Year 2017 in Review

Here is a rundown of the major events happened in 2017.  Let’s stay connected in the year 2018.

New Smoke Detector Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

The new Maryland law requires people with smoke detectors that run off of 9-volt batteries to install new ones that have a 10-year lifespan.

The measure looks to prevent casualties from older fire alarms with dead batteries. Officials said homeowners will typically remove batteries to silence an alarm when its low-battery chirp begins, but often forget to put new batteries into the device. The new alarms are sealed, making them tamper-resistant, and have a “hush” feature that will temporarily silence it during a non-emergency situation.

The new alarms will automatically reset after a few minutes, and in the case of an actual fire, the silence feature will be overridden. The low-battery chirp will only sound when the alarm is reaching the end of its 10-year lifespan and needs to be replaced

County Opens Warming Centers, Shelters in the Area

If you know any neighbors who are without heat or are in need of (temporary) relief from the cold temperatures, please ask them to utilize local Warming Centers.

For more information, click here or copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/802/Warming-Centers. Please note: these sites are not equipped to serve as shelters.

Bowie Community Center
3209 Stonybrook Drive
Bowie 20715
Phone: 301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768

Langley Park Community Center
1500 Merrimac Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20783
View Map
Phone: 301-445-4508

Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, MD 20707
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Phone: 301-206-3350

County Cancels Emergency Session on Tax Prepayment

The Prince George’s County Council has canceled an emergency session scheduled for today, Thursday, December 28. In response to new federal tax laws passed by Congress and signed by the President last week, the County was considering to provide potential options for the prepayment of 2018 County real property taxes.

According to news reports, homeowners were scrambling to prepay their 2018 property taxes in advance of the new federal cap on real estate deductions. The federal tax legislation that takes effect Jan. 1 will cap the state and local deductions on federal tax returns at $10,000. Residents who pay next year’s taxes before this year ends were hoping their efforts will allow them to take advantage of the deductions one last time.

The Council planned to break recess to consider an emergency measure that would enable County Government to receive prepayments. They were looking to open County tax offices over the weekend to accommodate residents who wished to prepay. However, late yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service issued an Advisory, which precluded the tax-saving action we would have taken to benefit County taxpayers.

Last night, the County Councilwoman Glaros made the following statement:

“The Council will not move forward with the planned legislation or tomorrow’s meeting. We would not want to add any more confusion to a tax plan that is already causing immense anxiety among our residents.

The Prince George’s County Council shares the frustration and uncertainty of many of our residents about the potential impacts of the Federal tax plan in the County, the state of Maryland and our Country.”

North College Park Crime Map: December 17-25, 2017

5200 Blk Edgewood RdBreaking & Entering
9600 blk 52ND AVETheft from auto
9500 Blk 50TH PLStolen Veh
9000 Blk Baltimore AveCommercial Robbery
9100 Blk Baltimore AveCitizen Armed  Robbery
4900 Blk Edgeewood RdTheft

College Park Parkrun to Hold Special New Year’s Day Resolution 5K Run

On the new year day, College Park ParkRun plans to host a special once-a-year Double parkrun.

Come, and celebrate our healthy community. Walk or run. Do one or both. Bring your dog, your kids, your strollers, your barcode, and your smiles.

Here is the schedule..

  • 8:30 a.m., Leakin Park parkrun (Baltimore)
  • 10:30 a.m, College Park parkrun, co-hosted with Prince George’s Running Club
  • 11:00 a.m. onwards, community brunch at the Board and Brew

The event is FREE. You can register for a parkrun barcode at parkrun.us

Local Job Opportunities and Resources

Prince George’s County One-stop/Workforce Services
The Workforce Services Division is responsible for policy development and workforce activities related to administering services and programs funded by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law July 22, 2014. We are the link between job seekers looking to begin or change careers, and businesses looking for skilled workers to maintain competitiveness in a changing labor market.
Location: 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 120, Largo, MD 20774 or 312 Marshall Avenue, 6th Floor, Laurel, MD 20707
Contact: (301) 618-8425 or (301) 362-9708
Visit: http://www.princegeorgesworkforce.org/

