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North College Park Crime Map: July 24 – 27, 2017

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4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft
4900 Blk Edgewood RDTheft
3500 Blk Marlborough WayTheft from auto
University Blvd  / Rhode Island AveStolen Veh
9200 blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto
5100 Blk Hollywood RDTheft from auto

Bulk Trash Around the Neighborhood

Recently, we’ve been noticing an increasing number of bulk trash items being left on the street curbsides. These items include mattresses, televisions, and furniture many days in advance of trash pickup. Dumping is also commonplace on some streets. Dirt, large branches and most recently household garbage have been dumped along with other bulk items.

The City collects these bulk trash items for free on Thursday (sometime on Friday) of the week. Residents are however required to leave the bulk trash items no more than 24 hours before Thursday of the week and also call Public Works to arrange a pickup. We’ve been seeing these bulk items often many days before Thursday, sometimes during weekends. Often, we do not think some residents are calling in for pick up at all. It’s quite possible that residents are not aware of these bulk trash pick up laws.

You can find more information about bulk trash pickup services in College Park here on City’s website.

In order to improve the situation, the City Council will discuss the issue with staff from Public Works at this week’s Council meeting.
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Bulk trash left on a City street

What the City has Done to Reduce Emissions in College Park?

At the next week’s Council meeting, the City Council will review the City’s progress on the sustainability plan. This plan was passed in October 2015. The City Operations Sustainability Plan was developed to reduce unhealthy emissions created by City operations; coordinate City sustainability practices; position the City as an organization with leading practices in sustainability; improve the quality of life for residents; and conserve financial resources.

The City also completed a green house gas emissions study to provide a baseline for emissions created by City operations, and an update is planned for 2018.

As part of the City’s achievements in making College Park more sustainable, the following are some City actions to reduce emissions:

  • New HVAC system and solar panels on the Youth and Family Services Building
  • Tracking and publishing waste and recycling rates at all City facilities
  • Reduction of total electricity and natural gas use due to energy efficiency measures (LED lighting, new, efficient systems, improved insulation, etc.
  • Purchased two hybrid passenger vehicles and three new, more efficient trash trucks
  • Installed and expanded bike share system
  • Initiated two stormwater retrofit projects to improve water quality in local streams
  • Created incentive program for residents to purchase trees
  • Installed recycling containers in City parks
  • City review of solid waste collection policies and costs

The Council will have an additional discussion at the September 19, 2017 Worksession.

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The City installed new solar panels there which will reduce the building’s energy consumption by at least 50%!

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

 

Vol. 3 Issue 14 – WATERMELON SEASON!Here is a fun fact: Watermelons are 92% water, which is why many of us enjoy a cool slice during this time of the year. But did you know that watermelon is also “nutrient-dense”? For example: Watermelon is a good source of vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, which is important for vision, healthy skin, teeth and gums. Vitamin A is fat-soluble, meaning it needs to be consumed with some fat to help the body absorb it. Here is an idea-Try making a simple summery salad of watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, minced fresh mint and a lime dressing to get the most nutrients.
Fully ripe, deeply red watermelons are the ones you want. That deep color signifies the most lycopene, an antioxidant and the bright red pigment that gives red fruits and vegetables their rosy color. Seedless watermelons also tend to have more lycopene than the seeded variety.  Some scientists believe that lycopene may help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  Another great source of lycopene is tomatoes.
So stop by one of our produce vendors and pick up a watermelon.  You’ll be happy you did. 🙂Please welcome a guest vendor for this weekend:
Jordyn Trail-Fowler is a Maryland State Finalist in the National American Miss Pageant and is raising money to attend the nationals.  She will be selling hand crafted bracelets and key chains. Stop by her table and help support her efforts.  Best of luck Jordyn!Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week July 22-30
This weekend wraps up the 10th anniversary of the Buy Local Challenge.Please like and share the “Buy Local” Facebook post with your friends/followers on your Facebook page with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmelfranklin/posts/1510345085688666If you are on Instagram, please like and share the “Buy Local” Instagram post with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the posting:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BW1ZCDWAhWZ/

If you visit a local restaurant or a farmers market from July 22-30, please snap a pic and post to whichever social media platform(s) (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) you are on and use the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst and encourage your friends to do the same.

