Hollywood Dog Park Construction Starts

In case you haven’t noticed, the construction has begun at the Hollywood Dog Park project. Sometimes a track loader is vital in such a construction project.

Erosion & sediment control devices & tree protection have been installed to prepare for ground-breaking following an initial inspection by Prince George’s County.

For some time, many of you have expressed interest in the creation of an open-access dog park. Mayor & Council approved a Design & Engineering contract in November 2018 to develop construction plans, bid specifications, and obtain required permits for the project on the Prince George’s County Board of Education parcel located in the 9300 block of 51st Avenue, just north of the Public Works property.

It is no surprise that dogs make a difference in the lives of individuals. It has been stated that dogs have been linked to reduced occurrences of psychological conditions, including depression, stress, and grief. Dogs are seen as companions and even best friends for some; therefore dog parks are important outlets for humans, as they provide recreational opportunities and bring together dog lovers of all ages and socioeconomic status.

In recent years, there has been an accumulation of evidence that associates dogs with physical, mental, and social dimensions of human health. Dog parks may provide a safe place for older people or people with disabilities who may not be able to walk their dogs. Dog parks provide areas where dogs can exercise and run freely while their owners can socialize. In addition, spending time with their dogs at the dog park reinforces the dog-owner bond, when planning to visit with your furry friend, you might also want to read this article about the liability of dog owners so you can be extra careful.

The park should be ready for use around early summer next year.

7 Year Young Cat Needs a Loving Home

A 7-year young male (fixed) cat needs a loving home ASAP.

This mellow sweet cat got all his shots, tests, microchip as of today and is ready for a caring, loving home. He is mellow, zen, and cuddly. Please send me a message if interested and share with caring animal lovers to help him to a new start. If you’re interested, please call Tina McCloud at yogatina@yahoo.com 

Maryland Launches COVID Phone Alert

The State has launched MD COVID Alert, which provides potential COVID-19 exposure notifications via a resident’s smartphone. Residents can turn on these notifications through their smartphones by following instructions from the Maryland Department of Health. The link to learn more and find the instructions is: https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/mdcovidalert/

Water Shut off Notice – Monday, November 30th

WSSC will Shut Off Water next Monday, November 30th as part of the US 1 Reconstruction Project.

The shut-off will be effective from 9: 00 p.m. to 5:00a.m. In the event of inclement weather or other technical problems, the water service interruption will be rescheduled for, Tuesday the 1st of December from 9:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.

• WSSC Water suggests you store water for short-term use. Water for consumption can be stored in clean glass or plastic jars. Water for other purposes can be stored in sinks, bathtubs, laundry tubs, coolers or pots. Please make sure that large containers of water are not accessible to children.
• When your water service is restored, you may experience discolored water or have air trapped in your water lines.
• Discolored water may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it is safe. However, WSSC Water does not recommend using discolored water to do laundry, as clothes can become stained.
• After water main repair work is completed in your area, flush the COLD-water lines in your home or business using the following steps:
o Run all COLD-water taps for about five minutes or until the water runs clear.
o Begin with the lowest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your lowest floor to your highest.
o Once the water runs clear, usually in five minutes or less, turn off your faucets in the same order, lowest to highest.
o You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines.
• If the discolored water persists after running your cold-water lines for five minutes, please report it to the Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 or emergencycallcenter@wsscwater.com.

• Lane Closures Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and expect lane closures, as crews work in the [North and South bound lanes of U.S. RT 1 and Campus Dr. Safety cones will be in place to keep the work zone safe.
• Home Access: WSSC Water will ensure residents have access to their homes during work hours. CONTACT INFORMATION/QUESTIONS
• On-site WSSC Water Inspector: Carrance E. Newsome, cell phone 301-771-1063 Carrance.Newsome@wsscwater.com
• WSSC Water Technical Contract Supervisor: Calvin Johnson, 202.594.6800, calvin.johnson@wsscwater.com

More can be found here.

Shop Local – This Saturday

We should continue to reinforce safety messages from the Health Department about shopping safely during the holidays, especially by shopping online, but we definitely want residents to consider supporting our small and local businesses for their holiday shopping. Shop local. Shop College Park. Shop Prince George’s!

All City Offices will be Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

All City offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 26, 2020, and Friday, November 27, 2020, for the Thanksgiving holiday and the day after.

Public Works will not do any special collections will occur during this week.

Maryland And Purple Line Contractors Settle Lawsuit, Will Move Forward With the Project

Maryland and its partners – Meridiam, Star America, and Fluor – today announced they have reached a $250 million agreement that settles all outstanding financial claims and terminates the current litigation between the parties regarding the Purple Line project, MDOT has announced in a press release.

A formal settlement agreement will go before the Board of Public Works (BPW) in December for review and approval. With this progress in the negotiations, the parties have agreed to put all pending claims and litigation on hold pending BPW review of the settlement agreement.

It’s still unclear when the project will be complete. The latest estimates put it at some time in 2024, years behind schedule.

