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PG County School Moves to Virtual Again until January 14

Hollywood Elementary School

Yesterday, the PG County school system announced to take all classes to virtual until January 14.

The statement reads “In light of the stark rise in COVID-19 cases throughout our school system, all students will transition to virtual learning, effective Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23. Winter Break will proceed as scheduled, Friday, December 24 through Friday, December 31, and virtual learning will continue Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 14. In-person learning will resume Tuesday, January 18, following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; students in the K-6 Virtual Learning Program will return Monday, January 31.

Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities. Educators, administrators and support staff must be able to deliver in-person instruction and other activities in conditions that prioritize their own health, as well as the wellbeing of the school community. The increased positivity rates have significantly challenged the ability to do so, causing anxiety among many school communities and disruption to the school day.”

Earlier, the PGCPS closed 3 schools, until January due to COVID infections

 

Tomorrow at 10 am: Free Family Vaccination Clinic

Al Huda School at 5301 Edgewood Road is collaborating with Resolve Main street Pharmacy to host this vaccine clinic tomorrow, Saturday. You can register for a first, second or booster shot here: https://bit.ly/FNVDUS.  All residents are welcome. Covid vaccine card for second doses and boosters. No one will be turned away for the Covid vaccine unless deemed ineligible due to not meeting health criteria and/or recommended guidelines, while supplies last.

UMD Cancels All Winter Commencement Activities

University of Maryland

Last evening, the University of Maryland announced to cancel all winter commencement activities, including the main ceremony scheduled for Dec. 20 and all college, school and department ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22.

The announcement reads: “This decision was not made lightly. We know how important this time is for our winter graduates and their families, but our first responsibility must continue to be the health and well-being of our community.”

All winter graduates will be invited to the spring ceremony in May.

Additionally, the announcement also includes:

  • All indoor social gatherings where mask-wearing cannot be strictly enforced should be canceled through Dec. 22.
  • All dining halls and the Stamp Student Union food court will transition to grab-and-go options only. This went into effect earlier yesterday.
  • RecWell facilities will maintain their finals hours of operation schedule through Dec. 21; however, basketball, volleyball and racquetball activities will be suspended immediately. All RecWell facilities will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2, with a limited reopening tentatively scheduled for Jan. 3.
  • Students who live in residence halls will be required to depart campus 24 hours after their final on-campus exam.

PGPD is Looking for School Crossing Guards

The Police Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill multiple permanent part-time School Crossing Guard positions, grade X-13, within the Community Services Division.

You can apply for this position here.

About the Position:
This is specialized work in the control of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, in conjunction with the movement of students to and from school. These positions require employees to be available to report to various school crossing areas in the County on short notice.

Applicants MUST be able to work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The complexity of the work revolves around observing traffic and conditions, grouping pedestrians, stopping traffic, and restarting traffic. Employees must wear a uniform while in assignment and work requires employees to stand, walk and use arm/hand signals, whistles, and voice.

Work is performed independently in accordance with departmental standards, rules, and regulations under the general supervision of a higher-level supervisor

Examples of Work
What you’ll do:

  • Control vehicular and school bus traffic;
  • Direct students to assure conformance to traffic regulations;
  • Report traffic hazards and flagrant traffic violations to the police;
  • Obey traffic flow and conditions;
  • Wait for natural breaks, or create effective breaks, in traffic to move pedestrians safely across the street;
  • Instruct students in the safe and correct way(s) to cross the street and in ways to identify hazards; and,
  • Perform other tasks and duties assigned, which may not be specifically listed in the position description; however, are within the general occupational category and responsibility level associated with the employee’s class of work.

Minimum Qualifications
What You’ll Need:
High School diploma or equivalent G.E.D.
An equivalent combination of education or experience will also be considered.
Additional Information
Please note – using a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, to complete this application is NOT recommended. You are highly encouraged to use a desktop or laptop computer so that you can carefully and thoroughly read and understand all aspects of applying for this position.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S., only after an offer has been accepted and the Form I-9 is completed. For information on E-Verify, or if you believe the County has violated its E-Verify responsibilities, please contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 888-897-7781 or visit their website at dhs.gov/e-verify.

