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What is CERT?

A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a ready group of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operates at the neighborhood level.

CERT volunteers check on neighbors and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their neighbors. CERT members may also be called upon to help in other areas during emergencies even when their own neighborhood is not impacted.

The CERT Program prepares these volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is provided by subject matter experts such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians and building safety personnel.

A CERT class is being planned to begin in January 2015. Registration will be on a first come basis. If you are interested please send an email to with CERT in the subject line, or call 240.487.3570 and leave your contact information. You will be contacted to schedule your participation.

North College Park Crime Map – December 16-29, 2014

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Breaking and Entering Residential







[12/17/14]BREAKR09:1110:159700 Blk 51ST PL,
[12/17/14]BREAKR20:1321:144800 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,
[12/24/14]BREAKR15:0716:335200 Blk MINEOLA RD,
[12/24/14]BREAKR19:5821:354700 Blk CHEROKEE ST








[12/25/14]THEFT15:1415:449600 Blk MILESTONE WAY


Theft from Auto






[12/23/14]THEFTA07:2608:065200 Blk PALCO PL,
[12/23/14]THEFTA08:2109:1710100 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
[12/23/14]THEFTA09:0109:435000 Blk ODESSA RD,
[12/23/14]THEFTA12:1312:534700 Blk CHEROKEE ST
[12/23/14]THEFTA12:1413:529800 Blk 47TH PL
[12/23/14]THEFTA16:0217:169600 Blk MILESTONE WAY
[12/27/14]THEFA116:5917:36AMF FAIRLANES  ,  9021 Baltimore Avenue
[12/27/14]THEFTA18:0118:449000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,


City Offices Closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015

All City offices are closed Thursday, January 1, to observe the New Year holiday. Refuse and recycling will be collected on your regular collection day; however, special collections for electronics, brush, and bulky trash will only be scheduled for Friday, January 2.

You must call 240-487-3590 or email to schedule a pickup before setting your items to the curb. Please visit for the tentative curbside leaf collection schedule.

Position Available: Part-time contract Secretary

Requires reliable person with strong grammar and secretarial skills to attend and record evening Board and Committee meetings, prepare meeting minutes to summarize the proceedings, make approved revisions and provide a final set of minutes in a timely manner.

This assignment does not require word-for-word reporting.

All meetings are conducted at public facilities in College Park; most are scheduled for weekday evenings.

Contract rate is $22.00 per hour, guaranteed two hours per meeting, plus preparation of minutes at $11.00 per half-hour. We estimate twelve to sixteen hours per month, depending upon Committee assignments.

Please submit resume to: College Park City Clerk’s Office, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740, or fax to 301-699-8029.

Traffic Alert – UMD Sporting Events

Please be aware of pedestrians along city roads and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening for the following UMD event:
• Saturday, 12/27: UM men’s basketball vs. Oakland (5:00 p.m.)
• Monday, 12/29: UM women’s basketball vs. Ohio State (7:00 p.m.)
• Saturday, 1/3: UM men’s basketball vs. Minnesota (12:00 p.m.)
• Thursday, 1/8: UM women’s basketball vs. Purdue (6:30 p.m.)

2015 College Park Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

College Park will host an event for the 2015 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2015, 2:00pm to 4:00 pm, at Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center of the University of Maryland.

This year’s theme is “Our Diversity as a People, is our Strength as a Nation.”

This 24th annual tribute features entertainment reflections on Dr. King’s dream of peace and unity. This grassroots, community-based event highlights the extraordinary talent in our collective community.

The event will be sponsored by the City of College Park, the University of Maryland, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

For further information, please call 240-487-3570.

City Offices Closed Today and Tomorrow, Last Leaf Leaf Pickups Next Week

All City offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, to observe the holiday, and will reopen on Monday, December 29, 2014. I hope you will all have a good time with your family friends during this holiday break.

Also, City’s last pickups will be next week. The area east of Rode Island Avenue will be covered next Monday and Tuesday. If crews come next Monday to a street, they will not come on Tuesday.

Zero Waste Workshop and Discussion

The Zero Waste Prince George’s, College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, and Community Research invite you to a presentation on an effective strategy to reduce waste, increase recycling, save money, and protect public health.

