Message from Deni
June, 2015
Dear Friends,

Happy February 2016!  It's amazing to think that I have had the honor of serving the residents of District 2 for a full year, and Legislative Year 2016 is already underway.  This year, I am enthusiastically taking on more leadership roles to fight for you and Prince George's County as a whole. Following a successful Council Retreat, I have taken on the responsibility of serving as Vice Chair of the Council's Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS) Committee, and the Transportation, Housing and Environment (THE) Committee respectively.  I will also serve as a member of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED) Committee, and represent the Council on the Health Advisory Committee and liaise with the Prince George's Municipal Association .  These leadership positions will allow me to have an even greater impact on improving the health, housing standards and living conditions of our residents.    

Spring is approaching, and with it comes a new budget season.  Next month, I will begin hosting a series of District 2 Budget and Listening Sessions. The Budget and Listening Sessions will give me an opportunity to provide District 2 residents with important information concerning the FY 2017 Proposed County Budget, which the Council must adopt on or before June 1.  These sessions are also a time for me to hear directly from you on issues of community concern, which will be considered as my Council colleagues and I review the County Executive's proposed budget.  The first District 2 Budget and Listening Session is March 3 - please save the date and plan to attend. 

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 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"

District 2 Budget Listen Sessions:

Please click  HERE  to  download  the flyer . 
 
PZED Passes Anti-Fracking Bill


 
On  Wednesday, 
February 17, 2016, Deni attended the County Council's Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee (PZED) session, where she along with her colleagues voted unanimously to prohibit "fracking" of natural gas. The bill will now go to full Council to be approved.

New Graduating Police Class of 2016
    
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Deni was excited to attend the 2016 graduation ceremony for 40 student officers who will serve on the Prince George's County Police force.  This highly diversified class will continue the quest to increase Community Policing in Prince George's County.  Congratulations to all the new officers! 


District 2 Mayor's Breakfast

On Friday, February 12. 2016, Deni participated in the monthly District 2 Mayor's Breakfast Round Table meeting at Bird's Kitchen.  Pictured at the breakfast (counter-clock wise): Mayor Malinda Miles, City of Mount Rainer; Ms. Verionica Owens, Assistant City Manager, City of Mount Rainer; Mayor Rocio Tremino-Lopez, Town of Brentwood; Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth, City of Hyattsville, Micah Watson, Chief of Staff, Office of Council Member Deni Taveras; Wanika Fisher, Office of Council Member Deni Taveras; Larry Huges, Interim City Manager, City of Mount Rainer; Mayor Petrella Robinson, Town of North Brentwood; Council Member Deni Taveras.  
 
District 2 Property Tax Reassessment Information Forum


 
On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Deni hosted a Property Tax Reassessment Information Forum for the residents of Councilmanic District 2.  The District 2 Property Tax Reassessment Information Forum featured a presentation on the Property Tax Assessment appeal process by Prince George's County Supervisor of Assessments Daniel R. Puma. Over 75 forum participants learned about the appeal process for tax assessments as well as the application process for the Prince George's County Homestead Tax Credit.    

As Deni states, "Many of our District 2 residents have experienced fluctuating assessments on their principal residence. Information about the appeal process, is important, especially for homeowners with excessive assessments. Onsite assistance for residents with large assessment increases proved very helpful."  

Business Owner and Entrepreneur Resource & Networking Event:

Please click  HERE  to  download  the flyer . 
County Corner
Water Main Replacement in District 2
Beginning in the early Spring of 2016 through the late summer of 2018, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), will begin replacing approximately 2.73 miles of water main in the District 2 Community.   The affected streets will include: 
Knollbrook Drive; Medwick Drive; 8th Avenue; 8th Place; 9th Avenue; Thurman Avenue; Cox Avenue; Fairoak Avenue; Riggs Road and Ray Road.  This project is necessary because the water mains are nearing the end of their useful life.  The water mains within the project area were originally installed in the 1940's. These mains will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe which will greatly reduce the  frequency  of water main breaks. 

