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Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program

From late May through September, the City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations with spraying and larviciding.

The program consists of:
LARVICIDING STANDING WATER: Treatments are made monthly by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva that will prevent development into adult moquitoes.
SPRAYING TO CONTROL ADULT MOSQUITOES: MDA has designated Wednesday night for adult mosquito spraying the city (when thresholds are met). Spraying will only begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, please note that it is not from the State of Maryland. As a precaution, MDA advises residents to bring in pets, stay inside their homes and close their windows while the spray truck is in the vicinity. Please remain in your home for at least 30 minutes after the truck has left. If there are people outside when the truck passes by, MDA will not spray and will not return that night. Spray applications are made by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. The spray schedule shifts, and the frequency will be determined by surveillance data collected and complaints received. This means that your neighborhood may or may not be sprayed.

In order for MDA personnel to spray, they will first survey the area of concern using traps and landing rate counts, (they may also request access to your property to place a trap for their survey). If mosquito count thresholds are met, they may make a control spray application in the neighborhood, but please be aware that they do not spray individual properties.

Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services

Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing an exemption form annually and return it to:

Program Supervisor, Mosquito Control Section
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

If you don’t have a printer, the local office for MDA Mosquito Control in College Park has offered to send residents a form via DocuSign. To request the form be sent to you via email, please send an email to skeetermd1.mda@maryland.gov.

West Nile and Zika virus are both transmitted by mosquitoes. To help control the mosquito population in your community, remember to tip anything that holds water on a weekly basis (birdbaths, old tires, plastic children’s toys, tarps, pet dishes etc.)

For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc.), mosquito “torpedoes” slowly and continuously release an insect growth regulator into the water that prevents adult mosquito development for up to 2 months. The City offers mosquito torpedoes for residents – more information can be found on our website www.collegeparkmd.gov/mosquitoes.

Moving Out? Don’t Sump. Donate!

Pitch in while you move out! Help others and keep reusable goods out of the landfill.
To get rid of waste, you can drop off, schedule pickups (if available), or recycle. For more information, please Click Here.
Don’t forget, Saturday, May 21 is the final Spring Saturday Cleanup! This is the last opportunity to dispose of items without incurring a collection fee for bulk items. The Department of Public Works facility will be open for residents and off-campus student rentals to drop off bulky trash, white goods, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim. Visit this link for details.

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Help Us Maintain Our Voter Rolls

Because the state primary is approaching, residents of the City will soon be receiving a lot of election mail including voter notification cards. This is a perfect time to remind our residents about the important role they can play in maintaining our voter rolls. The announcement below reminds residents that if they receive a piece of misaddressed election mail, to mark “Not At This Address” and place it back in their mailbox. We would appreciate your assistance in helping us circulate this important message.

This Saturday – Book Sale! The Hollywood Elementary School PTA

Book Sale! The Hollywood Elementary School PTA is having its first book sale fundraiser this Saturday, May 14, at the Hollywood Farmers Market! The PTA will have books in multiple languages, for all ages! Come support your local school!

Popular College Park Parade will Return this Summer

1954 Hollywood Parade photo in Images of America: College Park (2005) by Stephanie Stullich and Katharine D. Bryant. Original Photo Credit: College Park Boys and Girls Club

Rebranded as the July 4th Independence Day parade, the popular College Park parade on Rhode Island Avenue will return this summer.

It will be held on Monday, July 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

There used to be a big parade along Rhode Island Avenue each spring to initiate the Boys & Girls Club season.  Community members, high school bands, military units, fire departments, scouts, local sports teams, etc took part.  There was a reviewing stand at Duval Field and according to some long-time residents, awards were given to different groups in the parade.  Opening day baseball/softball games were held after the parade.  It was very well attended.

The College Park Boys & Girls Club, which was founded in 1952, was responsible for the parades. Several residents recalled how the parade was an important tradition for the community. Debbie Herbert, a resident of Hollywood since 1961 and previous athletic director for the Girls Club also recalled details about the parade.

Herbert said the parade involved the sports teams, bands, majorettes, cheerleaders and floats as well as the fire department and police department. Her mother Edna Herbert, in fact, was the reason why she first got involved with planning the Hollywood parades.

Herbert approximated that the parades ended in the 1990s, possibly because of the decline of local children who participated in the Boys & Girls Club. “It was just a day to get everything going…. so all the teams would gather up down at REI when it first originally started it was over where the old police barracks was. We used to line up there and we’d take it all the way down Route 1 to Duvall Field. And then after that, after the parade was completely over the team would get out on the field and we’d play ball all afternoon.”

