Dear Neighbor,
 
This month, we joined together to mourn the tragic loss of 23-year-old Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III due to an alleged hate crime and we came together to fight against the national climate of fear for those who risk deportation and discrimination due to their immigration status. Given these anxious times, it is that much more urgent that we purposefully bring our communities together across our diverse origins. 

I want to express a deeply felt thank you to Dottie McNeill, the Chillum Ray community, our immigrant advocates, local municipalities, and our non-profit community partners for coming out to the public hearings on the county budget in Upper Marlboro. Your record turnout made a difference! We were able to move the needle on important community projects like the Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center expansion project and deliver much-needed legal defense services for our immigrant community. 
 
I would like to also thank those who joined me in the Take Pride in Our Community Awards Ceremony and Community Event this past month, which was dedicated to connecting and celebrating our diversity. Despite the rainy weather, we had a great time recognizing our community leaders, local talent, and the Tastes of the Gateways. Over 40 people were recognized, including the Prince George's County Teacher of the Year, who works at Ridgecrest Elementary School in our very own District 2!
 
The County Council has much to be proud of this year as it finalized a $3.88 billion budget.  We made a $1.97 billion appropriation to our schools, $51 million more than last year, with key investments in school infrastructure and preventative maintenance.  We also delivered a much-needed turf field for Northwestern HS. Additionally, we are also making necessary enhancements to our public safety with 200 new police officers, 115 new firefighters, 70 new corrections officers, and 25 new sheriff deputies. In addition, all county staff have received a much-needed, long awaited raise. 
 
The County Council heard your pleas and was able to increase our infrastructure investments to $27 million for road repaving, curbs and sidewalks. For the first time since the existence of the Housing Stabilization Trust Fund, we are investing $5.1 million into first-time home buyer closing cost assistance and workforce housing. With some help from the state, we were able to provide a one-time gap closure of $3.5 million so the caregivers of our DDA community can receive a living wage. 
 
We are also investing $2 million to incentivize the revitalization of our aged commercial properties and $2 million to address litter in the community. We have also set aside funds to help our elderly revitalize their aged homes. We continue to make major investments in District 2's infrastructure through the building of the Hamilton Street garage, the Hyattsville Justice garage development, the volunteer Hyattsville Fire/EMS building, the Hyattsville Library and the Langley Park Library. We were able to acquire funding for a new park at Red Top Rd. and Greenbrier Ave, as part of our effort to beautify the Northern Gateway. In addition, nearly all of the District 2 requests for non-profit non-departmental appropriations were funded. 
 
While we did make some remarkable strides in our County Budget, we still have some major challenges. Unfortunately, our teachers were not able to receive the step increase they deserve. All of our school projects were delayed a year. Although we were able to get a CIP page added for the lighting of Northwest Branch trail, we still lack full funding for our recreational needs and public safety needs at our trials. We also are dully concerned with how the proposed federal budget will affect our county agencies, plans to build a Regional Medical Center, and, generally, the most vulnerable among us. We still have much work to do and I hope you will continue to join me in this effort!
 
Again, thank you for keeping in contact with me.  Keep emailing me and express your community concerns. Please forward this email to your community friends and post to local list serves. It is my pleasure to serve you!
 
Best Regards,


Deni Taveras

Take Pride Festival and Community Awards Ceremony 
On Saturday, May 13th, Councilmember Taveras in partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted the first annual Take Pride Festival and Community Awards Ceremony at Northwestern High School                              (Amber Waller, President of 8th Precinct)    
(Andrew Carter, Allie O'Neil, Amber Waller, Carolyn Markize, Brandon Bedford)                           (Chispa Maryland Promotoras/Advocates) 
with performances from NHS Visual Performing Arts, Joe's Movement Emporium, Zumba with Parks and Recreation, Danza Los Tecuanes and many more. In collaboration with the schools and community members, Councilmember Taveras awarded students and community leaders who work towards beautifying, celebrating and connecting 

       (Desmond Lee; Facility Director with Parks                and Recreation)
residents of District 2. As a way to celebrate all the great work being done in District 2, Council Member Taveras awarded our dedicated community leaders, including the following: President of 8th Precinct, Amber Waller; Facility Director of Rollingcrest Community Center, Desmond Lee; and Prince George's County Public School Teacher of the Year, Carolyn Markize of Ridgecrest    
(Carolyn Markize; PGCPS Teacher of the Year)        Elementary School. 

