Council to Discuss FBI Development at Greenbelt Metro

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss the proposed FBI development at the Greenbelt Metro development.

Based on my conversation with Garth Beall, the developer at the A.H. Smith Greenbelt Management, the core FBI development will consist of 5 buildings. Their heights will range from from 10 to 16 stories. The developer is also proposing a mixed use development, in between the current Metro station and the proposed FBI buildings. The number of buildings could change but they wouldn’t be more than 8 stories tall unless everyone was in favor of it. Current concept plan for the mixed use is 800 residential units (500 apartments and 300 condos). There would be a condo building south of the garage that is not shown on the rendering. The developer would probably not build that until later since they don’t think the market would support that now.

Rest of the plan is for a 300 room hotel with 20,000 square feet of conference facility, 350,000 to 400,000 square feet of office and as much retail as we can make work, 100,000 square feet of retail, which may consists of restaurants, a small grocery like a Trader’s Joe’s or a 24 hour fitness as part of the retail mix. Hotel is expected be in one building, the apartments could be in one as shown in the rendering or split into two buildings if it works better. Office would be two or three buildings likely.

As far as the schedule goes, the GSA has now short listed the Greenbelt site as one of the three possible sites for the future FBI headquarter. The other 2 sites are at the previous Landover Mall and the Springfield site. More on that is here.

The GSA has started the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process, it’s expected the Request for Qualifications (to qualify bidders) to be issued in October or November, followed by Requests for Proposals late next spring or early next summer. Negotiation on bids are expected for the new headquarters to come next fall and the award to be made in the spring of 2016.

(Artist’s rendering of the aerial view. The FBI buildings are at the bottom)

(Artist’s rendering of the plaza, looking east, with Greenbelt Metro behind)

UMD Program to Encourage County Residents to Shed Weight

A representative of the University of Maryland’s Healthy Futures Families Program will make a presentation on their “Lose it to TYinlt” campaign to the Council.

The program is based in UMD’s School of Public Health. The program collaborates with the Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center in Adelphi, Md., to create a field office where local residents can receive information about and assistance with accessing health resources and services.

They are hoping to encourage 250,000 residents in Prince George’s. County to lose 4 pounds, and maintain their weight loss from July I, 2014 to July I, 2015.

Please see here to learn more about the program.

Residents Report Post Office Irregularities

Recently, Council member Wojahn and I received a number of complaints from our residents about many irregularities of the local post office services. This led us to send a letter to Edward Williamson, the manager of the Capital area post office operations . Please see that below. Also, if you have experienced similar irregularities, please let me know.

Edward Williamson
Manager, Post Office Operations
Capital District
United States Postal Services
Capitol Heights, MD  20791

Mr. Williamson,

We are writing to follow up with the letter sent by the College Park City Council on September 13, 2011, regarding concerns about employee standards at the Hollywood Post Office at 9591 Baltimore Ave.  In that letter, a copy of which is attached for your reference, the council documented concerns about lost and misdelivered mail, failure of the post office to hold mail for people who went on vacation, poor customer service, and other complaints that residents brought to our attention.

A few new complaints recently came to our attention of lost and misdelivered mail, and we decided to request feedback from the community about the service that community members have been receiving from the Hollywood Post Office.  We are writing to report that feedback to you and request follow-up on some remaining concerns.

Fortunately, it seems that service has improved in some respects at this post office.  Although residents still report some occasional misdirected or lost mail, several have commented that the situation has improved itself, and some have particularly complimented at least one of the carriers, who has exhibited professionalism and a friendly demeanor.

Problems continue, however, especially with the staff working at the Hollywood post office itself.  Residents continue to report rude and discourteous staff when they need to go to the post office to take care of their business.  They continue to have problems with requests that should be simple, such as requests to hold mail.

Attached is a list of comments and concerns raised among residents over the past few months.  If you would like further information about any particular issue or incident, please contact us at the contact information provided below and we will follow up with the resident to see if the resident will be willing to speak with you directly.  Otherwise, please contact us so that we can meet and discuss these concerns and what the United States Postal Service can do to continue to improve services at the Hollywood Post Office.