Kristen Brown, a national expert and the Vice President of Municipal Partnerships for WasteZero (a Certified B Corporation), will present on Save Money and Recycle Tons (SMART), a unit pricing scheme used by 7000 communities across the United States to charge for waste collection and disposal according to the amount of waste discarded. Also known as Pay As You Throw, SMART has been found to immediately and significantly increase recycling and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, with no increase in illegal dumping.

Join the workshop and discussion for an interesting discussion about this common-sense strategy and how it could be implemented in our communities. The meeting will also include an update on the Zero Waste Strategic Plans of Prince George’s County and of the State of Maryland.

The event will take place on JANUARY 7, 2015, 7:00-9:00 P.M. at the City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 . Please spread the word.

UMD Taps Ulman to Transform College Park into the ‘Next Silicone Valley’

Ken Ulman

Yesterday, the University of Maryland has recruited former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to transform College Park into a hub of high tech start-ups and business incubators, the Washington Post reports.

Mr. Ulman is also a 1997 University of Maryland alumnus.

Mr. Ulman has recently formed a consulting firm Margrave Strategies LLC, and the new initiatives will be supported through its contract with the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, this university’s fundraising organization. He ran unsuccessfully for Howard County lieutenant governor recently. Ulman found himself essentially unemployed after Kittleman’s swearing-in this month.

Ulman’s role will be to find businesses and entrepreneurs who want to form partnerships with the university or bring new energy to College Park by locating their offices there.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Ulman’s hourly contract with the University of Maryland Foundation will pay his firm up to $247,000 a year, according to university officials.

Council Working on 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

Strategic plan envisions to improve Route 1 and businesses on Route 1

Strategic plan envisions to improve Route 1 and businesses on Route 1

In 2008, the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park decided to develop a strategic plan to identify key needs and formulate strategies for addressing them for a five year period.

It’s time now to think ahead of our strategic plan for the next five year – 2016 to 2020

Our FY 15 budget includes funds for a strategic consultant to assist in developing a new 5-year strategic plan, as the city’s current strategic plan expires at the end of this year. Last month, the city issued a Request for Proposals and received a number of bids, and then narrowed the bids down to three top candidates. These candidates have been interviewed, checking references, their submitted documentation are reviewed, and  Catherine Tuck Parrish from Novak Consulting was selected as the plan consultant.

This strategic plan is intended to build on previous and ongoing city planning efforts including the Comprehensive Plan, Economic Development Plan, Housing Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Route 1 Sector Plan and other relevant plans. At the same time, the City Council needs a more up-to-date plan that takes into account changes that have occurred over time, integrates elements of various different plans, and focuses on providing a concrete action plan for strategies that we can hope to accomplish during the next five years.

To obtain early citizen input prior to the drafting of this plan, the consultant will conduct focus groups with city residents and other stakeholders to obtain their ideas on priorities for the strategic plan.

In addition, the committee will use the survey results to get input for the plan. The City Council will also hear public input at Public Hearings to obtain feedback on the draft strategic plan.

Strategic Direction and Results FY 2010-2015
In this strategic plan the City of College Park City Council is challenging itself to:
 Enhance the quality of life throughout the City with emphasis on maintaining quality core services, making strategic and sustainable decisions that improve public safety, revitalizing blighted and deteriorated areas in the City including Route 1 and the Hollywood Commercial District, supporting prosperous economic development and job creation, addressing neighborhood improvements while preserving a high quality of life in our neighborhoods , and protecting and preserving the natural environment;
 Strengthen the City’s working relationship with the University of Maryland, Prince George’s County, local schools, state government, and neighboring municipalities t develop a more cooperative and unified community; and
 Keep residents and business and property owners well informed, through a variety of communication vehicles , about City activity and engage them to the fullest extent possible in City activity. Key attributes that will define the next five years in the City’s history include, tackling tough issues, responding to the needs of residents, open communication, leadership, and collaboration and cooperation with key stakeholders. The City Council will know it has succeeded because it will be a resource that the University and community point to as a valued partner in creating a thriving local economy and continuing to transform College Park into great place to live, work, and spend leisure time.

The City of College Park will pursue this strategic direction through the following goals that have equal priority:
Goal I Consistent high-quality and cost-effective public services that contribute to a safe and welcoming community for all.
Goal II Convenient transportation options that improve local travel and manage congestion.
Goal III Lead the community in environmental conservation, protection, restoration, and energy efficiency.
Goal IV Neighborhoods that are safe, peaceful, attractive and retain their community character.
Goal V Expand the local economy and tax base

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