College Park PGPD Crime Map: January 2019

The College Park PGPD crime map was generated from the PGPD crime data for the period of January 2- February 1, 2019 (Beat 7) and January 1 – 30, 2019 (Beat 6). The interactive map can be seen here: https://bit.ly/2SzuDN1.

Here is the summary of crime incidents by major neighborhoods:

North College Park – 15

Mid-town (Berwyn/Lakeland) – 7

Old town / Calvert Hill- 2

West College Park – 1

Yarrow and Estates – 0

Additional crime incidents inside the UMD campus and the surrounding areas can be found here on the UMPD website: https://bit.ly/2G8VhK5

New Compost Program May be Coming to North College Park

At tomorrow’s Council worksession, we’ll discuss an interesting new sustainability-related program to divert residential food waste from the solid waste stream. In addition to the existing backyard compost bin program initiated to divert organic and food waste from the waste stream and to provide residents an option to compost organics where they are generated, residents will be able to drop off their food waste at the Public Works and also at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Similar food waste programs exist in other towns, including in DC (please see here: https://dpw.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff)

Public Works will be implementing a food waste drop-off program to further reduce food waste from the solid waste stream that would otherwise be taken to the landfill for disposal. The drop-off program will include identifiable containers at the Department of Public Works and the Hollywood Farmers Market where residents can drop-off food waste, which will be disposed of at the Western Branch composting facility.

This source separation process will divert organic material to a facility that will process it into another usable product, thereby preserving landfill space and reducing the generation of methane gas.

The food waste drop-off containers will be placed at the entrance to Davis Hall, 9217 51st Avenue, marked with signage to identify what material is acceptable for the drop-off containers. Those drop-off containers will be available 24/7 to maximize participation. A supply of compostable bags will also be available for participant use to collect and contain their drop-off material to ensure a cleaner process.

The drop-off containers at the Hollywood Farmers Market will be available during regular market hours from April – November. Visible signage will be used to clearly identify the location of the drop-off containers. The drop-off location will frequently be staffed to provide program information as well as answer questions. Compostable bags will also be available for participants at the Market drop-off location to contain and transport their drop-off material. The food waste diversion program is currently funded in the FY 19 budget in the Solid Waste program section.

Police Community Meeting, February 7, 2019

Open Gym Play for Young Children

Come join every Tuesday for Open Gym at the recreation room of the Youth and Family Services (YFS), 4912 Nantucket Road. This time is for young children to explore and have unstructured play time in a safe environment. Also, a place for local caregivers and parents to meet and engage with each other.

Precautions to Avoid Cold Weather-Related Illness and Injury

With the extreme cold weather around us, the Maryland Department of Health has issued the following advisory:

Extreme cold weather can lead to serious health issues. Exposure to cold can lead to low body temperature, hypothermia, frostbite and even death. Shoveling snow or exercising in the cold can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

Hypothermia occurs when body temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Nearly 600 Americans die each year from hypothermia. Symptoms of hypothermia include:

· Uncontrollable shivering
· Cold, pale skin
· Numbness
· Fatigue
· Poor circulation
· Disorientation
· Slurred speech
· Bluish or puffy skin

Frostbite refers to freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue. This happens when skin temperatures get below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, most likely affecting toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose. Symptoms of frostbite include:

· Gradual numbness
· Hardness and paleness of the affected area during exposure
· Pain and tingling or burning in affected area following warming
· Possible change of skin color to purple

The Department encourages residents to use the following tips to help cope with extreme cold conditions if they must go outside:

· Wear a base layer
· Wear an insulating layer
· Wear a windproof and water-resistant outer layer
· Wear tights or long underwear
· Wear mittens or gloves
· Wear socks and shoes
· Protect your eyes, lips, skin, neck, and face

Residents should be aware of the risks cold weather poses inside homesand buildings:

· Keep fireplaces and wood-burning stoves clean
· Provide plenty of room around all heaters
· Never leave space heaters on while unattended
· Ensure smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are operating properly
· Check on older adults and neighbors and relatives with disabilities
· Store several days’ worth of non-perishable food and bottled water
· Ensure you have several days’ worth of medications available

Residents are also encouraged to prevent cold-related illness for pets:

· Bring your pets inside
· If you cannot bring your pet inside, make sure they have fresh, unfrozen water to drink and a shelter with adequate warmth
· Do not leave your animal in a car in cold weather

Residents in need of warming centers are encouraged to reach out to their local health department or call 2-1-1 and provide their county location and zip code to get information about warming center locations, hours of operation and available accommodations.