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Council to Support UMD’s RISE Zone Application

At next week’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss drafting a letter in support of the University of Maryland’s application to be a Qualified Institution for purposes of the Maryland Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) Zone program.

The RISE Zone program was created in 2014 to maximize institutional assets and encourage investment and job creation near universities and other institutions that have a strong history and commitment to economic development and revitalization in their communities.

Qualified Institutions and local governments develop a strategy to use the institutional assets and financial incentives to attract businesses and create jobs within the zone.

The designation of a RISE Zone first requires that an institution submit an application to become a Qualified Institution. The application should show the institution’s intent to make significant financial investments and use its resources and expertise to spur economic development and community revitalization. Once an institution is designated a Qualified Institution, it may submit an application with the local governments to have a RISE Zone designated.

The City expects the University to submit its application to become a Qualified Institution very soon, and expect the State will designate it a Qualified Institution. Staff are working with the
University, the County, and the College Park City-University Partnership on a draft application for a RISE Zone. The application will come to the City Council for discussion and approval.

Join Us At the Hollywood Farmer’s Market Grand Opening, Tomorrow!

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

Join us this Saturday, May 16th, for the Hollywood Farmer’s Market Grand Opening! We will have a number of guests including State Senator Jim Rosappe, College Park Mayor Andy Fellows and other local city and county officials joining us for our ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a musical performance by local funk rock band Dandy! Grand Opening festivities will take place at 10:00 AM.Also joining us, will be local police officers with children’s ID check kits and the Branchville Fire Department!We’ll also have $2.00 coupons available at our Info Table that can be redeemed at any vendor of your choice! And make sure you bring the kids by our MOM’s Organic Market sponsored Kid’s Table for seed planting, face painting and temporary tattoos!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Celestial Sweets: Cookies, tarts, fruit pies and sweet breads
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
El Toro Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jeyska Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Tiffany’s Oven: Vegan baked goods
Heavenly Created Desserts: Divinely Decadent Desserts
Great Shoal Winery: Maryland wines
The Wood Doctor: Wood restoration and wood designed products
49th Ave. Furniture: Outdoor Furniture
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for baby and adults
Kettle Korn Popcorn: Delicious Popcorn
Plus Henna Tattoos!

Phil’s Dills will return to the market in the next few weeks as they transition into a new facility.

Meet the Vendors: Calvert Farms

Calvert Farms has been a main stay at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and we couldn’t be happier! With Peg Stegall Roberts at the helm, Calvert Farms brings us a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other delicious products from their small family farm. Working with other farmers, Peg and her staff ensure a wonderful variety of produce is available at the market, all grown using natural and sustainable methods!Click here to learn more about Calvert Farm!
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University Proposes to Build Child Care Center at Calvert Rd Site

Carlo Colella, Vice President of Administrative Affairs at the University of Maryland, came to last Tuesday’s City Council meeting to make a presentation about possible use of the city’s Calvert Road facility as a site for day care available to UMD staff and College Park residents.

The city has owned this property for about 20 years and part of it is used by City’s Department of Public Services office. Previously, the site was considered for College Park Academy, but was opposed by many residents.

According to the presentation, the two existing structures will be demolished and new buildings will be constructed to house about 120 young children. The estimated cost to demolish and build the new site is about $5.8 million. The Council did not have further discussion about the ownership and funding mechanism at the meeting. The Council is expected to revisit the proposal at its June 2 meeting

Please see below some key information about the proposal.

Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

7:35  Legislative Update from the 21st Delegation- Members of the 21st Delegation will provide an update on key bills and events of the 2015 Legislative session and answer questions from residents.

8:05 – METRO Test Track Construction and Operation- Representatives from WMATA will discuss the construction of the test track and a sound barrier wall.  Operation of the test track after completion will also be discussed.

8:35 Discussion of Vacant Properties – The Director of Public Services will discuss what can and what cannot be done about grass and trash at vacant properties in North College Park.   Please bring creative suggestions to address concerns. Suggested fixes may or may not include City staff: for example neighbors may volunteer to cut the grass at a property adjacent to their own.    

