July 20, 2016

Dear Friends,

Yeterdy the Council held its final session for the summer. We will resume our regular District Council, County Council, and committee hearings after Labor Day. I am looking forward to spending a bit of time with my family but please know that my District 3 staff and I will be working throughout summer recess -- responding to  constituent needs, conducting community outreach, preparing legislation, and planning for the fall.

I am thrilled to have two incredible interns this summer, both District 3 residents.

Juwan Blocker is a rising senior at Parkdale HS. Juwan was elected by his peers to serve as the Student Member of the PGCPS Board of Education this year and will be sworn in this August. Juwan is playing an active role in our planning of this year's College & Career Fair, among other projects.

Tobi Plumpter is a 2016 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt HS and will attend Hampton University in the fall. He plans to major in electrical engineering but is proving to be a wiz at communications and social media in our office. He is assisting with community outreach and several other projects.

Please give Juwan and Tobi a warm welcome if you speak with them or see them in the community.

Photo from Eco City Farms in Bladensburg
I am incredibly pleased that we passed legislation to allow Urban Farms in Prince George's County yesterdy. With a great deal of support from the Prince George's County Food Equity Council, Soil Conservation District, and others, Council Members Lehman, Turner and I were pleased to put forward this legislation. Read more here.

The County Council also voted to place two charter amendments on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.

CB-40-2016 proposes placing the question regarding a proposed amendment to the County Charter on the November General Election ballot that provides for the election of two additional members of the County Council to serve a-large. These two members would be subject to the current two-term limit, but would be eligible to run for an at-large seat even if they previously served as the representative from a single Council district. Read The Washington Post piece on this here.
CB-41-2016 proposes placing the question regarding a proposed amendment to the County Charter on the November General Election ballot that will allow the County Council to secure outside legal counsel in the event of a conflict between the executive and legislative branches on matters regarding legal services and advice. Read The Washington Post piece about this here.

Thank you to all who have reached out to share your thoughts on CB-40-2016. If you would like to better understand my thoughts on this question, please click here to read a statement from me.

Another piece of legislation that passed was CB-39-2016. I deeply appreciate the many residents who reached out to me about this legislation and am especially grateful for the additional advocacy and research conducted by the Sierra Club. I spent a great deal of time on this legislation and am satisfied with the bill after the addition of the amendment we passed yesterday. Essentially, the amendment takes language from the General Plan and puts that language into the Code. The General Plan language was already approved and thus we moved forward language already codified. A link to the legislation is here, but it may take another day to upload the amended and passed legislation.

Thank you to the many residents of Woodlawn and Glenridge who came out to my Community Chat on July 7. The evening was a  great start to the increased collaboration and community-building we need in the Woodlawn and Glenridge communities.  I am so pleased that this community has been selected to be part of the second phase of the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI). W atch for more information this fall about the kick-off.

Our Department of Parks and Recreation is in full swing during the summer. There are activities for all ages in locations throughout the County. Explore the many opportunities Parks and Recreation offers here.

Please join me on Monday, July 25, to celebrate the opening of two exciting recreation amenities in District 3--the newly renovated Paint Branch Playground and new Riverdale Park Dog Park.

At 4:30pm we will open the new Paint Branch Playground, 5200 Campus Drive, College Park, MD.

At 6:00pm we will open the Riverdale Dog Park, 5400 Haig Drive, Riverdale, MD.

These are rain or shine events! Please invite your neighbors and bring your kids, be they human or fur! RSVP for one or both by calling 301-446-3300.

It was a pleasure to join with the UMD Office of Community Engagement, nonprofit leaders, Riverdale and Prince George's County community leaders and others to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Educational Partnership
in Riverdale on Thursday, July 14.

Over the past ten years, the partners at the Center for Educational Partnership have served more than 5,000 youth; conducted more than 80 different afterschool and summer programs for middle and high school students, provided more than 3,200 hours of nutritional education, supported more than 45 garden plots which fed more than 50 families, and served immigrant populations including families from Mexico, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Burma, Syria and across the continent of Africa.

Special thanks to Gloria Aparicio Blackwell with the UMD Office of Community Engagement and all our nonprofit partners. Over the past 10 years, this space has become an important part of our community fabric. I am excited about our next 10 years and more!

As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or 301-952-3060. You can reach my staff via the same phone number or their email address on the right.
Together Strengthening our Community,
P.S. I share news and updates daily on social media. If you are active on social media, too, please engage with me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter
Like me on Facebook
 Follow me on Twitter


Attn: Veterans

The PGC Economic Development Corporation is hosting a Veteran Jobs and Resource Fair on Monday, August 1 from 10am-2pm.
The event is FREE but registration is required. Register or learn more here.

Back-to-School Immunizations
Make sure your students are ready for the first day of school! The Prince George's County Health Department is offering immunizations in Cheverly and Clinton.  Call 301-583-3300 for an appointment or to learn more.

Mark Your Calendar
Parkdale High School
College & Career Fair
September 29, 2016
All Welcome!

Would you like to represent your employer or alma mater at the Fair? Call 301-952-3060 and ask for Juwan Blocker

New Website

Prince George's County, the Council Council and District 3 all have new websites. Please take a few minutes to visit and check them out. I hope you find them to be more user-friendly.

One of the best new features of the Council website is that you can sign up to receive committee and Council session meeting dates, news releases, and more as soon as they are updated. Just sign in and select your preferences at Notify Me.

Contact Us!

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist:
C. Angel Dureke
Scheduler &
Administrative Assistant:
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant:
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff:
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison:

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email Thomas Mayah at the District 3 Council Office at tsmayah@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.