City offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day

All City offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Refuse, recycling and yard waste will be collected on your regular collection day. However, appointments for special pickups of brush, electronics, appliances, and bulky items will only be scheduled and made for Thursday, July 2, of this holiday week. You must schedule a pickup before setting your items to the curb. You may request a special pickup in three ways:

email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov
call Public Works at 240-487-3590
enter a request through College Park Central

For additional information call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

After 17 Hours of Outage, Power Comes Back to 220 Hollywood Homes

Yesterday was quite a day for some 20 homes. They lost their power around Saturday midnight, after a huge tree on Edgewood Rd (near 53rd Avenue) knocked down the power lines and cased damages to several Pepco poles.

Pepco crew came to the scene after the incident and cut the large tree and cleared Edgewood Rd. However it took them at least 17 hours to repair the poles and restore power.

Several residents complained about Pepco’s repeated change of ETRs (Estimated Time to Restorations). when I asked our contact at Pepco, I was told that it sometime happens due to tasks of different nature. What was frustrating, however, was that there was no Pepco crew or truck to be seen working at the spot several hours the road was cleared. Repeated changes in ETR also caused inconveniences to residents as they could not plan if they should leave their homes and find alternate arrangements. One resident particularly complained to me about the difficulties hos ailing father had in running an artificial respiratory system at home. He also complained about loss of refrigerated food. Btw, here you can find more information on filing a claim because of yesterday’s power outage.

North College Park Crime Map: June 20-27, 2015

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Stolen Vehicle
Event   Type    From    To      Location
[6/23/15] STLVEH   10:01    11:10    9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Breaking and Entering
BREAKR   11:41    14:40    5100 Blk ODESSA RD,

[6/23/15] THEFT    14:15    14:44    9900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
[6/24/15] THEFT    10:00    10:19    9000 Blk 51ST PL,
[6/25/15] THEFT    14:01    15:06    9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Theft from auto
Event   Type    From    To      Location
[6/24/15] THEFTA   15:09    16:25    5200 Blk MINEOLA RD,
[6/25/15] THEFTA   17:02    18:02    9800 Blk 49TH AVE,
[6/27/15] THEFTA   13:15    14:17    AMF FAIRLANES COLLEGE PARK,

Summer 2015 Qualifying Listing – New Neighbor Home Ownership Grant Program Qualifying Listing

Please see below the latest list of qualified houses available for the home ownership grant program. Please spread the word.

Summer 2015 Qualifying Listings

For more information contact: Theresheia Williams at 240-487-3538 or 
via e-mail at twilliams@collegeparkmd.gov.

Public Hearing and Discussion on the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and Action Plan

The Strategic Plan has been updated based on public and Council comments in May, and City staff developed the Action Plan to identify the key steps required to achieve the plan.

The City Council is holding a Public Hearing in the Council Chambers at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 to hear comments on these documents, and will discuss them during the July 7 Worksession.

Click the links below, or stop by City Hall to pick up a copy.

2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan June 25, 2015
2015 – 2020 Action Plan June 26, 2015

Hogan Says Yes to Purple Line

Governor ogan today announced that he wants to move ahead with Purple line, provided the Prince George’s and Montgomery counties share some of the cost. Here is the complete news.

City to Publish Municipal Scene Online

Today, City has decided to move forward on an interim basis with an electronic-only version of the Municipal Scene that will be “published” monthly, beginning next Wednesday, July 1.

The municipal scene used to appear as a full page add every other week on Gazette, until it shut down last week.

Staff will prepare this July 1 version in-house, post it to our website, and circulate the link via Constant Contact and other means such as civic association and our listservs.

We’re still planning to discuss a more formal solution, such as a City wide newsletter. Using this interim solution will give us more time to explore longer-term solutions for future communication.

July Community Cleanup and Beautification

Please join us at our second 2015 Community Cleanup event on July 12. In addition to the usual trash-pickup, we’ll also do a beautification project through planting and painting business exteriors in the Hollywood Commercial District.

The event will start at 8:30 am with a FREE breakfast at the Dry cleaner (opposite to 7-11) and is expected to end by 11 am. Trash bags, gloves and other supplies will be provided. Please spread the word. Thank you!


Two 7-11 Stores Hit By Armed Robberies

We came to know this morning that the two 7-11 stores in College Park were hit by armed robberies last Saturday early morning at around 2:00 am. The stores are located at Edgewood Rd amnd Rhode Island Ave , and MD 193 and Rhode Island Avenue. Please find attached the reward posters

7-11 Edgewood Rd Dist I

7-11 Rhode Island Dist I


North College Park Crime Map – June 16-20, 2015

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#L15168THEFT07:5508:479600 Blk MILESTONE WAY
#L15170THEFT07:0708:449100  Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
#L15170THEFT22:3523:39YUMS EXPRESS,

MD Governor Announces “Maryland Unites: Day of Service”

Recently, Governor Hogan announced “Maryland Unites: Day of Service,” an initiative for state employees to offer their time and talents to benefit our citizens through community service.

Because the University of Maryland employees are state employees, it’s an opportunity to get their help with community services if you may have in your mind.

According to Governor’s office, this opportunity stems in part from the outpouring of kindness and good will from Maryland citizens following acts of destruction in Baltimore City last month.

“In the past few weeks, I have witnessed incredible acts of kindness and volunteerism from members of a community who truly care for one another,” said Governor Hogan. “Maryland Unites: Day of Service is about continuing that spirit of giving back and sharing it with Baltimore City and our local communities.”

