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Summer jobs for ages 14-22 – Deadline March 22

The Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides an opportunity for young people to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities. The deadline to apply is March 22, and employment runs from June 24 – August 2. Ages 14-17 earn $9.80/hour and ages 18-22 earn $11.50/hour. 

Please see below for more information. Visit YouthAtWork.mypgc.us or call 301-883-6200 to learn how to apply. 

[Source: MD District 21 Delegation]

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change.  Draft minutes of the February 14, 2019 NCPCA meeting will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at www.myncpca.org
7:30  Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.
7:35  Recognition of Arthur Eaton.  Arthur was a long-time resident of our community, and previously served as President and Vice President of NCPCA.  He passed away on February 17.
7:45  NCPCA Letter – Community Center in North College Park.  A letter developed by Mary Cook (NCPCA Community Center Committee) from NCPCA to Sen. Rosapepe with many cc’s will be read for approval.
8:00  NCPCA Letter – Hollywood Streetscape, Exercise Path and Narragansett Run.  A letter developed by Mary Cook (from NCPCA to Prince George’s Councilmember Tom Dernoga) will be read for approval.
8:10 NCPCA Bylaws & Membership Dues.  The four items below were discussed on Jan. 10, and formal motions were introduced on Feb. 14.  NCPCA Bylaws are at https://myncpca.org/legal .  Today, we will vote on all four of the following:
1.  Bylaws Change to Article 1 Name.  The following text is proposed for addition to the Bylaws, after the current text:  NCPCA is incorporated in the State of Maryland as North College Park Citizens Association, and uses that name for all tax and legal purposes.
2.  Bylaws Change to Article IV Membership Section 3.  The following text is proposed for deletion:  The Association may, in addition to dues, assess an annual mailing fee to cover the cost of sending the newsletter and other communications by postal mail.
3.  Bylaws Change to Article V Meeting Section 5 Quorum.  A quorum at a meeting shall be at least seven NCPCA members.
4.  Dues Increase.  Dues of NCPCA shall be $10 per year, starting on June 1 and ending on May 31, 2020.  Note:  Dues must be paid before the NCPCA officer elections on June 9, 2019.
8:25  NCPCA City Budget Priorities.  The list of priorities was developed with input of members on February 14, but due to very low attendance on that date the priorities were notsent to City Council.  The priorities will be quickly reviewed, and a motion to allow members who were not present on February 14 to add their priorities will be considered.
8:30  Break & Refreshments.  Members are always welcome to bring something to share while all of us enjoy a quick break and complete the budget priorities exercise.
 8:35  Tax Update.  Larry Bleau will present some highlights of recent tax changes.
8:45  NCPCA Picnic Update.  News about planning for the Hollywood Heritage Picnic event in Spring will be presented. 
8:55  Approval of Minutes, Officers Reports.  Minutes of our February 14 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports. 
9:00  NCPCA Officer Election Nominating Committee.  Elections will be June 13, and all offices will be selected by vote on that date.  Members are needed to develop a list of candidates for each office and to create ballots.

Bike to Work Day is Back!

On Friday, May 17, 2019, join new riders and veteran bicycle commuters in a celebration of biking as a fun, healthy way to get to work. Drop by the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes!

Be sure to register early – the first 20,000 to sign up across the region will be guaranteed a free t-shirt.

For more information and to register, please click here

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City to Rent UMD Facility During City Hall Construction

The new City Hall project will require vacating and demolishing the existing City Hall. Construction is planned to start in January 2020. The City could vacate City Hall before January in order to enable the project to move forward sooner. Staff has examined two primary relocation options during the construction of the new City Hall (a period of 24 – 30 months): renovating and using existing space in other City facilities; or locating adjacent to the Department of Public Services (DPS) at 8400 Baltimore Avenue.

The University of Maryland owns the DPS building and DPS moved there to enable the University to build a childcare facility at 4601 Calvert Road. Approximately 4,200 square feet is available, and can be configured to accommodate Administration, Finance, Parking, and Human Resources.

The Planning Department would be located in existing space within the DPS offices. All other departments would not be impacted. The University has offered an $80,000 allowance (the University would pay for up to $80,000 of work) to improve the existing space so that it meets the City’s requirements.

