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Gone, but not forgotten, Ms. Janis Lomax, former City Clerk for Mount Rainier Maryland

As some of you are aware, Ms. Janis Lomax transitioned on September 27, 2016.   Ms. Lomax worked for the City of Mount Rainier for more...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

47B Legislative District Vacancy

Here is an opportunity for serving your community at the State level, and you do NOT have to wait until 2018!

The requirements for this position are-- be 18 or older, registered to vote, live in the District, and follow the instructions in this posting.

You do not have the right to complain if you do not put your name in the hat and work for you want. AMERICA is the land of opportunity, but the opportunity is NOT going to make you take it or beg you to work for it.

CHOOSE to be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Come Celebrate Mount Rainier Day with US!


Residents and friends and families, and investors, and developers and everyone else is invited to come and celebrate with US!

The Parade starts at 10:00 am. Here are the Parade route and list of the Parade participants.

Northwestern High School JROTC color guard
Largo High School marching band
Local elected officials
Thrifty Rental Cars
Adinkra Group drummers and dancers
Joe's Movement Emporium belly dancers
Students from both Mt. Rainier Elementary and Thomas Stone
Mt. Rainier War Hawks
Los Tecuanes de Riverdale
Healthy Dental
Mt. Rainier Mutts
Prince Georges County Library CUBE
Little Friends for Peace
Mt. Rainier Green Team
The Lady Rams cheerleaders
Fiesta DC musical group


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Work on the Singer Building continues

Greetings Neighbors. 

Our General Contractor (UIP) has tentatively scheduled site utility work for our project at 3300-3310 Rhode Island Ave beginning Friday, May 19th.  Below is a basic outline of the site utility work that will have impacts to Perry Street directly to the north of our property.  Our overall goal is to minimize any adverse impact to the neighbors – especially on Perry and 33rd Streets.

UIP’s Site Utility Contractor (Busy Ditch) will be on-site beginning Friday, May 19th to mark out their lines and begin working within the site construction fence (primarily along Rhode Island Ave)

On Monday, May 22nd utility work associated with existing and new water lines will commence on Perry Street to the north of our property
Working hours requiring a temporary, partial closure of Perry Street (only the southern half of the street) will be from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm (Monday through Friday, after/before rush hour traffic).  A single drive lane will be maintained on the north side of Perry Street for the duration of the work.
Work duration on Perry Street is estimated at approximately 5 business days (Monday through Friday, weather permitting)

"No Parking” signs will be placed along the south side of Perry Street which would be in effect during daytime hours (8:30am – 3:30pm) from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, May 27th.  

Additionally, we will have a neighborhood meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm to answer any questions you have related to the utility site work or the project in general.  Council member Shah has arranged for our use of the meeting space in City Hall.

Please submit any questions or comments you have in advance to me at this email address. We found this approach to be particularly efficient at the last neighborhood meeting. 

Thanks for your attention. 

Joy Russell

Consultant with the Menkiti Group

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Please find below text from an alert that will be issued by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) regarding resurfacing on US 1 Alternate (Bladensburg Road) in Prince George’s County. Please share this information with those who may be interested in or impacted by the work including members of your e-mail or list-serv groups and visitors to your website.


Project Includes Three Traffic Signal Upgrades

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is providing a new driving surface as part of a $3 million safety and resurfacing project on US 1 Alternate (Bladensburg Road) from Eastern Avenue to the Anacostia River Bridge in Prince George’s County a distance of one mile. Weather and progress permitting, the project should be complete by late summer.

In addition to resurfacing the road and applying new pavement markings at the end of the project, crews will:

• Upgrade the existing curb ramps and curb return driveways to meet current SHA Americans With Disability Act design standards including installing detectable warning surfaces;
•  Replace damaged sidewalks and install loading pads at bus stops;
• Replace damaged or deteriorated curb and gutter;
• Replace and upgrade damaged or non-standard W-beam traffic barrier systems and end treatments to meet current SHA standards;
• Clean existing inlets;
• Rebuild existing traffic signals, audible pedestrian signals (APS) and countdown pedestrian signals (CPS) on US 1 Alt at the intersections with 38th Avenue, 40th Avenue and 41st Avenue and;
• Perform slope stabilization at structure just south of 38th Avenue.