The City was planning to hold the parade as part of the 75th anniversary of College Park’s founding, however, had to cancel it due to the COVID outbreak. The plan was to invite various local community members to participate in the parade including elected officials, public safety organizations (fire, EMS, police), schools, marching bands, color guards, car clubs, and other organizations. The parade was to feature a reviewing station with professional judges to keep judging unbiased and an MC to announce groups walking by.

For the July 4th Independence Day parade, the City is inviting applications from interested City-based organizations and groups, including marching bands, military units, classic/custom vehicles, dogs/animals, equestrian groups, majorettes, fire/police vehicles, cheerleading squads, groups, performers, motorized floats, clown/humorist entries, girl and boy scouts, and many others. The parade will be limited to a family-friendly, general audience program.

Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in each category.

Entries must be received by 4 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2022.

The City Council has allocated necessary funds as part of the new FY 23 City budget to cover the expenses of the July 4th parade.

Greenbelt Road Corridor Plan Ready for Public Comments

The City of Greenbelt has recently shared the Draft Greenbelt Road Corridor Plan, which is now available for a public comment period beginning on May 10 and ending on May 31, 2022. This draft plan aims to create a cohesive vision for the future of the corridor and identifies short- and long-term recommendations.

You can read the draft plan here.

For College Park and the surrounding area, the plan has made the following recommendations

  • A new bicycle and pedestrian connections on Branchville Road and over the CSX tracks near Greenbelt Road
  • Remove one travel lane in each direction in most of the corridor area
  • Protected (separated) bike lane connections

Please see these and other recommended changes here. (please click to see the larger view)

The project team wants to hear any comments or feedback you have on the draft plan. Visit the project webpage to view and download the plan, submit comments, and find more information.

If you have questions, please contact Holly Simmons at hsimmons@greenbeltmd.gov or 240-542-2040.

Police Unity Tour – This Thursday

The weather looks great. According to Jamie Lark, the President of the Citizens Police Alumni Association,a nd a College Park resident, said they will be providing snacks and beverages for the riders while they take a break. She is asking bring your friends, signs, noise makers, etc

Let us Know What You Think about the New City Budget

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will host a Public hearing about the new FY23 City budget.

For FY2023, the budget proposes reducing the real estate property tax rate to 30.18 cents per $100 of assessed value. The total General Fund proposed budget of $30.46 million.

The budget includes an increase in personnel costs of $1.1 million over the FY2022 budget, attributable to merit/cost-of-living adjustments, a newly negotiated union agreement, four new full-time positions and 3 part-time positions.

FY2023 CIP capital outlay totals $17.965 million. The most significant budgeted capital expenditures include: (a) $5.03 million for Duvall Field renovations (b) $4.25 million for streets and sidewalks. (c) $2.01 million for Hollywood Commercial revitalization (streetscape) (d) $975,000 for the vehicle replacement program, which includes purchasing an EV trash truck. The FY2023 CIP also includes the addition of the North College Park Community Center project. The first-year funding (of 4 years planned) is $375,000 ( a total of $1.5 million).

The City has long-term debt for the construction of the parking garage and City Hall/UMD facility and renovations of Duvall Field. Required debt service (principal and interest) in FY2023 totaling $1.475 million for these bonds has been budgeted in the Debt Service Fund.

Council to Vote on Tree Ordinance this Week

After many months of discussion, the City Council will vote on the proposed Tree Ordinance at this week’s Council meeting.

City’s tree canopy has been decreasing over the years, especially in the residential areas, and the ordinance is expected to help preserve the canopy in the coming years.

The ordinance will require residents to get permits to remove or prune (more than 20%) trees with a circumference between 36 inches and 80 inches. Permits will only be issued in certain circumstances (such as a dead tree, etc.).

If healthy trees are removed without a good reason, a resident will be required to replace the tree or pay a $250-$500 fee, depending on the size of the tree. Fees may be waived due to financial hardship.

Owners will be subjected to a $1,000 fine for removing or pruning (more than 20%) trees without a permit or failing to install replacement tree(s). There is an appeals process.

If approved, the ordinance will take into effect from July 1st, 2022.

Staff is requesting funding for a new City Arborist FTE to manage the new permit application process and urban tree program.

When Should I call 911 ? Get the Answer from Police, Monday, May 9, 7:30 pm

Is it true that we should only call 9-1-1 when we have a true “life or death” emergency? Should we also call 9-1-1 if we see suspicious activity? What to expect when we call 9-1-1?

When it comes to public safety, “When to Call 9-1-1?” is probably one of the most frequently asked questions our residents ask.

