Message from Deni
July, 2015
Dear Friends,
Happy July! Over the past month, I have had the pleasure of enthusiastically continuing to working for you, the great residents of District 2, as the Prince George's County Council moves our communities forward. I have also had the honor to meet with many of you throughout the community to address your questions and concerns as we work together to revitalize our District 2 neighborhoods. Property Standards, Code Enforcement, Pedestrian Safety, Infrastructure Maintenance and Economic Development remain my top priorities in making District 2 an even better place to live, work and play. To further these priorities, I will be providing your community associations and civic groups with door hangers and property standards flyers to distribute throughout your communities to better educate our neighbors on appropriate property standards, trash disposal and community maintenance. 

As an update from the County Council, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Prince George's County Council, unanimously adopted CB-33-2015, legislation requiring half of gaming revenue from the MGM National Harbor destination resort be allocated for public education purposes.   Under the new law, 50-percent of annual local gaming revenue, up to a maximum of $25 million, will now be reserved for Prince George's County Public Schools, Prince George's Community College, and the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, as a part of the County's regular or supplemental budget processes.  The law requires that this funding supplement and not replace or supplant existing County funding sources for public education.  Local gaming revenue, as defined by the legislation, will include revenue from local impact grants distributed to the County from video lottery terminal proceeds; revenue distributed to the County from table game proceeds; real property and personal property taxes; hotel and motel taxes; and admissions and amusement taxes.

Additionally, a s summer is in full swing, I hope you and your families are able to stay cool during this heat wave. For those in need however, the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission offers Cooling Stations for County Residents from  10:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, and during normal business hours for each site on Saturday and Sunday. The District 2 Cooling Stations are as follows: 
  • Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center
  • North Brentwood Community Center
  • Langley Park Community Center
  • Prince George's Plaza Community Center
For more information on the the cooling centers as well as additional locations, please click  HERE.  

There are a number of exciting projects occurring throughout the District 2 community that I look forward to sharing with you.  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 to family 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 arpannell@co.pg.md.us.

Thank You, 


Deni Taveras
Council Member, District Two

"Deni Around the District"
Coming Soon: Being A Responsible Neighbor Flyer
Deni is focused on keeping District 2 a safe and beautiful neighborhood for all of the the community to enjoy. Please be on the lookout for "Being A Responsible Neighbor" flyers as well as "Trash Day FAQ" Door Hangers to distributed to you Civic and Community Associations.

Deni is closely working with the Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement to execute it primary goal which is to enhancing the quality of life and aesthetic values of our communities.  With your help, this goal can be attained by ensuring that all residents maintain their properties within required legal standards and neighborly respect.  

To download the English or Spanish pdf of the flyer please click HERE.  If you would like to have a copy of the flyer sent directly to you please call 301-952-4436. 
 
First Annual District 2 Town  Hall


 

On June 11, 2015, Deni hosted her First Annual District  2 Town Hall meeting that was attended by over 150 residents and community members.  During the meeting, attendees were provided with updates regarding the new FY' 2016 budget, District 2 Projects and future events.  

 


 

Town Hall participants were able to interact with various elected officials as well as speak with representative of the Prince George's County Police Department, Fire Department and Sheriff Department to voice their public safety questions and concerns.   

 


 Deni also provided information tables at the meeting from each Prince George's County agency for attendees to have direct access to specific representatives that answered any community questions or concerns.  

 
Business Community Coffee with Deni


 

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in partnership with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Deni hosted a Small Business Community Coffee meeting. The meeting, held at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center provided a forum for small business representatives from the District 2 community to network with each other as well as learn about economic development opportunities provided by Prince George's County.  

 


 

Pictured from the Small Business Coffee with Deni is James Coleman, President and CEO,
Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation; Shelly Gross-Wade, President, Financial Services Corporation; Mirinda Jackson, MBE Compliance Manager, County Council; June Evans, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Development, PGCC; and Sharon Jackson, Acting Executive Director, Supplier Development and Diversity.  


North Brentwood Day 2015
    
In a continued effort to remain connected with the District 2 community, Deni was excited to participate in North Brentwood Day 2015 on June 20, 2015.   Deni was able to meet residents and reconnect with old friends during the festival.   



Avondale North Woodridge Community Day 2015

Deni also participated in the Avondale North Woodridge Community Day on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  Pictured with Deni at the festival is Senator Victor R. Ramiez, Delegate Diana M. Fennell and an Avonridge Community representative.  

Proclamation Presentation: CASA 
   

On June 9, 2015, on behalf of the Prince George's County Council, Deni and Council Member Dannielle Glaros honored CASA with a proclamation for its 30 years of service to immigrant families and its advocacy for social justice here in Prince George's County and in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.  
County Corner

State of Maryland Property Tax Credit Fact Sheet

Please click  HERE to download the Fact Sheet.
DPIE's NEW Customer Satisfaction Survey
What can we do to improve our performance? Tell us about your most recent experience with DPIE!

The Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections and
Enforcement  is asking County Residents to participate in a brief survey to describe your experience with its services. The survey is anonymous and may be accessed by clicking the link below.  

