College Park Crime Map – May 2018

The May 2018 crime map is based on 4-week PGPD crime data for Beat 6 (south College Park 5/1 – 5/28) and Beat 7 (north College Park 4/28 – 5/28)

District 1 (12)
April 28 thru May 5, 2018

4800 Blk Nantucket Rd Theft
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
4900 Blk Huron ST Theft

May 6 thru May 12, 2018
9100 Blk 51ST PL Stolen Vehicle
9500 Blk 50TH PL Theft from auto

May 13 thru May 20, 2018
Cherokee ST / 48th PL Theft from auto
9600 Blk 52nd Ave Sexual Assault
9700 Blk 53rd AVE Theft

May 21 thru May 28, 2018
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
10000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9200 Blk 51ST Ave Theft from auto
9800 Blk Rhode Island Ave Theft from auto.

District 2 (8)
April 28 thru May 5, 2018
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Ave Stolen Vehicle
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Vehicle

5000 blk of Lakeland Rd Breaking & Entering

Stolen Vehicle (Moped) 8100 blk of 48th Ave

May 6 thru May 12, 2018
Rhode Island AVE / University Blvd Theft from auto

May 13 thru May 20, 2018
8200 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Vehicle

May 21 thru May 28, 2018
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto

District 3 (10)
4600 blk of College Ave Vandalism

4800 blk of College Ave Theft from Auto
6900 blk of Carleton Ter Stolen Vehicle
7500 blk of Baltimore Ave Assault

Campus Dr/ Baltimore Ave Assault

4500 blk of Knox Rd Vandalism
4500 blk of Knox Rd Vandalism
7500 blk of Princeton Ave Vandalism
7200 blk of Baltimore Ave Commercial Robbery
7300 blk of Baltimore Ave Breaking & Entering

District 4 (5)
April 28 thru May 5, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry HILL RD Theft

May 6 thru May 12, 2018
3700 Blk Metzrott RD Assault
4700 Blk Cherry HILL RD Theft

May 13 thru May 20, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

May 21 thru May 28, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft from auto

Mosquitoes Spraying on Your Street – What You Need to Know

The City has been cooperating with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. This is a FREE service. Larviciding treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva that will prevent development into adult mosquitoes. Spraying to control adult mosquitoes begins on June 6, weather permitting, and runs through September. Wednesday night is the designated day when spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park. MDA doesn’t spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.

MDA has initiated a new mosquito complaint procedure; Please click here to provide your information

Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services. Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Please click here for the application.

TEDx to Debut in College Park

On Thu, June 21, 2018. 9:00 AM, TEDx will be opening its chapter in College Park.

The inaugural TEDxCollegePark at the University of Maryland’s Smith Performing Arts Center hopes to bring in thinkers and doers from all across the globe to Maryland this year.

The theme is GET OUTside and the event will present a day full of entertainment, ideas and stories that push you to “GET OUTside” physically to appreciate the benefits of being connected outdoors as well as metaphorically to get out of your current mindsets, comfort zones, us versus them mentality and stereotypes.

Schedule of events:

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Program begins

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Program resumes

4:00pm Program concludes

College Park Community Library Expands Its Collection, Programs

The College Park Community Library opened at the basement of the Church of the Nazarene on Feb. 22, 2012. Joe Smith and Jackie Kelly were the founders and co-directors at the time the library opened.

The library opened with donations of 800 books today there are close to 9,000 books on the shelves. As you can see, from the latest Calendar of Events below, the library has expanded its services to not only checking out books but to having programs that benefit the local community.

Recently, Sarah Caudill joined the library in 2016 as a volunteer. Stop in and meet Sarah on Tuesday afternoons she is at the library from 1-4:00. Sarah offers Story Time in French please let Sarah know you would like to hear stories in French.

The library is always looking for ways to improve our services to the community and we welcome your ideas and suggestion.

Let’s take our time to thank our Library Staff for their continued service to the community.

