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Council Agrees to Remove Problematic Trees on Wichita Avenue

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the city Council agreed to remove four trees on Wichita avenue.

The original motion was to replace the Zelkov trees on 9700 block of Wichita avenue. The motion was modified later to replace them. The City may plan native trees there or elsewhere after consulting with the residents.

Several residents on the block have complained about some nuisances caused by these trees. They include sidewalks buckling , obstructed street lighting, bird droppings, birds singing at night, electrical problems, and sewer problems from roots. These trees were planted in the Spring of 1999.  The cost to remove the 3 trees & grind the resulting stumps is about $2,100.

New replacement trees could run about $600. The Council discussed the topic back in 2013 with staff and the Tree and Landscaping Board (TLB), however did not take a formal position.

Group to Host Community Solar Presentation , Tomorrow

What: Community solar presentation
When: Tomorrow night–Thursday, Sept 15, 7:30 pm,
Where: College Park City Hall (4500 Knox Road, MD 20740)

Gary Skulnik, founder of a new social enterprise called Neighborhood Sun (at www.neighborhoodsun.solar), will discuss community solar, which allows you to sign up for solar power for your home, business or organization without installing any equipment on your roof. In one hour (followed by 30 minutes for Q&As), Gary will explain how you, your business, and your neighbors can join together to build a local clean energy solar project that will let you save money and help the environment.

Registration requested but not required:Please contact Janis Oppelt at janiso@erols.com or leave a message at 240-888-6972.

Parking permits: The City will supply one when you arrive at the location.

Community Library to Offer ESL Classes to Residents

The College Park Community Library will hold English as a Second Language classes on Wednesday mornings, from 9:15 to 10 AM, beginning September 21.

Classes are free. Young children are welcome with their parents. Call Elaine at 301-275-4458 for more information.

College Park Community Library

College Park Community Library

Bus Driver Saves 20 School Kids from Burning School Bus in North College Park

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This afternoon, 20 elementary school kids were saved by the school bus driver, when the bus caught fire and was completely destroyed.

I was driving on the Beltway, where I saw a big thick smoke over College Park. Moments after, I saw a neighbor posted a message about the fire on our social network NextDoor, where I found the location of the incident.

A big THANK YOU to our school bus driver Reneita Smith who just saved 20 elementary school kids from a bus fire that completely destroyed the bus. Not only Reneita took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was still burning.

“I am a mom of two kids. it’s my job to save them” she told me. The bus caught fire on 51st ave near Hollywood road about an hour ago.

Thankfully, all the school kids went home safe.

Thanks also all the neighbors who gave comfort to the children and the bus driver after the fire.

Pepco Plans to Continue Tree Clearance Work in North College Park

PEPCO has completed planning for line clearance work on a power line servicing a portion of North College Park, in particular in the neighborhoods of Daniels Park and Oak Sproing area.

Below is a map indicating the planned work. The target date for completing the pruning is the end of September. There are numerous trees planned for removal, most of them are located at 49th Ave and Erie St. The City will be receiving replacement trees for those removed. Tree removals will occur later in the fall, around October/November.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

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Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 19 – Always Remember 
Please remember to take a moment on Sunday, September 11th to think of the First Responders and citizens who lost their lives in 2001.  We can never thank our police officers, firefighters and EMTs enough for all they do to protect us.

Vendors returning this week:

  • Inge’s Crochet will be back this week after a month of visiting family.
  • Dr. Grazia will return this week and next with information regarding Terrapin Care Center
  • Unique Eats and Scents will return this week

Vendors absent this week:

  • Heavenly Created Desserts will return next week as they need to attend to some family concerns.
  • While the heat doesn’t bother the owners of Peacesake Candles it does bother the candles.  They will return (hopefully) next week.
  • Designed Naturally will return next week after she attends to some family affairs.
  • Unique Eats & Scents is also attending to some family affairs. We will see them next week as well.
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
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
China Garden Art: Recycled china and glass made into lawn ornaments
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic information
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items

Lakeland Community to Kick-Off Heritage Weekend Today

From today, Lakeland community will kick off the weekend-long events to celebrate the historic Lakeland Heritage Weekends. Events will start today and will continue until this Sunday. Events will take place at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue.