This Saturday’s Market will be Grand

This coming Saturday, May 16, marks the official “GRAND OPENING” of the Hollywood Farmers Market (HFM) in North College Park. The market had its “soft opening” on April 25, but after working out the kinks, the market committee is ready to celebrate the grand opening of the Market at 10 am with a ribbon-cutting. Special guests include Maryland Senator Jim Rosapepe (District 21), Mayor Fellows and other elected officials! Members from our police and fire departments are expected to be there as well.

2015 HFM Grand Opening

Civic Association Groups to Host Forum on County’s Tax Hike

The West College Park, North College Park, Berwyn and Old Town Civic Associations are jointly hosting a meeting on: SATURDAY, MAY 16th 9am – 11am at the City of College Park, Council Chambers. Please see blow for details
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Proposed County Budget
As you may all know, the County budget this year has several elements that will impact us all – as residents, employees and students. The County Executive has proposed:
a $133 million increase in the school budget through a property tax increase of 16.4% a telecommunications tax increase from 8% to 12% a hotel tax increase from 5% to 7% layoffs of 110 county employees
five day furloughs for 6000 county employees

TRIM Bypass
The property tax increase has been widely debated because it bypasses TRIM, the property tax rate cap that was instituted through a citizen referendum and has been in effect in Prince George’s County since 1978. This bypass of TRIM was made possible by a 2012 bill in the State legislature that allowed counties to circumvent their tax rate caps if the additional monies raised is used for education. In the Prince George’s delegation, only Dels. Peña-Melnyk and Frush voted against the 2012 legislation.

Implications of Property Tax Hike
For a $300,000 home, the proposed property tax rate hike would increase property taxes by $450 annually.

Once per-student school expenditure is increased, state law says that it cannot be decreased in future years – this is called “maintenance of effort”.

Some Prince George’s state legislators said their vote for the 2012 legislation was only if an economic downturn left the county unable to meet maintenance of effort, but the bill language is broad and the proposed county budget is legal.

The School Board has proposed a strategic plan that requires a large increase in school spending.

Section 813 of the County Charter requires tax increases to be put to a voter referendum. While the 2012 state legislation allows the county council to vote on the proposed budget, many residents feel this violates the county charter and the council should maintain the integrity of the charter by sending the proposals to a referendum.

Others maintain that no tax increase will pass a voter referendum which is why the state loophole was created to address education needs.
Prince George’s property tax rate is currently the second highest in the state – below only Baltimore City. Unlike the income tax, which could be scaled with income in a progressive fashion, property tax is regressive and disproportionately affects seniors who may have bought homes when prices were much lower.

Bring your questions to the meeting.
How much does Prince George’s spend per student and how does this compare to neighboring counties?
Where does our education funding come from? (local, state, federal)
How much do we pay teachers compared to other counties?
What is the income and wealth of the average Prince Georgian compared to neighboring counties?
What are the educational needs of the student population in Prince George’s and how well is the County able to meet those needs?

These and many other facts, strategies and implications will be discussed at this meeting. The County Council will vote on the budget at the end of May.

Meeting Speakers
We expect the following speakers at this meeting:

Mr. John Pfister, Director, Budget & Management Services, Prince George’s County Schools
Dr. Segun Eubanks, Chair, Prince George’s Board of Education (confirmation awaited)
Speaker from County Executive Office (confirmation awaited)
Mr. Tom Dernoga (former county council member and citizen activist)

Please take the time to attend this meeting that addresses subjects that will affect your future. Free parking available at City Hall. This meeting is not restricted to College Park residents, so please feel free to forward this to your friends in neighboring areas.

“Making Place Work”: Public Art Display at South Gate

Making Place

Bike to Work Day – This Friday

 

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
MAKE A PIT STOP IN
THE PARKING LOT OF  
CITY HALL, 4500 KNOX ROAD,
COLLEGE PARK

   


Please join us for Bike to Work Day.
We’ll have food, refreshments, a free T-shirt* and prizes, information
about biking in the area and bike mechanics to inspect your ride!
Sign up at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org and select  
College Park City Hall as your pit-stop.  
 
