Hollywood Road Sidewalk Project Inches Forward

The City has been working for some to build a sidewalk on Hollywood Road between Route 1 and Road Island Avenue. The idea came after many residents living on and around the street told us the traffic on the street has increased significantly in recent years and expressed concerns about safety on the street.

Back in 2014, our City engineer designed some concept plans about possible sidewalks on Hollywood Road. We met with community twice that year. We later met with the residents in two community meetings, one on June 2 and November 11 of 2014.

The City staff later worked to do a feasibility study of the project and secured some funds. According to staff, paperwork with the State was just completed as part of the study and a contract is ready to be signed with Norton Land Design for a 30% design study that includes survey work and looking at options.

The feasibility study is expected to be completed in 3 months.

Once the study is completed, then the City will get into the final construction phase.

One concern staff as about building the sidewalk is about removing the utility lines, which are located on the north side of the street. Relocating these utility lines could be very expensive.

Another idea being considered is narrowing Hollywood Rd slightly to accommodate a sidewalk along one side. This would eliminate any challenge posed by existing topographical and structural issues and cost.

I’ll keep you posted as the project moves forward.

North College Park Crime Map: October 23-29, 2017

4700 Blk Cherry Hill RDTheft from auto
9500 Blk 48TH PLTheft from auto

City Publishes Bios of Candidates Running on November 7 City Election

The City has recently published the list of candidates and their bios for the November 7 election on its website. You can find that here.

Four candidates (including me) are running in District 1. A total of 21 candidates are running for one Mayoral and 8 Council seats.

Voters in north College Park (District 1 and 4) will vote at Davis Hall, District 2 and 4 voters will vote at the City Hall.

Polls will open at 7 am and will close at 8 pm.

For voting information, including voter registration, polling locations and hours, and absentee voting, please click here.


Today’s UMD Homecoming Game to Draw Heavy Traffic

Today is the UMD homecoming football game at 3:30 p.m.

Terrapins will play against the Indiana Hoosiers. There will be a variety of other festivities around campus.

Due to the game, expect heavy vehicle and foot traffic .

There will be additional Prince George’s County Police , City Contract Police, University of Maryland Police and City Code Enforcement throughout the City during the day.

Residents may report possible noise code violations to the code hotline 240-487-3588.  Residents should report any crimes, vandalism, and suspicious behavior immediately to Police at 9-1-1.

Walk Smart – Bike Smart – Drive Smart

College Park Academy to Start Accepting Applications Next Week

College Park Academy is a top-performing public charter middle and high school, partnered with the University of Maryland. It provides high quality, personalized learning and a rigorous, college prep curriculum, preparing students for the top universities in the country.

Since its launch in 2013, CPA students have earned among the highest state test scores in Maryland – and it is now accepting applications from our community.

If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please click here. Open houses will be held at CPA on November 9 and December 7.

Starting with incoming 6th graders in Fall of 2018, students living in the boundaries of these six area elementary schools will be admitted to College Park Academy:

  • Berwyn Heights
  • Cherokee Lane
  • Hollywood
  • Paint Branch
  • Riverdale
  • University Park
    Please note: Families living elsewhere in Prince George’s County can also apply, but local children (detailed above) have preference up to 35 percent of the new enrollments.

For more information about College Park Academy, please CLICK HERE. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be open starting November 1, 2017.

This is a great development for our community – and with CPA in its new, permanent home in the University of Maryland’s Discovery District, there are real benefits for parents living close by.

[Source: District 21 Delegation Announcement]

Fall Festivities this Weekend

Pet Parade with Costume Contest
Saturday, October 28
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Pet Parade at 11:00 a.m.
Hollywood Farmers Market
9801 Rhode Island Ave

Bring your furry friends in their costumes to the Hollywood Farmers Market on Saturday, October 28! Complimentary treats will be available for our furry friends.

At 11:00 am, there will be a Halloween Pet Parade! Show off your furry friends in their cute, scary or funny costumes in a parade that circles the market.

After the parade, photos of the pets in their costumes will be shared on the City’s Facebook page for voting in two categories: Best Cat Costume and Best Dog Costume. The picture with the most likes wins the contest (1 winner from each category). Winners will be featured on the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to share your favorite pic with everyone you know for the most likes!

Voting begins on Saturday, October 28 and ends on Monday, October 30 at midnight. The winners will be announced on Halloween Day!

Sponsored by the City’s Animal Welfare Committee.

Annual Halloween Thing
Saturday, October 28
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
College Park Youth and Family Services
4912 Nantucket Rd

Something Spooky is coming to College Park….
It’s our Annual Halloween Thing!

