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Police-Community Meeting Launched in North College Park

Thanks, everyone who came out to this evening’s police community meeting at the MoM’s Cafe. Also thanks to three police officers who spent more than an hour discussing residents’ questions on public safety. Finally our sincere thanks to MoM’s management for allowing us to use their cafe for the meeting. We hope to continue this meeting in coming months.

Gateway Park Construction to Start Early Next Year

Some of you have asked for an update about the Gateway Park project at the  corner of Route 1 and Edgewood Road.

The City Council awarded the construction contract a few months back. Accordingly, the final construction was expected to start in this fall. Unfortuantely, the right-of-entry/acquisition issues (from 47th Place) took some time to get resolved. Thankfully, those issues have now been solved, permits have been obtained and a Notice to Proceed was given.

Due to the start of winter, the contract has been extended to  September 1 at no extra cost.  Administrative work and off-site building fabrication will be ongoing.

The Projects page of the new City website will begin to receive regular updates on projects.  Please check there regularly for updates as well.  Thank you for your patience.

Cybrary to Bring 200 Jobs to College Park

Cybrary, a company offering free online cybersecurity training programs, plans to expand and add more than 200 new jobs in the county. The company will relocate its headquarters to an interim space of nearly 11,000 square feet at 5801 University Research Court in College Park before moving to its permanent location, a 25,000 square-foot facility at 4600 River Road in the Discovery District in College Park.

“The demand for cybersecurity talent is great, with an estimated 300,000 cyber-related job openings in the nation,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “With its online platform for cybersecurity training, Cybrary opens opportunities to anyone interested in a career in information security and helps address the growing need for cyber warriors.”

Launched in 2015, Cybrary addresses challenges that companies experience through the technology talent lifecycle, from attraction and recruitment to development, retention, and promotion. The company employs a full content team that is responsible for curating the best content from cybersecurity and technology vendors and educators on a daily basis. Cybrary has partnered with top industry education vendors including Kaplan, CYBRScore, and Practice Labs to develop content for its platform. Cybrary also engages the company’s two million member ecosystem of users, instructors, students, and Fortune 1000 companies in content creation and collaboration.

“Our in-house content team coupled with our network of subject matter experts and learning and assessment technology vendors makes Cybrary’s catalog the fastest moving and most continually refreshing, full scope offering in the industry. No organization is developing cybersecurity careers faster and at the scale as us,” said CEO and Co-Founder Ralph Sita. “Every day more than 2,000 people join the Cybrary network, most of whom end up either entering the industry or moving up from their current cybersecurity or IT work role.”

With two million users from around the world – and thousands joining every day – Cybrary has become the largest online cybersecurity and IT training platform. The company has delivered more than 300 million minutes of training on more than 3,000 topics. For the third consecutive year, Cybrary has again been recognized by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards as the gold winner for Best Cybersecurity Education Provider.

To assist the company in the project, Maryland Commerce has approved a $750,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Advantage program, formerly known as the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Fund or MEDAAF. Cybrary may also be eligible for additional state programs including the Partnership for Workforce Quality and the Job Creation Tax Credit. In addition, Cybrary may qualify for assistance from Prince George’s County.

[Source: Governor Hogan’s Office]

College Park Crime Map, October 2018

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North College Park
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October 02 – October 07, 2018
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft.

October 8 -October 12, 2018
4700 Cherry Hill RD Theft.

October 13 – October 21, 2018
4700 Cherry Hill RD Theft

October 22 – October 29, 2018
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
4700 CHERRY HILL RD SHOPLIFTING
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto.

October 30 – November 02, 2018
9000 Blk Autoville DR Citizen Robbery
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft
9000 Blk 49TH Ave Theft from auto
4900 Blk Blackfoot RD Theft from auto
4800 Blk Hollywood RD Theft from auto
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Mid town (Berwyn and Lakeland)
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October 02 – October 08, 2018
5000 blk of Berwyn Rd Theft from Auto

October 16 – October 22, 2018
8300 blk of Baltimore Ave Stolen Auto

October 22 – October 29, 2018
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave Stolen Veh

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Old town and Calvert Hill
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October 02 – October 08, 2018
7500 blk of Hopkins Ave Vandalisms
4700 blk of College Ave Vandalisms
7500 blk Dickinson Ave Vandalisms
7500 Princeton Ave Vandalisms

October 16 – October 22, 2018
4800 blk of College Ave Breaking & Entering
4500 blk of College Ave Stolen Auto
7000 blk of Wake Forest Dr Theft from Auto

October 24 – October 30, 2018
4500 blk of College Ave Breaking & Entering
4600 blk of Knox Rd Stolen Auto
7300 blk of Yale Ave Vandalism

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West College Park
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October 24 – October 30, 2018
8600 blk of 34th Ave Theft from Auto
3300 blk of Metzerott Rd Attempt Robbery

Council Supports New Jewish Center in College Park

The Hillel in College Park is proposing to build a new Jewish cultural center (Hillel) to replace the existing one at 7612 Mowatt Lane, in Old Town College Park Historic District.

