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Cat Adoption Fridays & Keep the Litter Away

$5 Cat Adoptions Fridays are back. Every Friday starting in May through October, cat adoptions are only $5. Each adoption includes spay/neuter, current & age-appropriate vaccinations, & a microchip. Applications must be received on the event date.

The Animal Services Division is offering qualifying residents of Prince George’s County the opportunity to receive FREE spay and neuter services. For more information and to find out whether you qualify, contact Catherine Hernandez at 301-780-7252. Spaying and neutering will help your pet live a healthier and longer life and “Keeps the Litter Away.”

To keep up with upcoming services visit princegeorgespets4us.com.

Prince George’s Council Passes Property Tax Credit for Older Residents

The Prince George’s County Council, during a session on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, unanimously enacted CB-29-2022, legislation proposed by District 8 Council Member Edward Burroughs, establishing a 20-percent Property Tax Credit for eligible Prince George’s County seniors.

Under the legislation, residents 65 and older who have owned their homes for at least 10 years, are eligible for a 5-year, 20% Property Tax Credit. The limit on the property’s value is $500,000, indexed upward annually by 3% for normal inflation. The Property Tax Credit will remain in place for a period of up to five years.

Today: Public Safety Bike Rodeo @ IKEA @ 5 p.m.

Please join your neighbors at the College Park IKEA at this bicycle safety clinic featuring bike safety inspections. There will be opportunities to show your skills in the course and get FREE giveaways and much more. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-safety-bike-rodeo-tickets-358661033807?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The event is organized by your Public Safety partners, the Prince George’s Police Department, and others. Details below.

Independence Day Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule

All City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of he Independence Day holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, July 7, 2022

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2022 of this holiday week. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.

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Summer 2022 Street Resurfacing Project

On or about Tuesday, June 28th NZI Construction Inc., working for the city, will begin milling the following street (shown on the attachment) in preparation for them to be resurfaced on or about July 8th.

4700-4800 Block Indian Lane
4700-4800 Block Fox Street
9400 Block 48th Place
5000 Block Eutaw Place
5000 Block Cheyenne Place
5000 Block Cherokee Street

Door hanger notifications will be hand-delivered to each of the affected properties on Monday, June 27th.

These streets are located within Council District 1.

Washington Gas was so kind in resurfacing the 4900 Blocks of Indian Lane and Fox Street, and the 9400 Block of 49th Avenue for us.

If you have any questions, please contact the City Engineer Mr. Steve Halpern.

Rhode Island Avenue Temporary Road Closure On Monday, July 4, 2022

Monday, July 4, 2022 |  11:00 am | Rhode Island Avenue

Join the City of College Park in celebrating Independence Day at our Fourth of July parade! Spectators can line up along Rhode Island Avenue to see local groups, organizations, entertainers, and performers.
If you’re driving to the parade, park in residential areas near the parade route and Duvall Field. Parking enforcement will be relaxed.

Rhode Island Avenue will be temporarily closed to non-local traffic on Monday, July 4, 2022 beginning at 10:00am and until approximately 12:00pm for the City of College Park’s Fourth of July Parade. During the closure, driving and parking will be prohibited on Rhode Island Avenue between Cherokee Street and Hollywood Shopping Center. All intersections leading to Rhode Island Ave will also be closed. Only local traffic will be permitted at Hollywood Shopping Center, Blackfoot Place, or Cherokee Street.

To avoid the parade route, northbound drivers are encouraged to use MD 193 to Route One, and then take a right onto Edgewood Road. Southbound drivers are encouraged to take Edgewood Road to Route One and turn left onto MD 193.

Police will be in attendance to assist drivers; we apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

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City Posts Signs Prohibiting Loud Modified Exhaust Systems

A sign stating the prohibition of loud modified systems on Rhode Island Avenue, north of MD 193.

A sign stating the prohibition of loud modified systems on Rhode Island Avenue, north of MD 193.

