Phase 1B Vaccine Distribution to Start Next Monday

The County will move to Phase 1B along with the State of Maryland on Monday, January 18, 2021. The graphic shows who is eligible and outlines the process for how residents in Phase 1B can sign up. Individuals who are eligible in Phase 1B can sign up for appointments through http://marylandvax.org.

Gunshot Near Metro

There have been some inquiries about a gunshot incident near the metro. It happened last night at around 10:30 pm. According to the Police, there was a call for shots fired in the woods of 53rd avenue & Lackawanna. street.
Officers responded and saw a male walking with a rifle in his hand. He was arrested. Thanks to our police for doing a very good job!
Please stay safe and have a great weekend!

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Tomorrow’s NCPCA Meeting: A Hotel at the BP Gas Station, Budget Wish List, and More

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

At tomorrow’s NCPCA monthly meeting, developers will make a presentation of their plans for a hotel at the BP station site at Cherry Hill and Rt. 1. Please see the links to the plans here:

Hotel at BP Site Plans
Hotel at BP Site Latest Arch Drawings

The members will then get an update on the Beltway Expansion.

Following that, members will review the 2020’s budget wish list items and potential wish list items for FY2022 with District 1 and 4 Councilmembers Kabir, Kennedy, Mackie, and Mitchell. For reference, the following is a link to the NCPCA wish list for the FY2020 City Budget: NCPCA FY2020 wish list.

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 618 549 0686

One tap mobile: 13017158592

Please visit the NCPCA website at www.myncpca.org for previous agendas, meeting minutes, bylaws, and more! 

Membership in NCPCA is open to all adult residents of North College Park, and only members may vote in decisions of the Association. Please complete the membership on the website, and mail it with your dues payment to the address listed on the website.

Grocery Giveaway this Saturday @ 1PM

This Saturday, An Al-Huda School affiliated charity group is partnering with College Park United Methodist Church to bring pantry staples to neighbors. The distribution begins at 1 pm at the Church’s parking lot (9601 Rhode Island Avenue). Please see below for details and share with neighbors. Thank you!

City’s Noise Code May Get Some Changes

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Council will consider introducing Ordinance 21-O-01, amending Chapter 141, Article I, §141-9 to clarify that prior notice of a violation is not required before a municipal infraction is issued in emergency situations, and situations involving conditions and/or activities that are prohibited due to a declared state of emergency.

Chapter 141, “Nuisances”, Article 1, was adopted by the Mayor and Council to, in part, prohibit whatever is dangerous to life or health; whatever renders air, food, water or drink unwholesome or unfit for the use of people; and whatever odors or exhalations are offensive or dangerous to the public health.

This prohibition is enforced through the municipal infraction process, which also allows the City to request abatement of the violation. Notice prior to issuance of a municipal infraction is required by §141-9 and is used to encourage compliance with the City Code.

However, this provision was not intended to apply in emergency situations that require immediate action. This amendment clarifies that prior notice of a violation is not required before a municipal infraction is issued in emergency situations, and situations involving conditions and/or activities that are prohibited due to a declared state of emergency.

In those cases, a prior notice requirement would impede the immediate resolution of a significant public health danger.

The virtual Public Hearing is scheduled for January 26, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

A Day of Service in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the College Park Community Food Bank will be offering a Day of Service

With vital support from volunteers, donors, and partners, our community provides food to 300-400 families every week to help address the growing crisis of food insecurity.

How you can get involved:

  • Volunteer to help clean our food storage pantry
  • Volunteer to receive and sort food donations on site
  • Purchase and deliver non-perishables to the Food Bank
  • Host a food drive on your neighborhood block or among your friends

Sign up to volunteer and join us on Monday, January 18 at 9704 Rhode Island Ave in College Park for a meaningful day of service. Two available timeslots: 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Food donations can also be dropped off during these times; sign up here.