Fazlul Kabir and Patrick Wojahn

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Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

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

Gardeners’ Swap Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars, gardeners! In early October, we will be holding a seed and plant swap at the Hollywood Farmers Market.Bring seeds and plants and swap them for other contributions. Please put seeds in a small clear plastic bag and identify them with a label. Also please label any potted plants you bring.

More details will be in next week’s newsletter. Stay tuned for the date…



Featured Vendor: Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden

Every Saturday morning, you’ll see many people head directly to the tent of Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden to purchase home-made, hot-to-serve veggie fritters, egg rolls, iced tea, and smoothies. They also sell fresh-picked and cleaned lettuce by the bowl that can be used as a ready-to-make salad.

It’s obvious from the persistent smiles on their faces that the Caspari’s are delighted to meet their neighbors at the market. Their customers are also delighted by the delicious already made food they can eat at the picnic table under the shade trees or take in a to-go box.

Vendor News 

  • True Honest Tea won’t be at the market this Saturday—but they will return!
  • Pleitez Produce will be moving his table this Saturday. You’ll find him closer to the market tent


This week’s Vendors

Pleitez Farm
Legacy Manor Farm
Calvert Farm
Designed Naturall
Red Chimney Flower Farm
Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
Wood Doctor
Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
Phil’s Dills
49th Ave, Furniture
Huma Henna Art
Great Shoals
Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
Upper Crust Bakery
Alcoba Coffee Beans
Terp Care Center

Recipe of the Week: Zucchini Noodles (aka Fideos de Calabacin)

Source: Courtesy of Ibti Vincent at http://abikeablefeast.blogspot.com
Using a vegetable peeler, carefully slice the zucchini lengthwise, starting at one end and ending on the other end. As you peel closer to the center of the zucchini, turn the zucchini over and start peeling again from the opposite side. You can use a sharp knife to cut slices into thinner strips if you like, though a julienne peeler makes for the most consistent, skinny strips. These “noodles” are great COLD as a salad or HOT as a low-calorie substitute for pasta.

COLD ZUCCHINI SALAD: Make a dressing of juice from one lemon (about 3 tablespoons), 4 tablespoons olive oil, and 1/2 cup sliced or chopped fresh herbs (basil, mint, and/or parsley). Toss raw “noodles” with dressing and let marinate for 15 to 30 minutes. Variations: Toss with three to four handfuls of lettuce or arugula. Sprinkle on 1/4 cup crumbled feta.

HOT ZUCCHINI “PASTA”: Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add zucchini/squash “noodles” to the boiling water and cook very quickly, just one to two minutes until tender, but not mushy. Drain then toss with a little butter or olive oil, fresh herbs, and fresh peas or cherry tomatoes. You can also simply top with your favorite pasta sauce (or make some fresh pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes, the chopped up remains of your zucchini, herbs, and lots of garlic).


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

Visit NextNOW Festival at The Clarice!

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD, is presenting its season opening event, NextNOW Fest, this weekend from tonight, Thursday 9/11 through Sunday 9/14.

It’s a four-day festival of fun, interactive, and engaging arts performances by UMD, community, and international artists. Most events are free….a few are ticketed or require free advance reservations.

More info here: http://theclarice.umd.edu/series/2014-nextnow-fest

There is also a special brunch on Sunday 9/14 where you can share a meal with UMD Symphony Orchestra performers before they perform around the audience. Tickets and info here.

Hope you can make it out this weekend!

Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting – MetroBus, Davis Field, Foreclosure , and More..

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

The NCAPCA will be back to session tomorrow after the long summer recess. Here is what they have in the agenda.

1. Proposed Metrobus Changes/Feedback- A representative from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will discuss a proposal to split Metrobus Routes 83 and 86 in half with a common terminal at the College Park Metro Station.

2. CSX Request / Discussion – A representative from CSX will discuss the company’s request to purchase an easement across Davis Field from the City to provide CSX vehicles access to the railroad tracks/switches.

3. Community Partners Program – A representative from Prince George’s County will discuss community initiatives including a program to identify, track and maintain vacant foreclosed properties.

As usual, the meeting will start at 7.30pm at Davis Hall. See you all tomorrow.

Council to Disband Rent Stabilization Board

The City Council has recently voted to expire the Rent Stabilization, as of September 1, 2014. In order to reflect the change in the City Code, I asked to have a future worksession discussing the disbanding of the Rent Stabilization Board.

