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Beyond Borders: Voices of Immigrants in Story and Music  

Join the College Park Chorale and the College Park Chamber Singers as they present “Beyond Borders: Voices of Immigrants in Story and Music” on Friday, May 19, 7 p.m. at University of Maryland’s Memorial Chapel. The program will feature stories and songs that honor and celebrate the diverse experiences of our nation of immigrants.

The local non-profit organization CASA will be at the concert and will highlight the work they do in support of immigrant families in our area.  The concert will feature speakers sharing their immigrant experience, as well as music from around the world that explores the idea of home and belonging.  The choirs will present music by Uzee Brown, Jr., John Rutter, Steven Hatfield and Alojz Srebotnjak among others.

Admission is free, and donations to the College Park Arts Exchange and CASA will be accepted.

Parking: University of Maryland Visitor Parking Map and Color-coded Parking Map

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Council to Get an Update on City Hall Project

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will get an update about the status of the City Hall project.

For many years, the idea of constructing a new City Hall has been discussed. Two reasons are given to build a new City Hall (1) to add adequate office space for City staff and (2) to provide larger community space.

Back in 2014, the City Council discussed 3 sites for the possible locations of the future City Hall. They include the current 4500 Knox Road site, the Calvert Road site and the Stone Industrial site in north College Park. On November 25, 2014, the City Council took public testimonies from residents about the future location of the City Hall. A motion to delay the selection until all possible options failed (voted 3-5). Later, in the same meeting, the Council voted 5-3 to select the Knox Road location over the Calvert Road School location.

In 2015, City staff and the University of Maryland held a meeting to review design options for a joint development on the City Hall block between Baltimore Avenue and Yale Avenue. A conceptual design was presented before the City Council worksession in August 2015. According to the concept plan, a single building with a 30,000 SF City Hall and 45,000 SF of university offices would be built. A significant public plaza would occupy the Route 1 frontage and approximately 10,000 SF of retail could be accommodated initially on the ground floor of the university offices. A small amount of surface parking would be provided on site with most of the parking provided in the existing garage.

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City staff determined that it would be helpful to retain a real estate development consultant to assist the City with negotiations. Accordingly, HR & A was retained in August 2016 and has provided advice on an appropriate project delivery process and structure. Acquisition of the remaining two lots on Route 1 has been delayed. In April, the City advertised a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Development Project Manager and received six responses. These proposals are currently under review by the City and UMD and a recommendation for contract award will be made shortly. Once a Project Manager is on board, a detailed project schedule will be prepared and steady progress should be maintained.

In 2014, the estimated cost to build City Hall was $7.9 million. City’s request for a two-year extension of a $0.4 million State Bond Bill was approved and will give us until June 2019 to expend funds for design and construction. It is anticipated that the project will take 3 – 3/5 years to complete.

North College Park Crime Map: May 6-13, 2017

AddressType
9200 Blk Dewberry  LNTheft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft from auto
9700 Blk  52ND AVETheft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore AVETheft from auto
9200 Blk Davidson  STTheft
4800 Blk Delaware STCitizen Robbery
9600 Blk Baltimore AVETheft from auto

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 3 Issue 4 – Happy (early) Mother’s Day!

As the postal workers trudge through rain, sleet and snow – so do the Farmers Markets.   Many of our vendors will take a break this weekend but our produce vendors, meat and prepared foods will be there from 9-1.

This weekend starts our Senior Saturday program. There will be $5.00 coupons for  senior citizens (65+) with proof of ID of age and that you live in College Park. Please stop by the Market Information Table for your coupons.

Heavenly Created Desserts will be back to the market on May 20th.  Baker Charley will return soon as well.

On Saturday, May 20, the City of College Park will host a clean up of the North College Park area from 9 to 11am.  Those interested, please meet at the Farmers Market for a light breakfast.  Pizza will be served after the event.  All who participate will receive an ‘I love College Park’ t-shirt.  Please visit the Facebook site for more information.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1720546341571300/

Also, next weekend, A member of the College Park Arts Exchange will be at the market to offer button making to our customers.  Come by and  participate in this fun activity for all ages.

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
Dicot Farm: Produce
Amity Kitchen: Thai Food
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Unique Eats and Scents: Preserves, soaps and lotions
Valencia Produce: flowers, herbs and produce
MEET THE VENDOR: Waltz Family Farm
We are a working farm, please call ahead. We raise Beef, Pork and Lamb, also sell free-range eggs. All animals are raised on our farm and fed natural grains free of antibiotics and animal by-products. You may place an order with us and request to pick it up at one of the farm markets we attend or schedule an on farm pick up. See our website for more info. www.waltzfamilyfarm.com
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Today: Second Annual Seniors Art Show

When: Today, Friday, May 12, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4512 College Avenue
Seniors 50 and over are invited to display their art at St. Andrews. Stop by the exhibit to see two or three-dimensional work, including paintings, photographs, pottery and sculpture, textiles, needle and fabric art. The Art Exhibit brings Seniors together to celebrate their arts and to build a more robust and lively community in College Park.