This work would include removing walls, creating new offices and open space, installing cashier windows, and providing new paint and flooring from an Epoxy Flooring Provider. This is made from seamless epoxy floor coatings, which are long-lasting and highly durable. They are planning to have underfloor insulation, and reading the underfloor insulation techniques and tips made them realize the benefits of energy efficiency and improving the indoor temperature. The university has also identified office cubicles that can be provided to the city. The annual rent for year 1 is $79,268 and for year 2 is $81,646.

The City would also be responsible for its share of operating expenses. The cost would be covered in the City Hall CIP account.

Announcing College Park Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors of College Park is a new non-profit organization that takes requests for assistance from seniors living in College Park and matches their needs with volunteers who have signed on to help.

The types of requests that volunteers can help seniors with are typically:

1. Transportation to medical appointments or dental appointments to other local clinics like dds new york.

2. Driving seniors to shop for groceries, to pick up pharmaceuticals, or to attend religious services.

Friendly home visits to the house-bound by a volunteer.

3. Assistance in the home to move objects or help the senior perform other light household chores.

4. Volunteer assistance for snow shoveling or raking leaves.

To request assistance, seniors should call 301-222-3434 and leave a recorded message that includes their name, phone number, address and the nature of their request. The coordinator or a volunteer will call them back to make sure that the request is properly recorded, and will then solicit volunteers to meet that need.

Those interested in volunteering should call 301-222-3434 and leave a recorded message with their name and phone number or email. Additional information is available at www.NHN-CP.org. Volunteers must complete training and appropriate background checks. Those signing up to volunteer will be informed of upcoming training opportunities.

Please help us spread the word about this great organization to seniors who might benefit from service or to those who might volunteer to provide service to their neighbors in College Park. You can direct them to http://www.NHN-CP.org for more information.

Join Citizen’s Police Acdemy Session # 44

By participating in the Citizen’s Police Academy you are exposed to various officer related training and become familiar with the Prince George’s County Police Department.  Please see below the class announcement, instructions, and nominating form. 

Residents will be able to vote early and vote at all polling stations

At this week’s meeting, the Council discussed several election-related matters with the Board of Election Supervisors.

Starting from this year’s City election in November, the Council wanted to make a couple of changes

(a) Early Voting: Early Voting is planned for the College Park Community Center on Sunday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The cost for Early Voting is primarily for staffing the poll. The estimated cost is $2,500.

(b) Stamp Union Poll: Adding a poll at Stamp Union will necessitate extra equipment and extra poll workers. There is no fee for the use of the space, but the City will pay for parking spaces for the poll workers and 4 additional spaces for voters. The estimated cost of adding a poll at Stamp Union is $10,600.

Residents will also be able to vote any of these three polling stations on the November polling date. Currently, District 1 and 4 residents can only vote at Davis Hall, and District 2 and 3 residents can vote at the City Hall.

( c )Additional Election Supervisor: The BOES has asked Council to consider adding an Election Supervisor when the new appointments are made in March. At this week’s meeting, a charter amendment could be introduced in Special Session. Election Supervisors are compensated. Adding a Supervisor is estimated to cost $360 in an election year.

Open Gym Play for Young Children

Come join every Tuesday for Open Gym at the recreation room of the Youth and Family Services (YFS), 4912 Nantucket Road. This time is for young children to explore and have unstructured play time in a safe environment. Also, a place for local caregivers and parents to meet and engage with each other.

Dr. Loh to Stay as President until June 2020

Here is a statement I got last night about UMD’s decision on Dr. Loh’s term until June 2020. Previously Dr. Loh announced that he would be leaving on June this year.

The message also talks about the search process for a new president. On a related matter, the College Park City Council approved a letter asking the UMD to get the City involved during the search process.

