College Park Day 2019

Join your friends, neighbors and the entire The City of College Park, MD community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival on Saturday, October 5 at the College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation

This FREE event is fun for the whole family with live music, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances, exhibitors and so much more! Plus free museum entry during the event!

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.
College Park, MD 20740

Free Parking will be available near the festival site!

Public Transportation:
Metro Green Line to the College Park-U of MD stop. Event is 3 blocks away.
Shuttle-UM (for UMD affiliates) #104 UMD shuttle from Stamp Student Union/lot HH to the College Park-U of MD metro stop.


More at http://CollegeParkDay.org

Tonight at NCPCA – North College Park Developments, Candidate Forum, Quality of Life and More

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Tonday is the second Thursday of the month and thus the day when the NCPCA will be having their monthly September meeting. Here are a few items they’ll discuss.

1. Update on North College Park developments – Terry Schum, Planning Director, will provide a short update on such projects as: the Gateway Park, Hollywood Streetscape including the walking trail, the dog park and Duvall Field.

2. Candidate Forum – in preparation for the November elections, a committee needs to be formed of 3 members whose will determine the forum’s format.

3. Quality of Life – An opportunity to bring up any issues of concern affecting your quality or to improve your quality of life.

4. City bond bill – Update from District 1 councilmembers. Mary Cook represented NCPCA at the Public Hearing reading the association’s letter into the record.

As usual, the meeting will take place at Davis HAll, at 7:30pm.

City to Celebrate College Park Poet Whittemore Today

Today, the City will be unveiling a commemorative marker honoring former U.S. Poet Laureate Reed Whittemore, who was a longtime Calvert Hills resident and professor. Whittemore served as the US Poet Laureate twice over, and accomplished many other literary benchmarks, such as serving as the literary editor at the New Republic magazine and founding the respected Yale literary quarterly Furioso. Whittemore was also a professor of English at the University of Maryland.

The marker will be unveiled on what would have been Whittemore’s 100th birthday. Please see the invite below.

M-NCPPC Budget Forum

The Prince George’s County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has scheduled two public forums this fall to solicit comments on the Commission’s budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George’s County for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2020.

The public forums will be held from 7-9 p.m. on:

Monday, September 16, 2019
Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building, Auditorium
6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, Maryland

Monday, October 7, 2019
Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Maryland

Individuals and representatives of community organizations who wish to speak at the public forums may register in advance online at www.pgplanningboard.org, click “Testify at a Hearing” or by calling 301-780-2898. Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

Final Vote on $19 million Borrowing for City Hall and Duvall Field Redevelopment Projects

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider a resolution authorizing and empowering the City to issue and sell a series of its general obligation bonds in the original aggregate principal amount not to exceed $19 million. The proceeds of the sale of bonds will be used for the public purpose of financing the new City Hall and Duvall Field renovations.

The bonds are expected to be sold through the solicitation of competitive bids at a public sale, currently scheduled for October 3, 2019.

Council already adopted an ordinance (Ordinance 19-O-11,) on August 13, 2019, authorizing to borrow up to $19 million through bond sale. Tomorrow’s resolution provides further detail of the bond issuance.

If the maximum $19 million of bonds were issued the City will be paying an interest of $1 million annually.

Martin Valencia: 1961 – 2019

Martin Valencia of Valencia’s Produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market passed away last Friday. Since Valencia became ill this produce vendor stopped coming to the market. It was a great loss for the market.

According to his obituary, Martin Valencia passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 after a fierce battle with cancer. He will always be remembered for his love of and devotion to his family. He will also be remembered as having a wonderful work ethic. Martin was born in Santa Cruz, Mexico but for the past thirty years has made Montross, Virginia his home and raised his beloved family here.

Martin is survived by his parents, Juan and Carmela Valencia; his wife, Maria DeJesus Valencia; his sons: Jose A. Valencia (Luz), Juan F. Valencia (Faviola), Luis M. Valencia (Christina), and Johan A. Valencia; and his daughter Guadalupe Valencia (Devin) and five cherished grandchildren. He is also survived by his bothers: Ricardo Valencia (Guadalupe), Ignacio Valencia (Alicia), and Jose Valencia (Xiomara); and his sisters: Lucinda Valencia (Jesus) and Alicia Valencia (Ramiro).

