Police Post Signs About Illegal Fireworks

Ahead of New Year’s Day, the PGPD has posted signs on Rhode Island Avenue reminding residents about illegal fireworks.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the nation saw a large increase in people being hurt and killed by fireworks last year. Many municipalities cancelled July 4th public fireworks displays during the COVID- 19 pandemic, which may have spurred consumers to use fireworks on their own.

“These tragic deaths and injuries are reminders of just how dangerous fireworks can be,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “Consumers should enjoy professional fireworks displays from a distance, and be extra vigilant when using consumer-type fireworks.”

A new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 2019.

At least 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 12 reported for the previous year.
About 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2020. There were about 10,000 ER-treated fireworks injuries in 2019.

Pre-Order Delivery for the Hollywood Farmers Market

The first PRE-ORDER DELIVERY is planned for Saturday, January 7th from 12-1 pm. Emails will be sent out soon. You must pre-order. If you want to be added to the email list PM the market your address. They will meet at Duvall Field, 9119 Rhode Island Ave.

Holiday Recycling Tips

What to Recycle?

Holiday Light Recycling

Holiday string lights, working or non-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market, 9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park. The string lights are collected for recycling beginning in December and continuing through early January.

Please remove lights from bags/packaging and place them in the designated holiday lights recycling bin in the lobby when you enter MOM’s Organic Market.

Battery Recycling

During the holidays, many batteries are replaced. Please be sure to recycle them properly.

All batteries can and should be recycled. If batteries, especially lithium-based ones, are thrown into the trash, they can cause a spark that could endanger individuals and surrounding property. Certain batteries, such as Nickel Cadmium rechargeable, can contaminate the environment if not properly disposed of. Batteries contain valuable elements, and recycling them can reduce the need to mine for virgin materials. Reclaimed materials from recycled batteries can be reused in other products. Consumer awareness is key to changing behavior and ensuring more batteries are recycled correctly and aren’t in landfills.

MOMs Organic Market and IKEA accept single-use batteries. Home Depot and Lowes accept rechargeable batteries.

Styrofoam Recycling

A drop-off container is at the entrance to Public Works for block Styrofoam recycling. Only block Styrofoam is accepted in the white cart. No peanuts, cups, plates, or egg cartons are allowed.

The ROCC Art Sale and Fundraiser Continues . . .

# 1 Come! VIEW & BUY In Person THIS SATURDAY, DEC 31, 10 am – 1 pm, The Church of the Brethren, Tuckerman Street & Rte 1, University Park.

# 2 BUY ONLINE: https://go.dojiggy.io/roccholiday2022 now thru Tues, Jan 4

# 3 If this isn’t a good time to acquire a piece of art, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Rte One Communities Care’s much-needed food pipeline: https://ckarcdc.org/grcrocc or https://www.feedrouteone.org

Winter Season for Pollinators

Where are the pollinators this winter?

When the summer growing season ends, pollinators find themselves in a hard spot. They have collected food (nectar, pollen, etc.) during the spring/summer, but now all the flowers are gone, and decisions need to be made if they are to survive until next year. When the warm season ends, pollinators have two options to ensure they or their progeny survive until the next season: migrate for the winter or stay and protect themselves against the cold. Since all pollinators who migrate (e.g., monarch butterflies, hummingbirds) are gone by now, let’s talk about those that need to protect themselves from the cold, and think about how we can help them survive.

Most of the pollinators in our region are adapted to spend the winter right here. How do they do this? Because many of the pollinators in our area are insects that can’t move, fly or feed if the temperatures are too low, insects in temperate regions like ours enter a physiological stage called diapause. During this stage, the insect’s physiological rate is reduced, and development is either stopped or slowed down until conditions are favorable again. If we want to protect pollinators, we don’t just need to provide food for them (e.g., plant flowers); we also need to make sure that wherever they decide to spend the winter months is safe from disturbances!

So, how to do this? First, it’s important to realize that each pollinator species enters the diapause stage at different times and places. Our native bees diapause in nests (solitary or communal), which can be built in various places, depending on the species. The majority of our bees are ground nesting, and they can enter diapause as early as the beginning of the summer and as late as the fall. For nesting, these bees usually prefer loose soils such as those that are sandy or rocky. Avoid disturbing the ground in places where nests are observed will be key to helping them survive until the following year. Therefore, if you see bees digging holes in the ground of your garden, you may not want to till that part of it.

