Solar Lights Added to the Hollywood Dog Park

Responding to many requests for lighting at the dog park, our Public Works was able to install a couple of solar lights in the dog park.

The addition of lights should be very helpful given it gets dark so early now. Hopefully, this will allow our neighbors to enjoy some of the early evening park visits.

Staff said they will monitor the effectiveness of the new lights. Please see the photo below. Thank you all for asking for this amenity in the park.

Help Support Local Charities on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 is #GivingTuesday, a national online fundraiser to encourage those who can, donate to various nonprofit organizations.

Please consider contributing to #GivingTuesday and serving  College Park and surrounding areas.

Many of these groups are working to address inequities in the community and assist residents in need during the pandemic. Only together can we collectively make a difference in our community.

Below is a list of College Park nonprofits that you can make contributions to:

Missing Dog?

A resident told me his neighbor found this dog and asked me to see if we can help to find the owner. The resident lives in Cheyenne Pl across Duval Field on the east side of Rhode Island Ave. Unfortunately, the dog doesn’t have a collar or signs of a chip.

Please let me know if you know the owner.

Today is Small Business Saturday. Let’s Support Our Local Businesses

When you Shop Small, you’re not just supporting neighborhood favorites – you’re investing in a community. Whether you’re a local or in town for the holidays, explore our small businesses near you – and Shop Small all season long. You can explore small businesses in College Park here: http://shopcollegepark.org Small Business Saturday in support of small businesses and merchants throughout the year. The City supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our communities, be sure to look into business productivity. According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 30.7 million small businesses in the United States that are responsible for 64.9 percent of net new jobs created from 2000 to 2018; and small businesses employ 47.3 percent of the employees in the private sector in the United States.

Community Meeting on Climate Action Draft Plan

The County has released a Draft Climate Action Plan, which is now available for public comment.

Residents can be part of the process to make Prince George’s County more climate-resilient, by participating virtually or in-person, in a host of scheduled Department of Environment community meetings to discuss the draft Climate Action Plan.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the draft plan, ask questions, and provide written comments.

REGISTER HERE for the virtual meetings. The next meeting is on November 30th.


COVID Boister Shots are Now Available to All County Residents

The Prince George’s County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics offer booster shots of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to any County resident age 18 and older following the FDA’s emergency use authorization, the CDC’s official recommendation, and the State of Maryland’s approval. Federal and state health regulators expanded the eligibility of booster shots to all adults who have received their initial two doses Pfizer or Moderna; booster shots for adults who received Johnson & Johnson were approved in October 2021.  Visit mypgc.us/COVIDvaccine for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations, including locations and hours of operation for vaccine clinics operated by the County and other public and private organizations.  For additional details, CLICK HERE

Kids Vaccination Clinic December 4

SAVE THE DATE: The County is again hosting another Kids Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, December 4 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Sports & Learning Center. There will be games, prizes, music, and more! The first and second doses will be available, as well as booster shots for adults. #ProudtoBeProtected

Construction Notification – Resurfacing of 51st Place

Please be advised that on or about Monday, November 29th  the City will begin milling 51st Place. The Resurfacing will be followed shortly afterward.  Weather permitting All work is expected to be completed by Friday.

  • Door Hanger Notification will be placed on all the affected homes today.  Construction barrels and parking notices will be placed prior to the work beginning.
  • Milling operation  -The road will be open to traffic during the milling operation and on-street parking will be prohibited.
  • Resurfacing operation – Only one lane of traffic will be maintained during the resurfacing operation and on-street parking will be prohibited.
  • We expect the milling operation to take one day followed by the resurfacing which will also take about one day.  During both operations, there will be construction vehicles of all sizes on the road.  If you do not need to drive on this road, please don’t.  This work is labor-intensive so be mindful of the construction personal working in the street.
  • Watch for construction barrels with further notifications.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your assistance.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact City Engineer Steve Halpern at shalpern@collegeparkmd.gov

Afternoon Aviators, College Park Aviation Museum

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 24, 2-3 pm, join the museum educators as we investigate a range of STEAM topics, and explore the multidisciplinary field of aviation. After a quick lesson about aviation, participants will be able to put their newfound knowledge to the test with a hands-on activity. This program will be offered every 4th Wednesday of the month at 2 PM and is FREE with museum admission.

Afternoon Aviators is ideal for learners 8-12 years of age. Register through Parks Direct with activity code CPAM-SPEC-GA-20211124.

College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive

Metro to Keep Reduced Rail Service Levels Through Year End

Metro announced today that Metro customers can expect to see current (reduced) rail service levels through December 31,

With no timeline established to return the 7000-series fleet in the interest of safety, and 6000-series railcars awaiting parts due to global supply chain challenges, incremental service improvements will be made during December as parts arrive for older model railcars.

Nearly 75 percent of Metrorail stations have trains arriving at least every 10-12 minutes, as many stations are served by multiple lines. More frequent service depends upon available railcars meeting safety standards, while Metro continues to test new inspection protocols for its newest 7000-series railcars, which were sidelined in October.

Testing to confirm that the new inspection intervals are sufficient to safely return the trains to passenger service is ongoing this month. Engineers, safety and operations teams are preparing a return to service and mobilization plans to reposition more than 748, 7000-series railcars. The railcars that have been in storage will need to be prepared for service and inspected more frequently once they are back in passenger service.

