Message from Deni
February 20, 2015
Dear Friends,
Happy February and welcome to the District 2 E-Newsletter community! To keep you informed, each month I will be highlighting community events, activities, and accomplishments occurring in the District 2 community and throughout Prince George's County. I will also provide you with legislative updates developing here in the Prince George's County Council as I continue working to make District 2 a great and vibrant place to live. 
Legislative Year 2015 has quickly begun I am excited to serve on three of the Council's Committees which will give me the experience and insight to directly tackle the issues and concerns in the District 2 community. These committees include Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED), Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM), and Transportation, Housing and the Environment (THE). During this Legislative Year, I will work to create economic development opportunities, improve quality of life and education, increase pedestrian safety, and provide support for the seniors of District 2. As a strong social justice advocate, I am honored to begin the work needed to improve the lives of the working families and diverse communities that reside in District 2. 

There are a number of exciting projects occurring throughout the District 2 community that I look forward to sharing with you. In Working to Better Our Community, I remain vigilant towards the needs and priorities that the District 2 community deserves.  

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 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

Thank You, 

Deni Taveras
Council Member, District Two

"Deni Around the District"

District 2 
Budget & Listening Session Series with Deni: 
Save The Date: District 2 Community Meetings
Deni will be hosting several budget and listening sessions throughout District 2 to inform the community about new budget  and project updates from the State and County affecting your neighborhood and would like YOU to be in attendance. Please come out to learn about what is going on in the District and express your concerns so she maybe able to serve you best.  
The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Community of FocusLocation
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Langley Park
Langley Park Community Center
1500 Merrimac Dr.
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmAvondale, North Woodridge,
Chillum and Lewisdale
Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, MD 20782 
Wednesday March 11, 201
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brentwood, North, Brentwood and Mount Rainier 
North Brentwood Community Center, 
4012 Webster Street
North Brentwood, MD 20722

Wednesday March 25, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City of Hyattsville 
Hyattsville City Hall
4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Multi-purpose room 1st Floor

MMP Triple Play Program Seminar
On Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Deni invites you to attend a MMP TriplePlay Workshop. The MMP TriplePlay gives eligible, first-time homebuyers in Prince George's County incredible financial incentives that put homeownership within reach. MMP TriplePlay gives you more buying power and makes it easier for your family to make the move into home ownership.   You must act now before it is too late to take advantage of the program.

Along with Deni, Maryland State Senator Victor Ramirez, State Delegate Diana Fennell and State Delegate Jimmy Tarlau will be featured speakers. A General Question & Answer Session will be held along with Spanish Language Housing Counselors Available as well as on-site Real Estate Agents. The workshop will be held at the Brentwood Town Office, 4300 39th Place Brentwood, MD 20722.
For more information please call 301-952-4436 or click 
to view the flyer in English and Spanish. 
House of Mercy Church MMP Triple Play Program Seminar
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Deni invites you to attend a MMP TriplePlay Workshop. The MMP TriplePlay gives eligible first-time homebuyers in Prince George's County incredible financial incentives that put home ownership within reach. MMP TriplePlay gives you more buying power and makes it easier for your family to make the move into home ownership.  You must act now before it is too late to take advantage of the program. 

Along with Deni, Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky, State Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines, State Delegate Anne Healey, State Delegate Alonzo T. Washington and Councilwoman Dannielle Glaros will be featured speakers. General Question & Answer Session will be held along with Spanish Language Housing Counselors Available as well as on-site Real Estate Agents. The workshop will be held at House of Mercy Church, 5600 Taylor Road, RIverdale, MD 20737. 
For more information please call 301-952-4436 or click  HERE to view the flyer in English and Spanish.  
Proclamation Presentation

On Tuesday, February, 10, 2015, Deni presented a Proclamation to Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown for her work over the last three years as Executive Director of the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center and her exceptional contributions to the museum.  


The museum has grown and continues to provide programs and exhibits of distinction, provide the highest ethical standards, and strive to be a learning organization for the community and the surrounding areas. 

Friendship Arms Senior Meet & Greet

Deni was honored to meet with the senior residents of the Friendship Arms Senior Living Apartment Complex on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for a Meet & Greet gathering.  During the event, seniors were able to voice their questions and concerns with Deni as well as enjoy light refreshments provided by the District 2 office.  

During the meeting, seniors heard from Director Theresa Grant from the Prince George's County Department of Family Services,  Ms. Shirley Whitely from Department of Aging Services, representatives from County's Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as the Police Chief Douglas Holland from the City of Hyattsville Police Department.  
County Corner
County Council Legislative Priorities
The County Council has identified 5 key legislative priorities that we will tackle during the 2015 Legislative Year. These priorities include:
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development/Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Public Safety
Please visit the Prince George's County Council page here for more information on how we will focus on these priorities throughout this legislative year.  
30th Annual Woman's History Month Luncheon 
Please join County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III as he hosts the 30th Annual Women's History Month Luncheon on March 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon. The Annual Women's History Month Lunch draws 1,000 women not only from government, but also the arts, business, education, religion, nonprofits, and other disciplines who are doing great work. It is the County's premiere networking event for those who want to connect to the women of the Washington metropolitan area.