This expiration of rent stabilization law has made various sections of the City Code unnecessary. They include (1) Chapter 127 of the City Code containing the Rent Stabilization law (2) Chapter 15 including the establishment of the Rent Stabilization Board (3) Chapter 110 containing fees and penalties related to the Rent Stabilization law.

At tonight’s Council meeting, the Council will vote on an ordinance deleting each of these portions of the City Code reflecting the sunset of the Rent Stabilization law.

North College Park Crime Map – September 1-7, 2014

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Police Asks Help to Identify Two Robbery Suspects

The Prince Georges County Police is attempting to locate Dixon, Dominic 07/12/1990 (pictured above) in connection to a breaking and entering that occurred in College Park. The incident occurred at 9002 50th Pl on 08/29/2014 at 1340 Hrs. Mr. Dixon is known to frequent the Budget Inn 5043 Branchville Rd. If you have any information pertaining to this individual contact Det. Davis #2686 of the Prince Georges County Police Northern Regional Investigative Section Property Squad at (301)699-2601. Please refer to case number 14-241-1543.

The Police is also attempting to locate Weaver, Sherrod 04/2/1990 (pictured above) in connection to a breaking and entering that occurred in College Park. The incident occurred at 4905 Huron St on 09/02/2014 at 1536 Hrs. Mr. Weaver is known to frequent the Lakeland Rd area as well as the 4300 block 57th Ave. If you have any information pertaining to this individual contact Det. Ware #3587 of the Prince Georges County Police Northern Regional Investigative Section Property Squad at (301)699-2601. Please refer to case number 14-245-2300.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of this suspect.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

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

New Coffee Vendor Starting tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market, you can find what may be a perfect pair of vendors—Christine from Cresthill Bakery will return to her usual space at the market and right next to her will be Jose, selling his one-pound bags of locally roasted Guatemalan coffee beans. Alcoba Coffee Beans are grown on a family farm in Guatemala. Jose and his family, which also includes local beekeepers, import the beans and then roast them in small batches.One customer who purchased the beans on Jose’s first day at the market described the coffee as “rich and delicious.” Be sure to pick some up Saturday and see if you agree!Market Volunteer: Christiane Williams  


Earlier this year, north College Park resident Christiane Williams agreed to assume the role of chair of the Hollywood Farmers Market Board—on top of working as a vendor most Saturdays.

Christiane’s Designs sells colorful, high-quality home-made knits for babies, pets, and adults. She offers a variety of knitted clothes to cover the little ones from head to toe and beautiful scarves to keep adults warm when the weather turns cold.

Fido and Kitty can share in the delights at Chris’s table, which include knit mice filled with organic catnip and custom-made sweaters for the discriminating pooch.

Her talents also lend themselves to gardening, and we sometimes see plants for sale next to the knits. Stop by to say hello and see what she has for the whole family!

September is National Honey Month 

A few of our vendors—like Robert Boone’s Morning Glory Farms—occasionally offer pure honey from their own stash of bee hives. Although most of us think of honey as a sweetener, it has many other valuable uses, according to some sources.

One website (http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/) says that honey offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body.

“Its powerful healing attributes” have been used for thousands of years and are “known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders,” according to the above site. The moral of the story is this: Appreciate honey for all of its possible benefits beyond the fact that it’s delicious!



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. Great Shoals Wines and Ciders
23. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
24. Upper Crust Bakery
25. Alcoba Coffee Beans

Recipe of the Week: Zucchini and Summer Squash Cakes 

Source: Behnke’s Garden Blog, posted August 27, 2014 by Jessica Crawford at http://blog.behnkes.com/

4-5 medium, firm and fresh zucchini, yellow squash or mix of the two
1 tbsp salt
1 c breadcrumbs
1 can (16 oz) whole kernel corn; drained
½ c grated or shredded parmesan
2 eggs
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Grate squash into a large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and mix gently to combine. Set aside for 30 to 60 minutes. Next, rinse squash thoroughly to remove most of salt.

Strain and squeeze through clean tea towel or cheesecloth to remove majority of moisture from veggies.

Return to mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. (Add other shredded vegetables like a carrot or sweet pepper to add color and sweetness.)

Incorporate all ingredients completely, but don’t over-work mixture. Form into small hamburger-sized patties.