Here is the list of events:

Friday, September 9 –Lakeland Classic Basketball 7 PM – CP Dream Team vs Lakeland All Stars

Saturday, September 10
– Lakeland Walk for Health with Embry Center for Family Life 8 AM Register HERE – Lakeland Heritage Bake Off entries due at Noon prizes awarded at 2 PM – Enter HERE
– Picnic Grounds open at College Park Community Center noon to 3 PM
-Heritage Music Fest: A Celebration of Spiritual and Gospel Music 3 PM to 5 PM.

Sunday, September 11
-Please attend services at the congregation of your choosing.
-Tour of Rosenwald School in partnership with College Park Arts Exchange – 2 PM at Washington Brazilian SDA Church, 8108 54 th Avenue, College Park

Tonight at NCPCA: Storm Water Projects, Hollywood Park Improvements

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and thus is the day when NCPCA members meet st their monthly meeting.

Today’s meeting will cover quite a few storm water projects in north College Park. Please check my post I made last week.

Additionally, the representative at the MD Parks (who maintains the Hollywood park), told us that as part of tonight’s discussion, the community can provide guidance as to the types of improvements, the community wants to have at the park. Over the years, we’ve heard requests for improving the southern entrance to the park, creating a walking loop trail, creating a soccer field and / or a cricket field and installing a second picnic shelter. These are just ideas to start the discussion. Since there will be limited available funding, it will be important to discuss the community’s priorities for the park as well.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 pm at the Youth and Family Services building on Nantucket Road. look forward to seeing you all at tomorrow’s meeting. Thank you

Council Discusses Candidate Debate During College Park Election

At last night’s meeting, the Council had a discussion with Jack Robson, Chief, Board of Election Supervisors about what the City’s and the Board of Election Supervisors responsibilities should be in respect to debates between candidates for Mayor and Council. 

During the 2015 city election process, the City’s civic associations planned to host a debate between the two candidates for Mayor.   The Leagues of Women Voters was contacted and asked to moderate a debate. 

The Leagues of Women Voters agreed to moderate, however, at the last minute the moderator stated they could not proceed unless the debate was being organized /sponsored by the City or the Board of Election Supervisors.  Fortunately, Calvert Hills and Old Town did sponsor a candidate night which included a debate between the mayoral candidates, moderated by a Yarrow resident.  

Mr. Robson recommended that the Board of Election Supervisors not be involved and that a City workgroup be formed to establish a procedure for handling debates.

Moving forward, it would be beneficial to have a procedure in place for handling debates between candidates for elected office in the City.  The City’s Charter and Code do not address the issue.  The City Clerk conducted a survey of how other municipalities handle candidate.   

UMD Security Guard in Critical Condition after Shooting

A University of Maryland security guard is in critical condition after a shooting incident that happened this early morning.
The UMD Police has released the following information about this morning’s shooting incident at the UMD. 
As many of you know, we received a call at approximately 1:12 a.m. for a shooting at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  A male Marriott security officer was shot and taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.  
As many of you know, we received a call at approximately 1:12 a.m. for a shooting at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  A male Marriott security officer was shot and taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.  
Investigation reveals that this incident was a commercial armed robbery.  Three safes were taken and later recovered near the facility, along with a handgun. Our officers arrested one suspect and we are actively investigating this incident to determine the identity of the second suspect. We believe this was a targeted crime of opportunity. There is no reason to believe that this crime was intended to target any of our students, faculty, and staff.
Please keep the Marriott security officer in your thoughts and prayers. More information will be shared as our investigation continues.

Council Plans to Prohibit Trucks on Certain Streets

truck-map-d1Back in May, a resident of Cheyenne Place told us that for the second time an 18 wheeler came through her neighborhood and this time ripped the Verizon wires from her house. On June 2, 2016, a third oversized truck reportedly drove along Cheyenne Place, this time without doing damage to the overhead utilities. Cheyenne Place is located directly across from an industrial zoned area.