*We can only guarantee T-shirts to people who have pre-registered online.

For more information contact:  
Steve Beavers, Community Development Coordinator
City of College Park, 240-487-3541, sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below the newsletter of this week’s Hollywood Farmer’s Market. See you all tomorrow.

Vol. 1 Issue 3
Summer is in the air! Tomatoes are ready to be planted and spring leafy greens are at their peak! Come enjoy the spring harvest this week at market!

This week’s vendors include:

Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Celestial Sweets: Cookies, tarts, fruit pies and sweet breads
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
El Toro Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jeyska Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Tiffany’s Oven: Vegan baked goods
Heavenly Created Desserts: Divinely Decadent Desserts
Great Shoal Winery: Maryland wines
The Wood Doctor: Wood restoration and wood designed products
49th Ave. Furniture: Outdoor Furniture
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for baby and adults
Kettle Korn Popcorn: Delicious Popcorn
Plus Henna Tattoos!

Phil’s Dills will return to the market in the next few weeks as they transition into a new facility.

Be sure to stop by our market May 16th for our Grand Opening with live music, special guests, and activities for the whole family!

Meet the Vendors: Alcoba Coffee

Jose Castillo, Guatemalan agronomist turned urban farmer and herbalist, has been living in Maryland for the past 28 years where he started Alcoba Coffee! Keeping Alcoba in the family, their coffee beans come from the Jalapa Mountain Range where his brother, Donaldo, farms the land and harvests the beans from fertile, volcanic soil. The beans are then shipped to Baltimore where Jose begins peeling and roasting the beans at the Centro Ashe Farm in Ackokeek, MD. Available in three roasts (medium, dark and mixed)!

Click here to learn more about Alcoba!

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5K Race This Sunday: What You Need to Know

College Park Community Foundation, which is organising this Sunday’s 5K race in north College Park, has sent this information about the race.

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We’re so excited to see you on Sunday morning for the College Park Mother’s Day 5k! This email contains all the information you’ll need for the race.

College Park Mother’s Day 5k
Sunday, May 10
Hollywood Shopping Center
9801 Rhode Island Avenue | College Park, MD 20740
Race time: 7:30 a.m.

Parking:
Free parking is available in the shopping center. Please plan to park on far left side of the parking lot (facing the shopping center), on the side closest to MOM’s Organic Market. After the race start, vehicle will only be able to enter through what is usually the exit, to the north of the usual entrance to the shopping center.

Packet Pick-Up:
Onsite Race Registration and Packet Pick-up begins at 6:15 a.m. At this time, you’ll pick up your race bib, timing chip, and race t-shirt. Onsite registration for any family and friends who did not pre-register is also available at this time ($30), via cash, check, or credit card. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! Onsite registration will end at 7:00 a.m.

This race is the final race in the College Park 5K Series. If you ran all three races in the series, be sure to let us know at check-in and collect your special swag bag at the race finish.

Timing:
The race timing will be managed by Blue Point Timing and official times will be available on www.bluepointtiming.com by Monday, May 11. And remember, the timing chip is yours to keep as a race memento!

Runners with strollers: We are taking special precautions for your safety. There is a curb cut that is one stroller wide near the beginning of the course. If you are running (as opposed to walking) the course, you will be sent off individually before the mass start, and the extent of your head start will be recorded.

Course:
Click here to view the course. There will be volunteers stationed throughout the course to guide you as well as provide assistance, should you need it.

Awards:
All race finishers will receive a MOM’s Organic Market gift bag. At 8:15 a.m., the awards ceremony will begin, recognizing the top three overall male and female racers, as well as the top male and female finishers in the following categories:

Under 20 years old
21-29 years old
30-39 years old
40-49 years old
50-59 years old
60+ years old
Top 3 Stroller Racers (male or female)

Prizes include delicious pies, donated by Wegman’s, and REI has provided awards for the top finishers.

