WEEKLY BULLETIN | December 17, 2021
City Offices Closed for the Christmas & New Years Holiday


All City offices are closed on Friday, December 24 for the Christmas Holiday, and Friday, December 31, for the New Years Holiday.
Special collections will only occur on Thursday of those weeks.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
COVID-19 Update

Due to the sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases within the community, the University of Maryland announced last night new COVID-19 actions that have gone into effect. Visit https://president.umd.edu/articles/important-covid-19-actions-effective-immediately for details. 
 
City and University leadership are in close communication and will notify the community as updates become available. All City COVID-19 related updates will be available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19.
 
During the holiday season, help protect yourself and loved ones while still enjoying holiday traditions by continuing to wear proper fitting masks indoors, washing hands often, and maintaining at least six feet in physical distance. One of the best ways to protect yourself and others is to get a COVID-19 vaccine and/or a booster as soon as possible. Vaccines are available for anyone 5 and up; to find a vaccination clinic near you, please visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine.
 
For more tips, and general holiday guidance, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/celebrations.html
Farmers Market Drop Off Information

Do you miss getting your fresh produce, meats, desserts and coffee from the Hollywood Farmers Market every week? Some of the Hollywood Farmers Market vendors are doing a pre order drop off this winter at Duvall Field. If you would like to be on the list to know when to pre order, please email the market at their email address: hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com to get on the Winter Market Mailing List.
2021 ARPA Assistance Grants

The City has established two programs to assist businesses, non-profits, and residents address negative financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) has provided funds that the City is using for these and many other projects. The goal of these programs is to help our residents, businesses and non-profits get back on their feet and better prepared to be financially successful in the future. For program information, including requirements and applications, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/arpa.

Have questions? Email arpa@collegeparkmd.gov with questions for any of the City's ARPA programs.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 


Click for more information, or visit: www.colllegeparkmd.gov/products.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

For a list of changes to Special Collection Pickups, including Yard Waste and for information about the Bulk Trash Changes, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wood mulch is back in stock. All deliveries are finished for the season, but material is available year-round for pick up, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Bring a shovel and containers and be prepared to dig.
Holiday Tree Safety

University of Maryland's Fire Protection Engineering Department demonstrates the importance of maintaining a well-watered Christmas tree during the holiday season, comparing the differences between a hydrated tree catching fire and a dry tree catching fire. For more information, visit: https://dbknews.com/2021/12/16/christmas-tree-fire-safety-demonstration/.
Foam Recycling

A temporary drop-off container will be at the entrance to Public Works for Styrofoam recycling. Bring in your holiday foam packaging to keep it out of the landfill.
Right-Of-Way Pruning

City crews are working to prune vegetation, tree and/or shrub branches, that are overhanging into the public right-of-way to improve clearance for pedestrians on the sidewalk and vehicular clearance on the street. Pruning may include City trees & shrubs as well as vegetation growing from private property. The crews are currently working in the College Park Woods neighborhood, Crystal Springs, Daniels Park and Hollywood neighborhoods. Work will continue through the winter. Please contact the horticulturist at DPW with questions.
Curbside Leaf Collection

Curbside leaf collection is scheduled for the following areas next week, December 20-23, 2021:
  • Monday, SA7-North End/Sunnyside
  • Tuesday, finish SA7-North End/Sunnyside
  • Wednesday, SA5-Rhode Island-West, Autoville, Cherryhill
  • Thursday, finish SA5-Rhode Island-West
*Note: If we have already been down your street, we will not return until the next scheduled collection, so put your leaves out by the first day advertised. Click here for the most recent leaf calendar.

Curbside Leaf Collection Tips
  • Bagging is not necessary during leaf collection with vacuums. Grass can be included in your leaf piles, but no sticks, branches, vines, or woody materials (these items require a special collection, call to schedule). 
  • Rake leaves to the curb but do not put them in the street. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains as the leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. These items damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable as dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are ongoing, if yours is inadvertently missed, please call for a special collection 240-487-3590.
Updates During Winter Emergencies

The Department of Public Works plows and treats City maintained streets and City parking lots to clear snow and ice during winter storms. Public Works crews are staffed around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the 51 road miles of City streets. For questions, or to report a City road that hasn't been plowed, please contact the Department at 240-487-3590. 

Updates will be posted on the City’s website, all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and emailed (sign up here). 

Click here for helpful information on how the Department of Public Works handles snow plowing and road treatments throughout the City.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
December 6, 2021 to December 12, 2021
 
There was one violation of the Noise Ordinance, and none for Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health and Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
December 3, 2021 to December 9, 2021
Monthly Public Safety Maps

For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety.
CITY EVENTS AND RECREATION
Deck the City Holiday Decorating Contest

It’s that time of year again to get into the festive spirit with some twinkling lights, inflatable characters, and tons of garland! The City’s annual Deck the City Holiday Decorating Contest is back! 

Nominate your own home, your neighbor's home, or as many awesomely decorated homes you see in College Park! 
Submit your nominations by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021


For contest details, rules, and more, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/deckthecity. Come on, College Park, let's see your holiday spirit SHIINE!
Winter Wonderland: Join Santa's Team - SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. | Duvall Field (9100 Rhode Island Avenue)

Earn your antlers through a series of fun reindeer games, activities, and arts & crafts! Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa! We'll also have a petting zoo, carolers, and hot cocoa.
 
Registration is required. You must show your printed registration (or registration on your phone) to gain entry to the event. No walk-ups.
 
Hurry, spots are limited! To register, go to: cpwinterwonderland.eventbrite.com.
 
For more information about the event, visit: cpwinterwonderland.eventbrite.com.
Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
PGPD District 1 Coffee Club:
Webinar (every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.)
Join by phone: 978- 990-5399, Meeting ID: 833 9609 4990, Password: 720306
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