December 6, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am humbled and grateful that my colleagues elected me to serve as Chair of the Prince George's County Council for the 2018 Legislative Year during the Gavel Exchange Ceremony on Tuesday, December 5. It has been more than 20 years since a Council Member from District 3 served as Chair. I look forward to serving the residents of Prince George's County along with District 4 Council Member Todd Turner, who was elected to serve as Vice Chair.

Last week was an exciting week in Prince George's County! On Tuesday, November 28, I joined with leaders across the region to sign and launch a landmark agreement to create pathways to opportunity for all who live, work and invest along the Purple Line Corridor.  Pathways to Opportunity: A Community Development Agreement for the Purple Line Corridordeveloped and led by the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), articulates a collective vision for equitable economic and community development along the 16-mile Purple Line light rail corridor, and advances strategies to achieve that vision through the pursuit of four shared goals: support and grow local businesses; build a thriving labor market; ensure housing choices for all; and support vibrant, sustainable communities. It is the largest collaborative effort by regional leaders and public, private and community stakeholders to shape development along the corridor.

On Thursday, November 30, we broke ground on the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Largo. Today a new outpatient center for Children's National Medical Center will break ground at Woodmore Town Center, across from the new Nordstrom Rack.

With the legislative session in recess, my team and I have been out in communities across District 3 working to address ongoing quality of life issues. On Monday, November 27, Wanda Brooks and I met with residents of the Hynesboro Park Greenwood Forest Neighborhood Association and inspectors from several County agencies to discuss code violations and other community concerns. 

Later that day I met with State Highway Administration staff and Prince George's Department of Public Works & Transportation staff at the intersection of Lanham-Severn Road and Seabrook Road to discuss pedestrian safety concerns, especially for pedestrians and cyclists accessing the Seabrook MARC station. This is one aspect of a larger focus I've had on the Seabrook MARC station this year, including an earlier meeting at the station with state officials to personally share my concerns with the maintenance and upkeep of the station. 

It is incredibly exciting to see large transit-oriented development projects happening at the College Park and New Carrollton Metro stations, and to have Purple Line construction begin, but the two MARC stations in District 3 are also crucial commuter links for our community and are very important to me as well.

On November 28, my chief of staff, Aimee Olivo, met with residents and DPW&T staff at Palamar Drive in Woodstream to address traffic safety and various other community concerns. Later that evening I joined County staff, State Highway Administration staff and residents from the Riverdale and Templeton Knolls communities to discuss pedestrian safety improvements to Kenilworth Avenue.

At Delegate Alonzo Washington's community meeting regarding MAGLEV on Monday, November 27, we heard how crucial it is for residents to 
submit written comments to the State and Federal government on this project. Please look at the potential alignments online using the interactive mapping tool then submit comments for the record  via the online form or email  You can mail w ritten comments to:  SCMAGLEV Project,  c/o Suhair Al Khatib,  Maryland Transit Administration,  6 Saint Paul Street,  Baltimore, MD 21202. I weighed in with my strong concerns on this project in the scoping report in January and will continue to share my concerns with the Maryland Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration at every step in this process

Thank you to everyone who attended my 3rd Annual Senior Lunch and Resource Fair on Tuesday, November 21. It was wonderful to have more than 150 District 3 seniors join me for lunch and to hear from State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. Special thanks to Brooke Kidd from Joe's Movement Emporium who led us all in light yoga and to our agency and nonprofit representatives who shared important information at the resource fair. I anticipate hosting the 4th Annual Senior Lunch and Resource Fair the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving 2018--please plan to join me!

I am also grateful to the 60+ attendees of my 6th Semi-Annual Nonprofit Networking Event on Friday, December 1. It was an informative and inspiring morning as we heard about the incredible work so many groups are doing in District 3 and across the County. Special thanks to representatives from CMT Services, MGM National Harbor, Whole Foods Riverdale Park Station, PEPCO, Care First, Kaiser, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Nonprofit Prince George's, and Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce who shared information about the ways they partner with and support nonprofit organizations.

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Alvinia Kelly
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Thomas Mayah
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