WEEKLY BULLETIN | October 29, 2021
Committee for a Better Environment's Drainage Project

The City’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) partnered with the College Park Arts Exchange to spread environmental awareness about native Anacostia River animal species which can be negatively impacted by what goes down storm drains. In late October, the first two of several storm drain painting awareness projects were completed within the City!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
City of College Park Celebrates Maryland's Economic Development Week
Week of October 25-29, 2021

The City of College Park celebrates Maryland Economic Development Week from October 25 through 29, 2021. Hundreds of businesses and commercial entities call the City home, and the City recognizes their contributions to the local and regional economy through job creation, investment, and community engagement. With highly rated and reviewed restaurants, new entertainment venues, an emerging tech sector, as well as local businesses that have been in College Park for decades, the City of College Park has it all. Click here for the full press release.
Prince George's County Growing Green with Pride Clean-up Day
October 30, 2021 | Various Locations | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Prince George’s County Growing Green with Pride Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Applications are available at mypgc.us/GrowingGreen. The application needs to be submitted by October 15 to Tonya Hairston at TYHairston@co.pg.md.us. For more information, call 301-499-8641.
WMATA Metrorail Update: Reduced Service Will Continue

Metro continues working to finalize plans in cooperation with safety officials to return the 7000-series railcars to passenger service and fully restore its rail system. As a result, Metrorail service will remain at the current reduced service levels through at least October 31, 2021.

During this time, trains will operate basic service every 15-20 minutes on the Red Line and every 30-40 minutes on all other lines. Silver Line service will continue to operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Federal Center SW only. Customers are encouraged, where it makes sense for them, to use Metrobus service as an alternative. For more information, visit: https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Metrorail-service-update-week-of-10-25.cfm.
WSSC
November 4, 2021 | Virtual | 6:30 p.m.

Join WSSC for a Virtual Community Meeting about the College Park South Rehabilitation Project on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The meeting will be held by phone and online using Microsoft Teams. To participate, visit: wsscwater.com/projectmeetings or call 240-800-7929 (use Conference ID: 814115859#). WSSC will provide you with the details about our plans to replace and rehabilitate our aging water/sewer main in your neighborhood. To request special accommodations, contact Lawrence Cumberbatch at 301-206-8892 or lawrence.cumberbatch2@wsscwater.com.
City Election
Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Late Application for Absentee Voting:
The election is in less than two weeks, so we are no longer sending absentee ballots through the mail. Between now and November 5, you can apply in person for an absentee ballot at City Hall, Monday- Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City Hall is currently located at 8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 375. Qualified voters may vote on-the-spot or may return their voted ballot to the Drop Box.  
 
Use A Drop Box!
Please return your ballot to one of our secure drop boxes rather than through the mail. Drop Boxes are located at:
 
  • Davis Hall: 9217 51st Avenue 
  • On Campus: west side of Stamp Student Union, on Union Lane, by the USPS and FedEx boxes
  • Calvert Road School: 4601 Calvert Road

For questions, please contact the City Clerk Janeen Miller at 240-487-3501 or jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov.
Veterans Day Commemorative Coin Giveaway
November 11, 2021 | Joint Base Andrews Main Exchange | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Would you like to add to your coin collection? If so, Veterans are invited to Joint Base Andrews Main Exchange on Thursday, November 11 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon to participate. This information was provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs in Prince George's County, MD.
The Top 5 Internet Scams and How to Avoid Them

1.Grandparent Scam - Caller pretends to be grandchild who has been arrested and needs bail money. Hang Up! It’s a scam.
• If you are concerned, call your family member.

2.Publisher’s Clearinghouse Scam - You’ve won millions, but have to pay taxes first. Hang Up! It’s a scam.
• Publisher Clearinghouse will NEVER notify a winner over the phone or tell them to make a payment to receive their prize.

3.Arrest Warrant Scam - If you receive a text or voice mail requesting you to call your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Department because you have a warrant out for your arrest for missing jury duty. Hang Up! It’s a scam.
• The Police and Sheriff will NOT solicit money to resolve an arrest warrant.
• If you are concerned that you may have a warrant for your arrest, call the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-780-8600.

4.Romance Scam - Scammer makes contact on dating sites, social media or email. They gain a rapport, then eventually have an emergency and need money.
• NEVER send money to someone you’ve only communicated with on-line or over the phone.

5.You Owe Taxes Scam - Caller identifies themselves as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agent, tells you that you owe back taxes and to pay immediately!
• The IRS states they do NOT “initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information.”
• The IRS will NOT direct you to mail cash, wire money or purchase gift cards for payment.

If you become a victim of a financial scam, report it to Police at (301) 352-1200
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
FINANCIAL CRIMES UNIT
How to Fight Hate Crimes from the Office of the Attorney General

How Communities Can Help:
A comprehensive response to hate crimes involves the engagement of local government, law enforcement, prosecutors, schools, religious institutions, residents, and civil rights and community-based
organizations. Strategies stakeholders can implement to combat hate crime activity:

• Publicly condemn suspected hate crime activity
• Establish a network of community stakeholders to ensure prompt responses to and support of victims of
hate crimes
• Encourage victims and witnesses of hate crimes to report to law enforcement
• Employ restorative justice practices where appropriate
• Promote activities that embrace diverse populations and unite communities
• Advocate for laws and policies that enhance the State’s response to hate crimes

For additional resources and information, see OAG’s Strategies for Responding to Hate Crimes
I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study

Providing comments on the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study “Comments on the SDEIS will be accepted between Friday, October 1, and 11:59 PM on Monday, November 15, 2021. MDOT SHA and FHWA are holding a virtual public hearing on Monday, November 1, 2021, with two sessions scheduled for 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Click here to provide feedback. Click here to register for the Public Hearing sessions. Click here for more information.
The City is Hiring!

