Purple Line Construction Kicks Off with a Bang

purple line picHYATTSVILLE, Md. – Major construction on the Purple Line began with a bang Monday in Hyattsville, Maryland, after years of wrangling over the 16-mile, 21-stop light-rail project.

After a ceremonial signing of a $900 million federal funding agreement with U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan got behind the controls of a large claw excavator to help rip down a large metal structure at the future home of the Purple Line Operations Center.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Anthony Brown and Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn were among the many other officials who assisted with a more ceremonial groundbreaking.

While Hogan touted the economic and transportation benefits for the state from the $2 billion public-private project, he required Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to contribute additional funding to move the project forward.”

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Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy — Volunteer Opportunity

Next week, the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland will transform into a free dental and health screenings clinic for The Maryland Center for Health Equity Festival. They are recruiting volunteers for September 7th, 8th, & 10th. This event attracts thousands of visitors and, as you can imagine, they could use a lot of help to ensure that as many people as possible receive services.

If you are interested in volunteering, below is an outline of volunteer positions and instructions on how to register:

1. DATA COLLECTORS* (separate registration process): The Center for Health
Equity will be doing Research/Data Collection at the event. We need volunteer
Data Collectors to talk with patients directly, inform them about the study,
and assist them in downloading an app/taking a survey. This position requires
an online CITI research training (if you do not currently have it, we can
send you directions on how to obtain it). If interested, please sign up with
this link and we will contact you: https://goo.gl/forms/QbTh3HKEDUu6gibM2
*Note: this role requires an additional training meeting with us at the
Center for Health Equity to explain the study and procedures accompanying
this role.

2. PATIENT REGISTRATION: Patient Registration/Check-in/out involves fielding
all new patients that come through our doors and taking down their personal
information before they head to medical assessment and triage. This position
requires that volunteers commit to show up for their chosen shift AND are
good with computers. To register please go directly to http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?572920
Under Volunteer Roles you will click Patient Registration & Check Out and you
will put in the code CHECK.

3. GENERAL VOLUNTEERS: This includes roles such as set up/break down and
patient escort. Sign up directly with this link : http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?572920

If you have any questions about volunteering or the registration process, please contact Meghan Murphy at mmurph3@umd.edu

Event Location: UMD Xfinity Center
Contact Person: Meghan Murphy
Contact Email: mmurph3@umd.edu
Website URL:

City Announces College Park Day 2017

cpday2017Join your friends, neighbors and the whole College Park Community at the 8th Annual College Park Day Festival on Saturday, October 7 at the College Park Aviation Museum!


  • A taste of College Park – food trucks and restaurants and more
  • A GIGANTIC Kids Fun Zone with obstacle courses, climbing wall, bounce house and so much more!
  • Meet public safety and flight crews including a helicopter display and fly out!
  • 2 stages of performances by the best performers in the area
  • Fun and free Barre, Zoca and Zumba classes!
  • Over 100 exhibitors
  • Free Entry to the College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.
College Park, MD 20740

Free guest parking at 5000 Paint Branch Parkway and at the College Park Metro

Public Transportation:
Metro Green Line to the College Park-U of MD stop. Event is 3 blocks away.
Shuttle-UM (for UMD affiliates) #104 UMD shuttle from Stamp Student Union/lot HH to the College Park-U of MD metro stop.

Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter for latest event updates. Sign up for City of College Park emails at http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect.

Senior SmarTrip® Cards Available at Five PGCMLS Branches

senior_smartripSenior citizens, age 65 and better can purchase a new Senior SmarTrip® card at any of the five convenient library branches, as well as retail and WMATA Metro commuter stores.
The bright yellow Senior SmarTrip® card for citizens age 65 and older enables seniors to get the discounted fare on Metrobus and Metrorail.
The five branches that accept cash, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Oxon Hill, Spauldings and South Bowie, all offer this service.
To purchase this special card, you will need to show a valid government-issued photo ID with proof of age. The Senior SmarTrip® card costs $2. This card has no monetary value. You must load value using a blue Passes/Farecards machine at any Metrorail station or a bus farebox that accepts SmarTrip®. Visit pgcmls.info for more information.

When Is the School Bus Coming? PGCPS Has an App for That!

pgschoolbusDownload the new mobile app today and be ready on the first day of school.

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is encouraging parents to try out the new Bb District by Blackboard mobile app prior to the first day of school (Sept. 6) for bus stop locations and transportation updates. In addition to transportation updates, the app provides convenient access to school lunch balances, homework assignments, grades and more.