To complete all phases of work, crews are permitted to close the following lanes on US 1 Alternate:

• Northbound—weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Southbound—weekdays between 9 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• Northbound and southbound, overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional work hours and lane closures may be necessary to expedite the work and keep the project on schedule. Currently, crews are constructing sidewalks and traffic signal infrastructure during daytime work hours. SHA’s contractor for the work is M. Luis Construction of Baltimore. More than 23,000 motorists use this section of US 1 Alternate daily. For real-time traffic information, please log on towww.md511.org or call 1-855-466-3511 using a hands-free device. For more information about this US 1 Alternate project, please contact Mr. Nilesh Patel, SHA Project Engineer, at 240-421-7654 or Mr. Bill Kucharek, SHA District 3 Area Engineer, at 301-513-7329.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Spouses Education Scholarship.AVAILABLE!

Congressional Black Caucus
CBC Spouses Education Scholarship 

Description This scholarship fund was established in 1988 in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships. This is the foundation's first educational program and since then has experienced substantial growth.

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. All majors are eligible.

Amount Varies ($500 - $8,700) Eligibility Applicants must: · Be a U.S. citizen/legal permanent resident · Be preparing to pursue, or currently pursuing, an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time at an accredited college or university.

Current high school seniors are also eligible to apply. · Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale · Exhibit leadership and be active in community · Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students

Application Deadline May 19, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Questions? Contact 202.263.2800 or scholarships@cbcfinc.org

Sunday, April 30, 2017

CouncilMember. Former Mayor, AND Candidate for Re-Election Bryan Knedler Endorses Mayor Malinda Miles

"Many months ago, I asked Malinda if she intended to run again. I assured her that I would run for mayor if she did not, but I saw little point in running against her since our positions on the issues are almost always the same and we have very similar goals for the next four years—economic development, a civic center with new library, annexation to create a healthier tax base, better recreation space for young and old, a greener city, etc. etc.

Malinda made her decision and has asked for my endorsement. I have worked with Malinda for 20 years in various ways and believe she deserves another term as mayor. I join with our current state delegate Jimmy Tarlau and former state delegate Doyle Niemann in supporting her bid for re-election.

I know there are voters out there who still can’t decide between two good candidates. The good news is that we have two good candidates. I have been asked numerous times in the last few weeks about my decision and here are some thoughts to consider.

First, I am not interested in the campaign promises. Both candidates are promising just about the same thing. Economic development, support for green projects, concern for low-income residents, civic spaces, peace and harmony, and the sun will rise in the morning. Promising to do X and Y is one thing. Having a plan or ability to get X and Y done is the important skill and test. Malinda has a proven track record of getting results. So does Jesse. Both candidates are making promises, but both of them have been on the council, and made promises four years ago. Have they accomplished what they promised?

The two candidates are not that different on the policy level regardless of the rhetoric. As one example, both candidates can take credit for helping make the city a greener place. Malinda, for example, championed and pushed for the creation of the Green Team and for the city to become one of the first municipalities to be certified in the Sustainable Maryland program.

I don’t agree with everything Malinda does or the way she goes about it. Our personalities and approach to issues are very different. The city council is a group of persons who each bring something to the table. Some of us are more cerebral. Some are great advocates for the schools and children. Some are great at organizing events. Some have a financial background that helps with understanding budgets and project funding. Some are adept at zoning issues or economic development. It is a team created by the voters.

Malinda brings many things to the council table, but first in my mind is her passion for Mount Rainier and its residents. Second is her responsiveness when residents ask for help. Her ability to pick up the phone and call the right person to get an answer or help solve a problem is unique to her on the council. I agree that the newer members of the team are building those connections. She has countless personal connections with politicians, clergy, business leaders, the schools and civic activists not only in our little neck of the woods, but in the county and state.

Another question to ask is “what has the candidate done for me lately.” Have I seen the candidate out in public promoting the city or helping residents? Over the years, I have seen Malinda jump in to help people in need and when she gets a call for help or solve a problem, she responds. I have seen her personally show up at a house or on a city block to lend a hand or push for a solution to an issue. And she even responds and helps residents that she knows do not support her or who will turn around and criticize her the next day. If you are someone Malinda has helped over the years, I am sure you are not having trouble making this decision in the mayor’s race.