In recent years, residents have been complaining about very loud noise caused by vehicles with modified mufflers. This has become a health and quality of life issue for many residents.

In order to curb such loud noise,  the City has recently installed ‘Loud Modified Exhaust’ signs at ten (10) locations throughout the city.

Signs display messages prohibiting loud exhaust systems both in English and in Spanish.

Here is the list of locations where these signs have been posted:

  1. Eastbound Calvert Road, at the Eastern edge of Zips Parking Lot
  2. Northbound Edmonston Road, across from Radcliffe Drive
  3. Southbound Edmonston Road at Bryn Mawr Road
  4. Eastbound Berwyn Road at 48th Avenue
  5. Eastbound Edgewood Road at 47th Place
  6. Southbound Rhode Island Avenue, South of Edgewood Road
  7. Northbound Rhode Island Avenue, in front of 9015 Rhode Island Avenue
  8. Northbound 51st Avenue, North of Branchville Road
  9. Southbound 51st Avenue at Indian Lane (Place to Face Southbound Traffic on 51st Avenue)
  10. Northbound St. Andrew’s Place, on Traffic Island Entering the College Park Woods

More signs may be deployed, as necessary.

I want to thank our staff for putting these signs.

Senior Event in College Park Tomorrow, and Every Thursday

This summer and including tomorrow, Neighbors Helping Neighbors College Park (NHN-CP) is teaming up with Proteus Brews/Proteus Bicycles to offer a Summer Seniors Coffee Social every Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30 AM.

All you need to do is show up when you can. And, please bring along your friends and neighbors! Everyone is welcome; we won’t be asking for proof of age.

Proteus is located at 9827 Rhode Island Ave, in the Hollywood shopping center where the MOMs is also located. The shopping center has a large parking lot and there is a bus stop on Rhode Island Avenue just above the shopping center. Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ volunteers can also offer rides, for those who would prefer to travel this way.

The owners will very generously offer a 15% discount for all drinks, pastries, and ice cream bought between 9:30-10:30! (Here’s the menu.) The shop has a nice outside eating area in the shade and has tables in the cool air-conditioned inside. There is a voluntary mask-wearing policy.

If you would like a ride, please contact NHN-CP’s Coordinator at coordinator@nhn-cp.org or 301-222-3434.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors College Park (NHN-CP) offers a community of volunteers who act as a safety net for our aging residents and people with disabilities, to allow them to stay in their homes for as long as they like. Volunteers do this by helping members with transportation, household and yard chores, small home repairs, friendly visits and phone check-ins, and technical assistance. These are everyday activities that may have become difficult due to physical or cognitive limitations.

NHN-CP is part of a national Senior Village movement of grassroots, volunteer-driven community organizations. We don’t replace or duplicate government services or family assistance, but instead seek to provide a resource when those avenues of assistance are not available.

Membership is free; contact our Coordinator, Paula Greene, at 301-222-3434 or by email to be added to the list and to request assistance.

Signing up to volunteer is simple: Fill out a brief form available on our website and we will be in touch soon!

For more information, please contact, Carissa Janis, Director of Outreach and Interim Volunteer Manager, Neighbors Helping Neighbors College Park. www.NHN-CP.org

Protecting City’s Pollinator Habitats During Pollinator Week – June 19-25

This week, June 19-25 is the National Pollinator week. At tonight’s meeting, the City Council made the following proclamation encouraging residents to participate in community activities that support and celebrate pollinator protection.