Download the new mobile application in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store using your Family Portal account information, then select your school and choose a preferred notification method.

Parents who do not have a Family Portal account can register at tinyurl.com/familyportalregistration.

If you need assistance, please contact your child’s school.

It’s the County Fair Time: Sept 7-10

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Tomorrow at the Farmers Market

Vol. 3 Issue 19 – The Dog Days of SummerAaaah, the Dog Days of Summer at the Hollywood Farmers Market!  The market will be hosting bring you dog to the market on Saturday, August 26h between 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon.  The first 30 dogs will receive a treat bag and a chance to have their picture posted on our Facebook page and featured in a future market newsletter along with a short bio.  All dogs must be leashed (please no long leads) under the control of their owner and social to other dogs and humans.  We look forward to seeing all of our furry friends and owners and look to meeting new doggie patrons and their owners.

Please welcome our guest vendors:
Let us welcome back Jordyn Fowler!  Our contestant for the National American Miss pageant.  While she didn’t make it this year, she did her best and learned for next year.  Jordyn will sell her handmade bracelets and key chains to raise money for the 2018 pageant.  She also would love to practice answering questions which will help her feel more comfortable in front of the judges.

Senior Saturday
Senior Saturday is this Saturday, August 26th. If you are 65+ and reside in College Park, please stop by the Market‘s information table to receive $5.00 in marketcoupons to use only on August 26th from 9:00 am until noon.

College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE) at the Market
On Saturday, September 30th Aaron Springer from the CPAE will be at the marketmaking Slime/Gak/Oobleck/Nonnewtonian Fluid.  So many names – such a great activity for young and old alike!  Mr. Springer would like to have a good idea of attendees in order to purchase the proper amount of supplies.  If you are interested in attending this event please stop by the market information table and add your name to the sign up sheet.

Vendors who are taking some time off:
Christiane’s Designs will return in September.  If you need to contact her to place an order please email her at cwill23027@aol.com
Unique Eats and Scents will be back in a few weeks
Heavenly Created Desserts will be back after Labor Day.

This week’s vendors include*:

Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Certified Organic Produce
Valencia’s Produce: Fresh Virginian Produce
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
Qamrul Bhuiyan: Packaged artistically designed stationary
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry

Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Starbucks: Giving away coffee grounds for composting or garden
Waltz FarmFarm raised meats and cheeses
* 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 marketplease 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.

Spay-A-Day Keeps the Litter Away
Through December 1st, 2017, the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division (AMD) will provide free spay/neuter services for pets belonging to low-income individuals and families living in Prince George’s County. This service is provided through a Maryland Department of Agriculture grant. For more information or to learn how you may qualify, contact Catherine Hernandez at 301-780-7252.

Copyright © 2017 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Purple Line to Get Full $900 million Funding

Last week, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan said that the Purple Line is set to get full federal funding with an agreement signed “in the very near future,”

Gov. Larry Hogan and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao hammered out a deal following conversations on last Friday and Monday, according to reports. An agreement is expected to be signed next week, according to The Washington Post.


Earlier, President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal had put the future of the Purple Line at risk. If taht happened, local entities would be forced to pay for transportation-related items that did not have federal agreements.

If the agreement with the US Dept of Transportation is signed next week, construction begins this fall and wraps up in 2022 or 2023.

Free Backpacks and Ice Cream Socials – This Saturday


North College Park Crime Map – August 5-12, 2017

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Dog Days of Summer at the Hollywood Farmers Market


Aaaah, the Dog Days of Summer at the Hollywood Farmers Market! The market will be hosting bring you dog to the market on Saturday, August 26th between 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon.

The first 30 dogs will receive a treat bag and a chance to have their picture posted on our Facebook page and featured in a future market newsletter along with a short bio.

All dogs must be leashed (please no long leads) under the control of their owner and social to other dogs and humans.

The market looks forward to seeing all of our furry friends and owners and look to meeting new doggie patrons and their owners.

NOAA, College Park to Open its Doors to Community

What: NOAA Open House
When: Saturday September 16, 2017 , 10am-3pm
Where: NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740

On its 5th anniversary in College Park, Come join the fun at our free public open house at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction on Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 3pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how meteorologists forecast and track storms, watch a weather balloon launch, tour our oceanography and air laboratories, hear stories from a hurricane hunter pilot and more. There will also be hands-on interactive science activities for kids.


