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UMD President Dr. Loh Announces Early Retirement

Today the University of Maryland President Dr. Loh announced his early retirement. Here is the letter he sent to the campus community. In his letter, Dr. Loh took responsibility for the tragic death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair.
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Dear University of Maryland community,

Serving as the 33rd President of the University of Maryland has been the greatest experience of my professional life. Since I arrived on campus in Fall 2010, I have had the honor and the pleasure of working alongside and leading 50,000 of the most impressive faculty, staff and students in academia to advance our beloved University. Together, we have boldly transformed our University, in ways both significant and subtle. Today, our University deservedly stands among the most distinguished institutions of learning in the world.

Change is a necessary agent of progress. It is in that spirit that today that I announce my retirement as president of the University of Maryland. My final day will be June 30, 2019, a time frame sufficient to help ensure a smooth transition to a new president.

The past several months have been exceedingly difficult for the University, Maryland football, and all who support the Terps following the tragic death of Jordan McNair. As many of you are aware, the independent commission on the culture of Maryland’s football program recently completed their work and provided a report to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. The report states that the University leadership bears some responsibility for the ongoing dysfunction of the Athletics Department. I accept that responsibility. Last August, I accepted legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made in Jordan’s care. I stand by that decision 100%.

The commission’s report found that “the Maryland football team did not have a ‘toxic culture.'” But the commission did find troubling behaviors within the program. We must work to create a healthier culture that advances the well-being of our student-athletes. Today, Athletic Director Damon Evans and I agreed to implement all recommendations made by the commission and the Board of Regents. Together, Damon and I will spearhead these reforms to ensure the safety and well-being of all student-athletes.

The Board of Regents recommended that Head Coach DJ Durkin will return from administrative leave to resume his regular coaching duties.

In May, I will join the Class of 2019 at Commencement to bid farewell to our University. Together, we will look back on our years in College Park with enduring affection. I will be proud of the growth of our academic enterprise with the addition of talented new faculty members across all disciplines. I will look to our surrounding communities with amazement at how we have together started to transform the Greater College Park region into a hub of innovation and economic development. I will join thousands of supporters and friends who have raised an unprecedented $1.4 billion over the past 8 years to fund groundbreaking research, student scholarships, and world-class learning facilities.

And I will look back with pride upon the most diverse, most-academically talented classes in the University’s history, thousands of students who are already making an incredible mark on our world. This is our shared legacy.

But there is much to do before I go. Today, I will simply get back to work.
With esteem and appreciation,
Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland

Good Neighbor Day Project for 2019

(The following was sent by UMD’s department of of community engagement)

  • If you have avproject in your neighborhood that could use a group of volunteers to tackle in the Spring?

We would like to get your input on Good Neighbor Day projects for April, 13th 2019. 

Good Neighbor Day is a collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in Greater College Park. You can learn more about Good Neighbor Day at: oce.umd.edu/good-neighbor-day

If you have a project idea that you would like to share, please fill out this short form. We can’t guarantee acceptance of all of the requests, but we will be in touch to follow up on all of the submissions.

https://go.umd.edu/GNDprojects19

Posh Cycling and Fitness to Open this Saturday

The Posh Fitness and Cycling in Hollywood plans to have its grand opening this Saturday from 8am -3pm. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 1pm

They will have a live DJ, free massages, refreshments, prizes, and demo classes. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Curbside Leaf Collection Starts November 5

Starting Monday, November 5, curbside leaf collection will begin (weather permitting). Look for signs posted in your neighborhood for collection dates or later in the month visit www.collegeparkmd.gov and click on Curbside Leaf Collection on the left side under Latest News for the collection schedule.

Until curbside leaf vacuum collection begins, residents should continue to set out soft yard waste (grass, leaves and soft vegetative waste) on regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection days.

You may use the City beige yard waste cart (available for purchase), paper yard waste bags, or your own reusable containers with a City yard waste sticker attached (stickers are available for free at City Hall and DPW).

Please do not use City-issued green refuse or blue recycling carts for yard waste or it will not be collected. The weekly soft yard waste collection will end on November 5.

Woody yard waste: brush, branches, sticks, and shrubs are collected year-round by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays; call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov before setting items to the curb.

[Source: City of College Park]

College Park Blues Festival, Sat, Nov 10, 6-11pm

Mid-Term Early Voting Starts Today

Every vote counts!

Early voting runs from today Thursday Oct 25 through Thursday November 1 from 10 am to 8 pm. The closest early voting center in College Park is:

College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 6, and the polls are open 7 am to 8 pm.

For more information visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/559/Board-of-Elections.

College Park Crime Map – September, 2018

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District 1 (12 incidents)
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9/8/18-9/15/18
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Breaking & Entering
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft,

9/16/18 – 9/22/18
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
5000 Blk Mineola RD Citizen Robbery.

