Message from Deni
October, 2015
Dear Friends,
It is hard to imagine that the fall of 2015 is already here and already, I am nearing my one year anniversary in office.   During my first legislative year, I have been honored to work diligently for you, the residents of District 2 to pass County legislation that I feel will improve our community and Prince George's County as a whole.  Most recently, I have introduced 4 bills that I feel will significantly improve our communities and ensure Prince George's County remains an amazing place to live. 
 
CB 59-2015 establishes  a two year lease option for senior (tenant) lessee that lives in any senior building that has an age restriction of 55 years and older. The Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee voted unanimously to recommend passage of the bill. The public hearing date is pending.
 
CB 65-2015 establishes Earned Paid Sick Leave for Prince George's County. If passed, would require employers in Prince George's County to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capped at a maximum of seven days (56 hours) per year. The legislation will be reviewed in the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development committee on Thursday October 13th, 2015 at 10:00 am in the County Administration Building.
 
CB 44-2015 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 to each offense. The legislation will be reviewed again in the Public Safety and Fiscal Management committee on Thursday October 1st, 2015 at 1:30pm.
 
CR 48-2015 initiates a minor amendment to the Gateway Arts District D-D-O (Development District Overlay) Zone development district standards of the 2004 Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District. The amendments have been successfully adopted by the County Council.
 
Upcoming County Legislation:
CB 16-2015 & CB 17-2015 establishes Food Truck Hubs in Prince George's county. The legislation is proposed by Council Members Dannielle Glaros - District 3, Mary Lehman - 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 units may sell freshly prepared foods, or fresh fruits and vegetables. The legislation has a public hearing on Tuesday, October 6 th at 1:30 pm on the 1 st Floor of the County Administration Building. 

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"
Save the Date: First Annual Senior Fall Fling

Deni is excited to host the first annual District 2 Senior Fall Fling on Thursday, October 29, 2015
 from 
11:30 am - 1:30 pm.  The festival will be held at Joe's Movement Emporium, 
located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainer, MD 20712. 
Please   
remain  on the look ou t for the official  announcement , information and RSVP instructions.  

The Senior Fall Fling will honor Seniors of the District 2 community. Free food, entertainment, County and State Agencies presentations as well as a special " Senior Movement Activity" hosted by Joe's Movement Emporium will take place during this fun-filled event.   

For more information please contact Altmann R. Pannell at 301--952-4436 or arpannell@co.pg.md.us. 
 
First Annual Civic Association Appreciation Breakfast 


 

On July 25, 2015, Deni hosted her First Annual Civic Association Appreciation Breakfast to honor active members of the community as well as provide a forum for residents to share their vision for the future of District 2.  During the Breakfast, three community leaders were honored for their outstanding community service.  The honorees included Lewisdale Civic Association President, Ms. Lavern Williams; Avondale/NorthWoodridge Citizens' Association President, Ms. Jo-Anne M. Butty and Carol Highlands Civic Association President, Mr. Carlo Sanchez.  

 


During the breakfast, 
Deni briefly provided attendees with an update on the state of District 2 and gave a legislative outlook on upcoming projects for 2015.  

 


Deni is pictured with resident and community activist Dottie McNeil enjoying the breakfast. 

 
Day Out With Deni: Prince George's African-American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc. 
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, Deni hosted a "Meet & Greet" luncheon and tour of the Prince George's African-American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc.  Deni provided District 2 residents a chance to speak intamatley with her on community issues and concerns as well as tour the museum for free.  Pictured with Deni is Delegate Diana M. Fennell and Director of  Government and Corporate Partnerships for the Museu, Tracey Tolbert Jones.  

 
Residents throughout the District 2 community were excited to share their thoughts and vision Deni during the event.  

CB-59 Appreciation Luncheon
    
In appreciation for Prince George's County Senior residents testifying in support of CB-59 during the Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee hearing on September 17, 2015, Deni hosted a catered lunch for the senior much of which are residents of District 2.  



Council District of Columbia Meet and Greet

The Prince George's County Council hosted a "Meet and Greet" working luncheon with the members of the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 1:00 pm.  The two Councils were able to discuss important intercommunity needs as well as future partnerships between the two communities.  

Your're Invited: District 2 Hispanic Heritage Month Festival
   
Please click HERE to view and print the flyer in Spanish.
County Corner

State of Maryland Property Tax Credit Fact Sheet

Please click  HERE to download the Fact Sheet.
Clean Up Green Up Fall 2015
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 .  
Prince George's County Department of The Enviorment Newsletter
 
To download and view the .pdf version of the newsletter please click 
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.

The County will no longer accept the plastic bags/film because there is not an end market for the material after it has been collected in a single-stream recycling collection program/process. The plastic bags/film become dirty and contaminate once they are mixed with other recyclables, reducing their quality and value to manufacturers who use and purchase the

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

Housing Authority Opens Housing Choice Voucher Wait List
The Housing Authority of Prince George's County (HAPGC) will begin accepting online only preliminary applications for placement on the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) Wait List on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12:01 am through Friday, October 16, 2015.  

Only one application per household will be accepted. Applications will be offered in 60 languages.
HAPGC will only accept electronic preliminary applications.

No applications will be accepted at the HAPGC central office.

Applicants can use a computer, tablet or smart phone to complete an application. 
Applicants who need internet access or assistance may go to any local county library.

For more information please call 301-883-2760 or click  HERE

PGCPS Academic Fairs
   

To learn more about the upcoming PGCPS Academic Fairs please click  HERE.
Older Adult Services
There are a growing number of people who are faced with making life-changing decisions for themselves and elderly family members. The Aging Services Division provides and supports a broad range of services and programs for seniors and their families.

The purpose of the Area Agency on Aging is to support older adults so they can maintain the highest possible quality of life with independence and dignity, and to assist seniors and their family members with the many challenges of the aging process. The Area Agency on Aging acts as the first resource you can turn to for help.  In Prince George's County, the Area Agency on Aging is part of the Department of Family Services. 

For more information on Adult Services in Prince George's County 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*

Final Event: Finding Your Historical and Genealogical Roots

Please click  HERE to download the Flyer.
Office of Community Relations' 311 Call Center Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

The Prince George's County Office of Community Relations is celebrating 2015 National Customer Service Week by recognizing the CountyClick311 Call Center.  It is also the third anniversary of CountyClick 3-1-1 which is an initiative of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  The goal was to better connect County government to residents through a call center and online service request system. 

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.    
NASA Online Career Fair-STEM Students Please Apply!!!
On Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm NASA will be holding a Virtual Career Fair for NASA Internships, Fellowship & Scholarships.  Engage with NASA representatives and former interns to learn about spring and summer internship
opportunities available across the agency. Network with recruiters from the comfort of your home, dorm,
smartphone or tablet. Register today and launch your career STEM!

As an attendee, you have the ability to explore information about programs and opportunities, ask questions about application requirements, and get tips to enhance your application. Choose which NASA centers you want to interact with and then engage in one-on-one text-based conversations directly with a recruiter at those centers. You can share your background, experience, resume and ask questions. Maximize your time in the event by getting in line to chat with representatives from more than one center at a time or network with former interns and fellow in the networking booth.

Please click HERE  here for more information as well as to view the application.  
Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow!!
On Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  a FREE Leadership Luncheon for Middle School Girls will be hosted by Senior Girl Scout Lalah W. at the Hyattsville Municipal Center.   



Participant will hear from agencies that support women leaders, listen to local leaders tell their stories of how they got started, and talk one-on-one with leaders over lunch.  

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