A government issued photo I.D. is required for adults. All bags are subject to security screening upon entry.


The University of Maryland will provide shuttle bus service every 15 minutes from 10am until 3pm from the College Park Metro station (Green/Yellow line) to the NOAA Center. Our building is a half-mile from the Metro (a 15-20 minute walk). Free parking is available in the parking garage on the property.


There will be food trucks parked outside the facility for the visitor’s convenience.

About the Center:

The NOAA Center for Weather & Climate Prediction (NCWCP) is located inside the University of Maryland Research Park and houses more than 800 dedicated NOAA employees who provide the United States with expert weather, water, and climate forecasts that touch everyone’s lives. Opened in August 2012, the center provides a seamless suite of environmental analysis, diagnostics and forecasts from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. This integrated facility advances NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation through improved precision forecasts, effective and timely communications and strong partnerships. This fact sheet provides additional details about the NCWCP and its tenant organizations.

More information about each of the centers: Air Resource LaboratoryAviation Weather CenterClimate Prediction Center, Environmental Modeling Center,NCEP Central Operations, National Hurricane Center, Ocean Prediction Center, Satellite Products and Services Division, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, Space Weather Prediction Center, Weather Prediction Center.

Want to volunteer for this event?

We’d love your help! Please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.

University of Maryland Student Move-In Traffic Alert

Please be aware of pedestrians along City roads and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening during the campus and off-campus move-in.

  • 8/18-8/21: Landmark Apartments – College Avenue will become one-way east bound around the apartment with an unloading zone on the Landmark side of the street.
  • 8/19-8/22: Terrapin Row Apartments – Knox Road will be one-way west bound around the apartment with unloading in parking spaces along Knox Road.
  • 8/20: South Campus Commons – Knox Road will be one-way west bound around the apartments with unloading happening at the crest of the hill.
  • 8/24-8/27: UMD Main Campus Move-In.

During these move-in events, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) will be on-site providing traffic assistance.

Amazon Selects College Park as 1 of 5 locations for Instant Pickup Service

This week, Amazon introduced Instant Pickup, a free service offering Prime and Prime Student members a curated selection of daily essentials available for pickup in two minutes or less at five of Amazon’s fully staffed pickup, students can use an amazon promo code to get a discount con their purchase.

College Park is one of the five locations in the country. The other locations are Los Angeles, Atlanta, Berkeley, Calif., Columbus, Ohio. Items available with Instant Pickup include snacks, drinks and electronics, as well as some of Amazon’s most popular devices.

Amazon College Park pick-up store is located at 4200 Guilford Drive.

With Instant Pickup, Prime and Prime Student members can use the Amazon App to shop hundreds of need-it-now items like food, cold drinks, personal care items, technology essentials and Amazon devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV and a selection of Fire tablets, which may be similar to those portable drawing tablets, and Kindle e-readers. Prime members can browse the selection, place an order, even add last-minute items to an online order and pick it up from a self-service locker – all within two minutes or less. Amazon’s website says.

Plans for a pickup and rapid delivery site were approved there earlier this year (then called Amazon Campus) and an Amazon storefront appears ready to open at that spot.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has not yet responded to questions about the Instant Pickup site and program.

The release states that the space will have hundreds of products — food, cold drinks, personal care items, technology, Amazon devices — that can be ordered through the Instant Pickup offering on the Amazon app and can be picked up within minutes in one of the self-service lockers.

Instant Pickup is available to both Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Student members so non-student users can utilize the service as well. Packages can be shipped to the space, too.

More locations will be added in the coming months. Amazon also notes it has 22 other pickup locations near college campuses, though it doesn’t make clear what if any difference there is between those and the five in Tuesday’s announcement.

UMD to Launch Campus-wide Program to Address “Racism, Hate and Violence”


The University of Maryland, together with Bowie State University, will jointly observe a moment of reflection on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm, to honor Second Lt. Richard Collins III who was tragically killed on our campus last May. President Dr. Loh said in a statement to the campus community.

Both institutions will pause in silence for one minute. We do this to remember the life of a promising young man and to reaffirm — especially in these fraught times — core values of our country and our campuses: diversity, inclusion, respect, and civil discourse.

“For the University of Maryland, this observance will launch a year of campus-wide actions, dialogues, and healing that will involve our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We are resolved to combat the spreading scourge of racism, hate, and violence. We are determined to wrest from tragedy the necessary changes to our campus climate and culture so that we embody more fully the values that we stand for.” – Dr. Loh’s statement reads.