Crime Prevention Tips on Wheel Theft

Lately, there has been an uptick in the theft of car tires/wheel rims in the area. The police are advising us to follow these tips to prevent such thefts.

Buy Lug Nut Locks
This solution involves replacing one of the lug nuts on each wheel with a lock, which requires a special tool to remove. For extra protection, you can buy lock kits for all of the lug nuts on your wheels. Just don’t lose the key, which you’ll need to remove the wheel should you have to change a flat tire.

Install an Alarm with a Sensor
Unlike standard car alarms, which alert you when your car has been broken into, alarms with sensors can detect a tilt or angle change if thieves try to jack up your vehicle.

Park in Secure, Well-Lit Areas
Thieves almost always strike at night, staking out areas where they’re less likely to be discovered, like a dark street without lights. Stay in areas where there’s more traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, and where there are security cameras, if possible. If you’re parking somewhere overnight, make sure your car is visible.

Turn Your Wheels
When you park your car, turn the wheels to a 45-degree angle. This will make it difficult for a thief to get the lug nuts off because the inner fender will likely be in the way.

Park Close To the Curb
When parallel parking on the street, park as close as you can to the curb. The closer your vehicle is, the more difficult it will be for a thief to put a jack underneath your car. While the street side of your car will still be exposed, at least the tires on the curbside of your car will be better protected.

Prevent Auto Theft
This should seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to fall into the habit of leaving your car unlocked as you drive or park in a relatively safe area.

Avoid Storing Valuables inside your Vehicle
Never keep valuables in your vehicle. This is an easy way to become a target of crime. In addition to the increased risk of a stolen vehicle, many criminals may break the window and steal your valuables. Your car may be left behind in this scenario, but you’ll still need to deal with a broken window and lost valuables. Usually, storing items in the trunk is safer than leaving them in plain sight.

More Changes Made to County Redistricting Map – Final Vote on Nov 16

At this morning’s session, the County Council introduced last Thursday’s “Davis” map, with some amendments.

For College Park and the surrounding districts, here is a quick summary of the changes from last Thursday’s map:

  • The University of Maryland is put back to District 3. According to CM Turner, this was in response to Dr. Pine’s letter he sent yesterday.
  • Downtown College Park (including City Hall), West College Park and College Park Estates, and Yarrow are also put back to District 3.
  • District 1 still includes some parts of south College Park – Berwyn, Lakeland and Calvert Hill / Old town (in addition to north College Park). According to Turner, this was in response to College Park Council’s desire to have 2 council members representing College Park. He didn’t say why MD 193 wasn’t used as the boundary between District 1 and District 3.
  • The Autoville and Cherry Hill neighborhoods appear to have moved from D1 to D3
  • Most of South Laurel and some of Vansville were put back to D1.

The vote was 6-4. CM Dernoga, Glaros, Ivey and Anderson-Walker were in opposition.

The Public hearing and a vote will be held on Nov 16 on the amended map and the redistricting commission’s map.

Amended map: Red lines showing the boundaries in last Thursday’s “Davis” map.


A detailed version of the new District 1 map, showing Hollywood, Berwyn, Lakeland and Calvert Hill neighborhoods.

Council Votes Opposing Prince George’s County Council Bill CB-115 – Redistricting

Yesterday, the City Council unanimously voted in a special emergency session to express strong opposition to the proposed County Council redistricting map (the “Davis map”) put forward by a majority of the County Council on Thursday, October 14.

Later, the City posted a statement that says:

“This map is significantly different from that proposed by the County’s Redistricting Commission and would remove the entire portion of the City of College Park that is currently in District 3 from that district. Removing the City from this District hurts Prince George’s County by limiting cross-municipal collaboration and will limit the ability to create a strong economic and equitable development strategy along the Purple Line corridor.

By introducing and voting in favor of a new redistricting map that ignored much of the public input that went into developing the maps by the Redistricting Commission, the County Council demonstrated a disregard for transparency and public input in redistricting and hurt the overall legitimacy of the elected government in our County.”

In a letter sent to County Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II on October 18, the City requests that he amend the proposed redistricting map to keep the existing boundaries between County Districts 1 and 3 within the City of College Park, as recommended by the Redistricting Commission.

Residents can voice their concerns and/or opinions about redistricting and the Davis map to County Council, including the two at-large members, via email.