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Job Openings – Crew Supervisor and Laborers

The City of College Park has a few positions to fill.

Crew Supervisor Position Available
  • F/T field position in a municipal public works department supervising assigned crews of laborers and equipment operators engaged in trash, recycling, leaf, snow, compost and/or grounds-keeping work.  This position is considered essential in an emergency and must report to work during any emergency affecting the City.
  • Requirements include:
    • General knowledge of facility maintenance activities including basic knowledge of plumbing, electrical, painting, HVAC and cleaning techniques including products and procedures for cleaning facilities;
    • the ability to prepare work orders and work schedules, review the work of others, and prepare performance evaluations;
    • Ability to effectively manage and implement changes in a functional operation;
    • General knowledge of Microsoft applications(Word, Outlook, and Excel);
    • Knowledge of public works performance measures and how to track performance inputs and outputs;
    • a CDL with airbrake endorsement;
    • a minimum of 3 years of related experience, plus an additional three years supervising a diverse team; and
    • the ability to come to work and work long shifts during emergency situations.
  • Minimum hourly rate at hire:  $22.75 DOQ plus excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates should complete the online application at www.collegeparkmd.gov and attach a resume and cover letter by May 19, 2017. EEOE.

 

Laborer Position Available
  • Full-time laborer position for a municipal Public Works department.   Duties include a variety of manual labor tasks, including but not limited to: route collections of solid waste and recycling; snow, leaf, and litter removal; general grounds maintenance work; and outdoor work in all weather conditions.  Physical requirements include the ability to lift items up to 75 pounds without assistance, push/pull objects up to 150 pounds, stoop, kneel, bend, and stand for extended periods. Valid driver’s license and the ability to follow oral and written directions are also required.  Minimum hourly rate is $14.44 plus excellent benefits.   High School Diploma/GED or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Please submit complete City application online at: www.collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Closes on May 19, 2017. EEOE.

Going on Vacation? The Police Have Got Your Back

As the summer is approaching us and people leave for last-minute get-aways, it’s a good idea to remember to notify friends and neighbors so they can help keep your home safe from burglars.

Residents of College Park have one other group who can help keep watch over their homes while they are away: our Police Department.

The department will provide premise checks to the city residents free of charge. Any resident of the city can use this service for everything from overnighters to extended stays away.

Once a premise check is requested, county officers will visit a resident’s home to inspect the property, walking around to check for broken windows, suspicious vehicles and other signs of a possible intruder. Any suspicious activity is addressed, recorded and relayed to the property owner.

Residents may use this link to request vacation premise checks of their property by our City Contract Police.

Community Cleanup – May 20

Please join your neighbors at our first-of-2017 Community cleanup. We’ll start at the Hollywood Farmers Market, at 9 am with a breakfast and end with a pizza lunch. We’ll provide you necessary supplies, such as gloves, regular trash bags, and recycling bags. You do not need to bring anything else – except yourselves and your families and friends.
May-20-2017-Cleanup

Bike to Work Day – This Friday

What: Bike to Work Day
When: Friday, May 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: City Hall, 4500 Knox Road

Get out your bicycles, because on Friday May 19, the City of College Park invites you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work!Take a break at the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes. Register now, it’s free! Be one of the first 16,000 to register region-wide and receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/

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North College Park Crime Map: April 30 – May 5, 2017

Please see below last week’s crime map and let know if you have any questions. Thank you!

AddressType
5000 Blk Branchville RDCitizen Robbery
10100 Blk Baltimore AveTheft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RdShoplifting
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RdShoplifting
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft from auto

Today: Hollywood Farmers Market Grand Opening

Today is a special day for the Hollywood Farmers Market. After the market had its soft opening two weeks ago, it will have its grand opening today. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9:30 am. Community leaders, elected officials, police and members of our fire fighters are expected to be present, along with usual great line up of vendors. Please see below for more details. Hope to see you all at the market.

Vol. 3 Issue 3 – It’s Our Grand Opening!

This weekend marks the fifth Grand Opening of the Hollywood Farmers Market.   Please come by for our Ribbon Cutting at 9:30 am.

MoMs is collecting old Denim to recycle into Home Insulation.  More information at the end of the newsletter.

Jill Clemens, HR Director for the City of College Park will be on hand to answer questions regarding College Park affairs.

Next weekend will be our first Senior Saturday.  There will be $5.00 coupons for the senior citizens (65+) with proof of ID.  This is for Seniors who live in College Park.

Heavenly Created Desserts will be back to the market on May 20th.  Baker Charley will return soon as well.

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
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
MEET THE SPONSOR: MoMs
To Learn More about the Denim Drop Off please visit: https://momsorganicmarket.com/denim-drive/

MoMs Core Values
(retrieved from: https://momsorganicmarket.com/momscorevalues/)

Find Your Gratitude:

  • Being fortunate is a state of mind
  • Perception changes everything

We Rise by Lifting Others:

  • We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone
  • Esteem comes from doing esteem-able acts
  • Compassion is the antidote to judgement

We Have the Courage to Grow:

  • Self-awareness is the foundation for change
  • Embrace discomfort
  • Growth is a process, not an event

Let Go of Ego:

  • We are teachable
  • Don’t think less of yourself, think of yourself less

Accept the Things You Cannot Change and Change the Things You Can:

  • Live life on life’s terms
  • The more we let go the less we suffer

Remember Your Purpose:

  • Indifference makes no difference
  • Be a voice not an echo

 

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Free City Resident Tennis Lessons at the College Park Tennis Center

Back in October last year, the Mayor and City Council voted to approve a $10,000 contribution to the Junior Tennis Champions Center.

