Region Prepares for Tropical Storm Hermine

The local utility companies (such as Pepco) are monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Hermine and taking steps to prepare in case the anticipated heavy rain and strong winds cause service interruptions. The following is an advisory from Pepco

If the storm gains in strength, it could damage the electric system and cause power outages. If outages occur, Pepco will work around the clock to restore power, though as always restoration will not begin until it is safe crews to perform work. You may contact Pleavin Power for their generator hiring services. When winds exceed 35 mph, work from bucket trucks is suspended until it is safe for crews to continue.

In addition to 150 internal linemen, Pepco has an additional 250 overhead line contractors and 180 tree crew personnel as well as crews from its sister utilities Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power available to assist in any restoration effort. Should Pepco need extra assistance, the merger with Exelon allows for shared resources from other nearby companies in the Exelon family, including Baltimore Gas & Electric and PECO in Philadelphia.

Pepco is also in contact with local emergency management officials. Our call centers are staffed and prepared for this event.

Pepco customers can prepare for the storm by being ready for any outages. Pepco asks customers to have an emergency kit, including a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries (Cheapest AG3 Battery here), non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, cash, any essential medications and a list of important phone numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler which can be used at home and is easy to grab if a person has to leave home quickly.

Customers are also encouraged to identify a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage; tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information and follow the advice of local emergency management officials.

If a personal generator is needed, never use indoors or inside an attached garage. A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. Also, do not connect a generator directly to the home’s wiring. If a generator is plugged into the electrical circuits of a home, power can back-feed into the utility company lines which can injure or kill utility workers fixing downed power lines. It also can cause downed lines to re-energize. You may hire an electrician in Gloucester, VA to help you with Lansdale electrical repair services and if you have inquiries about installing a generator in your home. If you are in need for a whole home generator installation in Orlando, the team of experts at A-Lumination Electric Inc., can set you up with home generator power in no time,

Customers are asked to please report any outages and to stay away from any downed wires because loose cables catch fires.​ To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), follow the prompts, and please ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or through the company’s mobile app.

North College Park Braces for Multiple Storm Water Projects

The north College Park is bracing for multiple storm water related projects. The residents will have an opportunity to hear about these projects give feedback at the upcoming NCPCA meeting on September 8, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Youth and Family Services building at 4912 Nantucket Road. The meeting will startr at 7:30pm.

  • Stormwater Management Projects in North College Park. Engineering consultants for Prince George’s County will present the location of storm water management projects happening throughout North College Park.
  • Hollywood Park, Stormwater Management and other Improvements. A separate stormwater management project associated with the Clean Water Partnership will present a project planned for Hollywood Park. The project provides an opportunity for additional improvements, and residents will have an opportunity to give their inputs and ideas for this part (please see below). On the project map, locations 32, 33, 52, 54, 57, and 67 are moving forward.
  • Stormwater Management Project: City of College Park. Steve Beavers from the City’s Development office will discuss another, separate project related to stormwater management. The location of this project is on Narragansett near Muskogee.


North Colege Park Crime Map – Aug 21-28, 2016

8/28/20165:44 PM9700 Blk 48TH PLTheft
8/21/20167:37 PM9200 Blk DEWBERRY LNTheft from auto


In Pictures: Back-to-School Backpack Bash Event

Gere are some pictures from yesterday’s Back to School free backpack bash at the College Park Community Center. Thanks to former Maryland Terp Greivis Vasquez for doing this great event.

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 17 – The last weekend of August  UMD students are arriving, school buses are back on the road, it’s slightly cooler than a few weeks ago- must mean we are at the end of summer.

Have you had a chance to stop by Calvert Farms booth?  A little known secret that they have is called the $5.00 box.  In it are a mixture of veggies and fruits-  Perfect for a small family!  Stop by and pick one up before they are all gone!

Last week the AWC had a successful adoption event.  Thank you to all who are interested in adopting any of the adorable pets.