Pre/Post Race Activities:
Onsite refreshments, including water and coffee, will be provided by MOM’s Organic Market, and the College Park Chorale will share a few musical numbers. We’ll also have special local celebrities on hand to help us throughout the morning! Bring your friends and family to enjoy the morning and cheer you on!

Thank you to our generous sponsors – The City of College Park, MOM’s Organic Market, the Berwyn District Civic Association, and the North College Park Citizens Association.

Whether you plan to run or walk the beautiful course through the neighborhoods of north College Park, we know you’ll have a great day and achieve your personal goal! And remember, your participation supports the work of the College Park Community Foundation and will have an incredible impact on the non-profit organizations that provide much-needed services and increase the quality of life for all in College Park!

North College Park Crime Map – April 26 – May 4, 2015

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[4/27/15]STLVEH08:0409:369600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
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Upcoming Events on Neighborhood Quality of Life

City’s Neighborhood Quality of Life (NQoL) group is planning to organize / promote a series of events in College Park. Please try to attend and spread the word.

May 6 – Good Morning Commuters: NQoL will represent at UMD’s Good Morning Commuters @ Stamp Student Union (7:30AM – 11:00AM)

This will be an opportunity to introduce NQoL to students at UMD and get their feedback using Twitter #CPNQoL.

May 12 – University District 2020 Forum @ Nyumburu Cultural Center (12:30PM)
UMD Faculty and Staff will learn about the great plans for our city from Andrew Fellows, Carlo Colella, and Eric Olson, along with a panel discussion with UMD employees that currently live in College Park.

May 14 – Real Estate Workshop @ City Hall (5:30PM)
UMD Faculty and Staff (and all others interested in home buying in College Park) are invited to learn about the inventory of homes in College Park, the amenities, and the home buying processing (from pre-approval to working with a realtor).

New Trash and Recycling Route to Go in Effect in June

City’s Public Works has told us that the trash and recycling routes will go in effect from June 1, 2015. Initially, the effective date was set at May 1st. The new maps on our website should show a June 1, 2015 effective date.

Staff will deliver a note with a map to each household affected by the change.

Here is the reason why the City decided to make the route change:

Recently, the Knox Box apartments were torn down and, because of that, our staff has seen an average reduction of over one ton of refuse on the Monday routes. As a result of this reduction in Monday pick-ups, the Department of Public Works staff is proposing to re-align our refuse and recycling routes. The proposed changes to collection routes are as follows: (1) Autoville and Cherry Hill will move from Wednesday to Monday; (2) Oak Spring East (Branchville Road to Huron Street) will move from Wednesday to Monday; (3) Sunnyside will move from Wednesday to Tuesday; and (4) A portion of Hollywood East (Edgewood Rd. from Rhode Island Ave. to 51st Ave., Nantucket Rd., Niagara Rd., Ontario Rd. to 51st Ave. will move from Wednesday to Tuesday. With the change of routes on Wednesday, Public Works go from two refuse trucks and two recycling trucks going out on Wednesdays to one each. This allows staff to be available for other duties on Wednesdays.

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Today: Hollywood Elementary School Fun Fair

Hollywood Elementary School will be having a fun fair today from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be games, food, moon bounces, prizes and more for the kids.
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City Seeks Quotes from Residents About Living in College Park

Our City staff are working on a new brochure aimed at highlighting the benefits of living in College Park. They would like to incorporate brief quotes from City residents to liven up the brochure, So staff are asking for your help to compile a few options. Basically they are looking for two to three sentences describing the reasons they moved to College Park or enjoy living here.

Here is one response I got from a resident. If you want to add yours, please let me know.

“College Park is so convenient to Washington and Baltimore everybody wants to be here because of Metro. Its cheaper than DC its friendly its diverse it’s walkable and bikeable, great shopping good restaurants. I know all my neighbors and both I and my husband work in College Park it’s a great place to live.”