Greater Riverdale Career Empowerment Center
This program has been designed to offer certified occupational skills training in hospitality and culinary arts, outreach, job readiness skills, post-employment counseling services, basic computer training and legal services. CKAR provides these services in collaboration with Prince George’s Community College, Centro de Apoyo, Family Restoration and Healing Center, Run Your Race Ministries and Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County. New job opportunities will be available through construction, maintenance and operations of a new $5.6 billion Purple Line light-rail project that will be constructed right in the heart of Kenilworth Avenue and Riverdale Road. New hotel developments, retail food markets such as Whole Foods and Safeway offer job opportunities to our residents. Workforce training and career development will deliver change to the community through increased economic impact if our residents are job-ready. If you are interested in changing your career, prefer to have a closer work proximity within the Greater Riverdale area, getting back to work, or acquiring information about new job opportunities in the area, this is a good opportunity for you.
Location: 6801 KENILWORTH AVENUE SUITE 203, Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Contact: Pat Parker of CKAR, peparker@ckarcdc.org, 240-608,2527
Visit: https://ckarcdc.org/programs/

Purple Line Jobs
Job seekers interested in craft skilled and unskilled positions can register for employment opportunities in Person or Online.
Location: 6811 Kenilworth Ave. Suite 100, Riverdale, MD 20737, between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Contact: visit location or website below
Visit: http://www.purplelinetransitpartners.com/career-oppurtunities/

University of Maryland
UMD is a vibrant place to work, home to three Nobel laureates, five Pulitzer Prize recipients, and more than 40 members of the most prestigious national academies. The 1,250 acre campus is centrally located on the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. corridor; the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. With Maryland’s stature as one of the nation’s premier public research universities, and our exceptional community of faculty, staff, and students, there has never been a better time to be part of this great University. Cheer the Turtle!
Location: University Human Resources, 1100 Chesapeake Bldg, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Contact: jobs@umd.edu or (301) 405-7575
Visit: https://ejobs.umd.edu/

City of College Park
Human Resources programs and activities include recruitment, position classification, benefits administration, policies and procedures, employee and labor relations.
Location: 4500 Knox Road, College Park MD 20740
Contact: (240) 487-3533
Visit: http://collegeparkmd.gov/government/human_resources

Hotel at UMD
The Hotel at UMD is a luxury hotel and conference center.
Location: 7775 Baltimore Avenue
Visit: https://www.thehotelumd.com/jobs/

Hyattsville Library Job Seeker Sessions
This program meets regularly to answer questions, provide guidance and assist job seekers in their job search.
Location: Temporarily – 6502 America Blvd Hyattsville, MD 20782
Contact: Heather Jackson, director, heather.jackson@pgcmls.info, (301) 985-4690
Visit: https://www.pgcmls.info/1344?utm_source=website&utm_medium=header_banner

Latin America Youth Center
The Prince George’s Workforce Program offers job skills and life skills training, paid internships, job placement services, GED preparation, one-on-one tutoring, case management, and support services for out-of-school youth ages 16-24.
Location: 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD 20737
Contact: Kristen Patterson, Program Manager, kristeng@layc-dc.org, (301) 431-3121 ext. 133
Visit: http://www.layc-dc.org/what-we-do/job-readiness/workforce-programs/

Joe’s Movement Emporium
CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education.
Location: 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt Rainier, MD 20712
Contact: Linda Cameron, Program Coordinator, linda@joesmovement.org, (301) 699-1819
Visit: http://www.joesmovement.org/ttp

[Source: College Park City University Partnership]

City Distributes over 300 Cold Weather Items

Thanks to the great generosity of College Park residents, the City collected more than 300 cold weather items during this year’s One Warm Coat Drive.

About 200 coats and more than 100 hats, gloves, scarves and other items were donated to neighbors in need
this winter. “Once again, our College Park community shines because of its kindness and generosity; their
donations truly help those in need keep warm this winter said Scott Somers, City Manager.