The City Public Works facility, Stone Industrial, and a warehouse with many tenants are located across from Cheyenne Place. Staff believes these oversized truck occurrences on Cheyenne Place are because the truck drivers were lost and could not find their way back to Rhode Island Avenue.

At that time, we requested to install “No Through Truck” signs on Cheyenne Place, Cree Lane, and Delaware Street to prevent large trucks from driving on these residential streets. Upon investigation, the City Manager and City Attorney suggested an Ordinance be adopted to establish the City’s authority to designate No Through Truck traffic on its streets.

On August 9, 2016 the Mayor and Council adopted an ordinance 16-O-06, No Through Truck Traffic, which authorizes the City Council to designate by Resolution certain City streets as No Through Truck routes, providing that an alternate truck route is so designated. Also, during the development of the Monument project on Baltimore Avenue in 2014, it was decided by the Councilmembers of the District 4 that “No Through Truck” be established in the residential neighborhood adjoining the development on Autoville Drive.

As a result, Erie Street and Cherokee Street have been included in this resolution. Additionally, in addressing the pedestrian safety issues around the new Toll Brothers/Terrapin Row development, and after receiving letters from two churches along Guilford Drive expressing concerns about providing a safe and defined crossing for the many students that cross this intersection, City staff is recommending that “No Through Truck” also be established on eastbound Guilford Drive from eastbound Mowatt Drive and southbound Knox Road.

North College Park Crime Map: Aug 29 – Sept 4, 2016

DateTimeAddressType
9/2/201612:46 PM9200 Blk ST ANDREWS PLBREAKING & ENTERING
9/1/201611:04 AM9700 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVETHEFT
8/29/201611:36 AM9200 Blk LIMESTONE PLTHEFT FROM AUTO

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 18 – Happy Labor Day Weekend  
Senior Saturday Day:
Saturday is Senior Saturday!  If you are a senior (65+) and live in College Park stop by the Market table and receive $5.00 in coupons to use at the market for this Saturday only.Crest Hill Bakery:
Our very own wonderful Christel 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).  Christel has been training for this position for the last two weekends and will be backthis Saturday for her last day at the market.  Stop by and say goodbye.  We will truly miss her!

Raffle Time:
Stop by the market table for a chance to win a box of produce from Calvert Farms.  The drawing will be at 11:00 a.m. and you must be able to pick the prize up by noonon September 3, 2016.

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
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
China 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
Crest Hill Bakery: Locally baked breads and sweets
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Double Sharp:
Once again Double Sharp will feature special guest  Nick Newlin (AKA Nicolo Whimsey) at the market.  Here is his website for more information.  http://www.nicolowhimsey.com/
Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

College Park Senior Center to Open Sept 28

CPSeniorsYou are cordially invited to the City of College Park’s Senior Social Center’s Grand Opening! Come join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Youth and Family Services, located at 4912 Nantucket Road in College Park.

The grand opening will feature an informational session about the center including upcoming event and activity schedule, registration information and more. There will be food and local restaurant giftcards as door prizes so bring your friends!

The Senior Social Center will provide a wide variety of fun and active activities including: yoga, aerobics, watercoloring, and plenty of social time to interact with other College Park seniors. Events and activities will occur every Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon until December 16.

To participate, sign up for a membership card for a nominal fee of only $12 for six sessions (scholarships are also available).

If you know a senior resident who would be interested in attending or if you have questions, please call the Department of Youth and Family Services’ Senior Program at 301-345-8100.
[Source: City of College Park]

What is Going on with Duvall Field?

Duval Field Construction 2016
Duvall Field is currently undergoing a total makeover! A brand new Concession and Restroom building is currently being built and will provide the field with updated amenities.

The plaza in front of the building is also getting some work done; soon it will be re-landscaped with new walkways, benches, plants and trees.

The plaza will also feature a new seating wall with tables which will nicely frame the space. With an expected completion date of this December, we can’t wait for the beautiful new plaza and concession and restroom building!

Stay tuned for updates and for grand opening news!
[Source: City of College Park]