Please help support our local businesses and create jobs!
Senior Saturday
Our next Senior Saturday will take place on August 12th. If you are 65+ and reside in College Park, please stop by the Market’s information table to receive $5.00 in market coupons to use only on August 12th.  


The City of College Park’s Animal Control is taking part in the statewide Free Cat Adoption for the month of July.  There are only a few more days of July.  If you have considered adopting a feline, now would be a good time to do so.

Vendors who are taking some time off:
Heavenly Created Desserts will not be here this weekend
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden will be away this weekend
Baker Charley is off this weekend
Christiane’s Designs will return in September.  If you need to contact her to place an order please email her at cwill23027@aol.com


This week’s vendors include*:
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Certified Organic Produce
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Qamrul Bhuiyan: Packaged artistically designed stationary
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry

* This list reflects the vendors who have informed the Market Manager that they will be at the market.  This list is subject to change due to weather, illness or other life events. 🙂

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a vendor for our market please let us know.  We are always looking for more vendors. Our criteria is that the items have to be hand made.  If you prepare food- we are looking for other prepared food vendors.  Lastly, we are looking for a bread vendor.  If you know of a local company that would like to sell bread at our market please stop by the market’s information table to speak with either the Market Manager or one of the Market’s Board members.


Meet the Vendor: THAI AMITY KITCHEN

Amity has been with the Hollywood Market for 2 years now and they have become a local favorite.  The selection of Thai food including Pad Thai, Fried Rice and everyone’s favorite- Mango Sticky Rice is made from scratch and right at the market.

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Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

 

 

NCPCA to Hold Special Meeting to Discuss Non-Resident Voting

The North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) will be hosting a special meeting on August 3rd, to discuss City Council’s proposal allowing non-citizens to vote at City elections. Please see below for details.
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After FBI Project Nixed, Area Leaders to Discuss Development Options at Greenbelt Metro Site

After the much-anticipated plan to move the FBI headquarters to Greenbelt is shelved, the area leaders have started discussing what can be done at the Greenbelt site. The Four cities Coalition, comprised of the Mayors and Council members from College Park, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights, and New Carrollton will be meeting tonight to discuss this topic at their quarterly meeting in Berwyn Heights. The meeting will be held at the Berwyn Heights Town Council meeting room at 7pm. Also, the Greenbelt City Council discussed potential options this week( agenda here . The video here).

The General Services Administration (GSA) decided to terminate the decade long process to replace the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building housing the FBI and to construct a new FBI Headquarters Complex due to a lack of funding. The GSA was looking into three sites as the new possible FBI headquarters – Greenbelt and Landover in Mayland, and Springfield in northern Virginia. In an hour long briefing, the GSA talked about the uncertainty over full Congressional funding for this $2.5 Billion project for the main reason for the project’s cancellation. Millions of dollars have been spent over five years by the three development teams, by the land owners, the State of Maryland, and Prince George’s County in pursuit of the now canceled federal solicitation.

This happened after the Congress repeatedly showing its support for the FBI headquarters consolidation by appropriating over $910 million so far, and by an expression of commitment to appropriate the remaining $880 million in the next federal budget. Unfortunately, the GSA made the decision to cancel without consulting with Congress, nor with the development teams.

It’s hard to tell what will happen now. Here is what the Washington Business Journal says

“what might happen to the Greenbelt site. We’ll have to watch and see what the developer (Renard) do now. There are questions about whether Renard can still execute on its option to develop the land for WMATA. It had planned to set aside about 61 acres for the federal government if Greenbelt was selected and develop about 1.6 million square feet of nearby commercial space. WMATA affirmed that the entire deal was contingent on Greenbelt’s selection.”