Metro typically experiences lower ridership around the holidays and is still operating with 70 percent fewer riders on average weekdays as the region recovers from the pandemic. Before the pandemic, rush-hour trains often carried approximately 100-120 passengers per car at their busiest points, and today trains are less crowded, with 50-80 passengers average per car.

The rail service outlook for January 2022 will depend upon the successful completion of the 7000-series test plan and restoration plan – both of which require acceptance from the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission – and the operational plan to remobilize the fleet for passenger service. Metro expects to update its service plans before the end of the calendar year.

Metro also is using this time to prepare for the launch of Silver Line phase two service, as testing, training personnel and resources are required to ramp up for the expected start of passenger service in 2022.

[Source: WMATA]

College Park Turkey Trot

College Park Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 25, 2021 | 9:00 am | Acredale Park

Join College Park parkrun, the City of College Park, Prince George’s County Parks and the University of Maryland at this Thanksgiving Day 5k along the beautiful Paint Branch Trail in College Park.

This is a free event; bring friends and family to join! Register at parkrun.us/collegepark; print out the barcode and bring it with you to the 5k.

DETAILS: bit.ly/collegeparkturkeytrot
Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

[City of College Park]

New City Hall to Open Next Month

The City has recently announced the opening of our brand-new City Hall on December 6, 2021.

The address of the new City Hall will be 7401 Baltimore Avenue (between Knox Road and Lehigh Road).

City Departments of Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Planning & Community Development, and Public Services will be moving to the new building. Please note our new address 7401 Baltimore Avenue (between Knox Road and Lehigh Road), but office hours and phone numbers remain the same.
For more details click here.
[City of College Park]

TOMORROW – The Last Market Day of the Hollywood Farmers Market

Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 20th is the last Farmers Market for the season. The market has a full vendor line-up. Great day to stop by. Open from 9 am-1 pm at 9801 Rhode Island Ave College Park MD.  In the MOM’s shopping center. Please stop by, and say Thank You to the wonderful vendors, and the market organizers for bringing this fantastic amenity to our neighborhood!!

Hollywood Community Walk – This Saturday at 9 am

The Hollywood Walk group will have their second walk this Saturday, starting t 9 am. They will start at Gateway Park and head to the Farmers Market and Proteus Brews. They will probably take a route through the western side of Rhode Island. If you live on the eastern side of Rhode Island and would like to meet for the walk to Gateway Park, meet them at the corner of Lackawanna and Narragansett at 8:40 AM.

Photo Credit: The Diamondback News

Ignoring Residents’ Outcry, County Council Approves a Gerrymandered Redistricting Map

The new County Council district map [Photo Credit: The Maryland Matters]

The new County Council district map. The finger-shaped area in College Park is added to District 1. Critics say this was to prevent a candidate from running in the upcoming County election.  [Photo Credit: The Maryland Matters]

Yesterday the County Council voted 6-3 to approve the latest County Council’s gerrymandered redistricting map. This happened after an intense public hearing, where 120+ residents spoke against the new map for nearly 6 hours.

Not a single resident spoke in support of the new plan.

Council members Dernoga, Glaros and Ivey voted against the new map.

The changes that the County Council made to the latest map are pretty significant, and they are done without consulting or letting residents know. Some of the Council colleagues even didn’t know about these changes, until the vote was taken last month.

It’s a very bad idea for elected officials to pick up their own constituents, and unfortunately, this is exactly what the County Council did.

The new map has taken out the Autoville neighborhood in College Park from the west side of the current County Council district 1, but the Calvert Hills neighborhood is added to the south of district 1. No explanation was given for these changes. The only explanation residents have – to prevent a Council candidate from running in the upcoming County election. That candidate currently lives in the Calvert Hills, and he has been campaigning in District 3 for months. The county charter states a person must live in a district for at least one year prior to running in a primary election.

There are other candidates who were expected to challenge incumbents in 2022 who were drawn out of their districts. For example, Krystal Oriadha was running for a seat in District 7. She lost by 30 votes in the last election and had already started campaigning for the next. The new map would move where she lives in Seat Pleasant from District 7 to District 5.

The video of yesterday’s hearing should be available later today or tomorrow at https://pgccouncil.us/303/County-Council-Video under Available Archives and yesterday’s date.

City to Make Some Changes to Rules on Parking of Prohibited Vehicles on City Streets

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider introducing ordinance 21-O-15 to amend, the City Code
(a) to eliminate weight and load capacity limits for vehicles that do not exceed 21 feet in length or 6 feet in width;
(b) to authorize the City Manager or designee to grant permission for a good cause to allow a prohibited vehicle to park on a City street for no more than 30 days; and
(c) to authorize the Advisory Planning Commission to hear and make recommendations to the Council with respect to requests for permission to park prohibited vehicles for longer than 30 days for a good cause; to amend City Code to define the good cause.

Currently, the City Council reviews ad approves the parking of prohibited vehicles on City streets. The longer and heavy vehicles will be still considered prohibited – the change will be that the approval will be made through the APC committee, instead of the City Council. The APC currently oversees variance applications of prohibited fences etc.