Mel Franklin Council Member (At-Large)

Calvin S. Hawkins, II Chair, Council Member (At-Large)

Thomas E. Dernoga Council Member (District 1)

Deni Taveras Vice-Chair, Council Member (District 2)

Dannielle M. Glaros Council Member (District 3)

Todd M. Turner Council Member (District 4)

Jolene Ivey Council Member (District 5)

Derrick L. Davis Council Member (District 6)

Rodney C. Streeter Council Member (District 7)

Monique Anderson-Walker Council Member (District 8)

Sydney J. Harrison Council Member (District 9)

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Residents May Continue to Participate Council Meetings Virtually, Once the Council Starts to Meet In-Person

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Council will continue its discussion whether to meet online and/or in a hybrid format (attending in person and online), and for the public to attend in the same manner.

Major changes from the current practices can be summarized as follows:

(a) For Mayor and Council meetings: Elected officials can participate remotely based on just cause, such as being ill, out of the area due to vacation or work obligations, absence due to a funeral, a family emergency, or a generally declared emergency, as reasons for Councilmembers not to be in-person during voting sessions. The public should be able to attend in person, to the extent possible under any space/distancing restrictions.

The public should also be able to attend remotely, with access to audio, and access to visual, to the extent technologically possible, with the intent of making visual access available to all attendees.

Any Charter amendments required should enable in-person and remote attendance at meetings but otherwise allow flexibility, with the details to be set through amendment of Mayor and Council Rules and Procedures.

(b) For Council-Appointed Advisory Boards: In-person and/or remote attendance at meetings will be allowed as determined to be best by the advisory board, to encourage participation and ease the burden on volunteers.

(c) For Appointed Boards, If attending remotely, the public will have access to audio, and access to visuals to the extent technologically possible, with the goal of making visual access available to all attendees.

If the Council decides to move forward, several changes to the City Charter and Code, the Council rules and procedures will need to be made.

Doris Davis 1937 – 2021

It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the news of the passing of the long-time College Park resident Doris Davis last week. Her viewing and funeral are tomorrow morning at Saint Joseph’s in Beltsville. Her obituary and more information about her funeral can be found here.

Doris and her husband Tom (Blaine) Davis received City’s prestigious Jack Perry award in 2019. The following is from my post I wrote about the news:

Doris and Tom Davis moved to College Park 51 years ago and for 49 of those years, they have been involved in the neighborhood, civic and municipal affairs.

Doris remembers being an integral part of the committee to plan events in celebration of College Park’s 50th anniversary of incorporation in 1997.

She helped to facilitate the events which were planned for each month, including the cleaning of the old Post Office, a Valentine’s Day dance and an egg hunt.

A staunch supporter of our military veterans, Doris served as the chair and member of the Veterans Memorial Improvement Committee, later to become the Veterans Memorial Committee, for 15 years. Her meetings were always short and sweet. Under her supervision, each and every year, veterans from all military branches were remembered on Memorial Day and Veterans Day in a touching fashion. She has since given up her duties on the committee.

In the 1990s, Doris was not only a member of the North College Park Citizens Association, but she also served as its treasurer.

Only a few years ago, Doris worked for a month at Spellman House temporarily replacing a staff member.

A senior herself, she ensured the residents had their needs met in a timely fashion.

New Redistricting Map Puts Entire College Park into County Council District 1

Yesterday, the County Council approved a new County redistricting map that’d put the entire College Park in District 1. Currently, College Park is part of two Council districts. The majority of north College Park is in District 1 (represented by CM Dernoga), and the rest of College Park is in Council District 3 (represented by CM Glaros)

Council Member Derrick Leon Davis proposed a brand-new map at yesterday’s County Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting..

Many, including some County Council members, said they did not see the new map before.

The proposed map was different from the one proposed by the Redistricting Commission, which was published before.

For College Park and surrounding communities, this new map includes multiple changes to your representation, below are several of the largest changes:

  • All of the City of College Park, including the University of Maryland, will be moved to District 1
  • All of the City of Greenbelt will be moved to District 3
  • The Town of Landover Hills and Bellmeade community will be moved to District 5
  • The communities of Lincoln Vista and all of Glenn Dale will be moved to District 4

The Council approved the map proposed by Council Member Davis by a vote of 6-4. Those opposing it were Tom Dernoga, Dannielle Glaros, Monique Anderson-Walker and Jolene Ivey. Those voting for it were Chair Calvin Hawkins, Vice-Chair Deni Taveras, Mel Franklin, Todd Turner, Sydney Harrison and Derrick Leon Davis.

