Adult Beginner Tennis Lessons

Adult Beginner Tennis Lessons
JTCC 5200 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740
Session Dates: June 10 – June 30
Rally in 10 is JTCC’s introductory fitness and tennis class, perfect for those who have never played tennis before and those returning after a long hiatus. All equipment is provided, so you don’t even need your own tennis racquet!

Plant a Tree – Please Help Build City’s Tree Canopy!

Now is a great time to plan for the future by planting trees. Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rain water, increasing property values and improving air quality.

The City offers a few ways to help.
• The City of College Park has a program that provides for street tree planting in the City of College Park right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk.
• College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact the Brenda Alexander at 240-487-3590 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov. The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable. Planning for tree planting is an ongoing activity.

• College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually for the approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot.
• The completed application should be sent to balexander@collegeparkmd.gov for review and approval.
Click here for a link to the guidelines and application

[City of College Park]

UMD Campus Traffic Advisory

From the University of Maryland’s Division of Student Affairs, Conferences and Visitor Services:
Between today (May 28) and June 7, fourteen high schools from Prince George’s County and Montgomery County will hold their graduation ceremonies in the Xfinity Center. Parking for the ceremonies will be in surface lots surrounding the Xfinity Center and the Terrapin Trail Garage.
Members of our campus community should expect heavier than normal traffic and significant delays at the Campus Drive/Baltimore Avenue and Paint Branch Drive/University Boulevard intersections.
Please listen to 103.5 WTOP or follow @UMPD on Twitter for the most current traffic information.
It’s expected that each ceremony will last no more than two hours but the duration may vary, as will arrival and departure times of the participants. Please plan for heavy traffic delays as visitors arrive and depart these events and budget extra time for your commute.
[City of College Park]

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day is a day when we remember and admire those men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can all enjoy our freedom and live in peace and security.

Because of their sacrifices, everyone in this country, including those who were born here, and those who came from abroad like me, now have the freedom to pursue excellence in this land of opportunity.

And, Because of their sacrifices, we now have the freedom to question our own country’s policies without fear – to make the people who we elect more accountable for what they do and don’t do for us.

And, Because of their sacrifices, we now have the freedom to practice our faith freely at our places of worships, at our churches, at our synagogues, at our temples and at our mosques.

And, because of their sacrifices, we enjoy the value of citizenship, as well as the strength of the diversity that we have in our communities.

I really think that the ultimate sacrifices that our men and women in uniform made should encourage all of us to make sacrifices of our own – to work selflessly and make our cities and towns a better place to live for our fellow citizens.

Today is a day when we set aside our differences to remember our fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. We all need to work together to bring peace here at home and abroad. President Reagan once said : “We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does.” Thus, we can make the meaning of Memorial Day more than just remembering those who died by preventing deaths in the first place.

So, on this day, let’s take a few moments from our time with our families and friends in cookouts and BBQ and picnics, and really give thanks to all the people who have made the ultimate sacrifices so that we can enjoy our freedoms and live in peace and prosperity here in our communities and everywhere.

City to Produce Monthly Crime and Quality of Life Incident Map

Good news. The City will start producing a monthly map showing the crime and other quality of life issues in the city.

Over the past year, City staff have worked with Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) to distribute maps and statistics of reported crime and police calls for service produced by PGPD staff assigned to the Joint Analysis Intelligence Center (JAIC).

The City believes these maps have the most accurate crime and police activity information available. The City’s Department of Public Services gained approval and hired part-time Crime Analyst, PGPD Officer Dearing, to produce monthly maps and statistical trend analysis of data approved for City use.

Officer Dearing is one of PGPD’s JAIC analysts and has authorized access to PGPD daily crime report data. Going forward, we will receive maps on a monthly basis showing general (by block, not specific addresses) locations of reported violent crimes, property crimes, police response to noise complaints, miscellaneous quality of life complaints (e.g. public alcohol and cannabis consumption, trespassing, loitering, etc.), and police initiated traffic stops and field interviews.

City will also receive composite maps and statistics of all daily crime report calls as described, and calendar year to date trend analyses. These maps will only include incidents within the City limits. They will not include all calls in the patrol beats B6 and B7 which extend beyond the City’s borders.

These statistics include all data for PGPD responses, including City Contract Police, within the City. At this week’s meeting, Staff will present samples of each type of map and year-to-date statistics. Monthly maps and trend analysis will be posted on the City’s webpage at www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety.

A link to the maps will be added to the Weekly Bulletin following the highlights of contract police activity. Availability of this new public information will also be noted on our TV and social media platforms.

[City of College Park]

City to Observe Memorial Day at the Veteran’s Memorial

College Park Veterans Memorial

Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 27. 2019
11:00 a.m.
College Park Veterans Memorial
Corner of Greenbelt Road and Baltimore Avenue

The Mayor, Council and Veterans Memorial Committee invite you to attend our annual Memorial Day Observance. All are welcome.

