Greetings Neighbors, 

On Tuesday, December 6, Prince George's County Council held the 2016-2017 Gavel Exchange Ceremony. The Council reelected Derrick Davis for Council Chair and Dannielle Glaros as Vice Chair for the 2017 Legislative Year.
During this final Council session of Legislative Year 2016, I proposed and received unanimous support from my colleagues for CR-002-2017, a resolution to denounce anti-immigrant activity, racial bias, discrimination, hate speech, hate crimes, and harassment. Prince George's County is a welcoming community that is strong because of our diversity. Amid post-election tensions, we are proud to send a clear message that the County will continue be a safe and inviting place for all residents. 

 I am pleased for the privilege to continue to serve the wonderful residents of District 2 and Prince George's County. As we look forward to the New Year, I will continue to work diligently for you. In Legislative Year 2017, Chair Davis has appointed me to serve as Vice Chair of the Council's Public Safety and Fiscal Management committee, and  I will also serve as Vice Chair of the Council's Health, Education, and Human Services committee.

Together we have achieved a lot, but there is more work to be done. I hope I can continue to count on your support. Below are some District 2 activities I held in December 2016 and upcoming events planned for 2017.

Wishing you a prosperous New Year, 

Deni Taveras 
Celebrating the Holidays    

During this festive season, Council Member Taveras spread some  holiday cheer throughout District 2 with events for residents of all ages. Seniors participated in a wonderful tour of the Festival of Lights at Watkins Park on December 28th. 

On December 5, Council Member Taveras partnered  with Parks and Recreation to 
sponsor a toy give away at 
Langley Park Community 
Center. Families received a hot 
meal and kids were given a toy
to celebrate the holiday season!

On Tuesday, December 20, Council Member Taveras held a holiday celebration and toy giveaway in partnership with local non-profit, Making A New United People (M.A.N.U.P). Dozens of children attended with their family members. Guests were greeted by school teachers, Council Member Taveras, and chocolate milk with cookies. A  special thank you to our school partners, Principal JeVivvien Ray, Assistant Principal Kathy Waymmann, and the Carole Highland ES Community Outreach Team!
Northern Gateway Breakfast 

On December 15 at Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, Council Member Taveras hosted the Northern Gateway breakfast with stakeholders and residents to discuss community development efforts in the northwestern portion of Prince George's County. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Neighborhood Design Center, and the Prince George's County Redevelopment Authority provided presentations about opportunities to revitalize the area. Residents were offered an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts about ways to improve their neighborhoods. To learn more click here. 

Community Listening Sessions 

Council Member Taveras partnered with Board of Education (BOE) members Dinora Hernandez and Mary Kingston Roche to hold Community Listening Sessions about PGCPS and general education issues on November 15th and on the construction of the new Adelphi Middle School on December 19th. As the top priorities, we heard residents ask for PGCPS to improve the storm water management system at Mother Jones ES, enhance community outreach to residents, strengthen public safety, and revise school bus routes to combat traffic congestion. If you would like to voice your concerns, please attend a BOE public hearing - click here to see the calendar of BOE meetings.  
Opening of Takoma Langley Crossroad Transit Center 
The ribbon was cut opening the new Takoma Langley Crossroad Transit Center, located at the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue (7900 New Hampshire Avenue, Hyattsville, MD) in Prince George's County on Tuesday, December 20..  The transit center will have as many as 60 buses and an estimated 12,000 people using the new facility daily. This location is set to be a future stop for the Purple Line. The proposed light-rail would run through Prince George's County and Montgomery.
Upcoming Events: 

Code Enforcement Forum 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center (6120 Sargent Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782) 
Council Member Taveras partners with DPIE to answer residents' concerns about property violations and code enforcement issues. 

Public Safety and Trails Forum 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 
Langley Park Community Center (1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20783) 
Council Member Taveras partners with Park Police to discuss public safety and trails in District 2.