October 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems like fall has finally arrived in Prince George's County! This is a wonderful time of year for activities across the County. The Department of Parks & Recreation's Annual American Indian Festival takes place tomorrow, Saturday, October 21, and the STEAM Festival kicks off on Saturday, November 4. Riverdale Park Station is hosting a Fall Festival on Sunday, October 22. Be sure to check out their newest art installation!

If you know a 15-19 year old, please share with them the information about Prince George's County's Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program. I've had the pleasure of hiring students through this program for the past three summers.

The first fall Open House for the program will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, in the Center for Health Studies, Room 1418. Through this program, students receive job readiness training and the opportunity for summer paid employment. While the Open House sessions take place in Largo, job readiness training and employment opportunities take place throughout the County, many at transit-accessible locations.

If you live along the Route 1/Baltimore Avenue Corridor, please join me at a  special Zoning Ordinance Rewrite (ZOR) meeting for the communities along the Route 1/Baltimore Avenue Corridor on Monday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the College Park Airport Operations Building. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Planning Department's ZOR team will host three listening sessions throughout the County on the overall Comprehensive Review Draft which is now available. The northern area ZOR Listening Session will take place on Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center. I'm counting on you to engage in the ZOR and provide feedback.

Also on Monday evening, the County Council is hosting an Education Town Hall meeting from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro.

If you are not able to attend in person, you can also watch this town hall live via on-line streaming or after the event via archived video here.

I am incredibly grateful to the many residents of District 3 and the entire County who attended the MAGLEV, a proposted high-speed rail, Open House last weekend at Bowie State U. The next open house will take place on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Laurel High School. 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

On Tuesday, the private partner advocating for MAGLEV came before the County Council, and my colleagues and I again expressed our deep concern for the project. You can read more about the Council briefing on WTOP or watch the archived video online. The briefing starts at 4:03:00 and my comments begin at 4:51:00.

I can not emphasize strongly enough how important it is for our residents to submit written comments to the State and Federal government on this project. All three current proposed alignments affect District 3 and Prince George's County in a major way. The proposed alignments go through several District 3 communities, including Woodlawn, Glenridge, Beacon Heights, Kingswood, New Carrollton, Seabrook, Lanham, Martin's Wood, or Glenn Dale. Please look at the potential alignments online using the interactive mapping tool then submit comments for the record  via the online form or email  info@BaltimoreWashingtonSCMaglevProject.com.  You can send w ritten comments through the mail to: 

c/o Suhair Al Khatib
Maryland Transit Administration
6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Construction is beginning on the Purple Line, the light rail that will directly serve our community and provide numerous benefits to us. Job seekers and local businesses should register now for employment and procurement opportunities. 

If you live, work, pray, or play anywhere along the Purple Line alignment, I strongly encourage you to sign up for construction updates and other notices from the MD Transit Administration. Construction notices and other updates will be posted regularly on www.purplelinemd.com . Sign up here to receive construction updates directly via email or text message. You can select portions of the 16-mile route. For specific construction questions, you can call the Purple Line Hotline at  240-424-5325. Please leave a message and the appropriate staff member from the Purple Line will get back to you promptly. If you see or experience an emergency, always call 911.

The Maryland Transit Administration has also created  Community Advisory Teams (CATs), made up of members of the community, for each segment of the Purple Line.  The first CAT meeting in District 3 took place on Thursday. The Glenridge/New Carrollton CAT will meet on Tuesday and the M-Square/College Park CAT will meet on Thursday. View the full schedule here. These meetings are open to the public and all meeting materials will be posted on the website. One of my staff members or I will attend each of the CAT meetings for the District 3 segments.

This is a very busy time in the County Council's legislative calendar as numerous critical pieces of legislation will go to public hearing over the next few Tuesday sessions. You can view agendas, read legislation, and watch live or archived video of Council Sessions here. I very much welcome your comments and testimony on legislation the Council is working on.

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

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Veterans Job Fair
November 1

This was a busy week for community meetings!
It was great to be out in Beacon Heights, 
Hynesboro Park - Greenwood Forest, and East Pines! 

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