If you have photos (in frames) of those who served, please bring them with you to display at the event.

The event is held at the College Park Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Greenbelt Road. Parking is available for free at Bowlero.

Petting Zoo at Tomorrow’s Hollywood Farmers Market

Tomorrow, Waltz Family Farm will host a petting zoo at the market. Fun for all ages and don’t forget a fun treat from one of baked goods vendors or from the University of Maryland Dairy. There is something for everyone at the market. See you tomorrow!

WMATA Removes Albion Road Wooded Property from Market

The WMATA has recently announced that they have removed the property on Albion Road and Baltimore Avenue from the market.

Earlier, the community, College Park City Council, the County Council members, and the 21st Delegation expressed serious concerns about the process surrounding the surplus of the property. The groups asked the WMATA Board to pull this property from the surplus process.

The property was listed publicly by NAl Michael for sale and it was characterized as commercial land; however, the property is zoned single-family residential that does not support commercial development. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is interested in adding to its green infrastructure and upon learning of this surplus opportunity late in the process, placed a competitive bid to WMATA.

Groups requested that the surplus process for this property be put on hold and have the Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to purchase and maintain the Albion Road property as open space and parkland in the green infrastructure network.

In response to these requests, WMATA has removed the Albion Road property from the market and is offering M-NCPPC an opportunity to purchase the property. To consummate the property sale, WMATA must comply with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) regulations for the disposition of property purchased initially using federal funds. That process requires WMATA to sell the property for “fair market value”, which is equal to $2.1 million for the Albion Road property.

The sale of the property will be conditioned on the FTA’s concurrence of the purchase price and the WMATA Board of Director’s approval. Prior to seeking FTA concurrence and the WMATA Board of Director’s approval, M- NCPPC and WMATA will enter into a Purchase and Sale Agreement, a draft of which will be sent to M-NCPPC by this month.

WMATA anticipates executing the agreement no later than June 30, 2019, after which M-NCPPC may start its due diligence prior to closing. WMATA expects that M-NCPPC will be able to close on the sale of the property within ninety (90) days, but in no case later than December 31, 2019.

Police Asks Residents’s Help about this Morning’s Tragic Homicide Incident

This morning at approximately 6:00 a.m., Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) was notified of an unresponsive adult male suffering from head trauma at the 8700 block of Rhode Island Avenue. He was pronounced dead on scene. PGPD is actively investigating this as a homicide. City officials are in close communication with PGPD, who will provide information to the public as it becomes available.

PGPD is asking anyone with information to please call 1-866-411-TIPS.

Update (7:30 pm): Police have identified the deceased person (33-year-old Hector Diaz-Urritia of no fixed address): http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/2019/05/pgpd-investigating-homicide-in-city-of.html

[City of College Park and Prince George’s County Police Department]


Interested in a College Park Community Newspaper?

Would you want a community newspaper mailed to your home every month?

A local community newspaper is interested in creating a new paper focused on College Park news and events.

The City needs input from you!

Please fill out this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPnewspaper and tell what you’d want to see in a local newspaper by June 7, 2019.

[City of College Park]

Save the Date: Trolley Trail Day Saturday, June 8

Trolley Trail Day
Saturday, June 8, 2:00 p.m.
Trolley Trail: College Park, Riverdale Park, Hyattsville
Save the Date for the first ever Trolley Trail Day along the trail route connecting College Park, Riverdale Park and Hyattsville. It will be an active fun filled day of walking, biking, eating and shopping in support of local businesses along the trail route. Residents can stay tuned for more details here!

City May Hold November Election at UMD’s Ritchie Coliseum

Ritchie Coliseum, University of Maryland

It’s anticipated that the City Hall may not be available as a polling location for this year’s November 5 City election due to the impending City Hall redevelopment project. The Board of Election Supervisors is recommending adding Ritchie Coliseum as the third polling location. The BOES thinks that arrangements can be made with the University of Maryland for use of the space at no cost. We don’t anticipate having the parking issues at Ritchie that we are facing at Stamp.

The Council will discuss this option at tomorrow’s Council meeting

Additionally, the Council will also discuss revised election budget and voting centers at tomorrow’s meeting. Earlier, the Board was exploring the functionality of Voting Centers, which would allow a qualified voter to vote at any of the City’s three designated polls. This concept requires that the poll locations be connected in real time, just like the state/county do for early voting.

The initial plan was to work with the state on making this work, but in March the State told that they wouldn’t be able to support the City because they were tasked on another more pressing matter. The group met several times, a plan is in place, and equipment has been ordered. The preliminary election budget presented in February has been updated to include these costs. The new budget is estimated at $59,015.