We hope you’ll join us in honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by serving others in the community.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” –Martin Luther King

Recent Incidents on Capitol and Emergency Alerts

There may be some heightened concerns regarding community emergency alerts and plans among some of you after events this past week on Capitol Hill.

First, please report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 immediately. “See something? Say something. ” If you want to share information on social media, please, do so only after reporting suspicious activity to 9-1-1.  Also, let’s avoid spreading rumors and unconfirmed information.

Any emergency alerts or directions, such as evacuation routes, would be situational, depending on the nature and location of an emergency. Prince George’s County Emergency Management and UMD Police send community alerts and directions notices.

City residents can sign up for County “Alert Prince George’s” and UMPD emergency notifications. Directions to sign up for these may be found on the City webpage under “Alerts”.  (at the end of this page)

Please attend next Monday’s Community-Police meeting, where we plan to discuss this and other public safety related issues in College Park. The meeting is open for all College Park residents.

When, 7:30 pm, Monday, January 11, 2020
Join by Zoom – http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 863 9609 7322 Password: 464259

Our Community Police meetings are regularly attended by the police officers who actually patrol our streets and officials who run City’s police programs.

Please make an effort to join, and spread the word. Thank you!

County Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Data Dashboard

In order to keep the community updated on vaccine distribution progress, yesterday, the County launched COVID-19 Vaccine Data Dashboard .

As of this morning, 4,058 Prince Georgians have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is only less than .5% of the county’s total population of more than 900,000 residents.

The County vaccination webpage provides estimated timelines on each phase to give residents an idea of when they may be eligible to receive the vaccine. Please note that these are estimates and are subject to change as we move forward with this process in the coming weeks.

At a press conference yesterday, the County Executive Alsobrooks said she expects to significantly ramp up our vaccine distribution efforts in the next several days to ensure that Prince Georgians who are in Phase 1A of our vaccine distribution plan can be Proud to be Protected against COVID-19.

The County is currently in Phase 1A of its vaccine distribution plan, with the current limited supply of vaccines going primarily to frontline healthcare workers, long-term care facilities, and first responders. Initial supplies of vaccines went directly to hospitals and pharmacies helping vaccinate staff and residents of long-term care facilities.

Vaccines received by the County Health Department are currently being used to vaccinate frontline workers who will be vaccinating the public, as well as frontline first responders and essential public safety personnel.

The County is opening the Sports & Learning Complex as a vaccination site today, January 7 for first responders in the Fire/EMS Department who have been notified by their supervisors that they are eligible for a vaccine, as well as State employees who are operating the testing site at Six Flags. The County anticipates opening the D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center as a vaccination site by January 18, and a site in Laurel by the first week in February.

These sites are not open to the public and will only be available to those who are eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1A and have an appointment.

The County has also worked to identify additional staff to support vaccination efforts, and it now has Health Department nurses, Fire and EMS personnel, school nurses who have volunteered to assist, and contract nurses that have been brought on to ramp up vaccine distribution efforts. In addition, the Maryland National Guard is sending the County medical and administrative personnel to assist in mass vaccinations starting tomorrow, January 7.

Data in the vaccination dashboard comes from the State of Maryland’s immunization information database, ImmuNet. The data for the County total includes vaccinations administered to County residents by facilities in Maryland, including hospitals that have received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, long-term care facilities receiving vaccinations through the CVS and Walgreens pharmacy partnership, and vaccinations administered directly by the County
Health Department.

Prince George’s County launched its COVID-19 vaccine webpage in mid-December, prior to the COVID-19 Vaccine Tele-Town Hall hosted by County Executive Alsobrooks on December 17. The webpage includes information about the County’s vaccination phased distribution plan, vaccine FAQs, graphics and videos, and the new vaccine data dashboard. The latest updates on the County’s distribution plan will be posted on this webpage, as well as other communications channels from the County. The community can access the COVID-19 vaccine webpage at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.

