E-Z Storage May Move to North College Park

According to City staff, the M-NCPPC has accepted a Detailed Site Plan application for construction of a proposed EZ Storage building and surface parking to replace an existing business known as Hydra Lift Industrial Truck, Inc. at 5151 Branchville Road. Staff attended a Subdivision and Development Review Committee meeting with other referral agencies to discuss major issues including dedication of additional right-of-way and floodplain and drainage easements. A tentative Planning Board hearing date of November 3 has been established.

North College Park Crime Map – Aug 7-14, 2016

8/11/20166:24 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RDTheft
8/11/20164:05 PM4700 Blk INDIAN LNTheft
8/8/20166:25 PM4700 Blk INDIAN LNBreaking & Entering

Campaign Launched to Raise Kidney Funds for NCP Resident


Our very own north College Park neighbor Donna Weene is in much needed funds for her kidney transplant surgery.

Donna’s daughter Rachel Elizabeth has launched a GoFundMe campaign. Here is the link to that campaign page. Rachel writes about the campaign:
She has done so much for me, my family, our community, our church, as well as individuals in need. She is on many committees in our community, she is a girl scout leader, a member of many groups at church, a daycare provider, and one of the best mother’s I know. I may be biased, but when I think of all the traits (good and bad) that a mother should have, she possesses them all. She has done so much for so many people and I think it is time something be done for her. My pride gets in the way of me asking for help, but I have to face the facts that I am one person and need help so I am turning to you guys.

Donna has served our community in many ways in the past, it’s now our turn to help her. Please pitch in and share with others. Thank you!

College Park Dream Team Game Sept 9, 2016 at 700 PM

dream ttime Sept 9

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market

Vol. 2 Issue 15 – Beat the heat and stop by the market this weekend  Despite the high temps for the market we will be open.
Due to the heat we will postpone our Senior’s Saturday until September.  Please remember to drink lots of water and stay inside if need be.Returning This Week: 
Morning Glory Farm will be back this week with honey and other home grown produce
Terp Care Center will be at the marketWe will have a few vendors absent this week:
Inge’s Crochet will be away the month of August and will return in September
Designed Naturally will return next week
Christiane’s Designs will return next weekend
College Park Hypnosis Center will return soon
The Baked Apple will return next week
Elated Harmony Massage will return on the 20th

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
Crest Hill Bakery: Breads and Desserts
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
Heavenly Created: Hot dogs and desserts
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


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Food Truck to Launch in College Park on September 2nd

Food trucks are coming to the heart of downtown College Park, right outside of the University of Maryland! Get ready for exciting trucks and new flavors each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening!

The food truck hub will feature the launch of Q Truck — the Fun Quesadilla Food Truck — built and owned by UMD student, Chris Szeluga, and UMD Alum, David Engle. Also in the hub will be several of the hottest trucks in the DC / Maryland / Virginia area.

Come out for an exciting evening of friends, fun, and most importantly, food.

Here is the link to the Food Truck Launch in College Park:


College Park Aviation Museum Announces STEM-based, Hands-on Programs for Children

cp aviation museum

Occurs The First Saturday of every month(s) effective 7/2/2016 at 2:00 PM.
Date and Time:1st Saturday of the month, 2 pm
Description:Join us the first Saturday of every month as we explore a different aviation themed topic through STEM-based, hands-on activities. Fun for children ages 6 & up!
Cost:$4/person (includes museum admission and supplies)
Ages:6 & up
Location:College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park 20740
Contact:301-864-6029; TTY 301-699-2544

College Park: The New and Improved

The Washington Business Journal has recently run this cover story titled “College Park grows up” and talks about the developments taking place in College Park.

City Eyes a Robust Revitalization Plan for Hollywood Commercial District

At the last worksession the city Council discussed the best way to move forward with the proposed streetscape design plan. The Council plans vote tomorrow about awarding the design contract to Sabra, Wang and Associates, with the following goals in mind.

  • The fitness trail planning and design will be less complicated than the streetscape planning and design. The funding will come from Program Open Space, but it was included in this contract to move it forward. It is important to do a 30% design based on a survey and topographic study to determine feasibility and to present options to the community. Staff can examine if the trail design process can move more quickly than the streetscape design.
  • It is intended that an improved streetscape with safer and more attractive pedestrian and bike facilities will improve the economics of these properties and lead to reinvestment. However, we don’t expect that the streetscape investments alone could trigger major redevelopment. We’ll discuss incentives that could be used in conjunction with public area investment which might lead to significant redevelopment. Agreeing on these incentives and developing the streetscape plan at 30% could proceed simultaneously. If we were successful in attracting interest in redevelopment, the 30% plans could be modified to work with the redevelopment plans. The City has been working to recruit a development consultant, who would be a good resource to advise us on the kinds of incentives and development that would likely be successful.
  • Staff will work with the consultant regarding the availability of traffic data that would allow the project to move through the first four tasks more quickly.

The streetscape project team will meet with the Hollywood Neighborhood to review the proposed improvements, as part of the design contract. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward  with this project.

North College Park Crime Map, July 30 – Aug 6, 2016

8/6/20167:57 PM4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740THEFT
8/5/20162:01 PM9200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE, MD 20740THEFT
8/6/20161:06 PM4900 Blk ERIE ST, MD 20740BREAKING & ENTERING
8/1/20168:30 AM9100 Blk AUTOVILLE DR, MD 20740BREAKING & ENTERING


Two Stormwater Projects to Start this Fall

The City was awarded a Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) grant for $66,180 from the Prince Georges County Stormwater Stewardship program to fund bioretention along Narragansett Parkway near Muskogee Street. Additionally, the City was also awarded a CBT grant for $80,960 from the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program to fund a bioswale along Rhode Island Ave between Greenbelt Road and Techumseh Street.