With FBI project canceled, SHA’s Greenbelt Metro Interchange project will also be shelved. As part of the plan, SHA was suggesting to add another ramp for the westbound traffic, merging into the existing ramp from the eastbound traffic. This could potentially add more noise and pollution to our single family houses next to Metro. They were also looking at adding two 12ft lanes on both sides of the beltway, from Rt 1 to Kenilworth Ave., to provide better access to Greenbelt Metro.

North College Park Crime Map: July 16 – 24, 2017

 

AddressType
9100 Blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto
10000 Blk Baltimore AveTheft
10000 Baltimore AveTheft from auto
5000 Blk Apaches StTheft from auto

Federal Court Says Purple Line Can Move Forward

Good news! Last week, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday the Purple Line can move forward despite an ongoing lawsuit against the project, the Washington Business Journal reports.

The ruling gives Maryland a green light to go after $900 million in federal grants for the $5.6 billion construction project — funding the Trump administration has proposed cutting, though the administration has said in budget documents it is still considering federal funding for the Purple Line.

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Three judges of the Washington, D.C., court ruled in an appeal filed in an ongoing lawsuit that Maryland has “satisfied the stringent requirements” required for the court to grant a stay of U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s August ruling. That ruling revoked the project’s federal Record of Decision, which is the federal environmental approval needed for the project to move forward.

Maryland officials have said vacating the project’s federal approval has prevented the state from signing a full funding grant agreement with the U.S. government. Signing the agreement would allow the state access to the $900 million in federal funds proposed for the light-rail line’s construction.

The appeals court ruling “will allow construction to commence and we will continue to do everything we possibly can to keep the Purple Line moving forward,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh tweeted last week.

City Residents Can Purchase a Backyard Compost Bin for Just $20

Did you know that City residents can purchase a backyard compost bin from the City for just $20?

backyard-compost-binCompost bins are on display in the lobbies of City Hall (4500 Knox Road) and the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Ave). Come by to check them out! Order one today to start making your own “black gold” compost for all your gardening needs! You can purchase a compost bin (limit 2 per household) at the Department of Public Works, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

  • Some details about the Backyard Compost Bin:
  • 33″ high x 31″ wide
  • Large capacity – 11 cubic feet
  • Convenient 12″x16″ offset, front harvest door
  • Easy, large access 20.25 inch diameter lid opening
  • Twist locking lid
  • Vertical and horizontal columnar ventilation
  • Conical shape means nothing gets stuck in corners and also provides for ease of lifting off to access the entire pile
  • Rodent resistant
  • One piece injection molded construction – no seams to come apart or assembly required
  • Made of 100% recycled materials

National Night Out, August 1, 7-8:30 pm, 2017

More than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 1, hoping to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood friendship and send a message to criminals letting them know that their neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. In North College Park, National Night Out will take place at the all new Duvall Field plaza at 7 pm- 8:30 pm. Please come out and spread the word! Thank you!

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Daniels Park Road Resurfacing

Our City engineer is advising that beginning on Monday July 24th M T Laney, WSSC’s resurfacing contractor will begin resurfacing the affected streets as shown on the map below.

The constructor will begin paving Huron Street.

One final note: Not shown on the map below is Rhode Island Ave (Indian Lane to Lackawanna Street ) and 50th Place (Fox Street to Kenesaw Street). They will be resurfaced by the City at the end of August or early September, if not sooner. There is still curb work to be done.

Thank you all for your patience.
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Davis Park to Get New Play Equipments

The City has recently been awarded a $27,750 grant to replace the old play structure at Davis Field at the end of Iroquois St for the 5 – 12 year old children. Below is a preliminary concept design and color scheme. Once the components and color scheme is finalized, the equipment can be ordered. Installation of the new structure may take several months, depending on the installer’s schedule.

There is also planned maintenance work, tentatively scheduled for August/September at the site, prior to the installation of the new play structure. The deteriorating wooden timbers surrounding the small play structure for 2 – 5 year old children and the swings will be removed and replaced with new timbers. In addition, the swing structure will be increased in size from a single bay structure to a double bay structure. Currently, there are 2 swings at the site, 1 belt swing and 1 toddler swing. The new structure will have 2 belt swings in one bay and a separate bay for the 2 toddler swings.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Pepco Plans Line Clearance Job in Upper Hollywood and Sunnyside

PEPCO is planning line clearance work in North College Park for a feeder coming out of the Beltsville substation; work will occur in the Northern Hollywood area and Sunnyside neighborhood.

