January 25, 2021 


Dear friends,


I'm looking forward to hosting my next Virtual Connection event on Wednesday, January 27, from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm with special guest Dr. Denise McCain, director of the Prince George's County Family Justice Center.

An initiative of the circuit court, the Family Justice Center offers incredible resources for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and elder abuse. Dr. McCain will share information and answer your questions. Please register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/glarosvirtualconnection to receive the link.


County Council Legislation and Updates

Follow County Council agendas and watch live-streamed or archived Council sessions online here: 

The first two bills I am proposing this year will be on tomorrow's Council agenda. CB-4-2021 would require a minimum amount of funding annually for the County's Housing Investment Trust Fund to be dedicated from the county's recordation tax. The Housing Opportunity For All Workgroup recommended this approach last year to ensure that the county is growing its own resources to address housing needs in the County.  Special thanks to my colleagues who have already indicated their support for this bill: Councilmembers Taveras, Hawkins, Davis, Turner, Dernoga, and Harrison. CB-5-2020 will clarify the permitting process for historic properties in the County which will help to reduce costs and time.

Did you know the County Council sends a weekly wrap-up every Friday?
Subscribing to Council Connection is a great way to stay up-to-date on what's happening with the Prince George's County Council. Subscribe here: https://pgccouncil.us/586/CouncilConnection

Senior Meals and Additional Food Distributions

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I'm thrilled to be able to provide boxes of meals to District 3 seniors age 60 and better and individuals with disabilities of any age on Friday, January 29.

Advanced reservations are now closed, however we expect to have extra boxes available on Friday for those who did not make reservations. Pick up your boxes of meals on Friday, no earlier than 1:00 p.m. through 2:30 p.m. at United Baptist Church, 7701 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton.

We are in need of several more volunteers to deliver boxes of meals to routes of approx. 8-10 individuals who are unable to pick up. Please sign up here. We would also welcome several volunteers to help us load boxes into trunks on site from approximately 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please reply to this email if you are able to help on site. Thank you!

Click on the flyer above for a list of several other free food distributions this week, which are open to everyone.

Vaccine Updates
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks held a press conference this morning with updates on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

She also announced that, if the numbers continue to trend downward, indoor restaurant dining will reopen at 25% capacity on Friday, January 29.

Watch her press conference here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Sv5mFKziU

As has been mentioned previously, the County health department is cancelling appointments for those who live and work outside of the County. The County is working hard to vaccinate those in 1A and 1B. However, all are recommended to pre-register. If there are last-minute cancellations, you might receive an email to make an appointment.

The COVID-19 hotline will open next Monday. In the meantime, our 311 call center staff have been trained to handle vaccine questions, so please know you can dial 3-1-1 with questions.

We've heard from many seniors about the long lines and wait time at the Sports & Learning Complex vaccination center. County Executive Alsobrooks announced today that seniors will receive numbers for their windshield when they arrive and then they will be asked to wait in their car. When it is their turn, staff will come get them. I understand many seniors are arriving 2-3 hours ahead of their appointment time. Please do not arrive that early. You will not receive your vaccine any quicker and, in fact, arriving so early can cause even more delays. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment.

Important links:

County information:  

Prince George's County COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-registration form: https://covid19vaccination.princegeorgescountymd.gov/

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On Wednesday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. Congressman Anthony Brown is hosting a virtual forum to answer COVID-19 vaccine questions. Special guests that evening include Prince George's County Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter and other experts who will be able to answer your questions about the vaccine.

Mental Health Resources

As a reminder, my team put together an email newsletter dedicated to mental health resources for families. Please share this information with others in our community. Links to the newsletter in both English and Spanish are below.

Be COVID Safe

Even as we all eagerly await our opportunity to be vaccinated, we must continue to practice COVID safety protocols.

Wear a mask over your nose.
Limit gatherings to those you live with. 
If you must go out, stay 6 feet away from others.
Continue to wash your hands.

I will continue to share new information as I receive it. Thank you in advance for your patience as we undertake the massive effort of vaccinating our residents.

Together Strengthening Our Community,





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Ways to Help

Help Deliver Meals this Friday Afternoon

Can you help us deliver meals to District 3 seniors and individuals with disabilities on Friday, January 29? Pick up boxes at United Baptist Church, 7701 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, between 12:30pm and 1pm and deliver to approx. 8-10 stops. Each route will take approx. 2 hours. We are able to sign off on school service hours. Sign up here.
 
Route One Communities Care has partnered with Greater Riverdale Cares to support local restaurants and feed neighbors in need. Learn more at feedrouteone.org or
donate to Greater Riverdale Cares/Route One Community Cares.

Donate diapers and new or gently used winter coats to students at Riverdale Elementary and William Wirt Middle. Drop items at either school on Mondays and Wednesdays.



Starbucks at Capital Plaza is collecting coats for students at Woodridge ES and Glenridge ES. Please drop coats directly at the Capital Plaza location. 
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301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
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Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
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geneather Lloyd
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
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