College Park City Hall Visioning Session Next Week

At next week’s Council worksession, the City Council will engage in a visioning session about the new City Hall. The goal of this session is to begin to picture what a new City Hall for College Park could be. This will be done by using images to stimulate thought and discussion.

The desired outcomes of the session include
‐Stimulate thought about what this project could be.
‐Stimulate thought about what this project could achieve for the community.
‐Identify aesthetic and functional aspects that you think are important for the new College Park City Hall.
‐Identify goals that would be a measure of success for the new City Hall.

The design team will bring example images, printed and projected, that relate to the look of the exterior of the building, the primary public space, the secondary public space, council chambers and potential for the outdoor space. We will present the images with a brief comment on why each was selected.

Images will be printed and displayed around the room organized by category. Each of the Council members will be provided with two colors of post‐it notes to tag and/or leave a brief comment on any or all images that resonate with you for a positive or negative reason. The team will then have a group discussion about the outcomes to help provide the design team with direction and goals moving forward.

The agenda will include
‐90 minutes total.
‐Walkthrough of the images and why we selected those (15 minutes).
‐Individual walk around observing and tagging images (30 minutes).
‐Discussion of tagged images, outcomes and goals (45 minutes).

Items to consider.
‐Which images feel like they would be appropriate for the look and/or feel of College Park City Hall?
‐Which images feel inappropriate for the look and/or feel of College Park City Hall?
‐Which images embody aspects that you think are important for the new City hall? Examples: Daylight, openness, warmth, energy, gravitas.
‐Which images feel appropriate for the exterior public space for this project?

Update on Development Projects in District 1

Here is the lat st status of the development projects in District 1.

Hollywood Gateway Park: The construction contract was awarded to McDonnell Landscape, Inc. and site and building permits have been obtained from Prince George’s County. Notice to proceed with the project will be issued pending resolution of property acquisition/right-of-entry issues with the adjoining property owner.

Hollywood Streetscape Project: A Request for Proposals for design and construction drawings is being finalized for bid. Contract award is anticipated in October.

Hollywood Road Sidewalk Feasibility Study and Design: Survey work has been completed and alternatives for the design and construction are being prepared by the consultant, Norton Land Design, for a stakeholder presentation this fall.

Duvall Field Master Plan: A consultant is being sought to conduct a community visioning process and feasibility study to determine the next phases for renovation of the facility. Work on this project is expected to get underway this fall.

[Source: Cityof College Park]

Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting – Community Center, PG Zoning and More..

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change. Draft minutes of the August 9, 2018 NCPCA meeting will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org

7:30 Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting; followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.

7:35 Featured Businesses & Organizations. Possible surprise visit of a featured guest ! Discussion of process for identifying future guests will be discussed under New Business.

8:55 Community Center Update & Possible NCPCA Resolution. Important new information and details about planning, funding and community-oriented programs will be presented by Councilmember Fazlul Kabir and members of the NCPCA Community Center Committee.

Resolution. A formal resolution for consideration by the NCPCA membership is expected, and the vote on the resolution will proceed immediately after questions and answers.

8:40 Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break.

8:50 Discussion of Legal Services for P.G. Zoning Review. Last month, NCPCA approved a motion to obtain the services of a pro bono attorney to identify risks and benefits that may be posed to our community by the proposed Prince George’s County Zoning Ordinance. During the past month, NCPCA officers shared NCPCA concerns with legal counsel, and the current status will be presented.

Preparing for Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence now a Category 4 storm making landfall Thursday morning around the Carolinas, residents should prepare their homes and households in case of the storm’s impact. For up-to-date storm information, please visit: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The City of College Park is actively monitoring the weather 24/7 to prepare for the storm. In preparation for potential high winds and area flooding, the City’s Department of Public Works crews are inspecting low lying inlets and storm drains that are prone to flooding to ensure that they are clean and free of debris, checking and readying all equipment and prepping staff for possible impact.