Every Monday – ESL Classes – 7-8:30
Every Tuesday – Arts Group – 7-8:30
2nd Tuesday 7-8:30 Second Tuesday Book Group
3rd Tuesday 7-8:30 College Park Arts Exchange Book Group
4th Tuesday. 7-8:30 College Park Arts Exchange Photography Club
2nd Thursday 1-2:00 Senior Book Group
Tuesday and Thursday 2-4:00 Students grades 1st – 3rd can build their log books by reading to a staff member.
Thursday 1-2:00 Story Time in French.
1st Sat. Story Time in Chinese 11-11:30
4th Sat. Story Time in Russian 10:45 – 11:15
Each Wednesday – 10:30-11:00 Story Time for infants and up.

Summer Arts Program for children ages 5-9 RSVP by June 6th
The dates/time are as follows:
June 9th – Klee: Take a Line for a Walk
July 14th – Make Your Own Comic Book Story
August 11th – Make a Coaster Set
From 10:30 -11-45 am

Instructor Racquel Keller
Instagram: @RacquelKellerArt
Twitter: @RacquelsArt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RacquelKellerArt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/RacquelsArt

Council Approves Gateway Park’s Current Design, Awards Construction Contract

Last night, the City Council unanimously approved the Gateway Park’s design without scaling it down further. We also awarded the construction contract of the project. The Council found the cost-saving options fairly small in amount. We’re also told that we’d have to spend more on design work should we decide to change the current design. Additionally, we’re warned about pricing volatility due to the delay, which may increase construction cost.

Construction of the pavilion should be completed by this fall. The entire park should be ready by early next spring.

I want to thank everyone who voiced strong support for the park project and also those who have been critical of it. As much as we want to add amenities to our district, we also have a fiduciary duty to keep the numbers in check.

Now that the park project is out of the way, we can now focus on other exciting projects, such as the North College Park Community Center project, the Hollywood streetscape project, the Duvall Field project, and the dog park project. Please stay tuned!

City Plans to Use State Grants for More Community Projects

The Council will discuss the annual Program Open Space (POS) funding for FY2019.

In this year, the City is expected to receive $289,121, however our plan must be submitted by June 15, 2018.

This year, POS funding is required to be divided equally between acquisition and development projects. Allocation used for development projects requires a 75% / 25% split of state and local funds.

The City has three development projects in the Annual Program: Duvall Field, Hollywood Gateway Park, and the Hollywood Wellness Trail.

The City has four acquisition projects in the Annual Program: Neighborhood Open Space Hollywood Gateway Park Expansion, College Park Woods Swim Club Acquisition and Sentinel Swamp Sanctuary Acquisition

Group to Discuss Greenbelt Road Improvement Ideas Between Rt 1 and Kenilworth Ave.

This afternoon, I will join a group of local residents/stakeholders at a roundtable discussion about improvements to Greenbelt Road between Baltimore Avenue (US 1) and Kenilworth Avenue (MD 202).

This is part of an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) sponsored by the City of College Park, City of Greenbelt and Town of Berwyn Heights.

Issues for discussion include access and circulation, pedestrian and bicycling enhancements and opportunities for open space and new development.  The stakeholder roundtable discussions will be facilitated by a group of experienced volunteers selected by ULI for their expertise.

There will be a presentation of the TAP’s recommendations for Greenbelt Road improvements tomorrow.

Gateway Park Project Nearing the Finish Line

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider awarding the construction contract of the Gateway Park project. This project is going for around 10 years and the Council action will hopefully help take the project near the finish line. We completely understand and acknowledge that the community had varying degrees of reactions about the project over the years, however, let’s hope that project ends soon so that the neighbors can enjoy this amenity and we, as a community, can move forward to other exciting projects ahead of us.

For the past few weeks, the City Council has been discussing different ways to cut the construction cost of the Gateway Park project. This cost-cutting effort is in addition to what the previous Council unanimously agreed to reduce the construction budget last year.