          (Northwestern HS Choir)                                                             (Danza Los Tecuanes) 
The day was filled with a taste of the Gateways, with participation from the   Northern Gateway and the Gateway  Arts District. To discover more about our Take Pride in Our Community Initiative, click here  or call our office at (301) 952-4436. We look forward to seeing you next year! 
Little Free Library Installation 

On Saturday, May 6th, the members of the Avondale/North Woodridge Citizens' Association gathered for the ribbon cutting for a new "Little Free Library." The "Little Free Library," will be an asset to the community. What a special act of love from and to the community! Neighbors rallied together to donate books and make this installation possible. The library makes learning more accessible and promotes community pride.  
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety 

Summer is rapidly approaching with temperatures steadily rising. While we are driving, let's remember to be mindful of our fellow neighbors who are walking or bicycling. Slow down, don't text and remain aware of your surroundings. Let's have a safe summer! For more information on pedestrian and bicycle safety visit Maryland Department of Transportation, please click here. 
Learning to speak English?

Join the English Conversation Club at Prince George's County Memorial Library System in Hyattsville. For more information, contact the branch at (301) 985-4690. 
Sun Safety Tips from Mary's Center 

This year alone over 87,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Skin cancer affects every one, so we all have to be careful. Follow the guidance of Dr. Gita Agarwal from Mary's Center to reduce your risk and prevent early skin aging too.

1.  Minimize your exposure to the sun:  Stay in the shade, especially between 10 am and 2 pm. 
2.  Cover up:  Wear pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a wide-brim, tightly-woven hat.
3.  Put on some sunscreen:  Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of 15 or more. Do not use expired sunscreen. Do not leave sunscreen in a hot car. Remember to put sunscreen on your neck, hands, feet, lips, ears and nose but not on your eyes. Reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours and more if you are swimming. Ask your doctor before applying sunscreen on your baby.
4.  Protect your eyes:  Your vision is a precious asset, protect yourself from the risk of melanoma cancer of the eye. Be sure to wear sunglasses throughout the year whenever you are out in the sun. Buy a pair that blocks 100% of both UVA and UVB light. Remember expensive or darker sunglasses don't necessarily protect you more. It's the amount of UV protection that counts!

One last piece of advice: If you develop a new mole or you notice that an existing mole is changing shape, color or size or if you have any other skin symptoms you are concerned about, please make an appointment to see a Mary's Center provider. To arrange a visit with them call (301) 422-5900 or visit their location at  8908 Riggs Rd, Adelphi, MD 20783. 
Camp Joe's 

Schools almost out for summer! Looking for a fun and interactive camp? 
Joe's Movement Emporium offers a world of arts for your child this summer. Camp Joe's- A Connected World: Movement, Art and Science provides experiential learning at its best! From creative movement to creative robotics, Joe's camps have it all. Sign up for a week or for a full summer of fun in the largest, independent performing arts center in Prince George's County. For more information, please call (301) 699-1819. 
Community Meeting on the International High School 

Join Council Member Deni Taveras on Thursday, June 8th at Langley Park McCormick Elementary school to discuss the new International High School. Hear from PGCPS Board of Education Member Dinora Hernandez and PGCPS Department of Capital Improvement Programs. Learn about the Board of Education's allocated funds for the construction of a new 400-student building on the Langley-Park McCormick Elementary School campus. For more information, call my office at (301) 952-4436. 
2017 Housing Fair 

The Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Housing Authority of Prince George's County present the 2017 Housing Fair. Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex (8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785). You'll learn halpful tips about purchasing a home, home financing and home demonstrations. Enjoy seminars to help you with your housing questions. For more information, call (301) 883-5094.                

Save-the-Date 

Join Councilmember Taveras and the University of Maryland on Saturday, September 30, 2017 for a Hispanic Heritage celebration and one-day conference from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM. The day will be filled with a celebration of diversity, information about available resources, and various panel discussions. To RSVP for this event, please click here or contact our office (301) 952-4436. 
 District 2 Serving Non-Profits Funded by Prince George's County 
 
Arts & Humanities Council * Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA) * B-Roll Media & Arts * Capital Area Food Bank * CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) * Casa de Maryland * Chillum Youth Project * Citizen's Advisory Council (CAC) Inc.* City of Hyattsville * City of Mount Rainier * Community Crisis Services Center * Community Legal Services of Prince George's County * Community Services Foundation * ECO City Farms * Education Video in Spanish (EVS Communication) * Family Crisis Center * First Generation College Bound * Food and Friends * Hyattsville Aging in Place, Inc. * Hyattsville Community Development Corporation * Joe's Movement Emporium * Latin American Youth Center * La Clinica del Pueblo * LEEP to College Foundation, Incorporated * Liberty's Promise * MANUP * NAMI Prince George's County, MD * Neighborhood Novelists * Neighborhood Design Center * Nonprofit Prince George's County * Pickett Fences Senior Services * Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center * Prince George's County Child Resource Center * Prince George's County Public Safety Assistance Program * St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth, and Families * Starting with Today * Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc.* Taratibu Youth Association * The Arc of Prince George's County * The Maryland Umbrella Group * Town of Brentwood * Town of North Brentwood 
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