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Family Fun Bowling Bash

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

Sunday, January 26 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 email events@collegeparkmd.gov

Join the 2020 Census Team

Join the 2020 Census team and be a Census Taker in our community. Census jobs offer weekly pay, flexible hours and a competitive rate of $21 an hour. The US Census is committed to hiring Census takers right here in College Park. By becoming a Census Taker, you can support our community while getting paid to do it. You can apply on line at www.2020census.gov/jobs.

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Dance Theatre in The Clarice at the University of Maryland

Inspiration and Entertainment for all Ages – this free event will honor the legacy of Dr. King.

This year’s theme: “Is His Dream your Dream Too?” will be explored through performances, panel discussion, and an audience Q&A segment.

Bring an unexpired non-perishable food item to donate at the event.

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Holiday Light Recycling

Holiday string lights, working or non-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market (9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park). The string lights are collected for recycling 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.

What happens to the waste? Collected lights are broken down through smelting or shredding to recover raw commodities. These raw commodities are then used to create roofing and construction materials, piping, car batteries, other electronics, lead wheel weights, flatware, jewelry, and more!

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What to Know During Snow Events?

The City of College Park’s priority during a snow event is public safety. Our goal is to clear snow and ice as quickly and efficiently as possible, restoring safe travel for emergency crews, motorists, and pedestrians. Snow and ice removal are considered an emergency operation and takes precedence over other Public Works tasks.

The snow plan will go into effect upon the order of the City Manager or the Director of Public Works. The plan consists of an Alert Phase and an Operation Phase. The alert phase may include pre-treating designated streets with salt brine to prevent snow and ice adhesion to the road surface. Snow or icy precipitation, which requires roadway treatment, will be considered an emergency under the operational phase.

These steps will be followed during a snow emergency:

  • Snow removal equipment will be dispatched to predetermined routes when snow or ice is imminent. Salting operations usually begin at the onset of precipitation, depending on pavement temperature and the forecast.
  • First application of salt will be ordered by the Director or Assistant Director of Public Works. Plowing operations will commence when there is an accumulated amount of snow or slush on the roadway.
  • Initially, one lane will be plowed on all streets followed by widening of the plowed lane. All streets will be plowed curb to curb, as conditions allow.
  • Designated crews will be dispatched to clear sidewalks, bus stops, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beach (RRFB) cross walks, and the Trolley Trail locations throughout the City.
  • Snow and ice clearing operations will be carried out in accordance with established priorities as circumstances permit.

Parking During Snow Events

Department of Public Works crews plow and salt City streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice.

Things you can do to help include:

  • Move parked cars off the street so the snow plows can clear snow to the curb.
  • If off-street parking is not available during predicted snowstorms, park on the EVEN side of the road (EXCEPTION: if your address is odd-numbered and the area across from your house is undeveloped, park on the odd side of the street)
  • The City is not responsible for clearing snow from driveways or driveway aprons – this is the resident’s responsibility. If you begin to remove snow before the trucks are finished, be mindful that your driveway may need to be cleared more than once.
  • After the snowplows have finished cleaning your street, clear snow and ice from the sidewalks, storm drains and fire hydrants in front of your residence.
  • Have patience: crews work around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the streets. Although your street may not be plowed as quickly as you would like, our crews will make their way to you. Your patience is appreciated during these times.

Always plan to set your refuse and recycling carts out for your regularly scheduled day during snow events.

Refuse and recycling collections may occur later in the day than normal, or they could be delayed a day.

Updates

The Department of Public Works is staffed around the clock during snow events.

Updates will be posted on the City’s website (www.collegeparkmd.gov), all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and emailed (sign up at www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect).

You can also contact the Department of Public Works for more information by phone at 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

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Holiday Survival Guide to Keep Pets Safe

The holidays are here and we need to be careful not to share certain food and goodies with our pets. Foods and goodies that can cause discomfort and illness for our pets include: wrapped gifts containing food; chocolate (all types); baked goods containing grapes, raisins and currents; food and candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol; bread dough; fruit cake; alcohol; turkey and turkey skin; table scraps including gravy and meat fat; any foods containing avocados, onions and garlic.