This year’s One Warm Coat Drive exceeded last year’s previous record of more than 200 items donated.
The City’s Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services has already begun distributing the items to local
residents and families. Once again, ZIPS Dry Cleaners in Downtown College Park graciously cleaned the
donated coats at no cost.

The City thanks its residents for their caring and generosity during this holiday season and wishes a happy
and warm holiday season to all.

[Source: City of College Park]

Branchville Fire Department’s Santa Firetruck Coming to North College Park this Weekend

Branchville Fire Department’s Santa Firetruck may take through the neighborhood on Today Saturday and tomorrow, Sunday to bring cheer and maybe something more to the residents of College Park. Look for him in the following neighborhoods on these nights between 6pm and 9pm, just look for the flashing lights and listen for the sirens.

Saturday, December 23
Holy Redeemer Church Children’s Mass
Old Berwyn
Metzerott Road
College Park Woods
Seven Springs

Sunday, December 24
Daniels Park
North College Park

Free Vacation Premise and Vehicle Check

In case you’re planning to go out of College Park during this holiday season, our Police can provide premise and vehicle 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, police officers will visit your 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.

Cracked window glass can be repaired, but in most cases it’s a short-term solution. Once you notice a crack in your window glass, you should make sure you figure out what type of crack you have to make plans to repair it. Sometimes, the best solution is to replace the window entirely and you can now get help to do it with help from trusted experts like Maverick Windows operating in Houston.  The typical window replacement cost is between $200 and $1,800 per window, and the national average is around $100 to $650 per window, depending on window frame material and glass type, among other factors. Labor adds to the overall window replacement cost and can run approximately $100 to $300 per window.

You can also submit it in person at City Hall. Hope you’ll find this helpful. Have a happy and safe holiday. Thank you!

City Issues Statement on Edgewood Rd Red Light Camera Citations

Recently, City has issued a statement regarding the City Issues Statement on Edgewood Rd red light camera citations.

How Does City’s Variance Process Work?

Wheather you want to make an oversized addition to your existing home or want to put a fence that the City does not quite allow you to do, you don’t need to give up. The City allows you to apply for a variance process that will help you in getting what you ultimately need.

The variance process is quite complex, however, thanks to our capable staff, who has developed the following process diagram to help you navigate through this apparently complex exercise. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lehman to Run for Maryland Delegate Seat

Yesterday, County Councilwoman Mary Lehman announced that she is going to run for 21st district Delegate position.

Here is a statement she sent to her constituents.

For the past 14 years, public service has been my calling. Working as a legislative aide for seven years in Upper Marlboro and then Annapolis was truly rewarding. Being elected in 2010 to represent District 1 on the Prince George’s County Council has been the honor of a lifetime.

Now, with less than a year to go in my second term on the Council, after much thought and with the full support of my husband Dale and four children, Allison, Ryan, Rory and Caroline, I have decided to run for a delegate seat in state District 21. The Democratic primary is June 26, 2018, so there is not a moment to waste. I will need an army of energetic volunteers and committed supporters for a robust campaign.

With the retirement of Delegate Barbara Frush after 24 years of distinguished service, this will be a contested race, and I will not take a single voter for granted. With your input and support, I look forward to the challenge.

Please mark your calendar for my kickoff celebration, and feel free to share the great news with friends and neighbors!

Join Good Neighbor Day as a Team Leader!

The 7th Annual Good Neighbor Day, a collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will occur on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the College Park Community Center.

This service day attracts hundreds of volunteers to participate in projects across the City of College Park. The Office of Community Engagement is seeking community members who are interested in sharing their leadership skills to help manage small groups of volunteers on the day of the event through the role of a Team Leader.

This commitment will require you to participate in up to two meetings prior to the event as well as your assistance as a Team Leader on Good Neighbor Day.

If you are interested, please send an email with your:
Name, phone number, and a short description of why you would like to be a Team Leader to Sarah at oce@umd.edu

North College Park Crime Map: December 9 – 16, 2017

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


4900 Blk Fox StBreaking & Entering
9600 Blk Baltimore AveTheft
8900 Blk Rhode Island AveTheft
9100 Blk 51St AveTheft
4700 Blk Cherokee STStolen Vehicle