April 29, 2019

Dear Friends,
 
Thank you to the hundreds of residents who joined me on Wednesday, April 10, for my 5th Annual Town Hall and Resource Fair at William Wirt Middle School.  I'm particularly grateful to County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy, Council Members At Large Mel Franklin and Calvin Hawkins, and Senator Paul Pinsky for joining me in speaking that evening.
 
Just before the event, I was reflecting on my first Town Hall and Resource Fair in 2015. I chose to hold the event at William Wirt Middle School that year because at the time the school was not included on the PGCPS plans for major renovation or replacement, despite being one of the oldest schools in the County. Some of you may remember that civic leaders like Alice Bishop circulated a petition that evening calling for WWMS to be added to the Capital Improvement Program. 

Today we are eagerly anticipating breaking ground on the brand new William Wirt Middle School in October! The new school will be built adjacent to the current school and will open for the 2021 school year. I'm grateful to our school and community leaders who worked hard to get us here!
 
You likely know I've also been proud to host a College & Career Fair at Parkdale High School each fall for the past several years. It's incredibly important to me that each of our students not only cross the stage at graduation but that they have a plan for their next step after graduation. 
 
On Wednesday, May 1, I'm excited to cut the ribbon on a newly renovated College & Career Center at Parkdale High School, thanks to a County Council grant in partnership with the Heart of America Foundation. After the ribbon cutting, Parkdale will host their annual College & Career Signing Day assembly where students announce and are celebrated for their college acceptances, military enlistment, job offers, and more. 
 
Immediately following the Signing Day assembly, I'm hosting "Job & College Expo: What's Next?" for Parkdale Seniors who don't yet know what they are doing after graduation. The expo will be full of resources including job opportunities, trade school and apprenticeship information, late college admissions, and much more to help ensure every PHS graduate knows "What's Next" before graduation!  Please encourage any PHS Class of 2019 students you know to attend this event from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the small gym. 
 
Earlier this month I shared information, including my strong concerns, about Governor Hogan's plans to expand 495 and 270 and add toll lanes. If you missed that e-newsletter, you can read it here. Please make your voice heard in this process. The final Prince George's County public meeting will take place on May 14 at Oxon Hill High School. Learn more about the proposal, properties which will be impacted, and submit comments  here
 
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks transmitted her proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget to the County Council on March 14. Currently the Council is deep into budget review, including holding committee sessions with every County agency along with the Prince George's County Public Schools, Prince George's Community College, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, and more. 

Please share your budget priorities or concerns with the County Council at one of our two public budget hearings: TONIGHT, April 29 and Tuesday, May 7. Both hearings begin at 7:00 p.m. at take place at the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro.

On April 4, I was honored to join County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, State Senator Malcolm Augustine, Council Chair Todd Turner, Council Member Jolene Ivey, and many others to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Mid-Atlantic Headquarters for Kaiser Permanente at the New Carrollton Metro Station. 


On April 25, WMATA announced the selection of the New Carrollton Metro Station as the site of their new, consolidated headquarters location in Maryland. These are huge wins for economic development in Prince George's County! These investments by Kaiser and WMATA will help anchor the next phase of development at this transportation hub including more residential, retail, and a hotel. 

Transit Oriented Development has been one of my top priorities since taking office in 2014. Today we have projects built -- and more coming -- at both Metro stations in District 3, College Park and New Carrollton. The Purple Line is under construction. I'm pushing for additional investment in our MARC stations and lines. There is more do to, but I'm incredibly proud that TOD is becoming a reality across Prince George's County and especially in District 3.

Please note several important events coming up in the next few weeks, including the next Purple Line Community Advisory Team meetings, my annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Day at the College Park Aviation Museum, and more. Details are on the right.

Thank you for all you do for our community.  As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. #onlytogether

Together Strengthening Our Community,




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Riverdale/ Glenridge
/New Carrollton 
April 30, 6:30 p.m.

College Park 
May 7, 6:30 p.m.

PLTP Office
6811 Kenilworth Ave.
1st Floor
Riverdale, MD

April 29 & May 7
7:00 p.m.
County Admin. Bldg.
14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro


Sunday, May 5
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
College Park Aviation Museum
PLUS
LOTS of extra hands-on activities for
ALL ages!


Tuesday, May 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill

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D3 Team
301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
@co.pg.
md.us
 
Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
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Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler
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Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
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Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
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Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator
aewilson@co.pg.md.us


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