November 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

Several great events are taking place this Saturday in District 3 and across Prince George's County.  This is also 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.

It was incredi bly exciting to break ground on  a new federal agency in Prince George's County at the Branch Avenue  Metro station on Monday! T he new  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Building  in Camp Springs will bring together 3,700 employees from five leased locations across the region into the new facility. In October we broke ground on a major project at the New Carrollton Metro station, later this month we will break ground for Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center, and the new University of Maryland Medical System Regional Medical Center in Largo. With each of these major projects we are  continuing to fulfill our goal of increasing transit oriented development at our Prince George's County Metro stations while bringing new jobs and investment. 

On Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Family Healing and Restoration Center is hosting "Community Conversation: Managing Stress in a World Full of Crises."  Join the conversation at Solid Rock Church, 5401 Good Luck Road, Riverdale. Please register here.

Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. the Prince George's County EDC's Workforce Services Division, Prince George's Youth CareerConnect Program, K.E.Y.S. Program and ECO PGC are hosting the 3rd Annual Career Options Conference at Wise High School. The Career Options Conference will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with the Job Fair taking place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Learn more or register today for this FREE event.

Another important event taking place on Saturday, November 4, is the annual Veteran Stand Down & H omeless Resource Day. Free breakfast is provided and the e vent will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Complex on Sheriff Road. Numerous public and private agencies and organizations will attend with resources and information. 

Finally, the Diyanet Center of America is hosting a Fall Health Fair on Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to provide free health screenings including blood pressure, dental, eye, primary care, and specialists. The Fair will take place at the Diyanet Center's Cultural Center, 9610 Good Luck Road, Lanham.

The long-desired and eagerly-awaited temporary hiker-biker trail through Riverdale Park Station   is now open!  Please note this is still an active construction site, so signs (still being placed) will weave you past Whole Foods and MOD pizza and then behind the townhouses. 

On Saturday, November 11, my team and I will be out in the community to plant trees in memory of three community leaders who passed away this year. Earl Bracey w as a past president of the Lincoln Vista Civic Association, Barbara Queen was a past president of the Glenwood Park Civic Association and Earl White was a past vice president of the Glenwood Park Civic Association. Click on the image to enlarge it and view details. I hope you will join me on the afternoon of Saturday, November 11, to remember these community leaders.

On Tuesday, November 21, I will host my 3rd Annual Senior Lunch and Resource Fair for seniors age 60 or better who are residents of District 3. States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will join us as a special guest. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a resource fair. At 11:30 a.m. Joe's Movement Emporium will lead us through a light yoga exercise and at 12:15 p.m. a catered buffet lunch will be served. Reservations are required, so please contact Wanda Brooks at 301-952-3060 or to reserve your seat.

I am incredibly grateful to the many residents of District 3 and the entire County who have engaged in the conversation about  MAGLEV,  the proposed high-speed rail whose proposed alignments go through several District 3 communities. 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

Delegate Alonzo Washington is working to host a community meeting about the potential impacts of MAGLEV on District 22 at Parkdale High School on Thursday, Nov. 9. He has invited representatives from BW Rapid Rail and the Maryland Department of Transportation to hear your concerns and answer your questions directly. Please contact his office to confirm.

In addition to attending meetings, it is crucial for each of us 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 send w ritten comments through the mail to:  SCMAGLEV Project,  c/o Suhair Al Khatib,  Maryland Transit Administration,  6 Saint Paul Street,  Baltimore, MD 21202

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Clean Up Green Up
Thank you to everyone who participated in Clean Up Green Up across the County on Saturday, October 28. I enjoyed participating in several efforts including in Princess Garden Hickory Hill, Hynesboro Park, and at Beacon Heights Elementary.

Purple Line Updates

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Learn more about the Community Advisory Teams and view the presentations shared at the CAT meetings here.

Job Seekers: Register today for job opportunities.

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Enterprises:  Register today for opportunities.

Steam Fest 2017!

M-NCPPC's Dept. of Parks & Recreation is hosting STEAM Fest 2017 with science, technology, engineering, arts and math events across the County throughout November. Don't miss the FREE  kick off event on Saturday, November 4 at 11 a.m. at the Showplace Arena! Click here for the full brochure.

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Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison

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