The meeting was live-streamed and the archived video should be available to view here at the 3:47:45 mark.

The County Charter requires that Council Members must live in their district for one year prior to running in a primary election. The Council primary is in June 2022. This new map may impact multiple individuals across the County who are already running for County Council next year or are planning to but will have been required to live within these new boundaries since last June. This is the reason that the Redistricting Commission’s map only changed boundaries when it was necessary for population balance.

To view the Redistricting Commission’s report click here. To view the map proposed by Council Member Davis that was approved click here.

The new proposed Councilmanic district map will be on the agenda for Introduction next Tuesday morning. If it receives a favorable vote on Tuesday, it will not be able to be changed. The public hearing will take place in November. However, at that time, only two options are possible: approval of the new map approved, or the Council could take no action which would mean the Redistricting Commission’s recommended map moves forward.

Residents can reach out to the County elected officials and the At-Large members before Tuesday, October 19, when this new map is on the agenda for Introduction. Their email addresses are available below.

The College Park City Council is expected to discuss the topic and send a letter with its position on the changes at next Council Tuesday’s meeting.

Prince George’s County Council Member Contact Information

Mel Franklin Council Member (At-Large)

Calvin S. Hawkins, II Chair, Council Member (At-Large)

Thomas E. Dernoga Council Member (District 1)

Deni Taveras Vice-Chair, Council Member (District 2)

Dannielle M. Glaros Council Member (District 3)

Todd M. Turner Council Member (District 4)

Jolene Ivey Council Member (District 5)

Derrick L. Davis Council Member (District 6)

Rodney C. Streeter Council Member (District 7)

Monique Anderson-Walker Council Member (District 8)

Sydney J. Harrison Council Member (District 9)

[Source: Offices of CM Jolene Ivey,  CM Dernoga, CM Glaros]

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting : Election Forum

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

View Zoom Meeting Information:
NCPCA Meeting Zoom Information

Agenda Times & Topics (subject to change)

7:00 Welcome & Review of procedures.
7:05 NCPCA officers’ reports & approval of September minutes.
7:15 Election of Secretary – Dylan Burns is the only candidate but nominations will be taken from the floor
7:25 New Business & Future Agenda Items
7:30 CANDIDATES FORUM – Questions have been prepared by the Candidates Forum Subcommittee. Each question will be asked to each candidate whose response will be limited to 2 minutes. Due to time constraints, questions will not be taken from the audience.

City Council Approves Takeover Agreement of Rhode Island Avenue from the County

At last night’s meeting, the City Council voted on an Ordinance, authorizing the acquisition, ownership, jurisdiction, control and maintenance of Rhode Island Avenue from Paducah Road to Greenbelt Road from Prince George’s County.

Thank you all for your important input on the proposal.

There are many benefits of the City’s ownership of this segment of Rhode Island Avenue.

(1) Help with the current and future projects: In North College Park, the City has invested in two major projects along Rhode Island Avenue, namely the Hollywood Streetscape Project and Rhode Island Avenue Buffered Bike Lane Project – which will extend the trolley trail to the northern end of College Park. These two projects prompted a discussion with Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation about the transfer of the road from the County to the City, as the ownership will facilitate the implementation of current and future projects. Negotiations have resulted in a proposed Road Transfer Agreement. The City has experienced delays and added costs with the approval process on two projects it has undertaken along Rhode Island Avenue. We could anticipate additional costs, delays, and denials for our projects if the roadway remains a County road. The road has not been maintained at a high level, which detracts from the quality of the community.

(2) Improved Services: We hope to see some significant improvements in the way the City will provide services on this segment of Rhode Island Avenue. For example, the snow cleaning of the road during winter is expected to be a lot faster, as the County snow trucks take some time to clean the County roads.

(3) Road Safety: Many residents have told us this segment of Rhode Island Avenue is too dangerous, for both motorists and pedestrians. Despite the fact that we added a few yellow flashing RRFB lights at multiple intersections, some motorists often disregard these lights. Others have complained about motorists drive too fast. Some residents have also asked to reduce the speed limit on the road. This could be finally possible if the City is able to own the road.

