early September. To complete the installation of the fence, crews are permitted to close a single lane in both directions of US 1, weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The fence is part of SHA’s effort to enhance safety along US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from Guilford Road/Guilford Drive to Berwyn Road in College Park as University of Maryland students arrive for the start of the new school year.

Last month, SHA lowered the speed limits along US 1 from 30 to 25 miles per hour from Guilford Road/Guilford Drive to Berwyn Road. Additionally, with the signal timing changes in the corridor, motorists need to allow extra time to travel through College Park on US 1. The summer months showed minimal impact to traffic, but as school starts and summer ends, the traffic volumes increase and more time will be needed to travel through the corridor.

SHA is also working on a pedestrian-activated signal that will stop traffic in all directions at the intersection of US 1 and Hartwick Road. During installation of the signal poles and utilities, pedestrians will need to stay clear of the construction area. SHA plans to activate the signal by late October.

“Temporary sidewalk closures will be necessary to complete the installation of these new safety measures,” said Brian Young, SHA District 3 Engineer. “When traveling near a closed section of sidewalk, pedestrians should pay attention and look for the color orange—the color of construction signs, fencing, barrels and cones—which sometimes means safely crossing to the opposite side of Baltimore Avenue to avoid work zones.”

As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Those who will get injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver may hire a car accident injury lawyer to help them seek compensation for their injuries or damages. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you get the justice you deserve. So if you’ve recently been involved in an auto accident, it’s best to speak to a professional car accident lawyer for expert legal services.

Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!

[Source: State Highway Administration]

Police to Host Car Wash Charity Event This Saturday

The Maryland State Police will be doing a charity car wash event at their Sunnyside barrack (10100 Rhode Island avenue) this Saturday (1pm – 7pm). Please below for details.

MSP 2014 Car Wash

City Plans to Make Permit Application Forms Online

City’s website has many permit application forms like the one. http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/government/public_services/applications_and_forms.php,
Unfortunately it’s not very user friendly to use these forms, as our residents need to download, print, fill out, scan and attach these forms via email. Then they will need to make a separate phone call to make the payment for the application fee.
The good news is that as part of FY15 action plan, our staff and IT will soon start working to make these forms online on our website. This will make the application process a lot simpler. Once these forms are converted to online forms, our residents can fill out the information on our website and submit the payment there on the same web page. 
We anticipate the conversion work to begin sometime in the 3rd quarter of this fiscal year. They will most likely start with the forms related to Public Services department and then work on the forms in other departments. I will keep you posted as the conversion takes place.

Interested in Community Garden? Take the Survey

Community garden

The City would like your opinion on starting a community garden in College  Park. Here is the link.

Community Gardens are beneficial for public health and for the environment.  They’re also a great way to help strengthen neighborhood connections and foster a  sense of community between residents.

Printed copies of the survey are available at City Hall, Davis Hall and Youth and  Family Services for residents without computer access. The survey will be available on line thorough August 22nd.

The Maryland Park and Planning manages four community gardens in the area, the closest one to College Park residents is on Cherry Hill Road, just outside of the city boundary. If you want to rent a plot in one of these gardens, please contact the Park and Planning here.