Holiday decorations are to be enjoyed by all but can be tempting toys for our pets. Tinsel, wires on lights, batteries, snow globes, glass or plastic ornaments need to be kept out of reach. Certain plants such as poinsettias, lilies, holly, Christmas cactus and mistletoe berries can be toxic if eaten by our pets. Tree preservatives and stagnant tree water is also off limits.

If you think your pet has eaten any of these items and is showing sudden changes in behavior, depression, vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) or ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (1-888-426-4435) may be helpful.

 

VeoRide Bikes and Scooters: Where am I Allowed to Drive ?

Bikes and scooters should generally be used on roads, preferably in low traffic areas and bike lanes going with the flow of traffic. Remember to always yield to pedestrians. Exercise caution if it is necessary to cross or briefly travel on a busy road. Riders should always wear a helmet.

As of November 1, 2019, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation issued a Park Directive to allow the use of Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters on certain hard-surface hiker-biker trails on Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation property as part of a pilot program through August 31, 2020. The Lake Artemesia Park Trails that circle the lake, as shown on the image, are excluded from use by Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters during the pilot program period.

For more details, please see the full Directive at this link.

Community Police Meeting, January 2nd, Thursday, @MoM’s, @7pm

Have questions about a crime that you or someone you know experienced recently? Want to learn some helpful tips about protecting you and your family from crimes in the future? Bring your questions to the police officers who work hard to protect us every day in the neighborhood. Please join them and meet other neighbors at 7 pm on January 2nd, Thursday, at MoM’s Cafe.

Going on Vacation? The Police Have Got Your Back

In case you’re planning to go out of College Park during this holiday season, our Police can provide premise and vehicle checks to the city residents FREE of charge.

Any resident of the city can use this service for everything from overnighters to extended stays away. Once a premise check is requested, police officers will visit your home to inspect the property, walking around to check for broken windows, suspicious vehicles and other signs of a possible intruder. Any suspicious activity is addressed, recorded and relayed to the property owner. Residents may use this link to request vacation premise checks of their property by our City Contract Police.

You can also submit it in person at City Hall. Hope you’ll find this helpful. Have a happy and safe holiday. Thank you!

City Offices Closed for Christmas and New Year Holidays

Closed for holiday

All City Offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 at noon through Wednesday, December 25, 2019 for the Christmas holiday as well as on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the New Year.

Wednesday’s refuse & recycling collections will be collected on Thursday and requests for special collections will only be scheduled for Friday for those weeks.

Trains and Planes Exhibition


The National Capital Trackers are back for a limited time only! Come check out their constantly moving display of model trains! 🚂✈️

TODAY: Flights Under Lights @ College Park Aviation Museum

Explore the museum after-hours during the holiday season. Rock out to holiday beats by Black Rhinoceros. Sip fine wine, local beer, and snack on tasty treats. Enjoy the moving display of model trains. Show off your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize!

Today at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park, Maryland 30337

Purchase your Flights Under Lights tickets!

Police Arrests Man who Broke into at Least 7 College Park Homes

Aaron Nysus

According to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the police have once again arrested the man who broke into at least seven residences in College Park since November 16th. In at least five of the cases, he’s facing peeping tom charges.

He’s 37-year-old Aaron Nysus of the 3400 block of Notre Dame Street in Hyattsville. Detectives took him into custody again this morning. He is facing a new charge of first-degree burglary. The PGPD had arrested him last Friday on five previous charges but he posted bail and was released from the Department of Corrections the same day.

Nysus is now charged in connection with a break-in on November 16th at a residence in the 4600 block of College Avenue. In that case, one victim awoke to Nysus in the home, which is a sorority house. Nysus fled moments after the victim woke up. Detectives have since spoken to a second victim in that home who advised a personal item was taken during the break-in.

