How Has City Helped Residents and Businesses During Pandemic

In March 2021, the U.S. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA provides funding for many programs and services to residents and small businesses of College Park.

The graph below will illustrate some of the uses and positive impacts of ARPA funding in our community.

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RESCHEDULED: Community Forum on North College Park Community Center Feasibility Study

RESCHEDULED: Please join PG Parks for a virtual community meeting on the North College Park Community Center Feasibility Study. The meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00pm; register here: https://bit.ly/CommunityMeeting20740.

More information about the North College Park Community Center Feasibility Study, along with the survey link, can be found here

Scholarship Resources for Students

County Councilman Dernoga’s office has released a list of fantastic resources on how to get scholarships. Please see that below:

This is a busy time for students who have completed the college application process and now must decide which school to attend. Having put two children through college, I understand the anxiety that might come with making financial decisions about how to pay for education beyond high school.

Looking ahead and thinking about the needs of your young student, consider resourceful college savings accounts with Maryland 529 through the State of Maryland.

If your student is preparing to attend college in the fall, a comprehensive list of grants and scholarship opportunities is provided below. I hope you and your family will find the information useful.

Our students have access to additional financial aid, up to $5,000, through the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program, which is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The program is open to applicants who graduated from a Maryland high school or General Educational Diploma (GED) recipient who is planning to enroll, or is currently enrolled, at a Maryland community college as a candidate in:

  • a credit-bearing vocational certificate;
  • a credit-bearing certificate;
  • an associate degree program;
  • a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification; or
  • a registered apprenticeship program.

To learn how to apply for a Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, click here.

State and Local Scholarship Opportunities

There are many state and local scholarships available to Prince George’s County students. The Prince George’s County Public School System provides a comprehensive list of scholarships available here. Additionally, the Maryland Higher Education Commission maintains a list of scholarships from programs and grants across the state, click here to review the list. The Prince George’s County Community College also has a list of scholarships for first-time and returning students here.

Other scholarships are available from our State Senators and Delegates. Please click here to find your representative.

More scholarships and programs are available through the state.

Other helpful scholarship databases including the following:

Interested in Trade School? Click here to learn how to apply for Skilled Trade School through the Prince George’s County Community College. See below for scholarships for high school students and adults, and information about applying to be a firefighter.

Rabies & Microchip Clinic

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022 AT 10 AM – 2 PM

9217 51st Ave, College Park, MD 20740-1947, United States

The City’s Animal Control and Animal Welfare Committee are hosting a Rabies and Microchip Clinic for City pets on May 15, 2022 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Appointments are required – slots are individual, you can only register one animal per spot. Appointments are in 10 minute slots, and space is limited. All animals must be leashed or properly confined to a carrier. No walk-ins. Register here: https://may2022rabiesclinic.eventbrite.com.

City residents must be able to provide proof of residence to obtain free services.
Services will be discounted for non-residents as follows (exact cash only):

Rabies vaccine, $10.00 For 1 year or 3-year Rabies vaccines, the pet owner must have a current signed rabies certificate (1- or 3-year), and vaccines will be given at the discretion of the veterinarian.
Microchipping, $20.00

Please come no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Please remain in the vehicle with your pets, and wait to be called for your appointment.

City Seeks Advisory Board Volunteers

Are you interested in serving on a City advisory board?

Serve your community, lend your talents, and meet your neighbors. The following advisory boards have vacancies:

Advisory Planning Commission – Volunteer from District 1
Airport Authority – Volunteers from District 2 and 3
Animal Welfare Committee – Volunteers from all Districts
Bee City USA – Volunteers from District 1 and 3
Board of Election Supervisors – All Districts
Committee for a Better Environment – Volunteer from all Districts
Education Advisory Commission – Volunteers from Districts 1, 3 and 4
Ethics Commission – Volunteer from District 2
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tribute Committee – Volunteers from all Districts
Noise Control Board – Volunteer from District 2
Recreation Board – Volunteers from District 2 and 4
Seniors Committee – Volunteers from District 1, 3 and 4
Tree and Landscape Board – Volunteer from any District
Veterans Memorial Committee – Volunteers from all District

Interested in volunteering? Please complete and submit an application to jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov  or to your City Council representative by Monday, May 23, 2022. The Mayor and Council will make appointments in June 2022.   For additional information on City advisory boards, please visit our website at www.collegeparkmd.gov.

More can be found here on City’s website: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=350

Maryland Day 2022 – This Saturday

Maryland Day is back! The University of Maryland invites you to unlock a world of learning, discovery and exploration on Saturday, April 30, 2022 (10 am – 4 pm). Take part in hundreds of family-friendly events and interactive exhibits during a daylong celebration and inspiring journey across campus.