As part of the day of service, state employees will receive four hours of paid leave to participate in an accredited 501 (c)(3) of their choice. In addition, Governor Hogan’s Executive Cabinet will coordinate a volunteer event for employees at their respective agencies. Agency employees who would like to take part in the Day of Service effort will have the option to participate in the agency event or a volunteer activity of their choice. The following dates have been selected for Maryland Unites agency-wide efforts:

Wednesday, June 17
Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, July 15
Wednesday, July 29
Wednesday, August 12
Wednesday, August 26
For more information about Maryland charities, please visit www.marylandunites.com.

This Week at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 1 Issue 9
After a long week of rain, come enjoy the sunshine and fresh air tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market to find something special for the fathers in your life! A nice steak from Groff Farm and some fresh vegetables from Calvert Farm or Pleitez Produce can be combined for a delicious dinner on the grill sure to delight!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Phil’s Dills: Pickles
Randalia Bee Hive Honey: Farm fresh honey
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Tiffany’s Oven: Vegan baked goods
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Kettle Korn Popcorn: Delicious Popcorn
Joe Raphel, also known as The Wood Doctor, is a North College Park resident who specializes in hand-carved wooden products such as cutting boars, rolling pins, and figurines! He also refinishes and repairs old furniture so make sure to stop by and say hello especially if you have an old table that is potentially worth being fixed and refinished!
Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:

City and UMD Announce Incentive Program to Attract Employees to Live in College Park


The College Park City-University Partnership (“CPCUP”) announced this week a new Home Ownership Program to increase the number of University of Maryland employees living in the community they work, as outlined in the University District Vision 2020.

The CPCUP Home Ownership Program offers $15,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance to full-time, benefits eligible University employees who purchase a home in College Park.

Additional home ownership incentive programs, such as the Maryland Mortgage Program or its “You’ve Earned It” initiatives, and the City of College Park’s $5,000 Home Ownership Grants, may be coupled with this program, if the homebuyer is eligible.

CPCUP thinks that this program is designed to increase homeownership in College Park, incentivizing employees of the area’s largest employer to live near work, reduce commutes, contribute to our local community both day and night, and boost our local economy. These are goals outlined in the University District Vision 2020 – a shared Vision of the City, University and Partnership for College Park to be a top 20 college town by 2020.

The program is made possible through a Community Legacy grant from Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development and a matching grant from the University of Maryland

North College Park Crime Map June 6 – 15, 2015

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Stolen Vehicle
#L15159STLVEH16:3119:209200 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
#L15163ASSAULT23:0000:499700 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
#L15157THEFT07:3908:2710200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
#L15162THEFT12:1112:114700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,
Theft from Autos
#L15159THEFTA15:5216:504700 Blk BLACKFOOT RD,
#L15160THEFTA15:3616:539500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
#L15161THEFTA09:1310:329200 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
#L15162THEFTA12:2312:569000 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
Breaking and Entering
#L15159BREAKR16:3619:444601 CHERRY HILL RD,
#L15159BREAKR19:0821:274710 LACKAWANNA ST,

Can College Park Have a City-Wide Newsletter?

With the Gazette was shutting down, I came across a lively discussion on our list-serve about having a City -wide newsletter. The City Council discussed the topic last year as part of the overall discussion on City’s communication strategy. I pulled some data staff presented at time and thought will be helpful in guiding our current discussion the newsletter.

The City currently pays approximately $35,000 annually ($1,500 per issue) to the Gazette for layout, design and printing of the Municipal Scene, which is published on the second and final week of the month as a full-page color insert. The City Clerk’s office submits copy to the Gazette four days prior to publication which allows us to include timely information. The agreement with the Gazette includes space for the weekly City calendar.

The Gazette is delivered to all single-family residences in the City (and beyond, to the entire northern P.G. County) and copies are also placed at various locations. The Municipal Scene content includes summaries of Council actions, City events, program announcements and hearing notices.

Please see below a chart summarizing how the newsletters are produced and delivered in our neighboring cities.

All of our neighboring municipalities produce city newsletters. Laurel and Bowie provide them electronically and hard copies at certain locations, although Bowie is now considering mailing its newsletters to residents. The other municipalities mail their newsletters. Two of the cities provide the newsletters every month, while the other cities send them every other month or quarterly. Two of the newsletters are four pages, and the rest are between 10 and 24 pages.

Greenbelt and Hyattsville pay for space in a local newspaper to provide City-created news information in that paper. Each also mails a newsletter to residents (quarterly for Greenbelt, and monthly for Hyattsville). Bowie produces a 16-page newsletter (Bowie Spotlight) six times a year; a 12-page seniors newsletter every month; and a Recreation newsletter every month. Takoma Park mails a 12-page monthly newsletter to all residents (single-family and multifamily). It is edited by an outside contractor, and the total cost is about $75,000. Laurel produces two 10-page quarterly newsletters and a Parks and Recreation newsletter twice a year. Only the Parks and Recreation newsletter is mailed.

College Park has about 5000 single family houses. New Carrollton currently spends $35,000 / year (same as College Park’s annual budget with the Gazette) to print and deliver to 5000 houses and businesses. Thus if we decide to print and deliver to all of City’s single facility houses, cost will be comparable to what we’re currently spending on the Gazette. If some residents / businesses opt not to have the print copy (as it will be emailed also), the newsletter budget should even go down.

The Council is expected to schedule the newsletter discussion at a worksession soon. I’ll keep you all posted on that.