Message from Deni
March, 2016
Dear Friends,

Great things are happening throughout District 2 and Prince George's County as a whole. The Spring of 2016 will bring about economic development, progressive legislation and significantly improved infrastructure for the residents of Prince George's County. 

On March 2, 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced Purple Line Transit Partners as the concessionaire for the Purple Line. This partnership with private industry, commonly referred to as a public-private partnership (PPP or P3), will promote the successful delivery of the Purple Line.  The Prince George's County Council is elated that Governor Larry Hogan is advancing the Purple Line into construction, taking yet another step forward with the selection of a contractor for the project.  The Council is working to create walkable, vibrant communities that include a mix of housing, jobs and retail. This work includes developing a premier network of transportation choices to ensure residents can reach their destinations easily and safely, and attract transit-oriented development, especially around the County's 15 Metro stations.  The District 2 Community will specifically host 2 Purple Line stations which will significantly improve the commuter conditions of our residents.
  
Furthermore, to continue having  viable and thriving communities, the County Council is working to improve the health of our residents through access to quality health care, health promotion and disease prevention. T he County Council, which sits as the County's Board of Health, supports full funding of the planned,$650 million, 231-bed, Prince George's County Regional Medical Center. Recently, the Maryland Senate passed the Prince George's County Regional Medical Center Act of 2016. These transitional funds are essential for Prince George's County and the State of Maryland to maintain our joint commitment to address the healthcare needs of our residents, especially as the County moves from the Dimensions Healthcare System to the University of Maryland Medical System, and with construction of the new Regional Medical Center in Largo.

As excited as I am about the bright future ahead for District 2, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the sad passing of one of our community's shining stars, Ms. Edna Jones of the Eighth Precinct Civic Association. Ms. Jones was a very active civic leader and an inspiration to a number of our community members. She will truly be missed.  Please keep her family and friends in your prayers during this tough time.     

There are a number of exciting projects occurring throughout District 2 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 wbfisher@co.pg.md.us.

Thank You, 


Deni Taveras
Council Member, District Two

"Deni Around the District"
 
Prince George's County Council Celebrates Black History Month 2016


On Wednesday March 2, 2016,  Deni participated in the County Council's Annual Black History Month program "Breaking the Barriers: A 2016 Black History Month Celebration.  
 
Pictured with Deni, from left to right: Col. Darrin C. Palmer, Chief Assistant Sheriff, former Council Member Ingrid M. Turner, Council Member Mary A. Lehman, Council Member Andrea C. Harrison and Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Event with Vice Chair Dannielle M. Glaros
On  Wednesday , February 24, 2016, in partnership with Vice Chair Dannielle M. Glaros, Deni hosted a "Small Business and Entrepreneur Opportunities"  mixer for the residents of the District 2 and District 3 communities. Guest were able to network and learn about small business opportunities, as well as incubators that are  available  to them throughout Prince George's County.  


District 2 Budget & Listening Sessions 


On Thursday, March 3, 2016 Deni began her series of Budget and Listening Sessions throughout District 2 to hear directly from residents about budget priorities for FY 2017.  The first session, co-sponsored with the Carole Highlands Civic Association, the Lewisdale Citizens Association and the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association, was held at Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive in  Hyattsville, Maryland. 


Pictured during the Hyattsville Budget & Listening Session with Hyattsville City Councilmen Kevin Ward and Thomas Wright , Deni spoke on the importance of an informed citizenry during the  budget approval process. The County's Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan are important because they reflect how we intend to spend the taxpayers' money to meet residents' needs and protect our priorities.  
 
District 2 Senior Meet & Greet Tour


 
On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Deni hosted a Property Tax Reassessment Information Forum for the residents of  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."  



County Corner
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III Proposed FY 2017 Budget Press Conference 
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III presented the his FY 2017 budget proposal during a press confrence at the Prince George's County Administration Building.  Please click the video box below to view the press confrence.  

Prince George's County FY 2017 Proposed Budget Press Conference
Prince George's County FY 2017 Proposed Budget Press Conference
Prince George's County Budget Process 
Welcome to the Prince George's County Council's FY 2017 Budget web page! This online budget resource will provide the information you need to be actively engaged in the budget process as we discuss the priority issues important to us all-Economic Development, Transit-Oriented Development, Transportation, Healthcare, Education and Public Safety.  

The Council's Budget Process can seem complex. The Prince George's County Council is pleased to provide you with this guide, designed to help clarify any questions you may have about the steps involved in putting together the County's spending plan, and the Council's role in the review and adoption of the FY 2017 budget.

On the website, you will find a wide range of budget resources including a summary of the proposed FY 2017 Budget, the current spending plan, an explanation of the Council's budget review and adoption process, public hearing schedules and other important budget calendar dates, as well as links to press releases, event announcements and more.

For more information please click  HERE
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.  
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 increase 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.  
We're #1...Again!
For the second consecutive year, the Prince George's County Department of the Environment is pleased to announce the County's continued leadership in the State for waste diversion and recycling. Through innovative programs and outstanding efforts by County residents and business, Prince George's County remains #1 in keeping waste out of the landfill (waste diversion) and ranks #2 in the State for recycling.

Special thanks are given to the residents of Prince George's County for their ongoing support and dedication to fundamental practices of reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Their adoption of small behavior changes in the disposal of trash and debris, results in a positive impact that not only affects this County, but creates a sustainable ripple effect nationwide.

For more information on the County's Recycling Program, source reduction or other waste management programs, please click   HERE.
The Redevelopment Authority Currently HAS 5 Projects with Women at the Helm
In a male dominated industry such as real estate development, it is rare to find a woman structuring the deal, assembling the financing and leading the development project to a successful outcome. Yet, in Prince George's County, the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) has awarded development projects to four women who are heading current multi-million dollar projects designed to spur economic growth and development in the County. 

"We have major projects in Brentwood, Capitol Heights, and Glenarden that are poised to breathe new life into these communities and we are very excited about the development teams we have chosen to work with to make these projects a reality," says Howard W. Ways, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County.  "The principals of these projects have a long history in real estate development and are extremely adept in their profession."

For more information on the County's Redevelopment Authority please click    HERE.
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.  


MGM National Harbor selects local artists as part of the site's permanent art collection
When MGM National Harbor opens in the fourth quarter of 2016, visitors will discover a permanent collection of high-quality art seamlessly integrated into the resort's public spaces. Inspired by the rich heritage of the Capital Region, the MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection will showcase commissioned and procured works by visionary local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists, including Margaret Boozer, Alice Aycock, Sam Gilliam, John Dreyfuss, John Safer, Liao Yibai and Chul Hyun Ahn, among others

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.
For locations with Voting Equipment Demonstrations please click
 HERE.    
Smithsonian Latino Center: Young  Ambassadors
 Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center was created in 1997 to promote Latino presence within the Smithsonian. The Center is not represented in one physical location; rather, it works collaboratively with the Institution's museums and research centers, ensuring that the contributions of the Latino community in the arts, history, national culture and scientific achievement are explored, presented, celebrated and preserved

The Smithsonian Latino Center's Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a nationally recognized program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.  YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience 


The Young Ambassadors Program and its Alumni Network implement the Alcancemos community outreach events that include mentor days at local high schools and summer library reading days, which aim to foster Latino success in K-12 and higher education by establishing community near-peer mentors and role models discussing educational opportunities.   The deadline to apply for YAP is April 4, 2016.  

For more details and/or to apply please click HERE