Winter Fly In: Live Stream Event at the College Park Airport – December 5

It’s time for the College Park Aviation Museum’s annual Winter Fly In! Things are a lot different this year, but we are able to keep our annual tradition of having Santa fly into the College Park Airport.
From the comfort of your home, watch Santa fly into the College Park Airport at 10:30 am on Facebook Live!

You can choose to continue the fun and register for an afternoon photo with Santa and pick up a craft kit outdoors at the College Park Aviation Museum.

Registration is required for the afternoon portion and tickets and more information.
For more information and questions, contact Jamie Jones at jamie.jones@pgparks.com.

Holiday Travel and Meal Guidance

College Park’s Original Ledo to Close its Doors Tomorrow. New Ledo and Juicery to Start Soon

The original Ledo restaurant, College Park

After operating 65 years of business in College Park, and Adelphi, the original Ledo restaurant is closing its doors as early as tomorrow.

The owners listed the business for sale in January 2020, as the owner was looking to retire.

In a few months, the restaurant will return under new management. Greenbelt based Chesapeake Hospitality VIII, LLC has signed a lease with the City of College Park. The City owns the 5,800 square feet of rentable space at 4509 Knox Road store and the parking garage on top of the store.

The City Council approved the lease agreement at last Tuesday’s Council meeting.

According to the lease agreement, Chesapeake Hospitality will sublease about 2,000 square feet of the space to Annapolis based Rutabaga Craft Juicery, LLC

Chesapeake Hospitality will operate a sit-down, self-service carry-out / curbside delivery or catering restaurant which features Pizza and related products which may include subs, sandwiches, salads, wings, pasta, desserts, smoothies, ice creams, beverages, plus Rutabaga juice bar.

Hours of operation of the new business are expected to be from 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

The date Ledo Restaurant, Inc. transfers possession of the Premises to the Tenant with the consent of the City. They expect to go to the settlement very soon.

Last Market Day for the 2020 Season!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Hollywood Farmers Market’s 2020 season. Please try to stop by the market and say thanks to the vendors and members of the market board who have been serving the market this year. All vendors are expected to be there. Please see below tomorrow’s market newsletter.

Vol. 6 Issue 30

It is hard to believe that the market season is coming to a close this weekend.  It has been a wild and crazy year.  Thank you so much to our customers, volunteers and vendors!  Working together, we were able to keep everyone safe and also supply essential items to our community.  We hope when the market starts back up in May of next year, that we are able to do so in a way where we can spend time chatting with our friends and neighbors.
The Hollywood Boards hopes everyone has a safe and happy winter season!

Welcome back Sharrah Orchard!  Nathan is bringing fresh apples and delicious cider.  Wonderful for these perfect fall days!  Victory Chapel Family Farm is also back for the weekend!  Make sure you stock up on your locally grown, fresh honey!

The Market’s Covid-19 guidelines
We are following the guidelines set up by the City of College Park.  They can be found here: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/312/COVID-19-City-Updates
  • Please enter the market by the charging station and exit by the back corner of MOM’s.  If you want to reenter the market, please go back to the entrance.  This will help us keep customers socially distanced and our market safely organized.
  • If you are coming to the market for just one vendor, please enter the market by the charging station and follow the guidance of our volunteers.
  • Please tell the vendors what you would like to order and they will pick the products for you. Please do not touch the produce.  
  • Keep a distance of 6ft between you and the vendor and the next customer. 
  • Thank you for your patience and following our guidelines.
  • Lastly, please continue to wear your masks.  🙂
Our Vendors:

Alcoba Coffee
Jose Castillo
13oz. bags of Guatemalan Coffee in Light, Medium or Dark Roast both ground and whole bean ($10.00 per bag)
You can purchase at the market or by emailing Jose at: jose.castillobeza@yahoo.com

Backyard Boogie Gardens and Baking

Dylan Banker
Backyard farmers with fresh seasonal produce, micro-greens, herbs, & freshly baked goods
Click HERE to see a list of their products.  Or check them out on Facebook @backyardboogiegardens

Calvert Farm
Pam Stegall

Calvert Farm is a small family farm that uses Eco-sustainable practices.
Farmer Pam would be happy to serve you at the market. Calvert Farm takes FMNP coupons.
Calvert’s website is: http://www.calvertfarm.com/ and you can always reach Farmer Pam at: farmer@calvertfarm.com or Facebook @CalvertFarm

Janelle Aguilera-Daley
Janelle’s Crumb Shoppe Bakery

From Pineapple Upside-down Cake to cupcakes- Janelle makes it all.
Find Janelle on Facebook @janellescrumbshoppebakery or email  janellescrumbshoppebakery@gmail.com

Profish LTD.
Tim Lydon

Finest fresh sustainably harvested seafood.  Check out their website HERE

Sharrah Orchard
Nate Sharrah

Family owned Sharrah Orchard is located in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania near Gettysburg.
Nate would be happy to take your order online HERE but you can also purchase at the market

Thai Amity Kitchen
Balloon and Peter

Delicious, freshly made Thai food and drinks.
Check out their Facebook page @thaiamitykitchen