The County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has continued to rise, reaching 11.6 percent during the last week of December. The average daily case rate is also at the critical level, with 41.8 people per 100,000 residents contracting COVID-19 each day. The number of inpatients with COVID-19 has also more than tripled over the past two months

Special Meeting on City’s Sewage Backflow

Today at 10 am: COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Please tune in via Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube: the press conference will live stream directly from the County Executive’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or with the YouTube link on the County’s COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution plan.

The YouTube link for the live stream is below for your convenience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG1IOeYqu8k. #PGCCOVID19

City May Rent Office Space in North College Park for Seniors Program

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider a 5-year lease for Seniors Program office space at 10007 Rhode Island Ave, next to Gailes Violin Shop in north College Park.

Currently, the Seniors Staff is spread across 3 locations (Attick Towers, Spellman House, and United Methodist Church). Attick Towers has indicated that the space the Seniors Program occupies is needed by the Housing Authority.

As well, the office space the Seniors program occupies at the United Methodist Church is currently part of the space allocated to the Children’s Guild/Monarch Preschool’s space at the church and The Children’s Guild reserves the right to ask the Seniors Program to vacate the space if needed. City’s goal is to have the staff primarily located in one office space for cohesiveness and efficiency of workflow. Space for Senior Program activities is currently still available in the fellowship hall at United Methodist Church when gatherings.

The landlords have indicated that they would cover the cost of outfitting the space with partitions/office walls if the City enters into a 5 year lease; if not the cost of outfitting the space would be the responsibility of the City. The rent will be $1,500 per month, includes utilities, trash removal, char services, snow removal.

A Prosperous 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes and challenges to the lives of our neighbors. That said, I wish you and your families for a prosperous new year in 2021.
In North College Park, we hope to see some of the ongoing projects getting completed in the new year.
  • After many years of delays, the Hollywood Gateway Park finally opened last fall. This year, we should see a few more amenities being added to north College Park.
  • The Hollywood Dog Park should be ready for use around early summer this year.
  • The City Council is expected to award the construction contract of the much-awaited Hollywood Streetscape project at the February 23 meeting.
  • Also, early next month, we hope to award the contract for the design of the Hollywood Road Sidewalk project.
  • On the Duvall Field reconstruction project, the Council has awarded the final design contract last fall. Completion of the field is planned for summer 2022.
  • In the Sunnyside neighborhood, we should be also seeing Odessa Park getting constructed by this Spring.

College Park Interactive Crime Map, December 2020

The College Park PGPD crime map was generated from the PGPD crime data for the period of December 1- 27, 2020 (north College Park) and December 1 – 28, 2020 (south College Park). The interactive map can be seen here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1Mp2avYUUlH_Gu6rhuZLdMF2tYDZKajdc&usp=sharing .

Please attend next Monday’s Community-Police meeting to discuss these and other crime / public safety incidents in College Park:

When, 7:30 pm, Monday, January 11, 2020
Join by Zoom – http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 863 9609 7322 Password: 464259

Additional crime incidents inside the UMD campus and the surrounding areas can be found here on the UMPD website: https://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/incident_logs.cfm?year=2020&month=12

The “official” PGPD crime map will be posted to City’s website late next week: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety

South College Park:

4700 blk of Tecumseh St Vandalism
8100 blk of 48th Ave Stolen auto
4400 blk of Knox Rd Assault
8700 blk of Baltimore Ave Vandalism

12/8/20-12/22/20 None
12/23/20-12/28/20 None

North College Park:
December 1 thru December 11, 2020.
5000 Blk Branchville RD Theft from auto
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
5100 Blk Kenesaw St Theft
9000 Blk 51ST AVE Breaking & Entering.
9600 Blk Milestone Way Theft from auto

December 12 thru December 20, 2020.
9600 Blk 50TH PL Fraud
8600 Blk Baltimore Ave Shoplifting.

December 21 thru December 27, 2020
5900 Blk Cherrywood TER Theft from auto.
8600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft

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