Martin was a member of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Hague, Virginia. He was a farmer and the love he felt for his profession was evident in the abundance of fruits and vegetables he coaxed from the Earth. His dedication to his family was evident in all that he did. He will be profoundly missed.

In Pictures – Senior Garden Beautification

Thanks a lot to all volunteers who came yesterday for our Senior Garden beautification event at the Attick Towers. We had about 45 volunteers who spent about 3 hours to take out a ton of trash and beautify the garden. Special thanks to Arelis Perez for her hard work in coordinating the event with the Attick Towers residents and the management. The garden certainly now looks more beautiful and cleaner.

7 Businesses Nominated for 2019 the Best Business of the Year Award

On May 1st, the newly established College Park Business of the Year program began accepting nominations. Applications were accepted through August 31st, 2019 and the City received fourteen nominations for seven different businesses.

Staff has vetted all applications for eligibility and completeness according to the program guidelines, and a subcommittee of four City Councilmembers will be established to review the eligible nominations and recommend a winner to be voted on by the full City Council.

The schedule for this process is as follows:

  • In September, the subcommittee will meet to evaluate the nominations.
  • On October 1st, the subcommittee will present their recommendation to the Mayor and City Council.
  • On October 8th, the City Council will vote to approve the Business of the Year.
  • On October 22nd, Mayor and City Council will issue a Business of the Year proclamation and present the winning Business with their award.

At this wee’s meeting, the Council established a subcommittee with 4 Council members to review nominations and recommend a winner.

College Park Crime Map – August 2019

The College Park August 2019 crime map was generated from the PGPD crime data for the period of July 27 – August 30, 2019 (Beat 7), July 30 – September 2, 2019 (Beat 6) and August 1 – 23, 2019 (University of Maryland). Please note, the map now includes crime incidents reported by the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD)

North College Park
July 27 thru August 3, 2019
9000 Blk Baltimore Ave        Theft from auto
4700 Blk Edgewood RD         Vandalism
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave        Theft from auto
5000 Blk Niagara RD              Stolen veh
10100 Blk 52ND Ave              Stolen Veh
5200 Blk Iroquois ST              Vandalism
9400 Blk Baltimore Ave        Theft from auto

August 13 thru August 16, 2019.
9500 Blk 48th Ave Theft
5000 Blk Paducah RD Theft from auto
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9100 Blk 51st PL Theft from auto
9500 Blk 50th PL Theft from auto
9500 Blk 50th PL Theft from auto

August 17 thru August 26, 2019.
5000 Blk Paducah RD Theft from auto
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
9500 Blk 49TH PL Theft from auto

August 26 thru August 30, 2019.
9300 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft,

Mid Town (Lakeland / Oldtown)
July 27 thru August 3, 2019
8200 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft

August 17 thru August 26, 2019.
8700 Blk Baltimore Ave  Theft from auto
8200  Blk Baltimore Ave

Bank Robbery at the 6300 blk of Greenbelt Rd

Theft from Auto at the 8400 blk of 48th Ave
Stolen Auto at the 5100 blk of College Ave

Theft from Auto at the 5000 blk of Quebec St
Stolen Scooter 2x at the 4300 blk of Hartwick Rd
Theft from Auto at the 4300 blk of Guilford Dr
Assault at the 6000 blk of Greenbelt Rd

Oldtown + Calvert Hill
Assault at the 4400 blk of Guilford Drive
Stolen/Recovered Scooter at the 4300 blk of Hartwick Rd
Stolen Scooter at the 4300 blk of Hartwick Rd

Stolen Scooter at the 4300 blk of Hartwick Rd
Stolen Scooter at the 4300 blk of Hartwick Rd
Stolen Auto at the 4400 blk of Hartwick Rd
Stolen Scooter at the 7300 blk of Baltimore Ave

Stolen Auto at the 5100 blk of College Ave (RPM Towing)

Vandalism to Auto at College Ave & Dickinson Ave
Theft from Auto at Dickinson Ave & Norwich Rd

