Message from Deni
June, 2015
Dear Friends,

Happy June! As many of you are aware, the spring of 2015 was a very intense time for the Prince George's County Council. The Council recently  adopted a $3.5 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016 on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget will become effective on July 1, 2015. Following the budget adoption, in an effort to remain committed to the betterment of the citizens of Prince George's County, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the Council approved Council Bill 7-2015, which establishes a property tax credit for the installation of accessibility enhancements on an existing primary residence. Council Bill 7-2015 provides homeowners with a tax credit equal to 50% of eligible costs, or $2,500 for an eligible accessibility feature installed on an existing principal residence. Council Bill 7- 2015 provides a financial incentive for installing features that make a home more accessible for disabled residents and seniors. This legislation, along with many additional pieces of legislation slated to be introduce during the 2015 legislative year will continue to meet the needs of Prince George's County residents during these tough economic times. I encourage you and your friends to remain civically engaged as there will be a number of important legislative priorities that will be addressed. 

This summer, I remain committed to staying engaged with the residents of the District 2 community as I plan to attend a number of your upcoming parades, festivals and events. Tomorrow, June 6, 2015, I will be participating in the Brentwood Day parade beginning at 11:00 am at Thomas Stone Elementary located at 4500 34th Street Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Along with the parade I will be hosting an information table at Bartlett Park where you are invited to come and fellowship with me and my staff during this fun-filled day of events.   

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 to 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"

First Annual District 2 Town Hall :
 
City of Hyattsville Day Parade 


 

On April 15, 2015, Deni participated in the 129th Anniversary for the City of Hyattsville by walking in the annual kick-off parade. Pictured during the parade is Deni along with Congressman Steny Hoyer enjoying the pre-parade festivities. 

 


 

Community groups of all ages and sizes were in attendance for the parade as it began from Hyattsville Middle School through the City until it reached the reviewing stage at Magruder Park. 


Mount Rainier Day 2015
    
On May 11, 2015, Deni was excited to participate in Mount Rainier Day 2015. Deni begain the day by  participating  in the kick-off parade with the District 2 team.  Deni was able to meet residents and reconnect with old friends during Mount Rainier Day.   



Christmas in April 2015

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Deni and the District 2 team participated in Christmas in April with Frank Joy Construction to refurbish a home for a special resident in the District 2 community. Along with refurbishment, the resident was provided with a new washer and dryer from Frank Joy Construction. 

Earth Day 2015
   

Deni participated in Earth Day 2015 on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Clean Up Celebration at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Additionally, Deni attended the Earth Day Anacostia River Clean up and the Prince George's County Clean Up Green Up Earth Day event held in Langley Park. 

Avondale Park Senior Meet & Greet


On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Deni hosted a Senior Meet & Greet with the citizens of Avondale Park and Avondale Manor Apartments.  Deni was able to sit and speak with the residents about their concerns and needs in the community. 




During the event, Deni was able to provide updates to the residents on upcoming programs and legislation occurring in the Prince George's County Council. Featured guest at the event included representatives from the Department of Social Services Reaching our Senior Adults Outreach Division, Family Services Aging and Disabilities Division, M-NCPPC Parks and Recreation Senior Program, and the Prince George's Police COPS program.  
County Corner
Hyattsville Library Design Community Meeting
Come see the design for your new Hyattsville Library! Residents are invited to a community meeting on Monday, June 15, 2015 where the Prince George's County Memorial Library System architects will present the design for the new Hyattsville Library.

Come ask questions, make suggestions and voice your concerns for this new project. The meeting will take place at the current Hyattsville Library located at 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For more information please call (301) 985-4690 or  click  HERE .  
Become a Prince George's County Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador!
Prince George's County and Maryland Solar United Neighborhood (MD SUN) are seeking volunteers to bring energy to communities in the County. Help your community gain access to affordable, reliable and carbon-free energy by becoming a Prince George's County Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador!

A Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador is responsible for organizing their neighbors or any group of homeowners to leverage collective buying power to purchase solar in bulk. MD SUN will guide you and your community through the process of negotiating a group discount (up to 20 percent) on the installation of solar panels. Partners/Ambassadors can be a nonprofit, a community organization or an individual with the time and support to implement a solar co-op from start to finish.