The City worked with the Low Impact Development Center (LIDC), headquartered in Beltsville, to design the projects and manage the permit process. Throughout the process, planting plans for both projects have been reviewed by the Tree and Landscape Board. For implementation, it was determined that grouping both projects together would be the most efficient and economical method of procuring construction.

At the advice of the LIDC, staff contacted Corvias, the prime contractor for the Prince Georges Clean Water Partnership (CWP). Under the CWP, Corvias is currently implementing and maintaining $100 million in stormwater projects throughout the County. Due to the relative size of the City’s projects, Corvias recommended one of their certified subcontractors, Stormwater Maintenance, LLC (SWM). The firm is currently under contract with several local jurisdictions and the City can receive favorable terms by riding an existing contract from a larger jurisdiction, in this case, a contract from Harford County, Maryland.

The Council is expected to approve the projects at this Tuesday’s Council meeting. Depending upon the Council approval and final permit sign-off from the County, construction is expected to commence by September/ October and all work should be completed by December. Outreach to nearby property owners will be conducted before work begins.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 15 – National Farmers Market Week is coming up August 7-13, 2016!   Did you know Farmers Markets…

  • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
  • Stimulate local economies. Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Several  studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets.
  • Support healthy communities. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
  • Promote sustainability. Three out of four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards.

Returning This Week: 
Morning Glory Farm will be back this week with home grown produce
Heavenly Created Desserts and Dogs will return this week as well
Great Shoals Winery is back again and will return in a few weeks

We will have a few Vendors Absent this week:
Inge’s Crochet will be away the month of August and will return in September
Baker Charley will return next weekend
Christiane’s Designs will return next weekend

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
Crest Hill Bakery: Breads and Desserts
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
The Bake Apple: Breads, muffins
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Hot dogs and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Great Shoals Winery: Hard ciders and sparkling wines
Morning Glory Farms: Locally grown produce


Meet our guest performers: Patrice Fisher and Karla Williams

Patrice and Karla will be preform at the market between noon and 1pm

Latin jazz harpist, PATRICE FISHER favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that, not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the rhythmic complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice is a graduate of Tulane University and University of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans, where she has been composing and performing since the 1980’s. She has also appeared at many international jazz festivals with her group, “Arpa,” in locations such as Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Patrice has 15 CDs of original music, the latest being “Resilience.” She has performed for more than 30 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice regularly performs throughout the world as a guest artist with international jazz musicians. You can see videos of Patrice Fisher’s original compositions at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMxQ4RHlUbs
& music clips at www.reverbnation.com/patricefisherandarpa

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

Back to School Backpack Bash

Parents – please meet former Maryland Terrapin, Grevis Vasquez, on Saturday, August 27 (10 am – 2 pm) at Duvall Field for a family-oriented event and Back-to-School give away. Please see below for details. Please share with other parents.

In Pictures: National Night Out 2016

Thanks everyone who came out at yesterday’s National Night Out event. Special thanks to the event organizers (Kennis Termini and others), our City and County staff and officials, Police officers, NCPCA, Boys and Girls Scout for making the event possible.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Today’s National Night Out

logo16Today, more than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on TODAY, Aug. 2 hoping to instill confidence in their community and promote crime prevention and safety. In north College Park, the National Night Out will take place at Duvall Field at 7 pm- 9 pm.

Here are the top 5 reasons to attend today’s event. Please spread the word!

#1 Meet your local police officers. The event is designed to build bridges between the community and the police. Our officers help protect us and our families from crime. Come bring your questions about recent crime trends and how the police are responding to them and working to prevent crime in the future. Also, learn helpful tips and tricks on how to protect yourself from common types of crime.

#2 Great food! The Boy Scouts will be grilling hot dogs for sale, and we’ll have snacks and soft drinks. It should be a great evening and a great chance to meet your neighbors and get to know your local police officers!

#3 Meet your neighbors and join the Neighborhood Watch Program. According to crime statistics, crime in our area is not limited to nighttime. Not everyone can afford a home security system. Police can’t be everywhere at once and must rely on the active participation of community residents for crime prevention. Since crime is most likely to occur when no one is watching, a Neighborhood Watch team can act as an extra set of “eyes and ears” when police aren’t around. Neighborhood Watch does more than just canvass the community. It also gives residents an opportunity to get to know others in the neighborhood, open the lines of communication with local police and encourage better overall cooperation among residents in crime prevention efforts. Participation in Neighborhood Watch builds confidence and encourages residents to take an active interest in one another’s properties and livelihoods.

#4. Fun activities for kids of all ages!
Melissa Sites, director of College Park Arts Exchange, will be playing guitar and singing traditional folk songs and acoustic favorites.

We’ll have a moon bounce, face painting, and other activities!

And while you’re there, you can find out about how to protect your child with a child identification kit to help the police know who your child is if he or she gets lost.

#5 Take a stand against crime and let criminals know that our neighborhood is organized against crime. National Night Out is all about building support and increasing participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthening neighborhood spirit and improving relationships between the police department and local residents. To celebrate the nationwide event, you are encouraged to lock your, turn on your porch lights and spend the evening outdoors with your neighbors.