9500 Blk 49TH Ave Theft from auto,
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen vehicle,
10100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto,
4800 Blk Branchville RD Assault,
9000 Blk 51ST Ave Theft,
9800 Blk 47TH Ave Breaking & Entering,

9/23/18-10/7/18
10100 Blk Baltimore Ave Breaking & Entering
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
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District 2 (4 incidents)
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9/18/18-9/24/18
8900 blk of Rhode Island Ave Assault

9/1/18 – 9/7/18
8700 Blk Baltimore Ave Citizen Robbery

9/8/18-9/15/18
Berwyn House RD / Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft.

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District 3 (3 incidents)
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9/11/18-9/17/18
4400 blk of Lehigh Rd Vandalism

9/18/18-9/24/18
4700 blk of Calvert Rd Vandalism

9/25/18-10/1/18
5100 blk of College Ave Theft from Auto

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District 4 (4 incidents)
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9/16/18 – 9/22/18
4700 Blk Chery Hill RD Theft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

9/23/18-10/7/18
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft

Duvall Field Second Phase Development to Start in December

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will award a contract to assist vision sessions about the next phase of the Duvall Field development contract. The next step will be the preparation of a conceptual plan with community input to determine the other types of facilities and work needed.

This phase may include the reconfiguration of the existing fields, better lighting and other improvements. The scope of services includes the following:

(a) Evaluation of existing information from plans, reports, budgets and mission statements.
(b) Demographic analysis for potential programming.
(c) Stakeholder engagement including a minimum of 4 focus group meetings, 2 community meetings, stakeholder interviews and 2 City Council presentations.
(d) Comprehensive assessment of existing facilities including current condition, functionality, life expectancy and the feasibility of future use or reuse.
(e) Review and profile of nearby competitive facilities and identification of gaps.
(f) Preparation of a conceptual design plan and cost estimate.

The proposed schedule call for the project to get underway by December 1, 2018 and be completed withinfour months.Fiscal Impact:

The project cost of $29,999,000is funded in the Capital Improvement Program budget for Duvall Field and is supported bya$150,000 State bond bill grant. Cover

Thank You, Neighbors!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Community Cleanup event this past Saturday morning. We covered a few busy streets in the Hollywood neighborhood. We also took care of a bunch of plots in our Hollywood Community Garden. The streets and the garden looks a lot cleaner now!

REMINDER- Community Cleanup – Tomorrow

A friendly reminder about tomorrow’s Community Cleanup event. We’ll meet in front of the old dry cleaners (at the north-west corner of Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue intersection) at 9 am with a bagel breakfast. You’ll also get a free College Park “Litter-Free” tee-shirt (please see below) as a participant. You’ll get the necessary supplies – gloves, regular trash bags, and recycling bags.

We expect to pick up trash from a few streets in Hollywood, and also clean up the Hollywood Community Garden. We expect a clear morning, without any rain. Hope to see you all tomorrow. Thank you!

Council Continues to Discuss Four-Year Staggered Council Terms

At tonight’s  worksession, the City Council will continue its discussion about extending Council term from 2 years to a staggered 4 years term.

In the previous discussion, the Rockville Mayor came before the Council and shared the experience of her City, which also changed its Council term from 2 years to 4 years concurrent term.

At tonight’s  meeting, the Council will discuss if a ballot question about the proposed terms could be developed for the November 2019 City election. Public outreach and input could be modeled after the Rockville process of creating a Charter Review Commission or by directing staff, with the assistance of Council members, to hold public hearings or town halls to provide information and gain feedback.

Council may also discuss the following items: (a) Ask the voters if they want 4 district-elected Council members and 4 at-large Council members. (b) Ask the voters if they want to decrease the size of the City Council.

College Park Tree Workshop

College Park Tree Workshop
Saturday, November 3
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Davis Hall
9217 51st Ave
Learn How to Prune a Tree Properly (including a live pruning demonstration) and Find Out What Trees to Plant and When, and about City Incentives
Speakers:
Carole Ann Barth, Senior Environmental Planner from Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and Brenda Alexander, Assistant Director, Administration of the City’s Department of Public Works.
Sponsored by the City’s Committee for a Better Environment and Prince George’s County Department of the Environment.
For more information, visit our Facebook event page.

It’s Fall’s “Halloween Thing” Time

It’s Fall’s Halloween Thing tim. City’s Youth, Family and Senior Services with Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation present the Halloween Thing! Saturday, October 27 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, please call 240-487-3550. Sponsored By: City of College Park Youth, Family & Senior Services The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

Community Cleanup – Saturday October 20

Please join your neighbors at our second-of-2018 Community Cleanup. We’ll start at the corner of Edgewood Rd and Rhode Island Ave (in front of the Old Dry Cleaner), at 9 am with a bagel breakfast. We’ll provide you with the necessary supplies, such as gloves, regular trash bags, and recycling bags. Please spread the word and bring your families and friends. Please see below for more details. Thank you!

City to Host Community Meeting about New City Hall at Davis Hall