March 17, 2016

Dear Friends,

Vision for Riverdale North
One vision for the Kenilworth Ave. road edge
Thank you to the many residents of the East Riverdale and Beacon Heights neighborhoods who participated in the East Riverdale & Beacon Heights Charrette (Community Workshops). As the Purple Line moves forward, it is even more important that we set a clear vision for our community. Check out the presentations and learn more about the sector planning process here.
 
Several residents have reached out to my office about the blight caused by the abandoned homes on Riverdale Road between the BW Parkway and Kenilworth Avenue. These homes were purchased by the Maryland Transit Administration and will be demolished to make way for the Purple Line. It was anticipated that these homes would be removed in the fall, but removing asbestos and addressing utility issues has taken longer than expected. I understand that removal is imminent.

Thank you to all who came out for my Public Safety Community Chat on Tuesday, March 15. Many have let me know how much they appreciated the opportunity to talk with our new Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and our new Director of Homeland Security Genovia Whittingon. 
 

This is an extremely difficult week for our public safety officers. We sent Chief Stawinski back to HQ with two large cards letting the officers know how grateful we are for all that they do. Please join me in sending a message of support and appreciation to our police department. Email police_mrd@co.pg.md.us, tweet @PGPDNews or write a message on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PGPD1.
 
During our Community Chat, Chief Stawinski emphasized, "See something, say something." Please do not wait for an event like our Community Chat or your civic association meeting to mention something that concerns you. I've included our emergency and non-emergency numbers on the right and urge you to use them every time you see something that doesn't seem right.

Tuesday, March 22, at 11:00am, the County Council will hold a public hearing on CR-11-2016, a resolution approving multi-year contracts for the County's trash and recycling collections. For residents who live in unincorporated areas of the Country, this will mean big changes in your trash and recycling pick-up. Learn more here.
 
The County Council is in the midst of recommending new members to two incredibly important boards in the County. If you would like to be considered for either of these roles, please send your resume to  CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us by 5:00pm on Monday, March 21.
 
Solid Waste, Resource Management and Recycling Advisory Commission -- If you care about the environment, recycling in the County and how we dispose of trash, please put yourself forward to serve on this important commission.
 
Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board -- The property tax assessment appeals board has jurisdiction over all appeals in Prince George's County concerning property tax assessments, the Home Owners' Tax Credit Program, the Renters' Tax Credit Program, the Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Program, and other local tax matters assigned to the board for hearing. This jurisdiction includes but is not limited to appeals concerning local tax credits, local taxes, and special taxing areas. This board meets on a regular basis during the day and requires a significant time requirement. Nominal compensation is provided.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing Prince George's County's Structural Deficit  will host a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 24 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. You can read their preliminary report here.

I mentioned in my last newsletter that I serve as Chair of the County Council's Rules, General Assembly and Committee of the Whole Committee this year. I urge you to join me TODAY in asking the members of the General Assembly to support HB1396/SB 0960, important domestic violence legislation.


Many forms of domestic violence are not recognized in the state of Maryland, which leaves residents vulnerable in the cases of harassment and destruction of property. HB 1396 will expand the definition of abuse to include written and electronic harassment and malicious destruction of property, including defacing property. The bill will also require the State Board of Education to encourage County Boards of Education to incorporate age-appropriate lessons on domestic violence so that students will have a better understanding of all forms of harassment that fall within domestic violence. Several domestic violence resources are available on the County website.

As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or 301-952-3060. You can reach my staff via the same phone number or email address on the right. 
 
Together Strengthening our Community,
    

P.S. I share news and updates daily on social media so please like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter if you use social media.

Like me on Facebook
 Follow me on Twitter
Important Numbers
---------------------
Emergency: 911
 
County Police
Non-Emergency:
301-352-1200
 
Park Police Emergency:
301-459-3232
 
Park Police
Non-Emergency: 
301-459-9088
 
Youth Crisis Hotline:
1-800-422-0009

Domestic Violence, Crisis, Suicide and Homeless Hotline:
Dial 211

Bulky Trash,
Pot holes,
Code enforcement, Service needs:
Dial 311

Council Member Taveras and I had a wonderful time at the 31st Annual Women's History Month Luncheon with municipal leaders and constituents.
The District 3 team joined in "Hear MD Crunch" to raise awareness of the importance of school breakfasts to reduce childhood hunger.

Please join me in sending deepest sympathies to our long-time District 3 team member, Alina Smith. Alina's husband passed away this week after a long illness. I deeply appreciation you keeping Alina and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Contact Us!
---------------------
301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
@co.pg.
md.us
 
Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist:
-- 
C. Angel Dureke
Scheduler &
Administrative Assistant:
--
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant:
--
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff:
-- 
Alina Smith
Hispanic Liaison:


If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email Thomas Mayah at the District 3 Council Office at tsmayah@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.



Prince George's County Council | Council Member Dannielle Glaros, District 3 | 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive | Upper Marlboro | MD | 20772