If you are interested in becoming a Prince George's County Solar Co-op Community Partner/Ambassador, email Akosua Dosu, Sustainability Coordinator, Prince George's County Department of the Environment, at adosu@co.pg.md.us.  For more information please click
HERE

FREE Immunization Clinics Coming to a PGCPS Site Near You
The Prince George's County Health Department is hosting four FREE immunization clinics at PGCPS sites between May 30 and June 13, 2015. Clinics are open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and you must preregister by calling 301-883-7859. Please bring your child's immunization record and any letter that you received about immunizations from your child's school.

Friday, June 12, 2015 * 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

International Student Counseling Office
(in the Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center)
8908 Riggs Road
Adelphi, MD
  

Saturday, June 13, 2015 * 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Northwestern High School
7000 Adelphi Road

Hyattsville, MD
 

 

For more information please call 301-952-600.  To view the flyer in English or Spanish please click  HERE.  
Langley Park Speak Out: Keep our Youth on the Right Track

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, you are invited to attend a community meeting sponsored by the Prince George's County Department of Social Services and the Transforming Neighborhood Initiatives program to discuss Human Trafficking and Gang Violence prevention in the community. The community meeting will take place at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School, 8201 15th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20783.  Free lunch and on-site child care will be provided.   To lean more about this program please click HERE.  

Additionally, please click HERE 
to view the flyer in Spanish.  




Plan Prince George's 2035 Available for Review
The final Plan Prince George's 2035 Approved General Plan (Plan 2035) is available online for use and download by clicking  HERE

Plan Prince George's 2035 includes comprehensive recommendations for guiding future development within Prince George's County. The plan designates eight Regional Transit Districts, which are the focus of the County's planned growth and mixed-use development, and which have the capacity to become major economic generators.  

This past November the plan was recognized by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association and received the Award of Merit for an Outstanding Regional or Comprehensive Plan. 

For more information please call 301-852-3211 or email Kierre.McCune@ppd.mncppc.org. 
2015 Pet Adopt-A-Thon
The Prince George's County Animal Management Division of the Department of the Environment presents "Pet Adoptathon 2015"

Starting June 6, 2015 and ending June 30, 2015, PGAMD will participate in this life-saving adoption event by offering reduced adoption fees.  Adoption applications must be received during the event dates to qualify for the reduced adoption.  

For more information please call 301-780-7201 or click  HERE.  
Prince George's County District Court Self-Help Resource Center

On Wednesday, June 17 2015, you are invited to attend the opening of the the Prince George's County District Court Self-Help Resource Center (Civil) at 
11:00 am.  

The District Court Self-Help Resource Center provides limited legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. Limited legal services include help completing forms, answering questions about legal problems, and preparing for your day in court. If you need additional help, we may refer you to mediation, other legal organizations, or the private bar.

The Self-Help Resource Center is able to help with the following kinds of cases:
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Small Claims (claims of $5,000 or less)
  • Consumer matters like car repossessions, debt collection and credit card cases
  • Return of property cases
  • Domestic Violence/Peace Orders (if YWCA is unavailable

The opening celebration will take place in the Bourne Wing of the Prince George's County Court House located at 14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. F
or more information please click  HERE.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
On June 15, 2015, State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks in partnership with the Department of Family Services invite residents to attend World Elder Abuse Awareness Day from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm.  

This event will provide information and resources to assist vulnerable adults in learning how to recognize and combat financial and physical abuse.  Workshops will include Social Security/ Medicare Fraud, Aging in Place, Guardianship, Legal Issues involving Seniors, Car Fit Signup, Medication Disposal and more.  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be located at the  Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707. 

RSVP 
is required to participate in this important event. Register at 301-952-4448 or cmrivera@co.pg.md.us.
For more information please 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*
FAME Music Is Life!

You are invited to join the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME) for a soulful musical celebration in honor of the life and work of The Honorable Wayne K. Curry, former Prince George's County Executive. "Music is Life" will be held[ on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm. 