Eight trees have been approved for removal at the following locations and are marked with a blue dot:

9801 49th Ave – Silver Maple 24” diameter. There is a large defect in the trunk as well as a hole in the trunk with a channel of decay extending down the trunk. There is significant dieback in the canopy, which has continued to develop since last year when the tree was pruned to remove deadwood. This location is next to Hollywood Elementary School where many children are walking to school. The resident is aware of the planned removal and they are ok with it. A replacement tree will be installed.

4700 block Edgewood Rd – Note: there is a 69 kV line in this area, which requires increased clearance. Sweet Gum 15” at intersection of 47th Pl on north west corner at vacant parcel. Since this tree has been previously topped for line clearance, it has grown very bushy & is blocking the line of sight at the intersection and suckers are blocking the street light above, which will contribute to poor street lighting. Replacement tree approved. There is also a small 5” Black Cherry in this same area that is in poor health and many branches are blocking the street light above. Other trees along the north side of Edgewood Rd from 47th Pl to Route 1 will be pruned. The vegetation growing at the intersection of Route 1 will be cut down to improve visibility and clearance.

4809 Nantucket Rd – Red Maple 22” diameter. Evident trunk damage, very thin canopy with small leaves, & numerous dead branches. Tree branches in service drop lines to 2 homes. Replacement tree approved.

5100 Odessa Rd – Multi-stem Red Maple, which is shown as 3 trees on the map. The tree recently lost a large live limb, there is significant included bark, which will contribute to future limb loss. The resident has requested removal previously. Replacement tree approved

5110 Odessa Rd – Sweet Gum 22”. Significant canopy dieback and suckering along lower branches indicates decline of the tree. There is a large girdling, which may be contributing to the sucker growth. The tree is growing above the gas line. Replacement tree approved.

5108 Paducah Rd – Siberian Elm 19”. Visible dieback on all major limbs, which are overhanging service drop line to house. Replacement tree approved.

10102 51St Ave – Pin Oak 29” Significant canopy dieback, and decay observed in trunk. Recent construction in street and sidewalk likely affected root zone, which will contribute to continued tree decline. Replacement tree approved.

The map below shows the planned line clearance work. The trim (prune) areas indicated as a yellow line are secondary lines that require less clearance. The green trim (prune) lines are locations where the pruning will reflect the clearance based on the voltage.
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Yard Sale Information

A couple of residents have asked questions about permitting requirements related to yard sales. City staff has provided us with the following information:

State tax law (per Comptroller) limits residents to hold 3 yard sales per year, of their personal effects, on their property, without a traders license. Yard sale signs may be placed on private property, not City right of way, without permits, for these 3 sales.

Continuous yard sales require state traders license, and City business permits. Community yard sales on City streets may require a street closing permit. These applications are available online.

Questions about specific events or locations should be referred to Public Services at 240-487-3570.

Public Safety Town Hall Meetings

Tue, Jul 25, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD
Thu, Jul 27, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Davis Hall, 9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD

Join the City in one of two Public Safety Town Hall Meetings lead by the Police Foundation. This meeting is located at Davis Hall. The meetings are designed to gather College Park residents’ perspectives about policing in the City

Currently policing in the City is carried out by members of the Prince George’s County Police Department as part of their regular patrol, Prince George County officers under contract to the City, University of Maryland officers in some parts of the City adjacent to the campus, officers from the National Capital Parks Police in their parks inside the City and WMATA officers near the metro stations

We would like to provide residents an opportunity to comment on the following:

Do you this system of policing is adequate for the city?

What changes, if any, do you think should be made?

Other cities have their own police department. Do you think this would be a good idea for College Park? Why/why not?

What other comments do you have about policing in College Park?