As part of the proposal, between January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, College Park residents will receive several benefits including:

  • Six free group lessons for adults and juniors.
  • 25% off membership dues.
  • 25% off of paid lessons following the six free group lessons.
  • Each year the JTCC hosts a free Tennis Festival that is open to children ages 5 to 12 of all skill levels. The event is held annually in May. No tennis experience necessary and the festival is held rain or shine. All participants receive one free day of summer camp, and twenty five of the most promising players will receive two free weeks of summer camp at JTCC.

 

JTCC will host family tennis festivals six times a year for only College Park residents. Each festival will take place on a weekend for two hours.
Group Tennis Lesson Session Dates (Adults and Junior):

  • April 29 – May 14
  • June 10 – 25
  • July 1 – 16
  • July 29 – August 13

For more information or to sign up, click here.

City May Raise Compost and Mulch Delivery Fees to Non-City Residents

Staff has recently determined that the delivery fee for compost and wood mulch products was below market value and required an increase to cover the costs associated with this service. Staff also found that other entities providing delivery service of bulk products had a maximum delivery zone range between 25 – 35 miles.

The tipping fee charged to dispose of leaves at our facility has not been increased for a number of years, and was also reviewed. An increase in the leaf disposal fee would be representative of the fee charged at the Western Branch location; however, a savings in transport costs to those entities tipping leaves at our facility would still be realized from the shorter distance associated with material disposal.

The delivery charge for College Park residents would remain $20.00, and residents can have a minimum of one cubic yard delivered.

Customers outside of College Park have a three-cubic yard minimum. These changes are designed to ensure College Park residents benefit as much as possible from the program, and that costs to provide the service outside College Park are covered by charges for the service.

Staff is proposing

  • current product fees for leaf mulch of $13.21/cubic yard,
  • SMARTLEAF compost fee of $26.42/cubic yard and wood mulch of $11.32/cubic yard.
  • an increase in the current leaf tipping fee from $4.75/cubic yard to $8.75/cubic yard for entities disposing leaves at our facility. This equates to an 84% fee increase.
  • an increase in the SMARTLEAF compost fee from $10/cubic yard to $15/cubic yard for entities that tip leaves at our facility.
  • an increase in the current product delivery fee to delivery zones outside of College Park. Delivery zone 2, includes locations up to 4.9 miles (one-way) would increase from $30 to $60; delivery 3, includes locations up to 9.9 miles (one-way) would increase from $40 to $70; delivery zone 4, includes locations up to 16.9 miles (one-way) would increase from $45 to $80; delivery zone 5 includes locations up to 20 miles (one-way) would increase from $50 to $100.
  • Product deliveries to locations more than 20 miles away (one-way) would no longer occur.

Hollywood Streetscape Project to Get $1million in New Budget

For many years now, the City has been working on the Hollywood streetscape project to improve the appearance and functionality of the area around the corner of Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue. The area is generally lacking in aesthetics and has seen minimal private investment in the preceding decades. We hope that once completed, the project will help invite private investment around the shopping complex area.

The project limits along Rhode Island Ave are from the Capital Beltway in the north to Muskogee Street in the south. The project limits along Edgewood Road are Narragansett Parkway in the East, and 300’ west of Rhode Island Ave in the west.

The scope of the project includes to (1) widen or install sidewalks where possible, (2) redevelop portions of the service lane between Edgewood Road and Nantucket Road into shared bicycle/pedestrian ways on both sides of Rhode Island and a mini-park with outdoor seating on the eastern side (3) plant supplemental street trees and landscaping (4) install gateway signage and/or art elements to brand the District and (5) install a wellness circuit, including exercise stations, along Narragansett Parkway to provide a recreational opportunity.

The consultant team of Sabra Wang and Associates, Inc. and Floura Teeter were contracted last fall to develop a design of the project. They held meetings with the North College Park Community Association (NCPCA), and also with the County to solicit input and outreach is underway to engage the business and property owners in the district. You can see Floura Teeter’s presentation here on City’s website: http://cpemplogin.collegeparkmd.gov/revize/collegepark/Planning/Neighborhood%20Meeting%20Presentation%204-12-2017%20-%20Final.pdf

The total design and construction costs to complete the project are currently estimated at $1,800,000. Partial funding for the project is in the Capital Projects Fund and includes a 2017 State Bond Bill and Program Open Space Funding. $1 million has been proposed in the FY 2018 budget. The project is proposed to be constructed in phases based on funding availability. At this week’s Council meeting, the Council will discuss the scope of the first phase of the project.

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streetscape2 - Wellness circuit

cost - May 2017