The new cultural center is proposed to be 38,728 square feet and two-stories tall. The existing building is 16,930 square feet and is also two-stories tall. The Planning Board hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 2018.

At last week’s meeting, the Council approved the project’s Detailed Site Plan (DSP) with a few conditions.

Support College Park’s Small Businesses Tomorrow on Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow, November 24 is the Small Business Saturday®. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day celebrates and supports the small businesses that make communities unique.

From family-run corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques, small businesses are an important part of our lives. When they succeed, we all do. This year, we want to help them connect with more customers like you in their community.

Here are some ways to participate before, during, and after the big day

Leading up to Small Business Saturday, tell the people you love about the small businesses you love. Encourage friends, family, and neighbors to do the same using #ShopSmall on social media.

Tomorrow, get out and shop the small businesses in your community! Be sure to share your favorite places using #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat.

See the impact small businesses have on your community and learn more about the

Shop Small® Movement at ShopSmall.com.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting small businesses tomorrow, and that you’ll remember to Shop Small year round.

Council Awards Hollywood Dog Park Contract

At this week’s Council meeting, the City Council awarded a contract to A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. for the design specifications for the Hollywood dog park, in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00.

A community meeting was held in May to present information about creating a dog park on a portion of the Prince George’s County Board of Education property on 51st Avenue north of the Public Works facility. Community members expressed positive interest for this location.

Based on this feedback, staff contacted the Board of Education to see if they would consider the City’s request to utilize another portion of this parcel for a City maintained dog park.

An agreement between the Board of Education and the City has been finalized for the City to use a part of the western side of the parcel to construct and operate an open-access dog park. The City currently has an agreement with the Board of Education to utilize about 4 acres of this parcel for compost operations.

A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. submitted the most competitively priced bid for the design and engineering of the Hollywood dog park

New City Hall Building will Include University Offices

At last night’s Council meeting, the new City Hall architecture team presented a concept plan of the new City Hall building that will include University of Maryland offices in it.

Please see above a model of the proposed 3-D model the architecture team presented at the meeting.

According to the new design, there will be retail on the lower levels and University office space on the third and fourth levels. This option Increases the likelihood of cost savings due to shared use of common areas and mechanical requirements. The estimated cost figure will be known in early next year.

According to the current CIP budget, the cost of the City Hall project is estimated at $12.7 million. The project was estimated at around $8 million back in 2014, when the Knox Rd site.

Back in 2015, a concept design was presented with two buildings joined by a common atrium. Please see that design below.

At a recent north College Park community meeting with the City Hall architecture team,  some residents questioned the size and the expected utilization of the new City Hall. Many residents in north College Park don’t attend Council meetings at the current Knox Road site, mainly because of the congested traffic on Route 1. It remains to be seen if that situation will change if the current building is taken down and a new one is built at the same location.


2015 City Hall Design

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving a contract to complete the design work of the Hollywood Streetscape project.

The specific consultant scope of services includes surveying, 60% design development to determine final design elements and features and meetings with the community and City Council, 100% design development and preparation of construction drawings, plans and specifications, and cost estimates and the preparation of required permit applications and plans. Bidding and construction administration services were excluded, and the stream daylighting feasibility study was bid separately as an add alternate.

The total cost of the project is $275,020. Funding is available in the Hollywood Commercial Revitalization Project in the Capital Improvement Program.

Over $1,000,000 is available in FY2019 for design and construction of the project.

The scope of work will build upon the 30% design already. completed that includes the following: roadway upgrades, intersection improvements, protected bike lanes, site furnishings and landscaping along Rhode Island Avenue, traffic calming at Edgewood Road and Narragansett Parkway, intersection improvements at Rhode Island Avenue and Niagara Road, a pathway along Muskogee Street, removal of the first block of service roads north of Edgewood Road and replacement with parklets having sidewalk, site furnishings and landscaping, and a feasibility study to determine the costs and benefits of daylighting the piped stream in the Narragansett Parkway right-of-way.

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market: Last Day of the 2018 Season

Vol. 4 Issue 31

See you later alligator!
We hope you have enjoyed the sixth season of the Hollywood Farmers Market.  The Market’s Board appreciates all the support of our local residents and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019 for our seventh season.

Raffle! Raffle! Raffle!
We will be selling tickets to a Hollywood Farmers Market Basket.  The basket will have something from many of our vendors.  The price is one ticket for $1.00 or six tickets for $5.00.  The drawing will take place on November 17th at noon.  Winner must be present at the time of the drawing to claim prize.

