March 12, 2018

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all those who joined me on February 26 at MOD Pizza for the latest in my "Experience, Expand, Explore District 3" series of events. Over the years it's been terrific to host events at locations such as SoBe Restaurant & Lounge, the College Park Aviation Museum, and the Riverdale Park Farmer's Market. Through this series, I also hosted a District 3 day at the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center and partnered with PGAAMCC to host pop-up locations at community centers across District 3. Where should we go next? I welcome your ideas!

The Maryland General Assembly session is in full swing. I understand more than 3,000 pieces of legislation have been introduced to date. The Prince George's County Council reviews and takes positions on selected pieces of legislation and we share those positions with the Prince George's County delegation.  It's been an honor to personally testify on two pieces of legislation as well. 

Council Member Taveras joined me in Annapolis to testify in support of SB624,  State Income and Property Tax Credits - Purple Line Construction Zone, which would ensure support for businesses adversely affected by the impact of Purple Line construction by providing tax credit relief to qualified businesses in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

On March 8, I joined with numerous advocates to testify in support of a statewide $15 minimum wage. In January the full Council passed CR-05-2018 to support a statewide $15 minimum wage, which would begin to reverse decades of growing pay inequality between the lowest-paid workers and the middle class. In Annapolis I also spoke in strong support of the legislation's provision to support our Developmentally Disabled Adult (DDA) care providers. 

The Greater Riverdale Career Empowerment Center is offering free Job-Readiness Bootcamps March 13-16 and April 3-6. Register today by calling 240-608-2527. Click on the image to view the full details.

Do you ride Prince George's County's TheBus? Would you ride TheBus if it operated more frequently or along new/additional routes? Do you have ideas for improving public transit in the County?  Please make your voice heard in the Transit Vision Plan. 
There are four open houses scheduled in March with the firs t one TONIGHT, Monday, March 12, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Road. It's an open house format, so you can stop by anyti me between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to share your ideas and provide feedback. Learn more  about the plan and upcoming Open Houses

Please join me for my annual District 3 Town Hall and Resource Fair on Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at William Wirt Middle School. Starting at 6:30 p.m. you can talk with representatives from County and State agencies and utilities. The speaking program will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Council was briefed recently on the SAFE Cities Network program, an aspect of the Immigrant Services and Language Access (ISLA) initiative established by the County Council to support our immigrant community. The County was awarded a Vera Institute of Justice grant last year, which was matched with County funds to provide services to Prince George's County residents detained and facing deportation. The program is managed by the County's Office of Human Relations. Watch the briefing here. Learn more: 202-331-3320 or View this flyer in English.

Be a hero of the Anacostia on Earth Day! Join the Anacostia Watershed Society at clean-ups on Saturday, April 21. 

Learn more and register here.

Did you know that when your community organizes a community clean-up, through "Clean Sweep" our County agencies will deploy resources to assist your efforts? Clean Sweep is a program designed to reduce litter in County neighborhoods and waterways. Learn more about Clean Sweep or sign up to coordinate an event in your community by contacting Tia Rutherford at 301-883-6226 or 

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to a member of my staff or me if we can assist you in any way.

Together Strengthening our Community,
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Spring Pothole and Litter Blitz

DPW&T's Office of Highway Maintenance is conducting a pothole and litter blitz across the County. Please report service issues to County Click online, call 3-1-1 or email CountyClick311

Spring Community
 Partners Meeting

Wednesday, April 4
9:00 am - 11:00 am
DPW&T's MOC Bldg.
8400 D'Arcy Road
Forestville, MD

Learn more about Clean Up Green Up 2018 and other spring initiatives managed by the Dept. of Public Works & Transportation, Dept. of the Environment and Dept. of Permitting, Inspections & Enforcement at the Community Partners Meeting. 

Save the Date!
May 6, 2018
D3 S.T.E.A.M Day

Plan to join me at my 2nd Annual District 3 Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Day on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum. 

In addition to the museum's numerous displays and hands-on activities, I've engaged partners such as NOAA, NASA, College Park Arts Exchange, University of MD, DuVal HS Aeronautics Program, Art Works, and many more to provide hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities for all ages. Admission to the museum and all activities are free during the event!

Would your organization like to host a hands-on activity that day? Contact Alesha Wilson at or 301-952-3060 to learn more.

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Contact your D3 Team

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

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