Many bees nest in hollow twigs, that they plug to protect their larvae (note the twig ends that appear covered in this photo). Leaving them undisturbed during the winter will allow insects to survive until the following spring. Photo: A. Espíndola

The second most common place for bee nesting is in cavities, which can be in plant twigs and branches, or cracks in rocks or walls. These types of bees are also the ones that like nesting in bee hotels. If you would like to help these bees in your garden and yard, just leave the remains of your dry plants through the winter. Chances are that some bees have chosen this type of place to nest. Other bees prefer to build nests above the ground. You may have seen little mud “amphoras” or other structures made of little rocks that hang from walls. If you see these nests close to your house, try to not disturb them and keep an eye on them next spring!

Leaving the leaves on the ground helps protect insects and pollinators that nest in the soil or leaf litter from winter conditions. Photo: A. Espíndola

Other pollinators, like moths and butterflies, diapause in the leaf litter, on wood, or in the ground. They usually do so by enveloping themselves in dry leaves, digging themselves in the ground, or attaching their chrysalis or eggs on sticks and branches. Some of them also diapause as adults, hiding in wall cracks or small orifices. To protect these pollinators, you can leave parts of your yard or garden soil undisturbed and keep some of the fallen leaves on the soil instead of raking them in the fall.

From the City of College Park’s Bee City Committee

Holiday Closings

All City facilities were closed on Monday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday and Monday, January 2, 2023, in observance of the New Year holiday.

There will be no collections on those dates; all trash and recycling days slide forward one day (Monday collections will occur on Tuesday and so forth), and Friday is the only Special/Bulk collection day for those weeks.

Pipes Ready for Winter?

With the freezing weather, here are some tips from WSSC on preparing your home’s pipes for cold winter weather.

Cherokee Street Sidewalk Now Open

The sidewalk along the north side of Cherokee Street between 48th Place and Rhode Island Avenue is now open! This project was funded by a Community Block Development Grant and connects to the sidewalk west of 48th Place. Thanks to our staff for their help in completing this important project.

Winter Coat Drive 24-28 December, 2022

The Al-Huda school community will be partnering with a local public elementary school to collect coats in good, clean condition, which will be given back to deserving students and their families.

Impactful Winter Weather News

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch until tomorrow at 1 AM, a wind advisory until tomorrow at 8 AM, and a wind chill advisory until Saturday, December 24, at 7 PM for parts of Prince George’s County.

The National Weather Service predicts rain and mixed precipitation starting this morning, December 22, 2022, through December 23, 2022. The rainfall will be followed by winds and extreme cold, which could result in possible flash freezing. Please remember that the Department of Public Work and Transportation (DPW&T) crews are monitoring the roadways and will mobilize a Snowflake operation (salting operation of icy spots, hilly areas, and bridges) if necessary.

There may be last-minute errands that many of you may need to run before the holiday, but please avoid travel during inclement weather. If you must travel, exercise caution. For additional information and resources,

Residents are urged to monitor local weather forecasts as conditions may rapidly change/deteriorate. Snow, ice, and flooding rain threat early Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Rapidly falling temperatures could result in a “flash freeze” Friday and dangerously cold wind chill from midday Friday through Saturday night.

Strong winds may cause downed trees and power lines on Friday. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution depending on conditions and allow plenty of extra time for travel.

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Festival of Lights is Here!

Festival of Lights is here! Starting November 25 – January 1st at Watkins Regional Park.

Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 2023

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a time set aside each year, where we as a country, work together, serving others, to make our communities more equitable. We annually observe this day each year on the third Monday in January. As the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

The theme for the City of College Park’s 2023 Tribute to Dr. King is the Urgency of Now: One Community, One Love.

The City of College Park is providing multiple ways our residents can honor Dr. King’s legacy on January 16th and throughout the entire month, including The Art, Visual Art, and Essay Competition. This contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12th who live in the City of College Park. Students must submit their entry by Friday, December 30, 2022. Winners will receive a monetary award and be recognized in the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

For more information about activities celebrating Dr. King, visit City’swebsite.

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Get Public Works Gift Certificates for Your Gardener Friend or Loved One

Please contact the Department for further information.

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Free Driver Education!

Coalition for Public Safety Training in Schools is sponsoring a free scholarship Driver’s Education program for the 2022-2023 school year. You can register here before December 21, 2022. Classes begin January 22, 2022.

City to Offer ARPA Mental Health Assistance

The City has established programs to assist businesses, nonprofits, and residents in addressing the negative financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) has provided funds that the City is using for these and many other projects.

College Park residents of all ages may be reimbursed for up to $5,000 per household for mental health services received, OR invoices may be paid directly to service providers.

Learn more here.

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