Once the BOES have tested the equipment and know they have a working connectivity plan, they will proceed with advertising the polling locations and Voting Center concept to city voters.

Council to Discucss Language Access Accommodations for City Residents

At this week’s meeting, the City Council will discuss language access accommodations for City residents to better engage with City government.

Currently, many City documents, such as those produced by the Youth and Family Services and Public Services, are translated in Spanish. The Resident Guide is also translated into Spanish and is available online in English and Spanish. Check out the page for transcription services. The Clerk’s Office and the Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development have contracted interpreters to attend meetings when requests have been made. City’s website and The City’s website, emails, and social media all can be digitally and automatically translated into other languages based on the individual’s computer, mobile or browser settings/add-ons. This functionality will also work for the Accela and AIMS parking software and forms.

According to the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-year estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, in College Park the top three languages spoken outside of English are Spanish (8%), Chinese (5%), and Korean (2%). Residents speaking these three languages, (about 4,500 residents), a majority report that they speak English “very well.”

Interpreter rates are usually between $100 – $125 per hour. Document translation services range between $0.14 to $0.25 per word and depending on the size or scope of the document, can take several days to weeks to produce.

Staff have also researched the possibility of captioning the City’s Council meetings or providing ASL interpreters for our hard of hearing communities. Live captioning is preferred over ASL interpreters due to the logistics of filming, barriers of communication and higher costs. The cost for captioning Mayor and Council meetings would range from about $16,000 to $22,000 annually. However, in order to provide captioning service, equipment would need to be upgraded, and additional space may need to be required. Staff has not confirmed the cost of new equipment required for captioning.

Language access and translation were budgeted for $20,000 in the FY2020 budget. Some options mentioned above may cost more than the amount budgeted.

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below today’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter

Strawberry season is upon us! Enjoy the locally grown berry from our farmers. So good in a smoothie, on a shortcake or just by themselves.

Welcome back to Baker Charley! So happy to have many of our vendors returning. We’ll see Heavenly Created Desserts and Dogs next weekend. Victory Chapel Farm will return as soon as they are able to harvest their honey which is in about a month.

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
A Little Pottery: Hand crafted pottery
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Baker Charley: Gluten Free desserts
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dearheart Wood and Designs: Unique cutting boards
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Gloria Bakery: Fresh breads
El Sol: Tacos, Tortas and Pupusas
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Mel’s Munchies: Sweet treats
University of Maryland Dairy: Fresh Ice Cream and non-dairy Sorbet
Valencia’s Produce: Produce and flowers
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses

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

Route 1 Construction to Complete by 2023

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has recently given us the following update about ongoing Rt 1 construction (between College Ave and MD193) and what to expect in the days ahead.

The 1.4-mile project will support current and future development and improve traffic operations and safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians along US 1. Progress permitting, all work should be complete by year-end 2023.

The SHA considers US 1 as a major north-south artery and the gateway to the University of Maryland – College Park campus, which is located within the project work limits between College Avenue/Regents Drive and Paint Branch Parkway/Campus Drive.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic are very heavy along the corridor, especially in the vicinity of campus.

Currently, US 1 between College Avenue and Lakeland Road is a four-lane divided roadway, with a raised median and no shoulders. It is lined with fields, parking lots, and office buildings. US 1 between Lakeland Road and MD 193 is a five-lane undivided roadway with a double left-turn lane movement and no shoulders. The roadway is lined with businesses and residential neighborhoods. The existing sidewalk along US 1 is not continuous.

As part of the construction for this project, US 1 will be widened to provide a four-lane roadway (with 11-foot wide through lanes) with auxiliary lanes (with 10-foot wide turn lanes), 5-foot wide bicycle lanes, and a median with varying widths between 2 feet and 16 feet. Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk will be provided along both sides of US 1 throughout the project limits.

Other improvements include resurfacing, landscaping, drainage system upgrades, stormwater management facilities, new signage and pavement markings, pedestrian lighting, intersection lighting and utility relocation work.

Currently, electricity and gas infrastructure utility relocation work is simultaneously taking place on US 1 within the project limits.

Drivers can expect lane closures in active work zones on the following days and times (weather permitting):

Gas Utility Work (Northbound and Southbound US 1)

•Weekdays, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and up to 24 hours per day on Saturday and Sunday

Electricity Utility Work

•Northbound—Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•Southbound—Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Once non-utility related construction work begins—and throughout the entire lifetime of the project—intermittent lane closures are possible within the project limits weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sundays through Thursdays between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Additional lane closures and work times may be needed to expedite all phases of work and keep the project on schedule.

The SHA gave us the following timeline:

Utility Relocation Work…In Progress

Project Advertisement Date..Summer 2019

Notice to Proceed Issued…..Fall 2019

Project Completion……..Year End 2023

(Source: The State Highway Administration)