Council to Request Funds in Proposed M-NCPPC FY ’23 budget

At next week’s meeting, the City Council will send a letter to Prince George’s County Council requests regarding the proposed FY23 M-NCPPC budget.

M-NCPPC facilities and programs are extremely important for our residents. The City has partnered with the Commission on many projects and services, such as the shared use of our Youth, Family, and Senior Services facility and funding M-NCPPC provides for senior services.

The requests include:

(a) For several years the City has requested M-NCPPC fund a pedestrian bridge from the Paint Branch Playground to the trail on the western side of the river. This
small connection will greatly enhance access to the playground and frisbee golf course, the Aviation Museum, the tennis facility, and other amenities. Unfortunately, there has not been any money included in the budget for this project. The Council requests that M-NCPPC include capital funding for the north College Park Community Center in anticipation of the completion of the feasibility study this fall.

(b) The Council requests that M-NCPPC fund needed renovation and equipment replacement for the Hollywood Park, the Lakeland playground, and the Paint Branch
community center.

(c) M-NCPPC has funded nice improvements to the College Park Woods playground, but the gazebo is not ADA accessible, and we request funding for
that work.

(d) The City is fortunate to have many M-NCPPC trails used by residents for recreation and commuting. The Council requests that M-NCPPC fund trail lighting in high traffic areas of the trail system in College Park, particularly the Paint Branch Trail north of MD 193.

Tomorrow – Route One Rampage

Sunday, April 24
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Old Town

Note the Street Closures On Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the City of College Park will be closing several streets in the Old Town area for a collegiate bicycle race entitled “Route 1 Rampage.”

Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., driving and parking will be prohibited along the race course which includes: 4500 – 4600 blocks of College Avenue; 4600 block of Norwich Road; 7400 – 7500 blocks of Hopkins Avenue; 4500 – 4600 blocks of Knox Road; 7500 block of Rhode Island Avenue; and 7400 block of Yale Avenue.

Crossing of the race course will only be permitted on foot when bicyclists are not present. All driveways not directly on the race’s course are accessible to Baltimore Ave via other side streets. Please see the map below for more information. Expect traffic delays during this time.

Route One Rampage map

Zone 6 City permit holders who normally park along the race’s route need to relocate their vehicles to the City’s Parking Garage located at 4509 Knox Road (above Ledo’s Pizza) beginning on Saturday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Cars still parked on the race course by Sunday, April 24th at 6:00 a.m. will be towed to the lot behind The Hotel.

The public is encouraged to spectate at the Route 1 Rampage. This bicycle race is organized by the University of Maryland Cycling Team and draws collegiate riders from across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Please see the route map here.


Prince George’s County Forestry Board Tree Giveaway – This Saturday

Prince George’s County Forestry Board Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 23, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Watkins Regional Park‘s Nature Center
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
The Prince George’s County Forestry Board will be giving away 300 trees to Prince George’s County residents. These are 1′ to 2′ tree seedlings. Must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prince-georges-county-forestry-board-tree-giveaway-tickets-292278180907.
Please bring your driver’s license or any official identification card showing that you are a Prince George’s County resident and a plastic bag to put the tree in. Limit of two trees per family.

Earth Day Tree Giveaway Reminder

If you registered for the City’s first tree giveaway, please plan to pick up their trees this Saturday, April 23, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue).
Please bring a printed copy of your submitted form. The trees are 5-to-7-gallon size, and should fit in small vehicles. Bring a tarp or plastic to protect the car’s interior and contain soil in the pot when it is laid down for transport. Included with the tree are instructions on how to plant the tree and watering instructions for the watering ring.
Residents who receive trees during the giveaway are encouraged to use the water rings to establish the newly planted trees on their property.
Have questions? Email the City Horticulturist at horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov. Before planting your tree, please contact Miss Utility at 811 or via https://www.missutility.net/homeowner to request the underground utilities be marked to avoid future conflicts.
The City’s Tree and Landscape Board will be at the event and looks forward to meeting the residents of College Park at the Earth Day Tree Giveaway event!
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Drug Takeback Day, Saturday, April 30

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the University of Maryland Police Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration is participating in the 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. During this event, members of the community can safely dispose of their unwanted, unused and/or expired prescription drugs at the Pocomoke Building (7965 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD). This service is free and anonymous. No questions asked.

Collection sites will accept tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges like banana runtz cart provided lithium batteries are removed.

