November 18, 2016


Dear Friends,

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to let you know how grateful and humbled I am to serve as the County Council Member representing District 3. This is by far the most rewarding job I can imagine. It is my privilege to work hard each and every day for the residents of District 3 and our entire County. I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Over the past week I have thought a great deal about the importance of inclusion and diversity in our community. Last February, the County Council passed CR-09-2016, for the purpose of expressing County Council support for the importance of diversity and inclusiveness.
 
I am deeply saddened by the number of hate crimes reported nationally and locally and can't think of a more important time for us to  find strength in the diversity of our neighborhoods, seek actions of unity, and create opportunities for conversations and dialogues.

One place creating space for such discussions is our own Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center. They are doing wonderful work and I am so pleased to partner with them to offer  five FREE Early Keeper programs across District 3. The next one is on Tuesday, November 29, at 1:00 pm at Good Luck Community Center. The remaining events will take place on December 10, January 21, and January 28. Please see the flyer for additional details. The programs are ideal for children ages 3-7,  but all are welcome!

The County Council's final session for Legislative Year 2016 was held on Tuesday. I am proud of the legislation I worked on in 2016. Much of it focused on the themes of supporting sustainable practices, supporting entrepreneurship, streamlining regulations, and supporting economic redevelopment and revitalization. 

As Vice Chair of the Council this year, I also served as Chair of the Rules and General Assembly Committee. My colleagues, our Council staff, and I worked hard over the past several months to update and revise our County Council and District Council rules -- the first major review and update in nearly two decades! I am incredibly pleased about one major change. Starting in 2017, all Council committee hearings will be recorded and posted on the Council's website

The Prince George's County Planning Department recently announced the creation of the  PGAtlas Development Notification website. This website is designed to keep you informed of development applications being reviewed by the Planning Department. You can r efine your weekly notification email by selecting one or more zip codes of interest. Visit PGAtlas to log in or create an account. Email ppd-gis@ppd.mncppc.org if you have questions.

On Tuesday, November 22, I am hosting my 2nd Annual Senior Resource Fair and Lunch. Seats for lunch are now full. If you did not reserve your seat in advance, I hope you will still join me at 11:00 am for the Resource Fair and at 11:30 am for a light exercise activity led by Joe's Movement Emporium.

More than 15 County agencies and nonprofit organizations will share valuable information at the Resource Fair. The event will take place at the VFW Post, 9800 Good Luck Road in Lanham. Please reply to this email or call my office at 301-952-3060 if you have any questions.

Later that evening, I am hosting a Community Chat with the Woodlawn & Glenridge Communities. It will take place on November 22, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodlawn Recreation Building, 6916 Greenvale Parkway. 

I was honored to attend Town of Landover Hills Veterans Day ceremony. My chief of staff, Aimee Olivo, attended the program at VFW Post 8950 in Lanham. Both of our fathers served in Vietnam, and we learned from the VFW program that in 2012  President Obama declared May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Both programs were deeply moving and I am incredibly grateful to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country through military service.

On November 3, I hosted my fourth semiannual Nonprofit Networking Breakfast. These events are open to representatives from all nonprofit organizations serving District 3 residents. If you fit that category but did not receive the invitation to the November breakfast, please reply to this email and let me know so I can add you to the list. 

I am grateful to Adeyinka Ogunlegan from Comcast who joined u s to share information about Comcast's Internet Essentials program. If you have at least one child who is eligible for free and reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program, or if you receive HUD housing assistance, you can get high-speed Internet for only $9.95 per month. Learn more or apply at Internetessentials.com or 1-877-592-2050. Please spread the word!

The University of Maryland's Hearing & Speech Clinic also joined us on November 3. They offer free and low cost speech, language and hearing services to the community, including low cost hearing aids. Contact the clinic at 301-405-4281 or hespclinic@umd.edu for more information.

On Monday, the County Council joined the PGCPS Board of Education for a public briefing on the results of the  Continuous Business Process Improvement Study, also know as the PGCPS Performance Audit. You may recall my previous messages  that this is the first comprehensive assessment of County school operations in 18 years. The joint briefing featured a presentation from Parthenon-EY addressing the preliminary findings and recommendations of key areas in five divisions of PGCPS: human resources, curriculum and instruction, supporting services, business and management services, and information technology. I encourage you to watch a recording of the presentation and questions   here

Again, I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day. 
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,
     
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This summer I launched the District 3 Workforce Development Partnership to ensure that we lift up unemployed and underemployed residents as economic development comes to District 3 and Prince George's County. If you offer workforce development services and are interested in learning more, please reply to this email or call Aimee Olivo at 301-952-3060.

As part of this work, I will periodically share workforce resources in this column of my enewsletter. 

Did you know?

T he PGC Memorial Library System offers numerous lifelong learning and career programs?
Career Online HS, JobNow and Learning Express Library as just a few offerings.

The PGC Economic Development Corp. launched "Operation 500" to provide Veterans with the resources to find a job or grow within their job. The next Veterans-only event is January 9. Space is limited so register today!

Contact Us!
301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
@co.pg.
md.us
 
Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist:
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C. Angel Dureke
Scheduler &
Administrative Assistant:
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Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant:
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Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff:
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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.