Having been mayor myself, I know the limits of a mayor’s power in Mount Rainier. The mayor is basically a councilmember at large . Of course I realize that many people see the mayor as the public persona of Mount Rainier. And one thing everyone can agree on is that Malinda Miles has been an unforgettable public persona. Have you ever seen her in the Mount Rainier Day parade in those hats? Up on stage? In many ways, the election decision comes down to personality rather than issues. While the two of them are not far apart on the issues, they could not be more different personas.

But, the mayor also tends to get blamed for anything that goes wrong, for all the unsolved problems, and for economic development failures. I point out that both candidates for mayor are equally to blame —along with the rest of the council— for perceived failures. And hopefully we all get some credit for successes. It takes three votes to get an issue decided after all.
I hear that some in the community are just tired of Malinda. They want fresh blood and new ideas. I agree that fresh faces and enthusiasm are healthy. The demographics of the city are rapidly changing—at least in those that own homes. In this election, you will get at least 2 new councilmembers. Regardless of which candidate wins as mayor, it will be a current member of council.

And although I don’t have an opinion on the Ward 1 council seat races, here are some general thoughts. Nearly 99 percent of the time, votes are unanimous. That is because we work through an issue and come to a compromise. When considering any candidate on May 1, please think about his or her ability to work cooperatively. What you don’t want is a councilmember that bulldozes projects or issues simply because he or she has the three votes needed and therefore doesn’t need to listen to the dissent. Or a councilmember who constantly seeks to obstruct good ideas.

So, I look forward to seeing you at the poll and I promise —assuming I am re-elected—to work constructively with the candidates who you elect to the team." Councilmember, former Mayor and candidate for re-election -- Bryan Knedler

Delegate Diane Fennell Endorses Mayor Malinda Miles for Re-election as Mayor of Mount Rainier!

I have known Mayor Malinda Miles for many years now since I served as a councilmember on Colmar Manor’s Town Council.

From serving on our municipal councils, we went on to serve together as Mayors of our municipalities. Mayor Miles has always shown great executive leadership and is respected throughout Maryland!

Under her leadership, I have watched the City of Mount Rainer flourish, and I have seen her bring additional resources to the City. Mayor Miles continues to reach out to all residents to get involved in Mount Rainier. Her style of leadership is inclusive and encouraging.

Mayor Malinda Miles does not walk away from a job or task until it is successfully finished or she determines that it is not good for the residents in Mount Rainier, Prince George’s County of the State of Maryland.

Because of her dedication to women and their upward mobility, she has mentored and continues to mentor women throughout the State. For the past several years, she has served as President of Women in Government Serves (WINGS) where numerous women have gone on to win higher political office.

As a State Legislator, I want someone in the position of Mayor who will continue to work with me to help build our community and the people who live in our community. Mayor Malinda Miles is the best person for this job, and she has my support as one who will continue to make Mount Rainer a better City for all its residents. I fully give Mayor Miles my support. Diana Fennell, State Delegate, former Mayor, and Councilmember of Colmar Manor

TAXES! Tax credits! Budgets! On the minds of most these days.

Mount Rainier homeowners and renter should check this out!

Maryland's Tax Credit Programs
What is the Homeowners' Property Tax Credit Program?
The State of Maryland has developed a program which allows credits against the homeowner's property tax bill if the property taxes exceed a fixed percentage of the person's gross income. In other words, it sets a limit on the amount of property taxes.

What is the Homestead Credit?
To help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence, state law has established the Homestead Property Tax Credit. The Homestead Credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Every county and municipality in Maryland are required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. View a listing of homestead caps for each local government.

What is the Renters' Tax Credit Program?
Effective for 2017: Increased Benefit Formula and Maximum Renters' Tax Credit of $1000
The Renters' Tax Credit Program provides property tax credits for renters who meet certain requirements. The plan was modeled after and designed to be similar in principle to the Homeowners' Tax Credit Program, which is known to many as the Circuit Breaker Program. The concept rests on the reasoning that renters indirectly pay property taxes as part of their rent and thus should have some protection, as do homeowners.

Visit this link and read more:  http://dat.maryland.gov/Pages/Tax-Credit-Programs.aspx