All work is expected to be conducted during weekdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Water services may be interrupted while the new main is being tied in with the existing main, however this will be limited to a few hours at a time.  Residents will receive more detailed information prior to any service interruptions.  

To receive an e-mail or text message alert when service disruptions occur in your area, you may register for WSSC's Customer Notification System (CSN) by clicking HERE.  Additionally, any questions about this project (BR5703A14) may be directed to 301-206-8523.  

For more information please click  HERE.  
Alert Prince George's 
The Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security, reminds residents to sign up for Alert Prince George's. Formerly, Notify Me Prince George's, Alert Prince George's offers residents businesses and visitors an opportunity to receive timely and secure emergency notifications and alerts during a major crisis or event. In addition, Alert Prince George's provides various updates regarding severe weather, utility problems, severe traffic or major road closures.

Alert Prince George's offers customizable features that allow registrants to set personal account preferences. You may opt to receive information about a specific neighborhood such as your home or workplace or your child's school. You can also select your preferred delivery method such as text, email or a phone call. Users can also create "quiet periods and do not disturb" timeframes to limit when you receive message and manage their personal profiles via a downloadable "Everbridge" App.

For more information as well as how to sign-up, please click HERE.
What is the Zika Virus?
Zika Virus is a virus spread through mosquito bites of Aedes species mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.  
Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  Zika virus is not currently found in the continental United States. 

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Limited Zika virus transmission has been reported in certain areas of the United States; however, no transmission has been identified in Maryland at this time. There have not been any Zika virus cases confirmed in Maryland residents; however, Zika virus infections have been identified in residents of other states who have traveled to countries with ongoing transmission.  For more information please call 301-883-7879 or click
  HERE.  
Scoop The Poop District 2
Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Additionally, pet waste carries bacteria, viruses and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. 

Since storm drains do not always connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often ends up in rivers and streams, causing significant water pollution and in some cases restrictions on fishing and swimming in waterways and beaches. Picking up after your dog by "scooping the poop" can assist in preventing harmful nutrients and bacteria from
entering local rivers and streams and the
Chesapeake  Bay. 

Please encourage your friends and neighbors to pick up their dogs waste. For more information on helpful pet tips, please click HERE
February Staff Favorite Pet Adoption Month with the Animal Management Division

Looking for a forever love? Be sure to visit the Prince George's County Animal Services Facility to find that once-in-a-lifetime love! Starting February 1, 2016 through - February 29, 2016, dog adoptions fees for select dogs have been reduced to $125. Stop by today!

If you are interested in becoming a pet owner please call 301-780-7200 or click 
HERE.  

G.E.A.R.: Makeup Tutorial/ Fashion Discussion at the  Langley Park Community Center

Ladies, on Friday, February 26, 2016, from 7:00- 9:00 pm, join the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission staff for 
some helpful makeup and fashion tips from makeup artists!!! Afterward, engage in an open forum about the latest makeup and fashion trends.  

This event is completely FREE with M-NCPPC Youth ID Cards which can be obtained at any community center. The Langley Park Community Center is located at 1500 Merimac Drive, Hyattsville 20783.  For more information please call 301-445-4508.

Please click HERE 
to view the flyer in Spanish
Black History Amazing Race!!!
On Saturday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 pm, j
oin the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission for the 
8th Annual Black History Amazing Race. Participants will find  clues and take pictures of local historical sites relevant to black history. All  participants will start 
and conclude the race at North Brentwood Community 
Center no later than 4 pm. Registration is FREE.  Registrants will receive a race map  and guidelines. Teams consist of two or more participants. One person in  each group will need a vehicle to participate. This event is sponsored by the  Town of North Brentwood.

The North Brentwood Community Center is located at 4012 Webster St, Brentwood, MD 20722. For more information, please call 301-454-1400.  

Prince George's County Youth@Work/SYEP Now Open!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Prince George's County's premier Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)! Young people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old across the County will have an opportunity to participate in career development, life-skills training and job training sponsored by Prince George's Community College.