Prepare your home and household for the hurricane by making sure that all drains are clear, sump pumps are working correctly and by bringing all loose outdoor items inside. Make sure to also have emergency supplies on hand in case of power outages. For more information or to create an emergency plan, visit: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes or https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan.
[Source: City of College Park]

College Park Crime Map: August 2018

The August 2018 crime map is based on 4-week PGPD crime data for Beat 6 (south College Park 7/31 – 9/3) and Beat 7 (north College Park 7/29 – 8/31)

District 1 (11 incidents)
July 29 thru August 4, 2018
9100 Blk Baltimore AVE Theft

August 5 thur August 11, 2018
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from Auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
5000 Blk Odessa RD Breaking &Entering
8900 Blk Rhode Island AVE Theft
9800 Blk Rhode Island Ave Theft from Auto

August 12 thru August 18, 2018
9600 Blk Milestone Way Theft from Auto

August 19 thru August 26, 2018
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Breaking & Entering
9500 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
9800 Blk Rhode Island Ave Theft

District 2 (2 incidents)
August 5 thur August 11, 2018
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
5100 Blk Branchville RD Theft from Auto

District 3 (6 incidents)
4500 blk of Guilford Rd Breaking & Entering
7300 blk of Baltimore Ave Sexual Assault
4500 blk of Knox Rd Breaking & Entering

4300 blk of Hartwick Rd Vandalism to Auto
4300 blk of Hartwick Rd Recovered Stolen Auto
Rhode Island Ave and Dartmouth Ave Citizen Robbery

District 4 (4 incidents)
August 5 thur August 11, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Commercial Robbery
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

August 19 thru August 26, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft from Auto

August 27 thru August 31, 2018
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

Workshop on Community and Rooftop Solar Power

When: Weds., Sept. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: College Park City Hall (4500 Knox Rd., College Park), Council Chambers, 2nd floor.

Two presentations: One from Neighborhood Sun–how to join hundreds of others to get solar power without a sunny roof–and the second by MaryIand Solar United Neighbors (MD SUN) about low-cost solar for homeowners with sunny roofs.

Between 6:30 and 7, we’ll learn about Neighborhood Sun’s community solar project, which goes live in November!

At 7, MD SUN, a nonprofit organization, will provide an overview of how solar power works and how it can help a group of neighbors get it on their rooftops.

Registration requested for planning purposes but not required. Email janiso@erols.com or call Janis at 240-888-6972. Parking permits will be available on the first floor of City Hall at the first window.

This workshop is sponsored by the City of College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE).

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Welcome to our newest vendor- Irie Cafe Jamaican Grille. Located in Capitol Heights but you may have seen their food truck about. If not, then come check out their truck on Saturday. A restaurant in Capitol Heights and food truck. You may have seen them around but if not meet them on Saturday at the market.

Shared Recipes
(From Calvert Farm/ www.eatsmart.umd.edu)

Peach Salsa
2 peaches, washed, peeled and chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, washed and chopped
1/2 cucumber washed, seeded and chopped
3 scallions (green onions), washed and chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, washed, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons honey
Juice of one lime

1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients
2. Cover and chill

If you have a recipe that you have made using products you purchased from the farmers market and want to share it with other readers, please send your recipe to: hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com
We will feature your recipe in our newsletter. If you want to include pictures as well that would be a great bonus. 🙂

Upcoming Events:

On September 22nd Vivian Cooper, College Park’s Animal Control Officer, will be in attendance at the market to microchip College Park resident’s pets. Non residents will pay $20.00 for this great way to help our pets return to our homes if they ever seem to get out.

From the Lions Club:
Mark your calendar for the College Park Lions Club Stuff-A-Truck Donation Drive on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 am – 1 pm at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Hollywood Shopping Center, 9801 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD.

By donating gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens, and small household items (no furniture), you can help us raise funds for the Lions Community Outreach Foundation which sponsors a mobile health unit and screening equipment, allowing thousands of people to receive free vision, hearing and eye pressure screenings in our communities annually. Start gathering up your donations today!

Feel free to email (cplionsclub@aol.com) with any questions or if you want to help but can’t drop off on the 29th.

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Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
A Little Pottery: Handmade pottery
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
College Park Hypnosis Center: Making positive changes easier
Bears, Books and Things: Homemade stuffed animals
Blessed Creations: Soaps and oils
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Cove Point Winery: 30+ variety of wines and a hard cider
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Mel’s Munchies: Sweets and ice cream
Stone Hearth Bakery: Fresh baked bread from Fredrick, MD.
Valencia’s Produce: Produce and flowers
Victory Chapel Family Farms: Local Honey
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses

These vendors will be returning at a later date:
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Elated Harmony: Massage
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
Moonstruck Oyster Company: Shelled Oysters, Shucked Oysters, Cookbooks, etc. will return in September
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories

This week Calvert Farm will have:
Colored peppers
Green bell peppers
Poblano peppers
Acorn squash

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Paint Branch Mural “A Path Forward,” Unveiled to the Public

Recently, the Paint Branch Bridge mural, ” A Path Forward,” was unveiled to the public.