WHEREAS, College Park is home to many native wildlife and pollinator species such as birds, bees, hoverflies, and other insects, including leaf-cutter and mining bees, bumblebees, and monarch butterflies as well as hummingbirds, which keep our environment healthy and biodiverse; and

WHEREAS, College Park recognizes that human health ultimately depends on well-functioning ecosystems and that biodiverse regions can better support food production, protect healthy soil and air quality, and can foster healthy connections between humans and
nature; and

WHEREAS, College Park is working to build a healthy, sustainable, and wildlife-friendly community that brings the many benefits of nature to all corners of our community; and

WHEREAS, Pollinators play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Local native plant species and wildlife depend on pollination from many different types of organisms; and

WHEREAS, throughout urban communities, pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining sustainable urban agriculture particularly in local community gardens; and

WHEREAS, Pollinator species are in decline due to many human-driven actions, such as habitat loss due to urban sprawl, pesticide use, climate change and the spread of invasive species, causing many pollinator species to decline significantly; and

WHEREAS, National Pollinator Week is a national initiative that offers opportunities to individuals and communities to recognize the contribution of these members of our ecosystem, and help restore native habitat and support local pollinator species; and

WHEREAS, College Park will continue to support local, state and national efforts that protect, restore, and conserve habitat for pollinators, as well as foster a greater connection between residents and wildlife; and

New 123 Apartment Housing Planned in Berwyn

The proposed development is for a 7-story, mixed-use building, including 123 apartments and 2,300 square feet of retail. The Application includes a variation request to waive the Public Utility Easement (PUE) requirements along the street frontages. This undeveloped site (8421 and 8429 Baltimore Avenue) is located at the southeast corner of Quebec Street and Baltimore Avenue.

A Preliminary Plan of Subdivision (PPS) has been submitted by KindBild, LLC (Applicant) to consolidate existing lots into one parcel (proposed Parcel 1, 0.52 acres or 22,752 square feet).

The site is currently being used as an SHA staging area for Baltimore Avenue improvements. A Detailed Site Plan (DSP-21024) has been submitted, as required, and is currently in pre-acceptance. It will be reviewed at a later date. The tentative Planning Board date is scheduled for June 30, 2022.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the City Council consider supporting approval of the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision 4-21039 with the conditions contained in the city staff report.

City to Buy New Finance Software

City’s current financial software system is based on the AS400 platform – technology that was introduced in 1988. City staff believes it is imperative to replace and upgrade the existing, antiquated AS400 financial system for many reasons. In November 2021, the Finance Department set a goal of selecting a new software solution (with Human Resources features) prior to the end of fiscal year 2022. A number of potential software products were considered and evaluated.

Based on the quotes provided, staff is recommending Tyler Technology’s Tyler Munis software. For the success of this project, staff is recommending hiring a contract Project Manager (Gina Ford) for the software implementation. The Council will consider approving the contract with Tyler Technology for software implementation services for a total contract price of $470,535; and the related contract with Gena T. Ford for Project Manager for a total cost of $105,000,

Next Week’s Collection Schedule

All City of College Park offices will be closed on Monday, June 20 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, June 21
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, June 22
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, June 23

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, June 24. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.

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Celebrating Juneteenth..

Officially recognized as a City holiday since 2020, and a federal holiday since 2021, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

In 2020, the City of College Park officially recognized Juneteenth as a holiday to remember its historical significance and impact on American life.

Learn more about the Juneteenth, how the City is celebrating and recognizing it, how you can participate, and more here.

Summer Reading Program: July 5-21

The UMD Summer Reading Program is an instructional intervention program designed to help children strengthen their reading and writing skills. Trained reading teachers provide instruction in the areas of writing, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension. Students in grades 1 – 6 have multiple opportunities to read a variety of children’s literature and to participate in engaging, small-group activities.
The program is open to City Residents only and the deadline to apply is June 30, 2022. For details or to apply, please visit here.

Independence Day Fireworks Canceled for 2022. Fourth of July Parade still Scheduled


The City of College Park and the University of Maryland regret to announce the cancellation of the annual Independence Day Fireworks and Concert due to COVID-19’s continued impact on the supply chain. We apologize for any inconvenience and anticipate the return of the event in July 2023.

The City’s first Fourth of July parade is still scheduled for 11 a.m. July 4, 2022, on Rhode Island Avenue. The city is still looking for local groups and organizations to participate. Visit the City of College Park’s website (https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=363) for details and an application.

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