West College Park

UMD Campus
08/01/19               4000 block of Union Dr             Theft
08/01/19               8127 Regents Dr  Theft
08/01/19               7500 block of Calvert Service Ln       Theft
08/08/19               4642 Norwich Rd Theft from Auto
08/11/19               7600 block of Library Ln     Vandalism
08/12/19               Lot 1b     Theft from Auto
08/12/19               Lot N4    Theft
08/08/19               7400 block of Preinkert Dr Burglary
08/14/19               8115 Baltimore Ave            Vandalism
08/14/19               3942 Campus Dr  Theft
08/16/19               3800 Golf Course Rd           Vandalism
08/18/19               7743 Baltimore Ave            Damage to Property
08/21/19               7751 Alumni Dr    Property Damage/Loss
08/21/19               7527 Calvert Service Ln      Theft
08/22/19               4000 Stadium Dr  Theft
08/24/19               4052 Stadium Dr  Vandalism
08/25/19               4065 Campus Dr  Vandalism
08/25/19               3900 block of Denton Service Ln      Rape
08/25/19               7567 Preinkert Dr Theft
08/26/19               4128 Valley Dr      Theft
08/27/19               4200 block of Stadium Dr  Theft
08/22/19               4402 Lehigh Rd    Theft
08/28/19               7901 Regents Dr  Theft
08/21/19               Lot U1    Theft

Council Mulls Curbing Unruly Social Gatherings in the City

Prince George’s Police Department

At last night’s meeting, the Council reviewed an ordinance amending Chapter 141, Nuisances, that prohibits unruly social gatherings as a nuisance.

According to the proposed ordinance, an unruly social gathering will constitute a party, event, or assemblage of four or more persons at a residence or other private property where:
A. Alcoholic beverages are being furnished to, consumed by, Or in possession of any underage person in violation of state law; or
B. Behavior or conduct is occurring that results in a substantial disturbance of the peace and quiet enjoyment of private or public property, which may include the following:
(1) Excessive noise is prohibited in chapter 138 of the code;
(2) Excessive traffic that is significantly above and beyond the normal amount of Pedestrian or vehicle traffic for the day, date, and time Of day for the neighborhood;
(3) Use of a controlled substance by any person at the Gathering;
(4) Obstruction of public streets or the presence of unruly Crowds that have spilled onto public streets;
(5) Public drunkenness or unlawful consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages;
(6) Assaults, batteries, fights, or other disturbances of the peace;
(7) Vandalism of public or private property;
(8) Public urination or defecation;
(9) Littering; or
(10) Other conduct which constitutes a threat to the public Safety, quiet enjoyment of residential or other private property, or the general welfare.

The proposed changes to Chapter 141 are similar to ordinances adopted by Baltimore County, MD and the City of Kent, Ohio, which were previously reviewed and discussed by Mayor, Council and staff. According to news articles, the Baltimore County ordinance has significantly reduced the number of unruly gatherings since it was first established a few years ago.

The unruly social gathering is prohibited as a nuisance. A violation is subject to a municipal infraction and fine, with a warning given on first offense to property owners. In addition, if there are three such violations in a 24-month period, the Public Services Director may schedule a hearing before the City’s Advisory Planning Commission for suspension or revocation of the City occupancy permit issued to a property. This is similar to the authority granted to the Director for Noise Code violations.

The ordinance is scheduled t be introduced next week.

Starting Today, City Council Meetings to be Held at Davis Hall

Davis Hall

Ending the summer schedule, the City Council will now start meeting on its regular schedule.

Starting today, we’ll start meeting at Davis Hall, due to the proposed development at the current City Hall location.

The Davis Hall’s main meeting room has been upgraded with audio-visual equipment. This will enable the City to live broadcast and tape the Council meetings.

We expect to have the meetings for about two years until the construction of the new City Hall is completed.

I hope to see many of you attending this and future Council meetings.

Fatal Accident on Route 1 near Fox Street

Unfortunately, a fatal accident occurred on Rt. 1 and Fox last evening around 7:45 pm. A motorcycle heading northbound at a high rate of speed ran the light at Fox and T-boned a vehicle exiting the neighborhood onto Rt. 1. The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries (someone reported that the motorcyclist did not survive in the end).

The accident was very active and traffic on Rt. 1 is backed up for about 2 hours. Many cars could be seen going through neighborhood streets to avoid clogged Route 1.

There are quite a few single-family homes near Route 1 in North College Park, that experience this very loud noise by the high speeding motorcycles on Route 1. Residents raised concerns to in the past about the loud noise, disturbing the peace in the neighborhood. I’ve asked police to enforce speeding and loud noise.