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UMCP President Wallace Loh to Continue through June 2020 
Regent Gary Attman to Chair Presidential Search Committee The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents and Chancellor Robert Caret today announced that Dr. Wallace Loh will continue, by mutual agreement, to lead Maryland’s flagship campus through June 2020. The board and the chancellor also announced plans to launch the process to select Dr. Loh’s successor, naming current regent and UMCP alumnus Gary Attman to chair the presidential search committee.”Selecting the leader of any USM institution is among the Board of Regents’ most important responsibilities,” said USM Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden. “The search for the next leader of Maryland’s flagship, the University of Maryland, College Park, will be critically important to the future of that institution and the entire state. We must take the time necessary to identify and select a bold and talented leader who can continue the upward trajectory of one of the nation’s great public research universities.””Over the last three months, we have been speaking with Dr. Loh and listening to members of the campus community, and to leaders and stakeholders across the state about the upcoming leadership transition,” Chancellor Caret said. “These discussions have informed our thinking about the path forward that will best ensure an orderly transition, continued strong leadership of the university without interruption, and a successful search process.”Loh announced last fall that he plans to retire at the end of the current academic year. Gooden and Caret cited several specific factors that played a role in postponing Loh’s retirement.First, the process to select a new president will likely take up to a year to complete, raising the likelihood that an interim president would need to be appointed if Loh retired this year.Second, the university is well underway with several major initiatives in which a permanent president’s leadership will be paramount. Loh will continue to lead strategic initiatives in education, research, and innovation. Some of these initiatives are on the College Park campus and some are in partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore, the Universities at Shady Grove, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, and universities abroad. These include:Continuing the implementation of athletics reforms recommended by the two independent investigations related to football;Ramping up the Administrative Modernization Program to achieve significant cost savings and greater efficiency across the campus through updated infrastructure and business systems;Continuing the development of the quantum computing initiative;With UMCP as the managing campus, assuming leadership of USM’s third regional higher education center in Southern Maryland and building the Universities at Shady Grove to better serve the growing needs of the state and region;Continuing the revitalization of the “Greater College Park” area, with a number of new development residential, retail, municipal and innovative corporate projects, currently under negotiation, expected come to fruition by 2020.Continuing the record-breaking progress of the university’s $1.5 billion capital campaign, Fearless Ideas.”The University of Maryland, College Park has flourished under Dr. Loh’s leadership for more than eight years, rising in national rankings, growing enrollment and diversity, and expanding its research enterprise,” Gooden said. He is currently leading several initiatives critical to the university’s future, including implementing reforms to the athletics program, hiring key leaders which can be done by a resonsable from like a HR Executive Search Firm, and continuing the capital campaign. “To ensure these efforts continue to progress for the benefit of current and future students and faculty, the board and Dr. Loh have agreed that it is in the university’s best interests for him to continue leading the University of Maryland, College Park while the search for the new president proceeds,” Gooden said.”For eight years, I have been honored to serve the state’s flagship institution as the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni have propelled Maryland to new heights,” said Loh. “The board discussed with me having a smooth transition of leadership, and we mutually agreed upon a retirement date of June 2020. With all of Maryland’s supporters, I look forward to what we will accomplish together.”Regents Launch National Presidential SearchPresident and CEO of FutureCare Health and Management Corporation, which he co-founded in 1985, Regent Gary Attman holds a J.D. degree (with honors) from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he published in and served as editor of the Maryland Law Review. He also earned a B.S. degree in Accounting (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland, College Park.He is a member of the Maryland Bar, a certified public accountant, and is a licensed real estate broker. Attman also serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Associated Jewish Charities.In the coming months, USM will retain an executive search firm and name other members of the search committee, which will include representatives from the UMCP faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The committee will host a series of forums to receive input from the UMCP community. The committee’s work will conclude with its recommendation of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The board will make the final selection. It is expected that the search process will take up to a year to complete

Workshop: Importance of Having a Will

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Saturday, February 9

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Old Parish House

4711 Knox Road
Ms. Cereta A. Lee, the Register of Wills for Prince George’s County, with the City of College Park, presents a workshop on the Importance of Having a Will.
For more information, contact the City’s Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501. RSVP is not required.

op: Importance of Having a WillSaturday, February 912:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Old Parish House4711 Knox Road
Ms. Cereta A. Lee, the Register of Wills for Prince George’s County, with the City of College Park, presents a workshop on the Importance of Having a Will.
For more information, contact the City’s Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501. RSVP is not required.

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