The City of College Park’s Youth, Family and Senior Services with Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation present the Halloween Thing!

Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 12pm at the City’s Youth and Family Services (4912 Nantucket Rd. College Park).

Featuring Haunted Hallways, Moon Bounce, Arts & Crafts, Games, Face Painting, Costume Parade, Raffle and so much more!

This is a FREE event and kids of all ages are invited.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here or call 240-487-3550.


City Asks SHA to Fix the Failed Rt1 / Edgewood Intersection

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council approved a letter asking the State Highway Administration (SHA) to address the traffic / congestion issues at the Rt 1 / Edgewood Road intersection.

City’s request includes funding to be programmed in the CTP for safety improvements at the I-495 at US 1 Interchange.

City residents and other motorists routinely experience significant back-ups, delays and intersection blockages at Route 1 and Edgewood Road. Additionally, pedestrians crossing from the community to shopping located on the west side of US1 are peril when they pass through this intersection. The intersection is highly traveled by commuters, City residents and visitors to UMD and the City of College Park.

As designed, the intersection is confusing when there is light traffic and exasperating during peak hour periods when large numbers of cars exit from I-495 onto the already heavily congested US1. This failing intersection is a serious safety concern for the city and an impediment to the growth of the US1 corridor.

As part of the October 2014 Safety and Spot Improvements Program, the intersection was identified for improvements through a Candidate Safety Improvement Sections (CSIS) report. The purpose of the project as stated in SHA documents, was to solve issues related to a high concentration of rear-end and sideswipe crashes on the mainline and collector distributor (CD) lane merge areas, as well as rear-end collisions at US 1 and Edgewood Road in both directions.

Over time the project focused improvements on the ramps entering and exiting I-495 and not on US1 improvements. On September 19, 2017, the City received a letter notifying us that the entire project had been canceled. The letter stated that a further review of accident reports showed that these were occurring on I-495 and not the CD ramps, and that it was not the intent of the project to improve operations along US 1.

[Photo: courtesy of Christina Toy]

Council to Weigh In on the Holiday Inn Sign on Route 1

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will revisit the free-standing Holiday Inn sign at 9020 Baltimore Avenue (near Greenbelt Road).

Holiday Inn Express, at this address, applied for a departure to replace an existing pole sign with a new one. The City’s Advisory Planning Commission considered the departure request and recommended denial.

On August 8, 2017, the Council, after a hearing, voted to grant the departure. The matter was referred to counsel for drafting of a resolution. The resolution was considered on the Council’s agenda on September 12, at which time a motion was made to postpone action in order to reconsider the decision at a later date. That motion was approved.

At this tonight’s meeting, the Council will hold a hearing on this case may reconsider its earlier decision.

Under the US 1 Corridor Sector Plan, new free standing signs are prohibited. The prohibition does not apply to existing free standing signs, which can be refaced. A new free-standing sign cannot be erected without a departure. The Holiday Inn wants to build a sign at 9020 Baltimore (left photo below), with the similar one located near IKEA (right photo).

City Announces Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

Fall curbside leaf collection will begin on October 30 and go through December 29. Currently, the west side of Rhode Island Ave is scheduled for pick-up on November 2nd and 3rd and the east of Rhode Island are scheduled for pick-up on November 7th and 8th. Weather may cause changes in the schedule, the most current version of the curbside leaf calendar can be found here.

North College Park Crime Map: October 17-22, 2017

9100 Blk Baltimore AveTheft from auto
9500 Blk 52ND AVEStolen Veh


Finally Autumn? Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market


Vol. 3 Issue 27 – Finally Autumn?

We finally have the cooler temperatures that are perfect for heating up the oven to bake.  Apple pie, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, butternut squash soup… the list could go on and on.  Apples, pumpkins and squash- all three items can be found at our produce vendors.  Want to make a great stew or chili?  Speak with Laurie or Jay Waltz and they can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Senior Saturday
Senior Saturday is this Saturday, October 28th! 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 October 28th from 9:00 am until noon


Liz Doonan will be at the market from 11am until 12:15pm.
Strength + Balance Yoga for all levels.
Intro & Beginners Welcome.
Bring your mat and join in!

Liz Doonan, 200 hr YT.
Yoga Alliance Registered.
11AM to 12:15PM.
Donation Based, $5 minimum suggested


The Animal Welfare Committee will be back for one final event at the market on October 28th.  College Park Resident’s dogs and/or cats are eligible to receive free microchipping.  Non resident’s pay $20.00 fee for this service.  If you’ve had your pets microchipped you can still come by.  The AWC will also have a pet costume parade.  Bring your leashed pet to the market in their Halloween costume and they will be able to parade through the market.  The AWC will also post pictures of each pet on their Facebook page.  The animal with the most “likes” will win a prize.  More information to come is at the information table.