The highlight of the event is the presentation of the coveted Gladys Noon Spellman Service Award, which annually honors a woman who works in Prince George's County Government and who resides in the County. The nominees must demonstrate strong leadership skills, and a track record of community involvement.
For more information as well as sponsorship opportunities please click HERE
M-NCPPC 2015 Centenarian Celebration 
Do you know any Prince George's County residents who are 90 years old or older? If so, the Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission needs your help! M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County is collecting information about residents who are ages 90 & older to invite them to a special Centenarian Celebration being held in May.

Special recognition will be given to centenarians residents who are 100 years old and older.  If you know someone who resides in the county, and is 90 years old or older (as of January 1, 2015), please let the Centenarian committee know.  For more information please click HERE
Youth@Work/SYEP Job Readiness Training Program Open Houses
The Prince George's County Government, Prince George's Community College, the Prince George's County Public Schools, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Greater Prince George's County Business Roundtable, and the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, are proud to announce the 2015 launch of Youth@Work/SYEP Job Training Program. 
Youth@Work/SYEP Job Training Program, a robust and exciting initiative, is a collaboration with the Prince George's County Summer Youth Enrichment program (SYEP). Through Youth@Work/SYEP participants ages 15-19, will have opportunities to obtain job skills and prepare for employment opportunities. For more information as well as to view the upcoming training dates please click HERE

Register NOW!

Senior Telephone Reassurance Program
The Prince George's County Department of Family Services
Telephone Reassurance Program (TRP) provides daily telephone contact to clients who are homebound or otherwise isolated during the day.  Volunteers make daily telephone calls to seniors to ensure that they have the air conditioning or heat on, check that seniors have taken their daily medication and to inquire if there are any services provided by the Area Agency on Aging they might need.

To qualify, an individual must:
  • Live in Prince George's County;
  • Be 60 years of age of older;
  • Be homebound or isolated;
  • Or just need a friendly voice to check on them
For more information please call 301-265-8421 or click
MD 500 Public Information Meeting
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will be holding a public information meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to hear from the community on the projected desing work on the MD 500 (Queens Chapel Road) Community Safety and Enhancement project.  This project is at the preliminary design stage. It proposes to improve mobility, access, and safety for vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic along Queens Chapel Road.   

The presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by a workshop where interested people can view displays at their own pace, speak with project representatives, provide feedback on the proposed concept, and specify any safety and/or mobility concerns they may have within the project area. Click
HERE to view the document for more information. 
Primary Healthcare Strategic Plan
Residents are invited to attend the Prince George's County Primary Healthcare Strategic Plan Community meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Prince George's Community College, Largo Student Center. The upcoming community meeting will allow YOU-community leaders, residents, and stakeholders-an opportunity to provide input on improving the county's healthcare system,
discuss health promotion and disease prevention, and find ways to enhance our community's quality of life. Additionally, participants will be able to hear updates on the New Regional Medical Center. Your attendance is critical to our success! 

The Prince George's Community College, Largo Student Center is located at 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774. For more information as well as to view the flyer in English and Spanish please click HERE.   
*News You Can Use*
CHCI's R2L NextGen Applications are now OPEN!
Applications for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's summer high school program, R2L NextGen are now available.  

R2L NextGen is a week-long leadership and civic engagement program for high school students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. CHCI will bring 40 Latino high school students to D.C. to learn about how the federal government works, meet key leaders, visit historic sites and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation.  


The program, which will take place July 26 -31, 2015, is completely FREE of charge to all selected student participants.  Applications are now available online and must be submitted by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. To apply online and for more information, click HERE.  
GWHCC 6th Annual Business Expo

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 6th Annual Business Expo on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  


The Business Expo has become the prime event of the region for Hispanic business owners.  The GWHCC will host networking opportunities, educational seminars and business matchmaking sessions to help Hispanic businesses succeed. Last year more than 1,800 participants and 130 exhibitors attended the expo.  For more information on this event as well as Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities, please click HERE.  


Project JumpStart: Paid Job Training

Are you a Prince George's County resident with a High School Diploma or GED? Do you need a job? Project JumpStart will train you, pay you, and assist you in finding a job in construction.


JumpStart is a 14 week (29 classes) pre-apprenticeship construction training program held 2 days a week. Participants can earn $25 a class if you are: on-time, present for the entire class, and follow the rules of the classroom.  Furthermore, graduates from the program will get assistance with placement in the construction field.  Classes include certifications in CPR and OSHA 10 safety training and you will learn skills in math, construction, electrical, plumbing and carpentry. 


For more information, please see the flyer HERE, or contact MENding Families, Inc. at (301) 221-7292 and ask them about Project JumpStart.

Dr. Reatha P. Polk Scholarships
Ebony Scholarship Society, Inc. will be awarding Dr. Reatha P. Polk Scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area to financially assist students in pursuit of higher education.  These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders among their peers and are making a positive impact in their communities. 
The minimum required high school cumulative GPA is 2.50 The minimum required test scores are:
SAT combined score of 1400 (math/reading/writing)
Composite ACT score of 18 (math/reading) and ACT English or writing score of at least 18.  

The postmark deadline for the application is
March 21, 2015. For more information as well as to view the application please click HERE.  

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
It's Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month! A LEGACY Left Behind, Inc. and Black Celebrity Giving is hosting "Love Is Blind" event to break the silence in the DC Metro Area about the rise of teen dating abuse in America. The event will be held on February 28, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  The event will include a Panel Discussion, an Image and Beauty Workshop, a Cup Cake Social, and Raffles. Registration is now open to young ladies in the sixth through twelfth grades. All activities are free, but each student must RSVP no later than February 25, 2015 to attend.