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
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
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Cove Point Winery: 30+ variety of wines and a hard cider
Dearheart Wood and Designs: Unique cutting boards
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Irie Cafe: Jamaican Food Truck
Mel’s Munchies: Sweets and ice cream
Skyi Unlimited Beauty & Events: Natural Hair and Body Butters
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:
Elated Harmony: Massage
MangoBee: Freshly made smoothies
Stone Hearth Bakery: Fresh baked bread from Fredrick, MD.
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories

Also, if you are an Instagram user please follow us at hollywood_farmers_market_md or on Facebook.

Community Meeting with Police

Options to “Improve” I495 Beltway Will be Ready Soon

At last night’s meeting, the City Council got an update about the proposed Beltway improvment update. This is part of the CTP (Consolidate Transportation Plan (CTP) that MDOT has released its six-year draft for review and comment. The CTP includes detailed information on minor and major capital projects across all agencies. The full CTP document can be reviewed at http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CTP/Index.html.

The CTP features a new project, “I-270, Eisenhower Memorial Highway, and I-495, Capital Beltway”. that appears to be funding for the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study and has taken the place of last year’s study to widen I-495 and the study to implement high occupancy traffic (HOT) lanes. SHA is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is soliciting proposals for a public-private partnership which will be charged with designing and constructing express toll lanes (ETLs) along I-270 and I-495.

The project is funded for planning only and the budget has been increased by $68.3 million. At present, the project does not specifically mention widening the highways, nor are there any other studies or projects in the CTP geared specifically towards widening I-495. However, the Managed Lanes Study’s Preliminary Range of Alternatives report (https://495-270-p3.com/online_public_workshop/)

MDOT isconsidering 15alternativeoptions.Ashortlist ofoptions can be found in 2-3month.

The other highlights of the CTP include bike and pedestrian improvements along US1 from College Park to MD193 (Segment 1) contract could be awarded by February 11th, 2019. The project is not expected to be completed in its entirety until April 2024. Reconstruction of US 1 in north College Park from MD193 to the Capital Beltway (Segments 2 & 3) remains unfunded beyond the completed planning phase and there is no timeline associated with funding or construction. It is, however, listed as a project to be completed over the next 20 years.

Council to Form Charter Review Committee to Seek Input About 4 Years Council Term

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will discuss a resolution to establish a Charter Review Commission to consider whether Mayor and Councilmember terms should go from two to four years.

Specifically, the Commission is expected to (a) Evaluate the pros and cons of lengthening the term for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers to four years, and in the case of Councilmembers, of having staggered or concurrent terms (b) Solicit resident input regarding these matters by holding no less than two public forums, one to be held at City Hall and one to be held at Davis Hall, with the same rules of procedure applying to both; (c) Conduct other research as deemed appropriate and desirable by the Commission to inform a report of their findings on this specific topic (d) Prepare an information report that does not recommend or advocate for any particular outcome, but rather discusses the benefits and concerns associated with changing the length of the elected terms and the staggering of the terms; makes statements that are neutral and intended to inform the electorate on the topic; analyzes the public comment received from any public outreach; and provides objective information that the Mayor and Council can use to weigh their decision.

The Charter Review Commission is expected to prepare a report with its findings, and deliver that report to the Mayor and Council by May 31, 2019.

According to the draft resolution, the Charter Review Commission shall be comprised of no more than ten members, all of whom shall be residents and qualified voters of the City. Each Councilmember shall appoint one member to the Charter Review Commission from their respective districts, and the Mayor will appoint two members from the City at-large, all of whom must be approved by a simple majority of the Mayor and Council.

NCPCA Zoning Rewrite meeting

Join the NCPCA members on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Davis Hall as County Councilmembers Mary Lehman, Danielle Glaros, Calvin Hawkins and Mel Franklin, as well as Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning planners, explain the impacts the plan can have for North College Park.

Today at Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 4 Issue 30

Thank you to all of the Veterans!  We appreciate all you do for us.

This Saturday, a few of our vendors will be offering discounts to all those with a Veteran’s ID Card.  Stop by the market to learn more.

Waltz Family Farm has a new selection of beef and lamb also lots of pork, cheese and eggs!

Raffle! Raffle! Raffle!
We will be selling tickets to a Hollywood Farmers Market Basket.  The basket will have something from many of our vendors.  The price is one ticket for $1.00 or six tickets for $5.00.  The drawing will take place on November 17th at noon.  Winner must be present at the time of the drawing to claim prize.

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
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
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Cove Point Winery: 30+ variety of wines and a hard cider
Dearheart Wood and Designs: Unique cutting boards
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Mel’s Munchies: Sweets and ice cream
Skyi Unlimited Beauty & Events: Natural Hair and Body Butters
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:

Elated Harmony: Massage
MangoBee: Freshly made smoothies
Stone Hearth Bakery: Fresh baked bread from Fredrick, MD.
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories

Also, if you are an Instagram user please follow us at hollywood_farmers_market_md or on Facebook.