Twin Valley Distillers
Edgardo Zuñiga 
They use locally sourced grain to produce the highest quality whiskies, and pride themselves on sustaining the local ecosystem with their farm partners.
Twin Valley Distillers will be at the market on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Visit their website HERE

Victory Chapel Family Farm
Lorne Williams

At Victory Chapel Family Farms our honey is produced sustainably and locally in the Washington Metro area. The bees forage local multi- floral nectar sources. Raw honey is extracted from the honeycomb without heat or filtration, and packaged immediately, thus capturing all the flavor and aroma of honey. Currently we only have 1 pound containers of honey priced at $10.00 per pound.  You can purchase at the market or order online at Local Honey

Waltz Family Farm

Jay and Laurie Waltz
Waltz Family Farm, raising and selling Beef, Pork, Lamb, Eggs and Cheeses
You can purchase online at: https://www.farmmatch.com/ or at the market

Craft Vendors
For the safety of our vendors, our craft vendors will not be at the market this year.  Below is the list of vendors who have a website you can purchase items from in case you are saw something last year.
Designed Naturally: http://www.dnseaglassandmacrame.etsy.com/
Phoeboo Designs: http://phoeboodesigns.com/
Dearheart Woodwork on Instagram @Dearheartwood

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

Congratulations, Bonnie McClellan to Receive the 2020 Jack Perry Award

John “Jack” Perry

At this week’s meeting, the City Council approved Bonnie McClellan as the recipient of the 2020 Jack Perry Award.

The City Council established the Jack Perry Award back in 2013 to “recognize a College Park resident who has participated to an extraordinary degree in neighborhood, civic or municipal affairs within the City in a manner that improves public spaces, fosters community cohesion, eradicates blight, informs discussion of public issues, provides leadership, and/or furthers the best interests of the City as a whole.”

Ms. McClellan has been an active member of the Neighborhood Watch program. She recently participated in the city’s Labor Day Porch Play event where she arranged music for our street’s enjoyment on a wonderful Sunday evening.

She has been active on the College Park Seniors Committee and in the Explorations on Aging group, making sure that the needs of seniors are adequately addressed in College Park.

Also, Ms. McClellan has recently been involved with Route One Communities Care, an organization helping restaurants and area residents experiencing food insecurity.

November 2020 Leaf Collection Calendar

It’s that time of the year. The City has started curbside leaf collection. During curbside leaf collection season, November through mid-January, you can opt to rake your leaves to the curb when the leaf collection crew is scheduled to come through your neighborhood.
City has started

During Curbside Leaf Collection, signs are posted in your neighborhood in advance of the scheduled collection dates. To ensure collection, put leaves out by the first day listed, calendar may show more than one day, but we only collect once per street, per collection cycle. The collection calendar will be updated as the schedule changes. Look for signs posted in your neighborhood.

Thanksgiving Food Donations at the College Park Food Bank

The College Park Food Bank is planning to provide turkeys to everyone who visits them on Nov. 21. If you are able, they are seeking donations of frozen turkeys (8-12 lbs) to be dropped off on Fri. Nov 20, 4:30-6:30 pm. Please sign up today so that they can plan accordingly. http://bit.ly/Donate-a-Turkey

New Cherokee Street Sidewalk will Help Connect Route 1 and Rhode Island Ave with Safe Walking

Great news for pedestrians! A new sidewalk on Cherokee Street will connect Route 1 and Rhode Island Avenue with safe walking.

Currently, there is a sidewalk on Cherokee Street in front of the Metropolitan apartment complex. A new sidewalk is being constructed on Cherokee Street at the Route 1 intersection

A large part of  Cherokee street currently doesn’t have a sidewalk, especially between Rhode Island Ave and 48th Place.

The City took up a project to build a sidewalk along this segment of the street several years ago.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving a resolution of support for the submission of the CDBG PY 47 application for this Sidewalk project.

As part of the project, two roundabouts will be constructed at two intersections on Cherokee street – one at the 48th Place intersection, and the other at the 49th ave intersection.

Staff is recommending that the City apply for PY 47 CDBG funding to construct a sidewalk on the north side of Cherokee Street between 48th Place and Rhode Island Avenue. This project will support the City’s pedestrian connectivity goals.

Proposed sidewalk on Cherokee street

This project was identified and prioritized based on the recently finished Complete and Green Streets Implementation Plan that identified five key street segments and prepared 30% design plans.

The estimated construction cost for the Cherokee Street segment is $259,753. propose a request of approximately $237,203 in CDBG funds to complete the construction of this project.

There is an expected balance of $22,550 in unexpended CDBG funds from PY 45 that may be applied to this project if approved by Prince George’s County to supplement the PY 47 grant request.

The City will provide an estimated $77,926 for 100% design plans and permits funded through the Streets and Sidewalks CIP and City in-kind match of staff time on the project.

UPDATE: [2/6/2021] At the February 9, 2021 meeting, the Council is expected to award a contract of $46,019.35 for the design of the Cherokee Street sidewalk

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