May 7, 2021
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Thank you to more than 100 individuals who spoke at the County Council's public budget hearings over the past two weeks. I'm so grateful to everyone who spoke or sent emails to share your thoughts with me.

Non-profit organizations which would like to request a Non-Departmental grant from the Council must submit a formal request by May 28.

Prince George's County and each of the 26 municipalities in the County will receive the first half of the American Recovery Plan funds from the federal government within the next 4-6 weeks. Prince George's County will receive approximately $176 million and the Prince George's County municipalities will receive a combined approximately $160 million. Our District 3 municipalities will receive approximately $40 million combined, though that number is not yet firm. I believe it's crucial that we use this once-in-a-generation funding strategically to make a true impact for our residents.


Even as we are deep into budget review, the Council is moving legislation forward. I am proud to support CR-28-2021, which will allow mobile grocery trucks in Prince George's County to support healthy groceries in underserved areas. We also passed CB-13-2021 to allow farm breweries in Prince George's County.
New Middle Schools Break Ground!
It was a true honor to join County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County Public Schools, Board of Education Members, and our 22nd Delegation, to break ground for two new middle schools in District 3 on Tuesday.

That morning, we broke ground on the brand new William Wirt Middle School, a 1200 seat school which will be built adjacent to the current building. The new school will open in time for the 2023 school year, at which time the current building will be demolished.

On Tuesday afternoon we broke ground at the new Glenridge Area Middle School. This new building will add an additional 1200 seats to relieve overcrowding at William Wirt and Charles Carroll Middle Schools and will also open in time for the 2023 school year.

These are the first new schools which will be built in Council District 3 in more than 50 years!

I'm especially grateful to our residents for advocating for these new schools and for always putting students first as the location and designs were selected.

These two schools are being built through the traditional funding process. By July, we will have a total of nine new schools under construction in Prince George's County--truly delivering the high-quality buildings our students, teachers, and staff deserve.


Conceptual rendering of the future development
Advancing Workforce Housing at a Future Purple Line Station
The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County (RDA) has selected Advantage Properties, Inc. and Cove Property Management LLC to develop the former Maryland-National Capital Park Police headquarters site in Riverdale Road, adjacent to the future Beacon Heights-East Pines Purple Line Station site.

The project will fulfill the community vision for a large mixed-income, mixed-use, transit-oriented community as outlined in the East Riverdale Beacon Heights Sector Plan. The proposed project is anticipated to deliver 350 units, 250 of which will be affordable, 100 market-rate units, and retail amenities to create a walkable community surrounding the Purple Line Station.

Paint Branch Golf Course Community Conversation
Please plan to attend the community meeting about a reimagined the Paint Branch Golf Course and new recreational amenities on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Prince George's County Memorial Library System
If you've driven by the PGCMLS Hyattsville Branch lately you know the building is nearly completed. We're looking forward to a grand re-opening later this summer!

In the meantime, PGCLMS has continued offering incredible virtual events and is opening branches for limited activities.


Meals Available through Feed the Fridge
Thank you to the nonprofit organization, Feed the Fridge, for partnering with the Latin American Youth Center in Riverdale to install and stock an outdoor refrigerator at 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, near the playground. Meals are available in the refrigerator to anyone in need, at any time, no questions asked.

Walk-Up Vaccines Available
In Prince George's County, Maryland and across the entire country, all individuals age 16+ are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have been waiting for any reason, NOW is the time to get vaccinated! It is crucial for young adults to get vaccinated, especially with the increase in variants causing serious illness. The Baltimore Sun reported that six individuals in their 20s died in Maryland in the last 10 days of April. We are still in a pandemic and have not yet reached herd immunity.

Children's National Medical Center is taking pre-registrations for children ages 12-15. Register here.

You may still make an appointment (which will likely save you time!) but you can also walk/drive up without an appointment.

FEMA Greenbelt Metro Walk-Up Vaccines:

Monday and Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Wednesday and Thursday 2pm - 6pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am - 3pm

Maryland Six Flags Drive-Up Vaccines:

Monday through Sunday: 10am - 2pm

You can also make an appointment:


The Prince George's County Memorial Library System has launched a Vaccine Hunter Hotline to assist residents in English and Spanish. Call 240-392-3622 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for assistance.
Free Meals for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
I am thrilled to distribute boxes of 4 meals to District 3 seniors 60+ and individuals with disabilities of any age again on Friday, May 14, through a partnership with the Department of Social Services.

You must make a reservation even if you have received these meals before.

Restaurant Assistance
EDC has launched another restaurant assistance program. Over the course of the pandemic EDC has provided, thanks to federal funds, over $40 million in funds to support restaurants, businesses, hotels and child care providers.

Veteran Assistance
In collaboration with the Department of Labor, VA is launching the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) as part of its continued effort to support Veterans seeking retraining and economic opportunities in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Veterans interested in learning more information about VRRAP should visit www.va.gov. Veterans can also contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative. 
Contact Your District 3 Team

Wanda Brooks, wjbrooks@co.pg.md.us

geneather Lloyd, glloyd@co.pg.md.us

Aimee Olivo, aeolivo@co.pg.md.us

Alina Smith, amsmith@co.pg.md.us

Alesha Wilson, aewilson@co.pg.md.us