December 9, 2016

Dear Friends,

This month marks the start of my third year as your Council representative. I work hard every day to serve the residents of District 3 and Prince George's County and am humbled that my colleagues elected me Vice Chair of the Council for a second consecutive term. It is an honor to serve in leadership with Chair Derrick L. Davis (District 6) who was also reelected.

On November 22, nearly 200 District 3 seniors ages 60 and better joined me at VFW Post 8950 in Glenn Dale for my 2nd Annual Senior Lunch and Resource Fair. A special thank you to Joe's Movement Emporium for leading us in a light exercise activity, and to the 15 County  agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others who provided useful information during the resource fair. Prince George's County Police Chief Stawinski joined us, along with Prince George's County Police District 2 Major Yuen. 
I an ticipate ho sting this event again on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week 2017, so please watch for more information and plan to join me.

Later that evening, I hosted a Community Chat with residents of the Woodlawn and Glenridge communities. 

Thank you to Prince George's County Police District 1 Major Guixens and COPS Officer Cpl. Vitko for joining us. These neighborhoods along with West Lanham Hills have been identified by County Executive Rushern Baker as  Transforming Neighborhood Initiative communities for 2017. Watch for more information about the launch event in early 2017.

On Sunday, December 4, Bob Harper, owner of independent book store Robert Harper Books in Riverdale Park, opened his store for me to host a Community Chat with members of the College Park, University Park and Riverdale Park communities. I enjoyed the opportunity to have a casual chat with community members and did some shopping as well. If you haven't stopped by this locally-owned small business, I highly recommend visiting it and our other small businesses this month. 

On December 6, when the County Council convened to elect the Chair and Vice Chair, we also took the opportunity to introduce and adopt two resolutions, which is unusual to do on the day of Gavel Exchange. CR-001-2017 is a resolution establishing a County Vehicle Use Review Board to review and make recommendations on the procedures for use of County vehicles by County Council Members. It is a long-standing policy that each County Council Member has the option of using a government vehicle. When I was sworn in, I opted to continue using my personal vehicle and receive an allowance to cover costs. 

The second resolution introduced and adopted on December 6 is CR-002-2017, A Resolution Concerning Bias, Discrimination, Hate and Harassment for the purpose of denouncing anti-immigrant activity, racial bias and discrimination, hate speech, hate crimes, and harassment in Prince George's County.  I believe this resolution, coupled with   CR-09-2016 , passed in February, demonstrates the County Council's support for diversity and inclusiveness and total intolerance for bias, discrimination, hate speech and more. 

MGM National Harbor opened to the public on Thursday, December 8, at 11:00 pm. You may remember that in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017) we built in the additional tax revenue expected from MGM National Harbor's first six months in operation. This revenue, coming primarily from the hotel, theater, restaurants, and resort amenities in the project, will support additional County services along with Prince George's County Public Schools, Prince George's Community College and Prince George's County Memorial Library System. 

The resort features art by several Prince George's County residents. The MGM National Harbor fact sheet boasts, "Guests walking toward the reception desk will be intrigued by a dramatic piece created by local Prince George's County artist Margaret Boozer. This abstract map of the region, created with 10,000 pounds of clay excavated from the resort's construction site, continues to evolve as the soil hardens, revealing new cracks and texture changes." I was thrilled to view this incredible installation with Margaret on the opening day.

I am most excited about the nationally recognized chefs we will have in Prince George's County next year. FISH by José Andrés and Voltaggio Brothers Steak House by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are now open at MGM National Harbor. In 2017, Mike Isabella's Kapnos Taverna will open at The Hotel at the University of Maryland.
My third of five  FREE Early Keeper programs  in District 3 is this Saturday, December 10, 2:30 pm at the West Lanham Hills Community Building, 7700 Decatur Road. I've partnered with the  Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center  on these 90-minute bilingual programs for children ages 3-7 and encourage you to attend. 

  As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at 301-952-3060 or . You can reach my staff via the same phone number or their email address on the right.

Together Strengthening our Community,
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Early Keepers program
Saturday, December 10, 2:30 pm, at the West Lanham Hills Community Building, 7700 Decatur Road. This is a 
90-minute bilingual program for children ages 3-7. Adult must stay with the child. No registration necessary! 

Saturday, December 17
Noon - 8 pm

Summer Youth @ Work Job Readiness Training
Registration is now open.  Young people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old across the County have an opportunity to participate in career development, life-skills training and job training sponsored by Prince George's Community College.

Contact Us!


Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist:
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant:
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff:
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison:

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