THE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants must successfully complete a background investigation to be considered for the position:

The background process consists of successfully completing the following:

Submit an online application
Preliminary Application and Applicant History Review
Attend Preliminary Screening
Preliminary Documents and Records Check

If sufficient vacancies exist, applicants at this stage may be contacted to continue into the Background Investigation Process, which includes:

Complete and submit the Personal History Statement (PHS)
Initial Interview
Background Investigation
Drug Screen
Medical Exam
Final Offer of Employment

Reasons for disqualification may include (but are not limited to) the following: poor work history; poor driving record; felony conviction; illegal drug usage, possession, distribution, sale or purchase; falsification of application or other documents; failure to meet physical standards; and/or any other disqualifying factor as determined by the Public Safety Investigations Division.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment.
  • Must pass vision and hearing test based on Police Department’s standards.
  • Must be willing to work in various locations within the County.
  • The School Crossing Guard is a position within Public Safety, therefore attendance is critical. You must report to your assignments on time and stay for the full duration.
  • Must be willing to work in inclement weather and/or other adverse conditions.
  • Must be willing and able to wear issued uniform.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and own reliable transportation.

This position will remain open until all vacancies are filled.

Reflections on Starting my Sixth Term

Last night, I took the oath of office to serve the residents of College Park for my 6th council term.

As the oath reads – “I will, to the best of my skills and judgment, diligently and faithfully without partiality or prejudice, execute the office”. These are heavy words and put a lot of weight on my shoulders.

I am not the best in the community, so I need your help in getting things done right, with your ideas, advice and even criticism, in private and in public. Thank you!

The New City Council to be Sworn In Today

At tonight’s Council meeting, the 2021-2023 Mayor and Council will be inaugurated at the new City Hall.
The meeting will begin with an invocation by Rev. Dr. Carrington Carter, Embry A.M.E. Church. There is a brief meeting with the current Council and comments by outgoing Council members before the 2019-2021 Council meets for the last time.
The Mayor and the 2021-2023 Council will be sworn in, and the Mayor will appoint the Mayor Pro Tem. There will be remarks from the incoming Council members and an address from the Mayor.
PRESENTATION from Mayor Wojahn to Outgoing Councilmembers Robert Day and Monroe Dennis
REMARKS from Councilmembers Robert Day and Monroe Dennis
ADJOURN the 2019 – 2021 Mayor and Council
SWEARING-IN OF MAYOR-ELECT PATRICK L. WOJAHN: The Honorable Chief Deputy Gerry Mobley of the Circuit Court, Prince George’s County, Maryland, will swear in Mayor-Elect, Mr. Wojahn.
SWEARING-IN OF THE 2021 – 2023 CITY COUNCIL: Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn will swear in members of the new City Council.

County Starts Resurfacing Rhode Island Ave. City to Build Buffered Bike Lanes Next

In case you haven’t noticed, the County has started preliminary work before resurfacing Rhode Island Avenue between MD 193 and Paducah Road. The work includes the installation of new curbs and putting on stormwater sewers. The County is also building concrete ramps from the service roads at the existing bus stops.

The primary construction along Rhode Island Avenue is the work being performed by Olney Masonry, Prince George’s County DPW&T road construction contractor. Interestingly, Olney is also working as the primary contractor for the City to build the Hollywood Streetscape project.

The resurfacing work should be completed in a few months, weather permitting.

Once the County completes the resurfacing project, they will hand the ownership of the road over to the City. The City will then start working on the construction of the protected buffered bike lanes on Rhode Island ave in north College Park. The construction of the protected bike lanes will extend the Trolley Trail to the northern end of the City.

The county is installing curbs like this one along Rhode Island Ave in preparation for resurfacing the entire stretch of Rhode Island ave. This segment of the road will be then transferred to the City.

The County is building ramps to the existing bus stops along Route 1 from the service roads. (photo courtesy: Patti Coil)

December 2021 Leaf Collection Calendar

College Park Holiday Event – Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. | Duvall Field (9100 Rhode Island Avenue)
Earn your antlers through a series of fun reindeer games, activities, and arts & crafts! Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa! We’ll also have a petting zoo, carolers, and hot cocoa.
Registration is required. You must show your printed registration (or registration on your phone) to gain entry to the event. No walk-ups.
Hurry, spots are limited! To register, go to: cpwinterwonderland.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the event, visit: cpwinterwonderland.eventbrite.com.