Please join this Monday’s Public Safety meeting to get the answers directly from our police officers. William R. McGown, Operations Division Manager, Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications, will discuss 9-1-1 and non-emergency call-taking processes and requirements.

Join by Zoom – http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice, Monday, May 9,  7:30 pm

Tomorrow May 7 is Refugee Day! – from 1 – 4 PM

Tomorrow May 7 from 1 – 4 PM is Refugee Day! Join our new friends and neighbors @ Cambridge Community Center for food, sports, games, and more! The purpose of UMD Refugee Day is to welcome and celebrate the arrival of new friends and neighbors who have been displaced by crises in their home countries and currently reside in College Park and the nearby vicinity. Because of its proximity to both DC and several national and local refugee resettlement organizations, Prince George’s County has become a hub for refugee resettlement. Thanks to UMD for hosting the program. Please see below the parking locations for the event!

Hollywood Farmers Market 2022 Season Starts TOMORROW – Saturday, May 7

OPENING DAY!!!

Finally, the 2022 season of the Hollywood Farmers Market will open this Saturday. This has been a long wait.

Hollywood Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 7th from 9 am-1 pm.

You’ll find a great variety of farm-fresh Veggies, Fruits, Meats, Baked Goods, Cheeses, Eggs, Hot Foods, Honey, Coffee, Herbs, Veggie & Bedding Plants, Gifts and wonderful Live Music! The market is rain or shine. Located at 9801 Rhode Island Ave College Park MD.

  • Find lots of fresh veggies and delicious baked goods Saturday from Backyard Boogie Garden & Grill! Looking forward to seeing them again this year! Come hungry next week. Chef Dylan will be offering hot foods!
  • Sharrah Orchards is joining the market for its 3rd year! Be sure to stock up on Asparagus, Apples and other farm-fresh seasonal treats! We are excited to see them again.
  • Thai Amity Kitchen will be back as well. For this season they have a menu list on this post. And prepare the menu on the list only. Pre-orders is easy to pick up.
  • Are you ready to dig in the soil? Farmer Pam with Calvert Farm will have lots of seasonal produce AND many veggie plants, herbs & potted plants.
  • Waltz Family Farm is looking forward to the market day Saturday! Always lots to do on the farm and blessed with this beautiful sunset! You’ll find Beef Pork Lamb Chicken Eggs & Cheeses.
  • Welcome back Blue Berwyn Farm. Locally grown following organic practices. Lettuces, Arugula, Bok Choy, Tulips, Veggie seedlings. With a little sun maybe a few more goodies.

The location is 9801 Rhode Island Ave College Park, MD, in MoM’s parking lot.

If you’ve questions about the market, please contact hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

Budget Town Hall on College Park’s FY 23 City Budget

Children’s Mental Health Week: May 1-7

May 1 – 7, 2022 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in Maryland. This week, the City will be talking about the importance of being healthy not just in our bodies, but also in our minds. This means doing things to help ourselves and others feel better when we are feeling scared, angry, sad, embarrassed, or stressed and doing things to take care of ourselves.

Brought to you by the City’s Department of Youth, Family, and Senior Services. The Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services serves families through quality culturally-responsive clinical services and community-based programs that strengthen children’s well-being and family relationships. For more information, please email families@collegeparkmd.gov or call 240.487.3550.

HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS AS A FAMILY

With busy family schedules between work, school, and family life, it is often difficult to take a break and check-in with ourselves. Mindfulness is a practice that encourages people to be as present as possible, taking steps to slow down and notice what happening around us. When practiced regularly, mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety. Below, we share a few tips on how to incorporate mindfulness into your family’s everyday lives and even use information about the law of attraction or manifesting to improve our lives as well.

  • Get outside! Going out into nature is a great way to practice mindfulness. Ask your child to try and use as many senses as they can to experience what is around them. Ask them: what do you smell? What types of sounds do you hear? What kinds of trees, flowers, or animals do you see?
  • Become emotionally curious. Ask your child about the emotions they are feeling at any given moment. If your child is feeling angry, for example, ask what anger feels like in their body. What does anger feel like? Where do you feel it? Knowing words for emotions and identifying how those feelings are felt in the body are important components of mindfulness.
  • Give thanks. Practicing gratitude is another way to practice mindfulness. At a shared meal, have the members of your family each talk about what they are grateful for that day.
  • Just breathe. One quick and easy way to regulate the body is to breathe. The 3-4-5 Breath is one that the whole family can practice together: breathe in for three seconds, hold breath for four seconds, and breathe out for five seconds.

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Ride with a COP – May 14