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Council Mulls Adding Audio Visual Capacity to Davis Hall

Thinking of Council meetings at Davis Hall with live broadcast to City residents? That’s what the City Council will discuss at this week’s Council meeting.

This capacity would provide a backup location for Council meetings, as well as enable the recording and broadcasting of other meetings. The proposed layout would allow for an audience of approximately 45 people. The maximum capacity of the Davis Hall multipurpose room is 88 people (without tables).

City IT staff have received cost estimates for the basic AV equipment and installation required to record meetings, and the equipment required in order to broadcast and live-stream meetings at Davis Hall.

The equipment would be stored in a secure cabinet in Davis Hall when not in use. The cost of installing the required equipment will range from about $27,000 to $35,000. A sample listing of the equipment costs is attached from the A/V Company.

Staff thinks adding services like streaming and titles after the initial installation would not incur any significant additional costs compared to installing all of the services at one time.

Davis Hall AV Layout

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 3 Issue 2 – Gotta love Maryland weather…

If you plan to go out and about today bring lots of water with you.  There are so many fun activities this weekend to attend but please stay safe.

Please welcome some of our vendors back this weekend: Waltz Family Farm, The Wood Doctor, Alcoba Coffee and many more.

Brothers and Sisters in Action will have a space to promote ways to save the EPA.  Stop by and learn more.

Heavenly Created Desserts and Baker Charley will return to the market on May 6th.

This week’s vendors include:
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for babies, adults and pets
Amity Kitchen: Thai Food
The Wood Doctor: Hand crafted wood step stools, bird houses, cutting boards
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candle
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Unique Eats and Scents: Preserves, soaps and lotions
Valencia Produce: flowers, herbs and produce
Calendar of Events:
May 6th– Grand Opening
May 13th– Senior Saturday
June 10th– Senior Saturday
June 10th– The Animal Welfare Committee will offer a Rabies Clinic
Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

College Park 5K – Saturday, May 6, 2017

5KlogoWhen: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: Race Starts from College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Road

Next Saturday, May 6, 2017, the College Park Community Foundation (CPCF) will be hosting the Fourth Annual College Park 5K. Runners and families will make their way around a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) course around downtown College Park, Calvert Hills, and Old Town, starting and ending at College Park City Hall. The race will welcome participants of all ages and abilities and feature a special start for runners with strollers, walkers, and families that choose to race together.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the outreach and grant-making activities of CPCF. Each year, through a competitive application process, CPCF awards monetary grants to non-profits and service organizations that charitably serve College Park residents in three priority areas: Education, Quality of Life, and Community-Building. Since 2013, CPCF has granted nearly than $20,000 to more than 20 nonprofit organizations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in different categories (Male, Female, Overall, Stroller Runners, etc.)

Registration fees range from $20 (early bird) to $35 (day-of registration) and families will also be able to save by registering as family (of up to 3 people) at a reduced cost. Children 8 and under will race for free. Each registration includes a premium race shirt and Bibtag timing system.

To learn more and register, click here.

Maryland Day, 2017 – This Saturday, April 29

The University of Maryland’s one-day open house features hundreds of family-friendly and interactive events. Come explore the world of Fearless Ideas and see how the UMD do good for our community, the state and the

Council Approves Greenbelt North Core Development Detailed Site Plan

At last night’s City Council meeting, the Council approved a resolution supporting the Greenbelt FBI development plan.

This limited DSP is for roadway, trail infrastructure and a 3,645 space parking garage. The north core of Greenbelt Station is proposed for mixed-use development including the FBI Headquarters.

The development may have significant impacts on residents in north College Park. Conditions requested by the City focus on potential changes to stormwater drainage and the floodplain and reflected light and noise impacts that may impact residents in College Park. This application is on an Expedited Transit Oriented Development (ETOD) review schedule. A public hearing with the Planning Board is scheduled for April 27, 2017.

The conditions in the City’s letter include that prior to signature approval of the DSP the applicant:

1) provide a revised stormwater management (SWM) concept plan that covers proposed activity at the site,
2) coordinate with M-NCPPC, College Park, Greenbelt and WMATA to address design issues related to the Metro Parking Garage to reduce and minimize direct and reflected light and noise impacts on residential properties located in College Park
3) remove trail alignments shown through Outparcel B and State of Maryland land. Prior to the next DSP approval coordinate with staff from the County, M-NCPPC, Greenbelt and College Park to determine whether the benefits of the trails outweigh the environmental impacts
4) resolve and finalize treatment of the Narragansett and Lackawanna outfalls and the stream crossing of Greenbelt Station Parkway and submit required impact information, including a revised floodplain study and detailed design of the stream crossing
5) coordinate with WMATA, CSX, MTA-MARC to support the internal adjustments in the Greenbelt Station to facilitate pedestrian use of the underpass between College Park and the North Core property so that access will remain publicly accessible and traversable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

College Park Fire Causes $40M Loss: Here is What We Know

Yesterday’s fire in College Park on Berwyn House Road at the Fuse complex has caused quite a bit of discussion in the community. Here is what we know and a list of questions / concerns we have. I’ll update the list as I know more:

  • The fire caused nearly $40M in damage, probably the largest in PG Fire Department’s history. This incident has been the largest suppression effort and the highest fire loss estimate in the history of the Fire/EMS Department, according to the PGFD.
  • The Fuse 47 building was slated to have about to 250 apartments, retail stores and a parking garage and was scheduled for occupancy in July 2017.
  • Fire fighters were alerted at about 9:35 am, Monday, April 24.
  • The fire started on the 6th floor of the 7 story building
  • 5 Alarms were sounded with over 200 firefighters and medics working to extinguish the fire that consumed the roof of the city block long building until mid afternoon when the fire was considered contained and under control.
  • The fire forced the relocation of 68 residents of the senior city building across the street to relocate.  Residents of the Gladys Spellman House were relocated to the College Park Community Center to avoid the smoke that filled their building.
  • Fire hoses pumped 650 gallons of water per minute for more than five hours, with the weight of the water potentially causing the building — which is currently only supported by wood — to collapse floor by floor, Brady said at the briefing.The fire took so long to control because only one ladder truck was able to access the back of the building, where the fire was located
  • The cause of the fire still unknown

The fire took so long to control because only one ladder truck was able to access the back of the building, where the fire was located. We’ll look into ways we can improve the situation so that this kind of incidents do not happen again.