Soliciting for Votes

With the election season well under way and there are over 20 candidates running for the city’s Mayor and Council positions this is just a friendly reminder that candidates and their support teams may not solicit for votes within the boundaries of the market.  The market is a place for all to shop, catch up with their friends and neighbors- lets keep it this way.  🙂

Vendors who are taking some time off:

  • Heavenly Created Desserts will be back October 28th
  • Calvert Farm has some difficulty finding drivers to bring their produce and fruits to our market.  They will return on October 28th.  Farmer Pam wishes she could be back sooner and is looking for someone to help drive from Rising Sun.

This week’s vendors include*:

Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Dicot Farm: Certified Organic Produce
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Starbucks: Giving away coffee grounds for composting or garden
Elated Harmony: Massage
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Inge’s Crochet: Handmade crochet items
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
SloanPie and Cakes: Family recipe desserts
College Park Hypnosis Center: Making positive changes easier

* 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 dogs, cats and ferrets belonging to low-income individuals and families living in Prince George’s County (this does not include feral cats). 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.



10 UMD Properties Cleared to Build “Innovation Hub” in College Park

Maryland’s Board of Public Works has approved the surplus of 10 University of Maryland properties Wednesday for an ongoing community redevelopment project known as the Greater College Park Initiative, the Capital News Service reports.

With the transfer of these properties to the Terrapin Development Co., the university wants to foster “an innovation hub” as well as a desirable place to live and work.

Many of the surplussed properties are on the east side of Baltimore Avenue, “an area of campus that years ago was the back-of-the-bus operations — parking lots, auto repair, aging student housing, old warehouses,” said Carlo Colella, University of Maryland’s vice president for administration and finance.

At this time, there isn’t a specific building-by-building proposal for the 10 properties that have been surplussed, Colella said. But they are all essential to the continuing redevelopment.

For now, step one — the surplus — is complete. Step two comes in 45 days, when the board will vote on the official transfer of the properties to the Terrapin Development Co. The company, which is operated by the university and its foundation, can acquire, develop, lease, manage, and sell real property.

The following are surplus properties approved for transfer at Wednesday’s meeting:

–UMD land (southern wing of service building, 7757 Baltimore Ave.)
–Parking lot (immediately east of Ritchie Coliseum, 7675 Baltimore Ave.)
–4505 Campus Drive
–4608, 4610, 4624, 4642, 4644 Norwich Road (Old Leonardtown Road)
–4425 Campus Drive (Bldg. 11)
–7761 Diamondback Drive (Bldg. 6)
–8320-8400 Baltimore Avenue
–Parcel C (immediately northeast of The Hotel at UMD, 7777 Baltimore Ave.)
–Parcel B (immediately north of The Hotel at UMD, 7777 Baltimore Ave.)
–4100, 4103, 4109 Metzerott Road

Non-Citizens Voting Did not Pass, but for a Different Reason – Attorney

Yesterday, the City published another statement with the latest attorney/legal verdict on the non-citizens voting.

As you recall, the Charter change was first declared passed, then it was declared failed. In yesterday’s statement, the attorney is telling us it still failed, but for a different reason.

I know this series of conflicting “verdicts” could be frustrating and confusing to many of you, however, I sincerely hope we, as a City, can finally move past this by making sure such confusion on legal matters doesn’t happen again in future.

North College Park Crime Map: October 8-16, 2017

Please see below last week’s crime map and let em know if you’ve any questions. Stay safe. Thank you!

9200 Blk 51ST AVE, md 20740Theft from auto
5000 Blk Delaware ST, md 20740Theft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave, md 20740Theft

Group Seeks Residents’ Input on K-12 Education

College Park City-University Partnership is conducting a survey and focus groups to understand more precisely what parents want in K-12 schools. Results will help provide the partnership and local, state and university leaders with an informed perspective on what parents want for their children as we work to implement the University District Vision 2020, which calls for high-quality public education that will prepare our students for excellence.

Please complete this fifteen-minute survey whether your child attends public, private, or parochial school, if your child attends school in Prince George’s County or outside the County, if they are homeschooled, or if you will have kids in K-12 schools in the next 5 years. Take as much time as you need and thank you for your time.

Please complete the survey by October 23.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY or copy and paste this address into your browser: www.collegeparkpartnership.org/schoolsurvey

If you have questions or technical difficulties, please feel free to contact Valerie Woodall, College Park City-University Partnership senior program associate, at vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org or 845-649-2477.