This week, Councilmember Mary Cook (District 4) will be the representative at the City table.

Our talented musician, Eric Vespers, will also have honey for sale at the market this week.  He sold 100 lbs. at the Montgomery County Fair last week and only has 30 lbs. left.  Congrats to Eric!

Crest Hill Bakery:
Our very own wonderful Cristal who has brought us fantastic breads over the years has now taken on her dream job- teaching French!  We are super excited for her and love that she is now doing something that she really enjoys (yes, she loved spending Saturdays with us but teaching is the career path she has longed to return too).  Cristal has been training for this position last weekend and this weekend but will be back for one last market on September 3rd.  Stop by and say goodbye.  We will truly miss her!

Waltz Family Farm
Waltz Family Farm has limited amount of Goat left. If anyone wants a cut need to email or call ahead. They will not have extra to sell at the market on Saturday. They have Leg of Goat, goat shoulder, Shanks, Chops, soup bones and organs. They have plenty of Beef Pork Lamb and Cheeses.
301-703-7225  Laurie@waltzfamilyfarm.com

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
The Baked Apple: Breads, muffins
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Morning Glory Farms: Locally grown produce
Garden Art: Recycled china and glass made into lawn ornaments
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs, cupcakes, scones and pies
Next weekend:
Is Labor Day weekend!  We will have $5.00 coupons for all College Park Seniors (65+) to redeem at any of our vendors on September 3rd.
We will also have a raffle. Winner will be chosen at 11:00 a.m. and recipient must be able to come back by noon on the 3rd.
Both the coupons and raffle will be at the market info table.
There are other possibilities for the day.  Check out next weeks newsletter for more info!
Copyright © 2016 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

North College Park Homeless Family Needs Support

ncp-homeless [Credit: GoFundMe]

My wife and I met this family a couple of days ago after our north College Park resident Jackie Kelly sent an email asking for help.

She wrote “I met them on Tues. when they were walking in our neighborhood that day the heat index was close to 105, The father does odd jobs and has been cutting grass to make money to cover the motel and food.”

A couple of neighbors have been trying to help with funds and food, however, they need some immediate help to pay the motel bill, until they find a house to live. The father asked me yesterday if I know any basement where he can move. Also, he needs a job that can cover the expenses long term. If you know of any basement for rent or a job, please let me know.

A GoFundMe account has been set up. Your generosity will be much appreciated. Here is the link.

Yoga in the Parks, Tomorrow

What: Yoga in the Parks
When: Friday, August 26, 9-10 am
Where: Ellen E. Linson, 5211 Campus Drive.

Join for free yoga classes in the beautiful outdoors! Learn basic yoga techniques, strengthen your body and discover how to free your mind with this popular fitness activity for men, women and children of all ages and abilities.

Don’t forget your mat and towel! Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather or wet grounds. Please call 301-927-0822 prior to class for weather-related cancellations.

All ages welcome.

Fox5 Zip Trip is Coming to College Park!

Join on Friday, August 26 from 6am to 11am in Downtown College Park near City Hall! We’ll have lots of special guests, live performances and so much more!


College Park Announces New Finance Director

COLLEGE PARK, MD, August 22, 2016 – City Manager Scott Somers announced today that Gary Fields has been selected as the next Finance Director for College Park. Fields will replace Steve Groh, who is retiring after 17 years with the City. Somers said that City staff worked together on developing the criteria for the type of candidate the City needs to replace Groh, and went through several hiring rounds to find the ideal fit.

In regards to Fields, Somers stated that “the Finance Director is a vital position for the City, and we are thrilled to have Gary join our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are greatly looking forward to working with him.” With a total of 35 years in finance, 29 of which in governmental finance, Fields has an extensive background with local governments as well as private industry.

Fields is currently the Finance Director for the City of Manassas Park, Virginia. He previously served as Finance Director for the City of Gross Pointe, Michigan and the City of Bay City, Michigan. Fields received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.