For more information please call (301) 636-2000 or  click  HERE .  
Summer Air Quality Tips and Tricks from DOE



For more information please click  HERE
Become a Prince George's County Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador!
Prince George's County and Maryland Solar United Neighborhood (MD SUN) are seeking volunteers to bring energy to communities in the County. Help your community gain access to affordable, reliable and carbon-free energy by becoming a Prince George's County Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador!

A Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador is responsible for organizing their neighbors or any group of homeowners to leverage collective buying power to purchase solar in bulk. MD SUN will guide you and your community through the process of negotiating a group discount (up to 20 percent) on the installation of solar panels. Partners/Ambassadors can be a nonprofit, a community organization or an individual with the time and support to implement a solar co-op from start to finish.

If you are interested in becoming a Prince George's County Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador, email Akosua Dosu, Sustainability Coordinator, Prince George's County Department of the Environment, at adosu@co.pg.md.us.  For more information please click
HERE

Prince George's County is #1 
When it comes to waste diversion and recycling, Prince George's is Maryland's greenest County. The County now ranks No. 1 in the State for keeping trash out of its landfill and in second place for recycling. This is an all-time high for the County and a significant step towards its ultimate goal of zero waste.  

Several recycling initiatives that help the County reduce its carbon footprint include its single-stream recycling program that utilizes a 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart, allowing residents and businesses to recycle more items; a food scrap composting pilot program for residential, commercial and educational institutions; the County's inaugural ban on disposable plastic bags in yard waste collection, cutting down on the amount of waste reaching the landfill and "mining" of materials on the landfill. 

 

For more information please call 301-952-600 or click  HERE
Foster Care/Adoptive Services 
The Prince George's County Department of Social Services Foster Care and Adoption Program offers a variety of services to assist current and potential foster families. Through our Foster and Adoption Resource Unit (FAR), we recruit, train, study, approve and maintain active approved homes to provide foster care/adoptive resources for children in need of assistance. There are many children in foster care that need strong and supportive families; and we are continuously looking for permanent homes for County youth.

The Prince George's County Department of Social Services considers our foster and adoptive parents to be a valuable resource. Foster parenting is about believing and investing in the future. It is about changing lives one child at a time. Visit Foster Care Program to learn more about foster care; or Adoption Program to learn more about Adoption.

We hope that you will consider becoming a part of the Department of Social Service's family! If you or someone you know has the time and talent to become a foster or adoptive family, please have them call us at 301-909-CARE. We look forward to you joining our family.

If you have other questions or concerns about the Foster Care and Adoption Program, you may contact the Bureau Chief for Foster Care and Adoptions at 301-909-2000.
Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel
The mission of the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel is to strengthen the partnership between citizens and the Prince George's County police by assuring the public that investigations of alleged excessive force, abusive language and/or harassment are complete, thorough, and impartial; and that the report and recommendations of the investigating unit are reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances.
We seek to improve the climate of community/police relationships through the fair and timely resolution of individual complaints.


For more information on the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel please click  HERE.  
DHCD 2015 Summer Newsletter
There's a lot going on at the Department of  Housing and Community Development. The intention of this newsletter is to give you a snapshot of the many activities that DHCD is engaged in to help provide county residents with a safe, decent and affordable place to live.

In this issue, DHCD focus on the County's first Net Zero Energy House. This one-of-a-kind, 100 year-old home is designed to provide superior energy savings, water efficiency and a healthy living environment. The home produces annually as much energy as it consumes in a year, minimizing the utility bill to virtually zero. The house meets Energy Star and LEED Platinum Standards. Visitors and potential home buyers will see why this home has been selected as a 2015 Green Build Offsite Educational Tour Site by Green Build International Conference
and Expo.

To view the newsletter, please click HERE
*News You Can Use*

Reminder: Finding Your Historical and Genealogical Roots

Please click  HERE to download the Flyer.
Hyattsville Farmers Market Now Open

The Hyattsville Farmers Market is now open every T uesday from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm through September 29, 2015. The Hyattsville Farmers Market is now located at 3799 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782.  

Come enjoy the best in local produce including Vegetables and Fruit from Knopp Farms; Meats and Eggs from Cabin Creek Heritage Farm; Migue's Mini Doughnuts & Crepes; Hope Hone Farms and much more!   

For residents needing transportation, 
the Hyattsville Call-A-Bus will pick you up at your home and take you to the market and back, for FREE. Call 301-985-5020 by 2 p.m. the day before the market to make your reservation.

For more information on this wonderful opportunity, please click HERE.  
 
NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship
The NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding Latino high school seniors and undergraduate students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at a U. S. post-secondary institution. The NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Program is sponsored by NBCUniversal and administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).

The NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Program will award ten (10) $5,000 national scholarships to qualified high school seniors and undergraduate students. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent; must have scored 26 or higher on the ACT test, or 1770 or higher on the SAT test (for high school seniors only); AND applied to or be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university. 

Applicants must submit required information by the deadline of July 31, 2015. 

If you experience any difficulty or have a question with the online application, please contact scholarships@lnesc.org.  Thank you and good luck!  

Please click HERE  here for more information as well as to view the application.