(4) Improved Traffic Flow: The other benefit of ownership is that the City will be able to address the current traffic issues on Rhode Island Avenue. Now it’s very difficult to turn left or cross Rhode Island Ave from either side of the road at all crossings on Rhode Island Avenue, especially during peak time. The City has been asking the County to address this important issue for more than a decade, but unfortunately, they haven’t been able to look into this.

(5) Economic Development / Revenue: Finally, an improved Rhode Island Ave with new amenities along the road will help revitalize the Hollywood commercial district and will help bring additional revenue.

We’re very much aware of the cost issue you mentioned, and thank you for bringing this up. A significant portion of the cost is the road resurfacing – which the County said will do before they hand the road over to us for $0. The next resurfacing will happen in 20 years.

Given many benefits the City’s ownership will bring, the City Council unanimously voted to approve the takeover proposal.

September 2021 College Park Crime Map

The taking or attempting to take anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another by force or threat of force and/or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.
Stolen Auto:
Theft of a motor vehicle without the use of force onto a person.
Theft from Auto:
The theft of articles from a motor vehicle. Or the theft of any part or accessory affixed to the interior or exterior of a motor vehicle in a manner which would make the item an attachment of the vehicle or necessary for its operation. The theft can occur in situations where the vehicle was locked or unlocked.
Quality of Life:
Calls for Service that include Disorderly Conduct, Loitering, Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Complaints etc. etc.
An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another with or without a weapon.
The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft.
Robbery or attempted robbery where the primary objective is to obtain the victim’s motor vehicle and the victim is in the vehicle or in very close proximity to the vehicle.
Disorderly Conduct
Unruly behavior that is disturbing the general public.
The violation of a court order, regulation, ordinance, or law requiring the withdrawal of persons from the streets or other specified areas prohibiting persons from remaining in an area or place in an idle or aimless manner or prohibiting persons from going from place to place without visible means or support.
The willful killing of one human being by another.
The carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

[Source: City of College Park: https://collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety]

Local Business ‘Shop in Maryland’ May Join New City Hall’s Retail Space

Shop Made in Maryland is a proposed new retail establishment focused on local goods in Maryland and College Park.

This store is based on the successful Shop Made in D.C. chain owned and operated by the same entrepreneurs.

The space will include a coffee bar and small cafe, and beer and wine service are slated for the evenings. Classes and seminars will be offered for retail customers and local entrepreneurs. This store will become a destination for visitors and everyone looking for unique, locally-made, high-quality products. The City is requested to provide a grant to offset a portion of the expense to build out the retail space.

The City may consider requiring the Terrapin Development Corporation and/or Prince George’s County to also provide funding for Shop Made in Maryland, and for the business to offer a certain number of events to be held at the City Hall facility (inside or on the plaza).

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving a grant of up to $75,000 for Shop Made in Maryland. The funding for this grant would come from the City’s allocation of federal ARPA funding. The FY22 budget includes APRA funding for business support and economic development.

Fall for Fun at Monarch Preschool, Friday, 5-6 pm

The Monarch PreSchool will be hosting a fall fun event at the preschool to offer free after-hour tours, this Friday at 5-6 pm. Additionally, you’ll have the chance of getting free gifts, and meeting the staff at the school. Monarch Preschool College Park provides high-quality care and education at an affordable price. They offer convenient hours, flexible schedules, and an open-door policy that encourages a culture of collaborative family engagement. Please see below for details:

Curbside Leaf Collection Begins November 1, 2021

Curbside leaf collection will begin Monday, November 1 (weather permitting). Look for signs posted in your neighborhood for collection dates.

Until then, residents should continue to set out soft yard waste (grass, leaves and soft vegetative waste) on regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection days. You may use the beige yard waste cart which is available for purchase, paper yard waste bags, or your own reusable containers with a yard waste sticker attached (stickers are available for free at the Department of Public Works).

Please do not use the City issued green refuse or blue recycling carts for yard waste or it will not be collected. Woody yard waste: brush, branches, sticks, and shrubs are collected year-round by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays; call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov before setting items to the curb.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 10, 2021.

We’re having an election on Sunday, November 7, 2021! The last day to be registered to vote in the City’s election is October 10, 2021.