Pan-fry over medium heat, in equal mix of olive oil and melted butter until golden and crispy.

Yield 6 to 8 cakes.

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

College Park Day 2014

City’s biggest event College Park Day is happening in just a few weeks on Saturday, September 27 from 11am – 3pm at 5000 Paint Branch Parkway (the corner of Paint Branch and Corporal Frank Scott Dr.) Please see below some of the activities w’ll be having at the event this year. More here on City’s website: www.CollegeParkDay.org and in the poster below.

  • Free admission to the College Park Aviation Museum – 2 blocks from the event.
  • Tour College Park Bike Ride – coordinated bike ride through town hitting all the highlights with Proteus Bikes.  Easy 10 miles or so.  Leaves and returns from their tent at College Park Day – sign in at 10:45am, leaves at 11am.
  • Pet Parade – benefits the CP Animal Welfare Committee.  Community members are welcome to bring their well behaved pets on leash to the event.  The parade sign in starts at 11am and the parade itself will kick off at 12pm.  Big Bad Woof will furnish grand prize for best pet.
  • Free Zumba Class at 1pm courtesy of College Park Community Center Zumba group.
  • Special appearance by the Baltimore Oriole mascot.  Bring your camera and get a photo with the bird!
  • Festival Food – we’ll have lots of BBQ, hot dogs, pulled pork and Venezuelan arepas on the savory side.  To tempt your sweet tooth, we’ll have heavenly cupcakes and Hawaiian Shave Ice.  Special beverages provided by Dragonfly Vineyards – local wine and sangria!
  • Kids activities – lots for kids to see and do.  We’ll have a rock wall for climbing, the extreme air bungee for jumping and somersaults, the ultimate fire rescue obstacle course, a Nemo bounce house, giant 30′ climber and slide (all of which adults can do too!), face painting, carnival games, and free skating.
  • Kids Bike Rodeo – the folks at Proteus will have a bike handling course set for the little kids.  They must bring their own bikes.  After they complete the course they may win a brand new bike helmet.  The Proteus staff want to promote bike safety within the community.
  • Great Music and performances – we have 3 distinctly different bands this year.  Steel drums start us off, followed by classic rock, a high flying performance by Gymkana, and ending with funk and R&B.


Route 1 Sidewalk in North College Park Can be Rebuilt by Next Year

Route 1 sidewalk in north College Park (the Gazette)

Representatives from the State Highway Administration (SHA) came to last night’s Council worksession to talk about the sidewalk retrofit program in north College Park (from MD 193 to I-495).

The SHA representative told us the project can begin as early as within a year and it will take about 6 months to complete. This means the sidewalk can possibly be built by the end of next year.

The SHA will start working with the business owners on both sides of Route 1 to discuss

In another good news, the SHA identified a funding source to build the retaining wall between Erie St and Fox St. This means that we will have continuous ADA complaint sidewalk on both sides of Route 1 in north College Park.

Today: Pepco Asks Residents to Save Electricity

Pepco asks all of its customers to conserve energy today as an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region is anticipated.

The power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

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 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., Tuesday. 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.

Peak Energy Savings Credit and Energy Wise Rewards are voluntary programs. Customers can learn more about Peak Energy Savings Credit by calling 1-855-730-PEAK or visit www.takecontrolmaryland.com/pesc . To learn more about Energy Wise Rewards call 1-866-353-5798 or visit pepco.com/rewards.

CSX Plans to Build Access Path Across Davis Field Park

Proposed easement across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street

Proposed easement across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss a CSX proposal to build a patch across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street.

CSX is saying they want to “reestablish” the access path, which they had years ago through the field.

CSX wants to build this access path in the form of a deeded right from the City of College Park.

CSX is proposing to make improvements to the entrance by constructing a dual pivoting gate with both the City and CSX’s locks and gravel or paving the path to our corridor if the City requires. CSX will also pay for all closing costs for the City to convey the property right.

On average our crews would use this access 2-3 times per month. By federal government mandate, they are required to test our switches and signals on a monthly basis. CSX signal department would use this access path to reach their switch just north of this location for the monthly testing. Their maintenance of way department would use this access path rarely for switch maintenance.

Please let me know what you think about the proposed access path.