Family Fun Bowling Bash – January 27, 2019

The City of College Park’s Recreation Board presents…
Family Fun Bowling Bash!

Sunday, January 27 from 1 to 4pm at Bowlero Lanes (formerly AMF College Park – 9021 Baltimore Ave)

Only $5* per person!! 

Includes unlimited bowling from 1-4pm, shoe rental, soda and pizza
*For the first 100 City of College Park residents. Proof of residency required. After that, the price is only $10 per person

No reservations required and a limited number of lanes also have gutter guards!

For more information, please call the Department of Public Services at 240-487-3570

Community Library Programs

New Programs: Baby and Me Tues. and Thurs. 1:30pm -3:30pm.  This is a drop in program for parents with infants and toddlers.The program will offer songs, stories, games and a way for parents to connect with other parents in our community.Our volunteer Sarah’s 5 month old son Will will be at the library with his Mom on Tuesdays.  

Homework Help!  2nd and 4th Sat. 10:00 AM to  12:00 PM Komunumo is providing FREE homework help this Fall. If you need help with homework, you may be eligible to participate in our first ever Homework Help Program! We are looking to host this fall at the Church of the Nazarene 9704 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740. Help will be offered the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in participating, please send us an email to KomunumoCP@gmail.com so we can send you more information. Check us out on Instagram and Facebook @KomunumoCP

ESL Classes Monday evenings 7-8:30pm
Arts Group Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm
2nd Tuesday Book Group 7-8:30pm
3rd Tues. CPAE Book Group 7-8:30pm
4th Tues. CPAE Photography Club 7-8:30pm

Story Time:
Wed. Story Time 10:30am11:00am ages infants and up.
Drop in Story Time Tues. and Thurs. 1-4:00pm all ages.
Story Time Tues. in English and French 1-4:00pm
Story Time 1st Sat. in English and Mandarin Chinese 10:30am11:00am
Story Time in Russian 4th Sat. 10:30am – 11:15 am

Tues. and Thurs. 2-4:00pm
Students grades 1st – 3rd improve their reading skills and confidence by reading to a staff member.

web site: cpcommunitylibrary.org for additional information or “Like” us on Facebook — College Park Community Library

Things to Buy from City’s Public Works Department:

Here is a list of items avalibale to purchase from City’s Public Works Department:

  1. 50-gallon rain barrels for $72. Click here for more information.
    Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.
  2. Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (city residents) and $40(non-residents). Click here for more information.
  3. SMARTLEAF® compost ($28 cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12 cubic yard) are available for pick up. Click here for more information. Deliveries have ended for the season.

Need Snow Shoveling Help? Please Let me Know

Like the past years, we’re offering free snow shoveling help for the folks who need them. We know many of our neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled ones, often get stuck in their homes during this season and need our serious help.

If you or anyone you know who may need such help, please feel free to give me a call (301-659-6295) or email me at fkabir@collegeparkmd.gov. We hope to get some volunteers throughout the snow season to help out the needy folks.

Also, if you’d like to volunteer in this, please let us know. The experience you’ll get is very rewarding.

City Offices Closed for Christmas & New Year’s Day Holidays

All City Offices will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 for the Christmas holiday. 

All regular refuse & recycling collections will slide forward two days; no special collections will occur during the holiday week.

All City Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Monday refuse and recycling collections will occur as normal, however Tuesday and Wednesday collections will slide forward one day.

Special collections will only occur on Friday, January 4, 2019. You must contact the Department of Public Works at 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out on the curb.

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Public Forum: Duvall Field Visioning & Planning Project

The City of College Park needs your input to determine future improvements at Duvall Field. Please attend this meeting and share your thoughts and ideas for upgrading and prioritizing its facilities, amenities and services. This will help the City to develop a plan to meet community needs and wishes.

• Learn about the project
• Review existing conditions
• Consider new programs and facilities
• Provide feedback

January 2019 Police-Community Meeting at MoM’s

Holiday Light Recycling:

All holiday lights, working or not-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market (9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park) in December and the beginning of January. Please remove lights from bags/packaging and place in designated holiday lights recycling bin located in the lobby when you enter MOM’s Organic Market.

Requests for replacement street trees in right-of-ways, call 240-487-3590 or email Brenda Alexander at balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.

The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.

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Want Special Trash/Bulk Trash Be Collected by the City?

Do you have Special Trash/Bulk Trash Be Collected by the City?

We are reminded we must schedule an appointment to collect bulk trash, white goods, electronics for recycling, or yard waste/brush. Upcoming holidays will impact special collections – there are no special collections on December 27, 28 or January 3.