The mural, located on the bridge’s underpass walls, showcases and celebrates the past and future of the Lakeland community, with images inspired by historic photos courtesy of the Lakeland Heritage Project.

Local artists Christine Wilkin (Roosevelt High School arts teacher) and David Silva (MICA graduate) designed the mural, and an artistic team consisting of Silva, Bonnie Simonds (M-NCPPC artist), Sierra Sigmone (UMD art student) led a team of student artists to complete the mural.

[Source : City of College Park]

Council Discusses FY 19 M-NCPPC Budget Requests

At this week’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed the current FY2018 Park and Planning budget make a list of items to request in the FY 2019 budget.

In 2017 the City thanked the Board for local investments in the airport and trail connectivity. The City requested (for the second year in a row) additional funding for a new bike/pedestrian bridge and trail connection from the Paint Branch Park on the east side of the Northeast Branch to the trail system on the west side of the river.

Additionally, the Council requested funding for a multipurpose community facility and funding for the re-design and renovation of Hollywood Park. The City’s requests for the new trail connection, initial funding for a community facility in north College Park, and funding for Hollywood Park were not included in the M-NCPPC adopted budget.

Since last year’s discussion of the M-NCPPC budget, City Council members have discussed following potential new requests of M-NCPPC: (a) Continued annual funding for additional senior services (b) Replacement equipment for the Berwyn playground (c) Improvements to the Lakeland playground equipment (d) Rubber surfacing for M-NCPPC playgrounds in the City (e) Solar panels on the M-NCPPC community center (f) Removal of the fencing and barbed wire (excluding the metro track area) around Lake Artemesia (g) Permanent fix to the flooding and debris problem at the pedestrian underpass in Lakeland. The Council may wish to discuss additional requests and to prioritize all requests at tomorrow’s meeting.

Prince George’s County Public Schools Dismissing 2 Hours Early Today Due to Heat

Prince George’s County Public Schools students will be dismissed two hours early Wednesday due to the hot temperatures impacting the region.

This comes as other Maryland schools have closed or released students early because of the extreme heat.

Students at more than 60 Baltimore City schools without air conditioning were let go three hours early on Tuesday while 10 schools in Baltimore County were closed on the first scheduled day of the school year.

A Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson told that while all 208 schools in the school district have air conditioning, 40 schools are having different levels of problems with their air conditioning.

Temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees again in the D.C. area on Wednesday.

Prince George’s County Public Schools said on Twitter it will reassess its plans for Thursday.
[Source : Fox5 DC News]

Update on Calvert Road Child Care Center

Representatives from the University of Maryland will be at tonight’s City Council meeting to present the design development phase for the renovation of the former Calvert Road School. The design is currently 35-50% complete.

The proposed scope of work includes the demolition of the non-historic additions; rehabilitation of the original building; and the construction of a new addition and play area. According to the UMD design team, the estimated cost of the project has gone up to $6,897,159 from $5,688,560 back in 2015.

The preliminary design was submitted to the Prince George’s County Planning Department for review. The Community Planning Division, Environmental Planning Section, and Urban Design Section reviewed the plans and recommended minor changes to the landscaping and play area to better complement the historic structure.

After the Mayor and Council reviews the design, review at tonight’s worksession, public input will be taken at a community meeting, and the City staff will send their comments to the University.

Council to Discuss Program for Surveillance Cameras on Private Properties

A few months back, I asked the City Council to consider a community program to assist City’s homeowners to have security cameras in their homes. Several communities in the country (such as University Park) currently run similar programs.

In addition to this assistance program, many communities across the country have initiated voluntary security camera community registration programs. These are designed to provide video evidence to police investigators after a crime has occurred. Most of the programs reviewed by staff provide for a simple online registry where residents and businesses may add their addresses to the list of private security camera systems from which the police may request video data.

Some communities network these systems for real-time police access. A few offer grants or rebates to residents and businesses to help defray the cost of these systems.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will discuss these programs and will consider one of these four options. (1) Establish a reward program which would provide a monetary reward for providing police with video evidence leading to the arrest of a criminal suspect. (2) Establish a registry where residents and businesses could add their addresses to a list and provide police with access to any video evidence of criminal activity (3) Establish a rebate program to supplement the purchase cost of a residential or business security camera system which is added to a registry of such systems (4) Establish a combined registry and reward or rebate program.

County Expungement Fair – November 3