Message from Deni
November, 2015
Dear Friends,
It is hard to imagine that County Council 2015 Legislative session is at a close. During my first Legislative Year on the Council, I have worked tirelessly to ensue County legislation benefits the residents of District 2 and the entire County. Below is an update on legislation have sponsored this year.
  
CB 59-2015 became County law and establishes a two-year lease option for senior (tenant) lessees that live in any senior building that has an age restriction of 55 years and older.
  
CB 44-2015 became County law and establishes stronger penalties for public drinking in Prince George's County.The bill increases the fines for offenses and adds alcohol treatment and community service as a requirement to each offense.
  
CB 95-2015 became County law and establishes a Renter's Property Tax Relief Supplement for each resident qualifying to receive a payment under the State's Renters Tax credit program. The County supplement will be fifty percent (50%) of the State payment made to the resident. For more information click HERE.

A trilogy of legislation became County law and establishes alternative dispute resolution procedures for common ownership communities like condominiums.
  
On December 1, the County Council will elect new Council leadership - Chair, Vice-Chair and Committee Chairs.

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

 

Legislative Corner
CB-59 Public Hearing
On November 3, the Prince George's County Council held a public hearing CB-59-2015. Prince George's County Senior residents testifying in support of CB-59 are featured below. CB- 59 was passed in favor the same day! To view the press release on this public hearing click  Here

Food Truck Legislation

CB 16-2015 & CB 17-2015 establishes Food Truck Hubs in Prince George's county. The legislation was proposed by Council Member Dannielle Glaros- District 3, Mary Leham- District 1 and Karen R. Toles- District 7. Food Truck Hubs, as defined by the legislation, will be outdoor areas designated by the Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) where two or more mobile united may sell freshly prepared foods, or fresh fruits and vegetables. The legislation is now County law.

 

CB 51-2015 is an act concerning food trucks which establishes a business license process for food trucks and increases the enforcement capabilities of DPIE. Deni is a co-sponsor of CB 51.  

 

 

 

 


"Deni Around the District"
First Annual Senior Fall Fling

Deni was excited to host the first annual District 2 Senior Fall Fling on Thursday, October 29, 2015.
 The festival was held at Joe's Movement Emporium. The Senior Fall Fling  honored Seniors of the District 2 community. Free food, entertainment, County and State Agencies presentations were provided.
 

   Seniors enjoying the Joe's Movement stretch and strength exercises.


Thanks to the ROTC Students from Northwestern High School who served our Seniors at the Fall Fling.
 
Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 
Northwestern High School Choir Performance
 
The County Council Celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday October 28th, 2015. As the Mistress of Ceremonies I had the pleasure of introducing the keynote speaker, Jason Llorenz, Leadership for Educational Equity policy researcher. I performed a dance presentations of three types of traditional Latino dances: Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata.
    
 

Deni is pictured with keynote speaker Jason Llorenz, Hon. Keny Lopez de Zuelta from the General Consul of El Salvador, Hon. Dina Mogollón de Florentín, vice councel of Guatemala and Father Vidal Rivas of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.



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District 2 also participated in celebrating Hispanic Heritage at Prince George's Community College on Wednesday October 14, 2015. I served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Elias Alcantara, the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, was the keynote speaker. Students from Northwestern High School and Thomas S. Stone Elementary school performed Spanish songs and a fashion show.


Latinas Empowering Prince George's County Awards Ceremony 2015

On Friday November 13, 2015 County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Maryland State Senator Victor Ramirez, Maryland State Delegate Carlo Sanchez and myself hosted the 1st Annual Latinas Empowering Prince George's County Awards Ceremony. This event honors Latinas that empower Prince George's County through public safety, education, community service, and economic growth!

        Deni and the Latina Awards Recipients.

 
   Deni and the fellow hosts, Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Maryland State Senator Victor Ramirez, Maryland State Delegate Carlo Sanchez honoring Lt. Rosa Guixens.

The Awards Ceremony host committee!
 


Development in the District

Mount Rainier Gateway Town Center Development

  On May 11, 2015, a Land Development Agreement ("LDA") was signed between the City of Mount Rainier and a joint venture development team comprised of Streetsense Development Partners, LLC and The Neighborhood Development Company, LLC ("Developer"). The LDA provides for the acquisition of approximately 33,000 square feet of City-owned property in the Mount Rainier Town Center and the development of a mixed-use project. The project will include over 19,600 square feet of retail space, an apartment building with approximately 191 residential units, and a parking garage serving both the apartment residents and the public..
Prince George's Plaza Transit District Development Plan (TDDP) and Proposed Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment (TDOZMA)

  On Thursday, October 24, the Prince George's County Planning Board held a public hearing to receive your input on the proposed changes to the plans for developing the areas adjacent to the Mall at Prince George's including the Prince George's Plaza Metrorail Station. The plan calls for a dense urban environment closest to East-West Highway and Belcrest Road, which is anchored by the metrorail station, and gradually less dense housing and businesses to the north and east.  I will be carefully considering your input and watching as the plan changes are refined.  The County Council sitting as the District Council will adopt the final changes in the middle of next year.  For more details on the process and to read the full plan, click Here.


County Corner

Red & Gold Senior Holiday Gala



State of Maryland Property Tax Credit Fact Sheet

Please click  HERE to download the Fact Sheet.
Plastic Disposable Bags FAQ
Why is the County no longer accepting single-use plastic bags in the Single-Stream
Recycling Program?

The Prince George's County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program No LONGER accepts plastic bags of any color, size or shape and plastic film.  The plastic bags and plastic film that are currently placed into the single-stream recycling program are NOT being recycled and end up as landfill waste. The County strongly encourages residents to use reusable bags in lieu of using plastic bags.

For more information on the Prince George's County Department of the Enviroment Recycle Program, please click
HERE

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.  
*News You Can Use*
Office of Community Relations' 311 Call Center Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

The Prince George's County Office of Community Relations is celebrating National Customer Service Week by recognizing the CountyClick311 Call Center.  

The CountyClick 311 Call Center's hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Citizens and residents may also access CountyClick by going to www.countyclick311.com or downloading the free App to their Apple or Android mobile device 24/7. Residents with any questions are encouraged to call Prince George's County 3-1-1 

For more information on CountyClick311, please click HERE.    
Please click  HERE for  updates on the County TheBus  and Paratransit services for Thanksgiving Day observance on Thursday, November 26, 2015, and Employees' Appreciation Day observance on Friday, November 27, 2015.

The Ivy Community Charities Scholar's Program provides scholarships on the basis of merit or need to high school seniors who meet the following criteria:
  • Be a resident of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Be enrolled in a Prince George's County School or engaged in a certified home school agreement in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Have plans to pursue an Associate's or Bachelor's degree at a two or four year college or university on a full-time basis
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and
  • Be involved in community service

Students who are interested in applying may download an application HERE

 

Deadline for applications is January 22, 2016. Applications must be received or postmarked by this date.