 

National recording artist with local ties will be featured including:  

  • Nat Adderley, Jr., international pianist, composer and former music director and arranger for music icon Luther Vandross
  • Tulani (a.k.a. Rashida Jolley), Vocalist, Harpist & Songwriter
  • Youth Musicians from Prince George's County
  • Host: Tony Richards, Sirius/XM/FM Radio

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wayne K. Curry Lung Cancer Disparity Awareness Fund. 

 

Music is Life will be located at 3800 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1625. 
For more information please click HERE.

Hyattsville Farmers Market Now Open

The Hyattsville Farmers Market is now open every T uesday from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm through September 29, 2015. The Hyattsville Farmers Market is now located at 3799 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782.  

Come enjoy the best in local produce including Vegetables and Fruit from Knopp Farms; Meats and Eggs from Cabin Creek Heritage Farm; Migue's Mini Doughnuts & Crepes; Hope Hone Farms and much more!   

For residents needing transportation, 
the Hyattsville Call-A-Bus will pick you up at your home and take you to the market and back, for FREE. Call 301-985-5020 by 2 p.m. the day before the market to make your reservation.

For more information on this wonderful opportunity, please click HERE.  
 
North Brentwood Day 2015

 

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm residents are invited to participate in North Brentwood Day.  Come out and celebrate the history of North Brentwood. Music, vendors, face-painting, clowns and more will be at this fun-filled day of activities. 


North Brentwood Day will be held at Allison Street Park located adjacent to the North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster Street North Brentwood, MD 20722.  

 

For more information on North Brentwood Day, please click HERE

Sculptor Alan Binstock For Commission At Safeway Retail Plaza

 

ECHO Realty and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are pleased to announce the commission of sculptor Alan Binstock to create "Ribbon of Life," a new work of public art for the entrance to the East-West Highway-oriented commercial development, the Gateway at University Town Center (UTC) in Prince George's County.

 

Following a competitive jurying process, Binstock's artwork was selected for placement in the outdoor pedestrian plaza / seating area outside Safeway, in clear view of the entrance 'gateway.' The 3'x15' sculpture will greet visitors entering the complex and act as a beacon for pedestrians at the plaza. Designed as a three-stranded helix, "Ribbon of Life" is comprised of stainless steel with a matrix of resin and re-purposed tempered glass. Thematically, "Ribbon of Life" addresses the Gateway project's theme of healthy living by visually inspiring 'the essence of [the building blocks of life. 

 

For more information please call 301-683-8267 or click HERE.

Millennial Week DC Presented by Kaiser Permanente 
Kaiser Permanente is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the second annual Millennial Week DC. Millennial Week provides opportunities for the nation's largest generation - those born between 1977 and 2001 - to come together, learn, network, and thrive. Millennial Week will be held from June 13-20, 2015 and will feature a series of presentations, panels, and social events focused around the topics of entrepreneurship, society, politics, and diversity. 

Millennial Week is a first of its kind conference produced by and for Millennial leaders, innovators and attendees. The mission of Millennial Week is to promote and present ideas and trends reflecting the impact of Millennials on culture and society. Millennial Week events focus on the contribution of Millennials in three key areas: entrepreneurship, politics and philanthropy.


For more details and/or to apply please click  HERE
New York City Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute
The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is accepting applications from students, aged 17-19, to attend its upcoming 10th annual, regional "New York City Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute". The Institute is an intensive, residential, strongly science-based, 8 day long environmental education and environmental career program for top students (competitively selected) demonstrably interested in the environment.
 The Institute will be held June 26-July 3, 2015 at a variety of city and national parks, wildlife refuges, and other sites in the New York City area. 

Students will be housed and fed, and classroom instruction held at Wagner College in Staten Island. Wagner is located on a scenic campus high on a hill overlooking NY Harbor. NHEC covers all costs for accepted students. 

Contact NHEC's Programs Coordinator, Juan Rodriguez, at jrodriguez@nheec1.org or rrivera@nheec1.org  if you have questions.  Or call NHEC at 703-683-3956.   


Please click HERE here for more information as well as to view the application.