According to staff, some minor cost saving may be achieved by removing certain features from the pavilion portion of the park.

The covered pavilion is intended to provide important space for the community to gather and socialize. Additionally, it is designed to serve as a quality landmark for the visitors who enter the city through this busy gateway of the city. Without the pavilion, visitors will hardly see the park, due to its unique configuration.

The current pavilion design ($387K) includes bamboo cladding, lighting, and roofline. According to Council’s direction, staff has obtained cost estimates on a few options.

(1) Eliminate bamboo and replace with wood cladding, eliminate hanging bamboo, change supports from diagonal to orthogonal, eliminate front door, change storage door to wood (a saving of $60K)

(2) Make pavilion smaller, change roof line to be more orthogonal (a saving of $20K)

(3) Convert steel structure to timber frame (a saving of $50K) .

Options 1 and 2 will need a re-design structure, pavilion will have to be re-priced, and permit will need revisions. The lost time may impact schedule. In addition to a redesign and architecture, option 3 will require that the project will have to be re-bid, as bids will have expired. The bids for this design will be valid until July 26, 2018.

At the last meeting, staff was asked to explore another option about not installing the pavilion at this time but install it at some time in future. According to the architect, installing the pavilion at a later date would require disturbance (and potentially damage) to installed work including the terrace, the pervious pavement and plantings.

Additionally, the staging of new construction may remove the park from use while the pavilion is installed. Furthermore, the water meter, electrical panel and other features in the current design will need to be relocated if the pavilion is not installed.

Existing funding for the project is provided through State Program Open Space (POS) in the amount of $672,057 with a required local match of $225,018 for a total of $897,075. The City’s match is currently funded in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The City’s FY2019 POS allocation for development could provide an additional $192,746 for the project, if needed.

College Park Rain Barrel and Sustainability Event

What: College Park Rain Barrel and Sustainability Event
When: Sat, Jul 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Davis Hall

Join and learn about the Anacostia Watershed, the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program, and sustainable projects for your home like Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Green Housekeeping, the City of College Park’s Tree Canopy Program and more!

Order a Rain Barrel in Advance and pick it up at the event.

For a limited time purchase your Classic Black 50 gallon Ivy Rain Barrel at a discounted price.

Place your order and apply for a Rain Check Rebate to off-set most of the cost! $67.50


Deadline to place order is Tuesday, July 10th at 11pm

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

How time flies! It only seems like yesterday that we were in the beginning of May now we are here in June and just around the corner, summer will be here! Did you know that June is National Roses month? Maybe we should all stop to smell a rose or two. 🙂

Alcoba coffee will not be at the market this Saturday but will return the following week.

Please welcome our newest vendor- VizingaWoodworks. Local resident, Alexandra, will be selling her father’s handmade wooden jewelry and accessories. You can see his work here: www.etsy.com/shop/vizingaWoodworks
“The name of the shop originates from our native village of Vizinga, located in the Komi Republic of Russia. Birch burl used to make our jewelry and accessories is ethically sourced from pristine forests, surrounding Vizinga. Each piece of burl has a unique natural pattern, which is emphasized in the process of hand-shaping and polishing” (found on the etsy webpage).

Yoga Heights DC
It will be a perfect day for Yoga on Saturday. Stop by around 10:30am to either learn about Yoga or even have some time to stretch- it’s a perfect way to start the day. If you would like to contact our group of instructors please email yoga.hollywoodmarket@gmail.com or visit their website http://yogaheightsdc.com/

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
A Little Pottery: Handmade pottery
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Blessed Creations: Soaps and oils
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Moonstruck Oyster Company: Shelled Oysters, Shucked Oysters, Cookbooks, etc.
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Victory Chapel Family Farms: Local Honey
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses

These vendors will be returning at a later date:
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits will hopefully return at some point in the fall.
College Park Hypnosis Center: Making positive changes easier
Elated Harmony: Massage
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts will return June 9th
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads will return June 9th


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