That said, I want to thank many brave firefighters for doing an excellent job in bringing the fire under control.

City Budget: Council Proposes More Amenities and Services for Residents

The City Council spent a good part of April 8 and April 22 Saturdays reviewing the City manager’s proposed FY2018 budget. The total proposed budget is $19.8 million, compared to last year’s amended budget of $18.0 million. You can see an overview of this year’s budget here on the City’s website.

At the two worksessions, we made a couple of changes to the proposed budget. Here are a few important items in the draft amended FY18 budget

  • $1 million for the Hollywood streetscape project (mainly to do the wellness circuit around MoM’s shopping center)
  • $75,000 for a dog park
  •  $50,000 for the City’s Homeownership Grant Program
  • $50,000 for the City-University Partnership (CPCUP)  Homeownership Grant Program
  • $20,000 to CPCUP for an additional administrative staff person (UMD will also provide $20,000; this is an annual request and as a result the City’s annual contribution to CPCUP will be $145,000),
  • $20,000 for the Homeowners Resource Fund
  • $10,000 to improve acoustics at the Youth and Family Services meeting room
  • $10,000 to add a bus shelter on Rhode Island avenue at the Indian Ln. / Fox street intersection
  • $3000 to post street signs for the farmers market.

Other key elements in the budget include backyard composting by City residents, a plan to offer yard waste bins for sale to residents, increased funding for City grants to kids attending summer camps at the University of Maryland, and additional staff to help with landscaping the City!

At tomorrow’s meeting the Council will introduce the budget ordinance at the Council meeting and schedule the Public Hearing for May 9.

Today: Beginning Gardening Information Session

What: Beginning Gardening Information Session

When: Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm

Location: Conference Room at Youth and Family Services (4912 Nantucket Rd, College Park)

Register by contacting Kate Kennedy at or call her at 202-400-1501

Topics: General gardening FAQs including: What and when should I plant? What do I need to do to keep my plants producing? Common mistakes.

Who should attend?: Anyone interested in gardening whether or not you are planning to have a plot at the NEW Community Garden
We will have registration forms for a plot at the Community Garden. You can also access them here:…

Hollywood Farmers Market Opening Today

Vol. 3 Issue 1 – WE ARE BACK!!!

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter and are ready for the 5th year for the farmers market!  There are some changes that have been made to our layout but we still have our fantastic vendors this year. You have to come by to see.  Please note that our vendors who faced the shopping center are now in the shade.  So if you are looking for Dicot Farms, Waltz Farm or Valencia’s Produce do not fret.  They are still at the market, just in a different location.  🙂

This season we will continue our once a month $2.00 coupons (to be used the day of the market) for all customers! And on the second Saturday of each month we will offer a $5.00 coupon to be used on that day only at the market for all senior citizens (aged 65+) who are College Park residents.  Our first coupon day for seniors will be on May 13th.  All you need to do is present proof of residency and age to the Market Manager at the market table.

Some highlights for April 22nd:
The Lions Club will be at the market and will be collecting Clothing and Household items. This supports the Lions Community Outreach Foundation. Helping the Lions Club will help raise funds for their community projects while also supporting the National Children’s Center and keeping usable items out of the land fill! They will have tax receipts.

Did you know that April 22nd is Earth Day?
Aaron Springer, from the College Park Arts Exchange, will be at the market from 10 to noon with a Earth Day craft project for the kids.  The Sierra Club will leave brochures about the People’s Climate March at the Information Table.

The vendors :
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Unique Eats and Scents: Preservatives and body wash
Valenica: Plants, berries and other fruit
Dicot Farm: Produce
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Amity Kitchen: Thai Food
Peacesake Candles: toxin free candles
Calendar of Events:
For the month of April:
4/22- Opening Day (and a birthday for staff member of the Hollywood Farmers Market)

For the month of May:
5/6- Grand Opening (look for an upcoming newsletter with all the information)
5/13-$5.00 senior discount day

And much more to come!  Keep an eye on the newsletter with information about all upcoming events.
We’re happy to be back and can’t wait to see all the smiling faces at the market.  🙂

Police to Raise Funds for Explorer Post 1111 Program

The Prince George’s County Police Explorer Post 1111 needs your support! Post 1111 will be hosting a fundraiser at Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken, located at 7400 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, on May 3, 2017 between the hours of 4 pm and 9 pm. Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken will donate 40% of fundraiser sales to help raise money for our Explorer Post. Come out and enjoy a great meal while supporting Explorer Post at the same time, just show a picture of this flyer at the time of purchase. Thank you in advance for supporting Prince George’s County Police Explorer Post 1111!

What is the Police Explorers program? The Prince George’s County Police Explore Program is designed to introduce young men and women, ages 14 to 20, to learn more about law-enforcement or purse a career law enforcement.

Police Explore - College Park Fundraiser

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