Message from Deni
April, 2016
Dear Friends,
It is a busy time of year for us as the County Council is reviewing the County Budget for FY 2017! 
Most recently the County Council voted to move to one day trash pick up. The new trash contract will pick up County trash and recycling on the same day. Yard waste will be picked up on Mondays. The County will also provide a brand new 64-gallon trash toter for every home that utilizes County services. The revised contract will save the County $6 million a year. More information can be found below in the "County Corner" section.
Election day is Tuesday April 26, 2016 from 7am-8pm! Early Voting begins on April 14, 2016 and ends on April 21, 2016. The closest early voting site to District 2 is College Park Community Center located at 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. Early voting is open from 10am to 8pm. Voters have until April 19th to request an absentee ballot. There is more information on voting and polling locations below in the "News You Can Use" section.
Please enjoy this month's E-News and use it as a convenient reference for updates about things happening in our community and interesting events for you and your family to attend. If you have information that you would like to see included in future newsletters that will be beneficial to other residents, please email the information to

Thank You,

Deni Taveras
Council Member, District Two

"Deni Around the District"
 Rainier Manor II Groundbreaking

On Wednesday April 6, 2016,  Deni participated in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Rainier Manor II Building. This building will provide affordable housing options for senior citizens in District 2. Deni played a critical role in sponsoring the legislation to make this building a reality.  
Final Edition of the District 2 Senior Meet & Greet Tour

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Deni hosted a Meet and Greet for senior residents at Rainier Manor. The Departments of Aging and Family Services gave presentations. Mount Rainier City Councilman Jesse Christopherson presented updates from the City.

Final Budget and Listening Session

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Deni hosted her final 2016 budget and listening session at Bunker Hill Fire House.  The session gave residents a chance to hear  about budget priorities for FY 2017.  The last session was co-sponsored with the Town of Brentwood, the Town of North Brentwood, the City of Mount Rainier, 8th Precinct Citizens Association, Chillum Ray Civic Association and Avondale Citizens Association. Deni spoke on the importance of an informed citizenry during the  budget approval process.
County Corner
Prince George's County One Day a Week Trash Service

For more information please click Here!
Prince George's County Budget Process 
Welcome to the Prince George's County Council's FY 2017 Budget web page! This online budget resource will provide the information you need to be actively engaged in the budget process as we discuss the priority issues important to us all-Economic Development, Transit-Oriented Development, Transportation, Healthcare, Education and Public Safety.  

The Council's Budget Process can seem complex. The Prince George's County Council is pleased to provide you with this guide, designed to help clarify any questions you may have about the steps involved in putting together the County's spending plan, and the Council's role in the review and adoption of the FY 2017 budget.

On the website, you will find a wide range of budget resources including a summary of the proposed FY 2017 Budget, the current spending plan, an explanation of the Council's budget review and adoption process, public hearing schedules and other important budget calendar dates, as well as links to press releases, event announcements and more.

For more information please click  HERE
Water Main Replacement in District 2
Beginning in the early Spring of 2016 through the late summer of 2018, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), will begin replacing approximately 2.73 miles of water main in the District 2 Community.   The affected streets will include: 
Knollbrook Drive; Medwick Drive; 8th Avenue; 8th Place; 9th Avenue; Thurman Avenue; Cox Avenue; Fairoak Avenue; Riggs Road and Ray Road.  This project is necessary because the water mains are nearing the end of their useful life.  The water mains within the project area were originally installed in the 1940's. These mains will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe which will greatly reduce the  frequency  of water main breaks. 

All work is expected to be conducted during weekdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Water services may be interrupted while the new main is being tied in with the existing main; however, this will be limited to a few hours at a time.  Residents will receive more detailed information prior to any service interruptions.  

To receive an e-mail or text message alert when service disruptions occur in your area, you may register for WSSC's Customer Notification System (CSN) by clicking HERE.  Additionally, any questions about this project (BR5703A14) may be directed to 301-206-8523.  

For more information please click  HERE.  
Volunteer Opportunity: Human Trafficking Awareness Ambassador
The Public Awareness Committee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) is offering training to Marylanders who would like to be Human Trafficking Awareness
Ambassadors for their local community. As an Ambassador, you would be a liaison to MHTTF and other jurisdictions to share information and increase awareness of this crime and violation of human dignity. 

The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) is the state's primary organization that works to prevent trafficking, protect victims by providing them with the services they need, prosecute traffickers, and partner with a variety of organizations to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking from our communities.

For more information please click  HERE.  
Prince George's County Youth@Work/SYEP Now Open!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Prince George's County's premier Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)! Young people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old across the County will have an opportunity to participate in career development, life-skills training and job training sponsored by Prince George's Community College.

Youth are eligible to participate in SYEP twice, or up to the age of 19. Second year students will have the opportunity to gain competencies through the newly implemented career pathways program.  The Prince George's County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides an opportunity for young people across the County to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities.

For more information please call  301-546-9063 or click HERE.  
Prince George's County Senior Meals and Nutrition Program
The Senior Nutrition Program provides hot nutritious meals to those Prince George's County seniors 60 years and older. The program promotes health and independence. Each meal served meets at least one third of the recommended dietary allowances for older adults and follows the dietary guidelines for Americans. The Senior Nutrition Program provides meals along with recreational and educational programs.

The Congregate Meal Program serves meals to seniors in a congregate setting such as senior centers, religious facilities, senior housing and community centers.

The Home Delivered Meal Program provides meals to the homebound elderly, with the intent to assist the senior resident with remaining in their own home. A hot meal is delivered to the senior's door five days a week.

For more information, please call 301-265-8450 or click  HERE.  

MGM National Harbor selects local artists as part of the site's permanent art collection
When MGM National Harbor opens in the fourth quarter of 2016, visitors will discover a permanent collection of high-quality art seamlessly integrated into the resort's public spaces. Inspired by the rich heritage of the Capital Region, the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection will showcase commissioned and procured works by visionary local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists, including Margaret Boozer, Alice Aycock, Sam Gilliam, John Dreyfuss, John Safer, Liao Yibai and Chul Hyun Ahn, among others

For more information, please click  HERE.  

*News You Can Use*
Election Day is Tuesday April 26th!!
The next election is the 2016 Presidential Primary Election which will be conducted on April 26, 2016 from 7am-8pm.  Early Voting begins on April 14, 2016 and ends on April 21, 2016.  Early voting sites will be open from 10am-8pm.  To find your polling place please click HERE!

Expungement Fair this Saturday April 16th!!