If you are already registered to vote with the Prince George’s County Board of Elections at your current City address, you are automatically registered to vote in the City Election. However, if you have moved or changed your name since the last election, you must update your Voter Registration.

Voter registration is handled by the Prince George’s County Board of Elections. To check your registration status, call the Prince George’s County Board of Elections at 301-341-7300, or visit the Maryland State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.md.us. Voter Registration Forms are available at any City building or any Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office.

You can also register online here : https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1

For more information about the City’s election, including candidates and voting information, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/elections.

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Community Meeting on Home Fire Prevention & Safety

Please join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City, for an informative monthly community meeting. This meeting takes place every second Monday of the month via zoom. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96168994626.

This community meeting will discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety related topics.

The next meeting will discuss Home Fire Prevention & Safety – Presented by Maryland State Firemen’s Association Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee. Participate in fire safety knowledge quiz and win a 10 year battery powered smoke alarm..

County Expands Indoor Mask Mandate

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced several updates today regarding the County’s COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts, including an expansion of the County’s indoor mask mandate to include children ages 2-5.

Indoor Mask Mandate Update

Prince George’s County has expanded its indoor mask mandate to include children ages 2-5, effective immediately. Previously, that mandate only included anyone over the age of 5 in the County. Now, residents and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in Prince George’s County. Similar to past mandates, exceptions exist for eating and drinking, or those with a bona fide disability that prevents mask wearing.

County Government COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The County Government is working to finalize its employee vaccination policy. Currently, the County is in the process of asking employees to submit their vaccination status. While that process is still ongoing, preliminary data shows that at least 64% of County employees are vaccinated. The County is using this data to look at various methods to ensure the safety of employees and residents, to include periodic testing and incentives for vaccinated employees.

One agency that has started testing on a weekly basis, for all employees who aren’t vaccinated, is the County’s Department of Corrections. This is due to the nature of the facility with congregate living. More information will be provided to County employees once vaccination policies have been finalized.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) awarded Prince George’s County $84 million to assist residents. So far, the County has assisted 4,134 households with $30.8 million in aid, helping with both rental and utility assistance. Prince George’s County continues to lead the state in distributing emergency rental assistance funds.

To make sure the County is reaching as many residents as possible, the Office of Community Relations (OCR) has partnered with the Department of Housing and Community Development to conduct a comprehensive outreach program.

OCR recently launched an Emergency Rental Assistance Hotline, where residents can get information about the program, find out their application status if they have already applied, or schedule an appointment with a staff member if they need assistance with completing an application. The hotline is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling 301-883-6504 and pressing 9.

In addition, the County is hosting a number of rental assistance community fairs, where residents can attend to get more information or to receive on-site assistance with completing and submitting an application. The first community fair was held last month in Suitland, where over 400 residents attended to receive help with applying for emergency rental assistance. The next in-person community fair is this Saturday, October 9, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Langley Park Community Center.

Residents can learn more about the ERAP and submit an application through the County’s ERAP webpage.

COVID-19 Booster Shots & Third Doses

Based on CDC guidance, the County is offering booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to residents who are 65 and older, residents ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions, and individuals ages 18-64 who work or reside in certain settings that increase their risk of COVID-19 exposure (e.g. health care, schools, grocery workers, correctional facilities, homeless shelters).

The CDC recommends that these groups receive a booster shot at least six months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer. Individuals do not have to show proof of eligibility to receive a booster shot at clinics operated by the County Health Department. Federal officials have not yet approved booster shots for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The County is also offering third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to residents who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, based on guidance from the CDC. For people with weakened immune systems, a third dose is recommended 28 days after the second dose. Federal officials have not yet approved an additional dose for immunocompromised individuals that received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can find the nearest vaccine clinic at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.

COVID-19 Numbers & Vaccinations

Over 1,000,000 total vaccinations have been provided to eligible County residents. 548,893 residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine. According to the CDC, over 82% of adults (18 and older) in the County have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 72% of eligible residents (12 and older) are fully vaccinated.

The County’s positivity rate is 3.3% as of October 1. Last week, the County dropped below 4.0% for the first time since the end of July. The average daily case rate is 12.2 cases per 100,000 residents as of October 1. Finally, the County’s infection rate is 0.93 as of September 27.

The latest COVID-19 numbers are available via the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard. The latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers are available via the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

[County Executive’s announcement]