The City has several positions open! To apply, visit https://collegeparkmd.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
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.

  • Click here for information on new changes to Bulk Trash.
  • Friday, October 29 is the Department of Public Works In-service Snow Training at DPW. No bulk trash collections will be scheduled, and we will not be able to load or deliver compost or wood mulch.
  • All compost and mulch deliveries are finished for the season.
Curbside Leaf Collection Begins November 1

Curbside leaf collection begins on Monday, November 1 in SA7-North End/Sunnyside; Tuesday in SA1-Calvert Hills; Wednesday finish up SA1 Calvert Hills and start SA2-Old Town/West Knox; Thursday, finish up SA2-Old Town West Knox and start on SA8-CP Woods, Crystal Springs, Acredale & Patricia Court; Friday finish in SA8-CP Woods, Crystal Springs, Acredale & Patricia Ct.

  • 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 (as these items require a special collection). 
  • 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.
  • If you put your soft yard waste (grass, leaves and weeds) in bags or containers they will only be collected when the leaf vacuum is scheduled to be in your neighborhood. Weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are suspended during curbside leaf collection period.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
October 18, 2021 to October 24, 2021
 
There were no violations of the Noise Ordinance, Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
October 15, 2021 to October 21, 2021
10/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edmonston Road and Knoxville Road. 1 warning was issued.

10/15 Units responded to a call for service in which the victim’s tires were stolen from their vehicle 9800 53rd Ave.

10/15 Contract officers, Division I patrol officers, and University officers responded to the intersection at Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive for “street racers” that blocked the intersection to perform “burnouts”. The vehicles fled the area as officers approached.   

10/18 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Lakeland Road. The driver was issued 3 citations and 2 SERO’s.

10/18 Contract officer attempted to stop a vehicle with “illegal temporary tags”, driving at a high rate of speed, and driving recklessly (weaving in and out of traffic at Baltimore Avenue and Edgewood Road). The driver bailed out of his vehicle and fled on foot with the officer in a foot pursuit. During the pursuit, the officer recovered 16 grams of marijuana in which the driver disposed of. The driver made good on his escape, but the officer applied for a warrant as the driver was identified.

10/21 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 7400 block of the Edmonston Road. 2 warning were issued.

10/21 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at Edmonston Road and Old Calvert Road. The driver was issued 1 citation and 2 Warnings.

10/21 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edmonston Road and Radcliffe Road. 3 warnings were issued.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 24
Warnings: 72
Equipment Repair Orders: 8
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 0
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 1
Premise Checks: 9
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 28
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Loud Exhaust Enforcement Stats:
Citations: 4
Warnings: 2
SERO's: 2
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
Public Safety Committee Meetings
Monday, November 8, 2021 | Virtual. | 7:30 p.m.

Please join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City, for an informative monthly community meeting. This meeting takes place every second Monday of the month via zoom.

This community meeting will discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety related topics.

To facilitate City-wide participation, these will be virtual meetings that you may join in from your home. Please invite your neighbors so that this useful information may be shared throughout the City.
Veterans Day
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day. On Veterans Day, we thank and honor all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. To commemorate the holiday, the City will post yard signs around College Park. We encourage our residents to fly the American flag and to take with the Veterans Day signs and tagging them with our social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram: @collegeparkmd, Twitter: @collegepark_md). We may even share your photos on the City’s website and social media!

All City offices are closed on Thursday, November 11 for Veterans Day.. Special collections will only occur on Friday, November 12. 
Good Neighbor Day
Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Good Neighbor Day 10-year anniversary will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2021! Good Neighbor Day is a community-wide day of service in Greater College Park. The collaborative partnership is hosted by the University of Maryland, The City of College Park, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
The 10-year anniversary event will offer 14 in-person beautification service projects, 6 virtual workshops designed to support and engage our neighbors, and multiple ways to get involved in the food drive. The registration deadline for in-person projects is Friday, November 5.

Good Neighbor Day Food Drive:
Good Neighbor Day is collecting clear, canned, and boxed non-perishable food and drink items to benefit the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry.
• Bring items to the Fill-a-Bus Food Drive on November 12 from 11am - 4pm outside of Stamp Student Union on the UMD campus
• Drive-up Food Donation Drop-Off at IKEA in College Park on November 13 from 10am - 2pm

You can make a monetary donation at collegeparkfoodbank.com or campuspantry.umd.edu. For more information, visit: www.goodneighborday.umd.edu or https://oce.umd.edu/good-neighbor-day.
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

Community Public Safety Discussion:
Zoom Meeting (every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.)
Join by phone: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 961 6899 4626
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