Fields is expected to start on September 19, 2016.

[From the City of College Park official announcement]

North College Park Crime Map – August 17-20, 2016


8/20/20167:45 PM10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVETheft
8/19/20162:38 PM4900 Blk NIAGARA RDTheft
8/17/20167:20 PM10101 Blk BALTIMORE AVETheft from auto
8/17/20165:01 PM5000 Blk CHEYENNE PLTheft from auto
8/17/201612:59 PM5100 Blk NIAGARA PLTheft from auto

Walk & Talk with Police – September 16, 2016

Please mark your calendar – Council member Nagle and I will be walking with our Community Police Liaison Officer Cpl. Lobin September 16. We’ll meet at Duval Field at 6pm and walk around the Daniel’s Park neighborhood. See you all there.

Walk n Talk Sept 16 2016


Paper Features North College Park’s “Bus Stop of the Future”

The GreaterGreaterWashington has recently featured the bus stop on Rhode Island avenue (in front of the Hollywood Shopping Center) in north College Park. Unlike other bus stops, it has a nearby bike share station, a “Little Free Library”, plus a weekly farmers market!

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 16 – The most wonderful time of the year?  School is back in session starting this week which means we need to be aware of school buses, walking children and teachers.
Just a reminder:
pedestrians have the right of way when crossing a street
to stop for all school buses when they are picking or dropping off childrenAlso, don’t forget to pick up all that you need from the market to pack healthy lunches for your little ones.
The Animal Welfare Committee will host the August Microchip Blitz.
Animal Control Officer, Vivian Cooper will be chipping pets and members of the AWC will be in attendance for donation collection, cat bed sales, dog treat sales, etc.

Returning This Week: 
Designed Naturally and Christiane’s Designs will return this week

We will have a few vendors absent this week:
Inge’s Crochet will be away the month of August and will return in September
Heavenly Created Desserts will return next week
Crest Hill Bakery will be absent this week and next but will be back on September 3rd

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
The Baked Apple: Breads, muffins
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Morning Glory Farms: Locally grown produce
Garden Art: Recycled china and glass made into lawn ornaments
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Great Shoals Winery: Wines and Ciders
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic information


Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Governor’s Office Confirms Continuous Funding for the College Park Youth Program

I learned today that the Governor’s Office for Children (GOC) has agreed to release the state funding for College Park, Bowie and District Heights Youth Services Bureaus.

College Park City Council expressed concerns about the possibility of funding cut a few weeks back.

The Governor’s Office is holding tough and still refusing to release the monies for Annapolis, Dundalk (Balt Co), First Step (Balt Co,) and Greenbelt CARES, claiming that they are underperforming Bureaus.

We’re all very happy to be able to have the State’s funding and are honored to continue in the service of our families and children. On behalf of the children and families to be served, thank you for your important advocacy. This would not have happened without the involvement of many residents who asked the Governor not to cut funding for our important youth programs.

School Supply Drive for Hollywood Elementary School

College Park Community Library is a drop off site for school supplies that will be donated to Hollywood Elementary School.

As you know, each year there is a need for additional supplies for students at the school.

Many of these are purchased by the teachers.

You can help teachers and students by providing one or more of the items below. Your contributions will make a difference!
Please bring your donations to the library or drop them in our book return box by August 27.

Thank-you in advance for your generosity.

Items needed include:

Post-It Notes
Sharpie Flip Chart Markers
Red pens
Card Stock
Glue Sticks
Packs of index cards
Pencils and Primary Pencils (large with no erasers)
Colored copier paper
Safety scissors for children
Scotch tape
Staple remover
Vertical chart paper
Copier paper (white)
Vis-a-vis markers
Magnetic tape and magnets and magnetic business cards
Sheet protectors
Small white boards for students
Colored construction paper (large and standard size)
3 x 5 card boxes
Colored folders