Youth are eligible to participate in SYEP twice, or up to the age of 19. Second year students will have the opportunity to gain competencies through the newly implemented career pathways program.  The Prince George's County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides an opportunity for young people across the County to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities.


For more information please call  301-546-9063 or click HERE.  
Prince George's County Senior Meals and Nutrition Program
The Senior Nutrition Program provides hot nutritious meals to those Prince George's County seniors 60 years and older. The program promotes health and independence. Each meal served meets at least one third of the recommended dietary allowances for older adults and follows the dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Senior Nutrition Program provides meals along with recreational and educational programs.

The Congregate Meal Program serves meals to seniors in a congregate setting such as senior centers, religious facilities, senior housing and community centers.

The Home Delivered Meal Program provides meals to the homebound elderly, with the intent to assist the senior resident with remaining in their own home. A hot meal is delivered to the senior's door five days a week.

For more information, please call 301-265-8450 or click  HERE.  


Volunteer Opportunity: Human Trafficking Awareness Ambassador
The Public Awareness Committee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) is offering training to Marylanders who would like to be Human Trafficking Awareness
Ambassadors for their local community. As an Ambassador, you would be a liaison to MHTTF and other jurisdictions to share information and awareness of this crime and violation of human dignity. 

The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) is the state's primary organization that works to prevent trafficking, protect victims by providing them with the services they need, prosecute traffickers, and partner with a variety of organizations to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking from our communities.

For more information please click  HERE.  
*News You Can Use*
Voting Systems Are Changing! Don't Let Your Voice Go Unheard!!
The voting system in the State of Maryland is changing.  Due to the change, demonstrations for the new voting equipment will be held at the following locations:

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: Prince George's Plaza Mall
Center Food Court, 3500 East-West HWY, Hyattsville, MD
Time: 12:00 Noon

When : Monday, March 21, 2016
Where: Rollingcrest Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Hyattsville, MD
Time: 7:00 pm

For more locations with Voting Equipment Demonstrations please cl
ick HERE.    
Christmas in April Volunteer Deadline
The deadline for Christmas in April in Prince George's County is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Volunteers must be at least age 14 to participate. Students age 14-17 must request a Parental Permission Form from Christmas in April, and cannot work at house site without a completed form. Student Groups must have a 4:1 ratio of students to adults. Groups should be no larger than 20 people. Additional volunteers from an organization can sign up as an additional group.  

For more information on Christmas in April in Prince George's County,
 please click HERE.    
Citizen's Police Academy #38
This training opportunity allows our community partners to become familiar with the Prince George's County Police Department and provides exposure to officer related training such as investigative procedures, conflict management, crime scene investigations, less-lethal-weapons, judgment enhancement training, and much more.


 
This course requires the full 12 week commitment for successful completion.
For more information, contact your local District station or Sergeant Erica
Johnson (301) 333-7009 or via e-mail: ELJohnson@co.pg.md.us
Meal and Free Grocery Give-Away
This month's Meal and Grocery Give-away will take place this Saturday, February 20th at 5:00 pm, at 8501 New Hampshire Ave. MD 20783 (St. Michael and All Angels Church). Those who participate will have a wonderful home cooked meal and receive free groceries such as Tropicana juice, canned goods, peanut butter, and fresh produce as available. We had a great meal during January and noticed several new participants. 

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) has designated this site as one of their Partners for Wellness. This designation is based on a report indicating that the vast majority of food ordered for program participants fits the category of wellness (for example, items such as 100% fruit juice, whole grains, low salt canned goods, and fresh produce). 
 
For more information please call 301-952-6225.  To view the flyer in Spanish please click  HERE .  
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc Summer Program
Apply now for CHCI's Ready to Lead's summer high school program, #R2LNextGen!

#CHCI will bring high school students from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to spend five days learning about how the Federal Government works, meeting important leaders, visiting historic sites and developing a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation.

Click on the link to learn more about the R2L® NextGen program and to start your application today! http://bit.ly/1QE1uHk.  



For more details and/or to apply please click HERE