In the other incidents, PGPD officers were called to an apartment building in the 4300 block of Hartwick Road on December 8th. They spoke to a victim who told officers that at 5:45 am, she awoke to the sound of her front door opening. She went to investigate the noise but didn’t find anyone in her apartment. Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the building and saw that Nysus was the suspect who broke into her apartment. He also was seen on surveillance video checking the doors of approximately 25 apartments that same morning. He walked into three other apartments while inside of the building. He stayed in each of those apartments for several minutes. In each of those cases, residents were inside and unaware of his presence.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives identified Nysus and obtained an arrest warrant which was executed on December 13th. During the search of his home, items of evidence were also recovered linking him to a break-in in an apartment on November 17th in the 4000 block of Knox Road. In that case, the victim woke up to Nysus standing by her bed. He then ran from her apartment.

Nysus is now charged with first-degree burglary and five counts of trespassing/peeping tom and fourth-degree burglary.

Please call detectives if you have information on Nysus or are concerned you’ve been victimized by Nysus. They can be reached at 301-699-2601.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

December 2019 Leaf Collection Calendar

TIPS – THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF LEAF COLLECTION!

  • Bagging is not necessary during leaf collection with vacuums. Grass can be included in your leaf piles, but no sticks, branches, vines, or woody materials (as these items require a special collection).
  • Rake leaves to the curb but do not put them in the street. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains as the leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. These items damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable as dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • If you put your soft yard waste (grass, leaves and weeds) in bags or containers they will only be collected when the leaf vacuum is scheduled to be in your neighborhood. Weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are suspended during curbside leaf collection period.

Have a Complaint about your Energy Supplier? PSC Can Help

Maryland Public Service Commission will now share certain information regarding complaints filed by customers against electric and natural gas suppliers. The information will assist customers shopping for an energy supplier to make informed decisions regarding the selection of a supplier or to follow up on a contact made by a supplier agent. Maryland utility customers have the option of buying their energy commodity from companies other than their local utility (e.g., BGE, Pepco, Washington Gas, etc.). While the Commission does not regulate the prices competitive suppliers charge, it does license them and oversees their behavior in the energy marketplace to ensure compliance with the Commission’s regulations and consumer protections. The Commission’s Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) investigates complaints received by customers.

This information, to be posted in a quarterly report here, will include raw data regarding retail energy suppliers that receive three or more complaints in a given month. The data will also contain monthly and cumulative totals of complaints received during the fiscal year, the issues alleged in the complaints, and how complaints have been resolved. In Fiscal Year 2019, CAD received and investigated more than 700 complaints involving retail energy suppliers.

“Maryland’s competitive energy marketplace empowers customers to choose a supplier that best meets their energy needs, but we are increasingly concerned about those suppliers who don’t play by the rules,” said Jason M. Stanek, Commission Chairman. “We believe that posting complaint numbers, similar to what is done in other states such as New York, will hold suppliers accountable and provide greater transparency to the public, consumer advocates, and legislators. While these numbers don’t tell the whole story of customers’ experiences with a supplier, it’s one more piece of information that consumers can consider when shopping for an energy supplier,” Chairman Stanek said.

In recent months, the Commission has increased its enforcement and oversight of retail energy suppliers, including taking action against a natural gas supplier (SmartOne Energy) for enrolling customers without their consent—a practice known as ‘slamming.’

The Commission revoked SmartOne’s license to do business in Maryland and levied a record $561,000 civil penalty. Four other formal complaint proceedings, initiated by the Commission’s Technical Staff, are currently in litigation before the Commission’s Public Utility Law Judge Division. Those cases involve Atlantic Energy Maryland, LLC; Direct Energy Services, LLC; SmartEnergy Holdings, LLC; and U.S. Gas & Electric (also known as Maryland Gas & Electric).

Customers shopping for electricity supply can review these Frequently Asked Questions on the Commission’s website which may help in the decision-making process:

Consumers with complaints involving energy suppliers can file them by visiting this link on the Commission’s website:

(Source: Public Service Commission)