Please plan ahead and schedule a Thursday or Friday appointment by calling 240-487-3590 or emailing publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

Please don’t place items at the curb until you have an appointment which are scheduled on a first come first serve basis, and slots fill up. Have your items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.

Have questions about the City’s annual Curbside Leaf Collection?

City’s Director of Public Works Robert goes over the how-to’s, tips and more for when the leaf collection trucks come to your neighborhood. Please watch the video below. For more information about curbside leaf collection, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections#curbsideleaf.

Please check your curbs and remove any piles of leaves that have gone off the curb into the flow line of the gutter. This will help prevent leaves from clogging stormdrains. For updates regarding this weekend’s weather, visit weather.gov.

College Park PGPD Crime Map: November 2018

Please see below the PGPD’s College Park Crime Map for the month of November 2018. The map is based on crime statistics of PGPD Beat 6 (from October 31 to December 3, 2018) and Beat 7 (from November 3 – November 30, 2018).  The interactive map and their details can be found here: bit.ly/2QEGRXJ . Here is the breakdown of crime incidents by major neighborhoods (please see in the inset of the map below).

North College Park 24

Mid town: 4

Old town / Calvert Hill : 14

West college Park: 2

Estates & Yarrow: 0


Winter Car Theft Prevention Tips

Man Arrested in Arson Case in North College Park

According to the Prince George’s Fire Department, a man was arrested for setting fire to a North College Park commercial strip center early yesterday morning. Just before 2:00 am, Friday, December 14th, firefighters arrived at the scene of a 1-story commercial structure that several businesses occupy in the 10000 block of Rhode Island Avenue. Units arrived to find fire showing from a middle of the row business. The well-advanced fire extended to attached businesses on both sides before being extinguished.

The building of origin is a mental health facility going by the name of “On Our Own”.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. Personnel form the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal determined the fire was incendiary in nature. Fire loss was estimated at $250,000.

Shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene a suspect was identified and taken into custody by law enforcement officials.
The suspect, Paul Franklin Willis 3rd (DOB 01/24/1981) of no fixed address, has been charged with starting the fire at 10007 Rhode Island Avenue. Charges include:

Arson- Second Degree (Felony)
Malicious Burning- First Degree (Felony)
Malicious Burning- Second Degree (Misdemeanor)
Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor)
Additional charges are pending.

City Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Kay Theatre, The Clarice
Join us for the 28th Annual City Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 12. 2019 from 2:00 -3:30 p.m. at The Clarice located on the University of Maryland campus. This inspirational and educational event is free and for all ages.
This year’s theme is “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” presented by the 2019 Keynote Speaker Melvin C. High. Mr. High is Prince George’s County Sheriff.
Free event parking is available nearby in University Lots 1b and Z all day on Saturdays (excluding home football games). These lots are about a 2-5 minute walk to the venue. There are also paid parking options in the Stadium Drive Garage as well.
For more information, please click here.
The selections and songs presented during the event are chosen by the participants as their way to honor Dr. King. The City, by sponsoring this event, does not endorse any particular religion, belief system or presentation.

Council Mulls Safety Camera Subsidy Program

At last night’s meeting, the City Council discussed a plan about partnering with camera vendor(s) to encourage residents adopting more safety and surveillance ceameras on their properties.

Recently, I found that the City of Arcadia extended its partnership with Ring to provide discounts for local residents and business owners who wish to purchase select home security devices. Funded by the City of Arcadia and Ring, the $25,000 program will enable 500 verified Arcadia residents and business owners to receive a $100 promotional discount towards select Ring security devices. The rebate program will kick off with a launch event today.

Staff will gather more information about a similar program and present at a meeting in January next year.

In the past, Staff has considered some model programs such as establishing 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; and, establishing 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. Staff thinks that Adopting one of these would require software programming to automate the process, software maintenance, and staff time dedicated to updating the registry and managing rebate payments. A registry would need to be updated at least annually, and each time there was an owner or tenant change, new system or abandonment of an existing system. PGPD is not considering such programs. Since it is standard investigative practice to canvass an area after a crime and ask owners of nearby cameras to provide any relevant video, a registry may not be necessary to identify possible security camera evidence.

Council also agreed on a pilot project to offer rewards to businesses and residents who provide video or photographic evidence leading to the arrest or apprehension of crime suspects. Funding of $1,000.00 is recommended to provide for 10 rewards of $100.00. This funding would be provided during the remaining FY ’19 from existing budgeted contract police program funds. If successful, funds will be proposed for the FY ‘20 to expand the program as indicated by pilot project results.