Dear Neighbor,
 
I wish you a joyous and peaceful New Year! As we reflect on the passing of another year, I have some exciting news to share. I am so proud to have been recognized by the Prince George's County Municipal Association (PGCMA) as the 2017 legislator of the year. I was able to do so much of the work we did this year due to the support of District 2 residents. Thank you for working with me on the Thriving Communities legislation, a package that will allow the County to better address the urgent issues of overcrowding, inadequate housing and maintenance standards, and the quality of life issues that are so important to all County residents. This honor was also awarded for the legislation we worked on together to send a clear message that Prince George's County welcomes diversity and stands against discrimination. I am eager to continue to advocate for policy and budget priorities that help all residents in the upcoming legislative year. I congratulate my colleague, Dannielle Glaros, for being voted in as the new County Council Chair and Todd Turner for becoming the new County Council Vice-Chair. I was appointed Vice-Chair of the Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee (PSFM). Please make sure to continue to share your ideas with me so we can have another strong year together!   
 
As we start 2018, we have so much to be thankful for and yet still so much more to do. I want to thank all the community leaders and volunteers for the hard work done over the holidays to bring food and clothing to those in need. So many of our residents joined me in local events to spread the festive spirit to our neighbors. The Langley Park Community Center hosted one of the biggest Christmas celebrations, but the holiday joy was shared throughout the district. From Carole Highlands to North Brentwood and many more neighborhoods, we brought smiles to young faces and their families, connected with neighbors, and celebrated festivities with our seniors. We had the highest turnout ever at the District 2 Senior Fall Fling at the Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center!    
 
I want to invite you to join me at our next community event on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center (6120 Sargent Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782). This event will recognize, celebrate, and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlight the many ways residents and community leaders embody Dr. King's spirit of public service, social justice, and celebration of diversity. This day will include art and dance, a community visioning session, and special guest speakers.
 
We are so excited to announce that the Taratibu Youth Association will perform the South African gumboot-an interactive cultural dance-to open up the day. We will also have art displays from the Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center. In the morning session, we will have community facilitators join us in community building activities!
 
The keynote talk and afternoon panel will focus on the forum theme of "The African Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century Economy." We will also have resource tables and share information about employment and volunteer opportunities. I am so excited to have Dr. Rashawn Ray, from the University of Maryland, as our keynote speaker for the lunch reception (free refreshments!). You can follow event updates on my Facebook page (https://tinyurl.com/y8q53bb7). Please RSVP by calling (301) 952-4436 or emailing councildistrict2@co.pg.md.us by Friday, January 12th. I hope that you will join me, and participate in this important day!
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Deni Taveras
Prince George's County
Councilmember, District 2   
Purple Line Corridor Community Compact Agreement 

On November 29, 2017 Council Member Taveras, stakeholders, small businesses, and community members convened to sign "Pathways to Opportunity," a community compact agreement for the Purple Line Corridor. This is a commitment to ensure fair economic and community development along the 16-mile Purple Line light rail. The agreement has four main goals: support and grow local businesses; build a thriving labor market; ensure housing choices for all; and support vibrant, sustainable communities. To learn more about the agreement or how to get involved  click here or contact our office at councildistrict2@co.pg.md.us or, by phone, at (301) 952-4436. 
Route 1 Revitalization:
Studio 3807 Grand Opening  

Council Member Taveras joined business leaders, state officials, and residents for the grand opening of Studio 3807, located in the Gateway Arts District at  3807 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD. This public/private partnership brings 147 apartments, 6,322 square feet of retail space, and 3,000 square feet of artist studio space. This new space incorporates everyday living with the arts, both celebrating the surrounding community and creating a niche of creativity within the building. To learn more about Studio 3807, visit their website by clicking here.
Infrastructure Investment: Local Capital Roadway and Bridge Projects

The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is currently working on two major road projects in District 2. The Ager Rd. Green/Complete Streets Improvement, which is in the final design phase. The second is the Allison St. Levee Projects (DoE) which will be a drainage improvement. This projects status is still in the award process. To locate projects near you, use the DPW&T interactive map click here. 
3rd Annual Senior Fling 

On November 28th, Council Member Deni Taveras hosted the 3rd Annual Senior Fall Fling to honor our seniors for their service and dedication to our community. It was so much fun to celebrate with over 150 of our seniors! We enjoyed live music, dance classics, and lots of food. Northwestern JROTC, Joe's Movement, county agencies, and everyone's enthusiasm made this a special day for all ages. At the event, Council Member Taveras recognized three pioneering community advocates: Ms. Reeda Butler (Lewisdale), Ms. Dottie McNeil (Chillum) and Ms. Gloria Boddie-Epps (Chillum). Thank you all for your commitment as we continue to work together to better our community! 
Giving Back with "Food and Friends" 

In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, Council Member Taveras and staff members volunteered at Food and Friends to help prep and package Thanksgiving meals for residents. Food and Friends' mission is to ensure that anyone who is  ill has the nourishment they need to manage their illness. They are always looking for community members to volunteer and help advance this great mission. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, click here. 
Spreading Holiday Joy in District 2 

For this year's holiday festivities, Council Member Taveras partnered with various agencies, schools, businesses, and community organizations in local clothing, food, and toy drives. On December 15th, we celebrated with families in Langley Park and North Brentwood!
District 2 also participated in the Prince George's Plaza Community Center Senior Luncheon and we worked with our parent organizations and Prince George's County Public School staff to also sponsor holiday celebrations at Rosa Parks and Carole Highlands Elementary Schools. Parents received valuable information about available resources while our kids enjoyed yummy treats and gifts!

The District 47 team also held their annual senior luncheon at Rainier Manor. Seniors heard updates from our state and local legislators over a warm holiday meal. Thank you to everyone who made these events possible. Your dedication made a difference during this holiday season!
Warming Centers 

As we head into the depth of winter and temperatures begin to plummet, please share information about local warming centers. People who remain in the cold for an extended amount of time are at risk of hypothermia. Please stay warm and safe during this winter time. Listed below are the District 2 warming centers. If you would like to see the complete list, please click here.

Langley Park Community Center           Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center
1500 Merrimac Drive                             6120 Sargent Road 
Hyattsville, MD 20783                           Chillum, MD 20782
Phone: 301-445-4508                              Phone: 301-853-2005
The African Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century Economy 

Council Member Taveras will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration and forum on the African Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century Economy on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10 AM - 4 PM at the Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center (6120 Sargent Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782). Follow our updates on speakers, art exhibitors, and more at:  https://tinyurl.com/y8q53bb7. If you would like to learn more or to RSVP, please contact our office at (301) 952-4436 or email us at councildistrict2@co.pg.md.us. 
Don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree 

Call-to-Action
Do you want to get more involved in 2018? Stay connected and participate in working sessions to discuss community priorities in the Northern Gateway and the Gateway Arts District! Bi-monthly Friday meetings with county agencies and non-profit organizations scheduled. We are seeking community hosts to partner with our working group in the evenings and weekends. If you want to learn more, check out updates here. Or sign-up to host a working session at your next community group meeting. Let's continue to better our community, together!

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