Drug overdose deaths are up 16 percent in the last year, claiming more than 290 lives every day. According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, more than 106,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021, marking the most drug-related deaths ever recorded, with opioid-related deaths accounting for 75 percent of all overdose deaths.

For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed—that too often become a gateway to addiction. Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts are directly in line with DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

If you will not be in the College Park area on this day, please visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ to find a collection site near you.

Community Meeting to Get Feedback about North College Park Community Center

Please mark your calendar. The M-NCPPC will be hosting a community meeting on April 28 to get feedback about the proposed community center in north College Park. Please see below a flyer about the community meeting.
Also, the M-NCPPC is asking us to fill out the following survey about the proposed Community Center in north College Park: https://forms.gle/s29usFn3s92HzknH8.
UPDATE (4/25/2022): The M-NCPPC told us that the domain for their RSVP system had been down for 3 days. While it is now up and running, they want to make sure as many residents can join the community meeting and provide their input. For this reason, they will be rescheduling the community meeting. As soon as we have a new date, I will share it.

City May Start Curbside Food Scrap Collection Program

In the FY23 City budget, Public Works made a funding request for $85,000 to start up a Curbside Food Scrap Collection program. The funding will cover the cost for the first year of a cooperative collection contract and necessary materials. At the budget meeting, I asked the DPW to make a presentation to present the details of the program.

The goal of the program was to begin the process of diverting food waste from the landfill, which comprises approximately 25% of discarded municipal solid waste, and to gauge the number of participants for possible expansion of the program. Food waste mixed with other trash disposed of at the landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas and takes up precious space at our landfill.

Currently, DPW has been managing several drop off locations and over the last three years, residents have dropped off and diverted over 75 tons of food scraps from the landfill. Diverting food scrap saves in tipping fees and provides the material for composting which is a natural aerobic decomposition of organic matter into nutrient rich soil.

As part of the proposed food scrap collection program, the city will partner and contract with a local vendor to provide the curbside collections and DPW coordinate delivery of carts to residents that sign up for the service.

Based on research and from other jurisdictional data, we expect an initial 30-day startup participation of approximately 5% (200-250) household participants to sign up prior to the start and the forecast growth to 13% (600) households by the end of year one with over 107 tons of food scrap diverted from the landfill. The cost per household is approximately $14.50 for the first 250 households and as subscribers grow, a gradual decrease in cost per subscriber as volume discounts are reached. We would estimate the program start date of September 1, 2022.

The food scrap carts available would be a 12-Gallon cart with wheels at approximately $35.00 each and an 8-gallon bucket with lid at approximately $20.00 each. Compostable liner bags are also required for each receptacle.

The Council can also decide to incentivize the purchase of the cart by absorbing a portion of the cost for those residents that sign up for the program by a certain date. At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will discuss the program.

Thank You for Keeping Hollywood Clean!

A big THANK YOU to all who came today to help beautify College Park. Several volunteers spent three hours cleaning up the Hollywood Community Garden, the Hollywood Park, Duvall Field, Gateway Park, and major streets.

Special thanks to the Public Works crews, who gave us the cleanup supplies and tools. They also did a fantastic job picking up the collected trash bags after the cleanup.

The event was attended by County Councilman Tom Dernoga, Councilwoman Kennedy, Councilwoman Whitney, and City Manager Kenny Young. Special thanks to Alaina Pitt and Todd Reitzel for leading the community garden and street cleanup volunteer groups.

Tomorrow – Hollywood Cleanup and Spring Egg hunt

A friendly reminder! Please join your neighbors to clean up and beautify North College Park. Volunteers will work together to clean up the Hollywood Community garden and the major neighborhood streets. All are welcome. Supplies will be provided, FREE bagel breakfast and FREE t-shirts for the participating volunteers. All are welcome. Please spread the word! Thank you!

Also, Come and join in on the fun at Duvall Field from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Saturday, April 16 for a morning of egg hunting, live music, hot cocoa, coffee (for the parents), and prizes at the City’s Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza! The Egg hunts are designed for children up to 12-years of age and will be organized by age groups! Registration is required, register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/egg-ceptional-egg-hunt-egg-stravaganza-registration-306598653827

Event starts at 10 a.m. however we are providing families with two egg hunting times to choose from, 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. This is a ticketed event. Click this link to secure your time.

Get your picture taken with the bunny of the hour, Peter Cottontail, sit and enjoy a kids concert, or make a craft with the College Park Arts Exchange.
Children are encouraged to bring their own basket. Volunteers will be on hand to help. For questions, email events@collegeparkmd.gov or call (240) 487-3500.