Winter Farmers Market Drop Off Information

Farmers Market Drop Off Information
Do you miss getting your fresh produce, meats, desserts and coffee from the Hollywood Farmers Market every week?
Some of the Hollywood Farmers Market vendors are doing a pre-order drop-off this winter at Duvall Field.
If you would like to be on the list to know when to pre-order, please email the market at their email address: hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com to get on the Winter Market Mailing List.

2021 Sock Drive Competition!

Great news! Our 2021 Sock Drive is now underway! For those who are unaware, socks are among the most requested, but least donated items at homeless shelters. The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Office of Community 1st, through our PAL Mentorship Program, is hosting a community service project that will support people experiencing homelessness in our community. Please join us by donating NEW socks to any Division Station in the County. This Community Service Project is going on NOW and EXTENDED through January 14, 2022. Please see the flyer for more details.

With that being said, how about a little friendly competition? Whichever Division Station has collected the most socks will win the Sock Drive Trophy, as well as a Certificate of Appreciation! The winning Division Station will then hold onto the Sock Drive Trophy until the 2022 Sock Drive. The Sock Drive Trophy will then be passed down, year by year, to the next winner! Help your Division Station win the 2021 Sock Drive Trophy by donating NEW socks!

Sock Drive STATS, from 2020, for the Most Socks Donated:
1st Place: Division VI (590) – Beltsville
2nd Place: Division IV (582) – Oxon Hill
3rd Place: Division VII (560) – Fort Washington

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Hollywood Streetscape Construction Work Has Finally Started

The much-awaited Hollywood streetscape project’s construction work has finally started.

The construction team has already placed the stakes and marking along the project’s area to mark the project’s limit of disturbances (LOD) and the utility lines.

The first visible sign of construction activities you will be seeing is the removal of the concrete buffer on Rhode Island Avenue in front of the MoM’s Shopping plaza. You will see some minor traffic disruptions as this will happen next week. There will be construction crews directing traffic.

The project team will meet on a regular basis to review the project’s progress and will give alerts to local residents and businesses as the project’s construction continues.

The project’s detailed schedule can be found here.  The project has been broken into smaller phases. They include Rhode Island Ave Southbound, Rhode Island Ave northbound, Niagara Rd Southbound, Narragansett Parkway, Muskogee street.

Construction is expected to end by October 2022.

Early this year, the City Council approved the construction funding of $2.8 million to complete the project.

Once completed, the project will add parklets, safe bike lanes and sidewalks, intersection improvements, shade trees, pedestrian-scale lighting, landscaping, benches, and public arts to the Hollywood commercial district around the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road. You can see some key elements of the project here.

Additionally, City’s public investment is expected to invite private investments to help revitalize this important commercial district of College Park. For more information please take a look City’s project page here.

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting Comes Back to Davis Hall

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

The North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) will start having its in-person part of the hybrid meeting at Davis Hall this Thursday at 7:30pm.

Two main meeting discussion items include

7:45 Update on Code Enforcement — Bob Ryan, Director Public Services.
8:15 Brainstorming session regarding $22 million of ARPA funds — possible motion.

The details can be found here on its website http://myncpca.org

Residents will still be able to join the meetings by Zoom. Here is the Zoom information

NCPCA December 2021 meeting
Dec 9, 2021, 07:30 PM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 897 5458 7575, Passcode: 277577

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Toy Drive at Hollywood Elementary School

Hollywood Elementary School in College Park, MD is looking to provide all students with toys for the holidays who want them! Please help us spread holiday cheer!

They are looking for age-appropriate toys for 4 – 11-year-olds. This may include stuffed animals, dolls, board games, legos/building blocks, etc. They are asking that toys come new and unwrapped.

Please drop off toys by Dec. 20, 2021, at Hollywood ES’ front office. The school is open from 7:15 AM – 3 PM.
If there are any questions, please contact Katharine Campos, Community School Coordinator at katharine.campos@pgcps.org.