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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Exceptional Municipal Breakfast with the Honorable Angela Alsobrooks

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County Executive Angela Alsobrooks hosted Prince George's County's first municipal breakfast in the new Wayne Curry County Administration Building on McCormick Drive.

The Breakfast was well attended and the Honorable Alsobrooks introduced some of her primary staff to municipal leaders.  Following the presentations, questions, and answers, there was time for a few photo ops.

Mount Rainier Day Festival, May 18, 2019

The Mount Rainier Day Festival is well underway.  The Committee will be meeting via conference call on Monday, February 25, 2019.  Following are the notes from the last meeting.

If you are interested in working with the Committee, please email me at mayormiles@gmail.com.

Mount Rainier Day Festival
The MRDF Committee met on Monday at Mount Rainier’s City Hall.  The flowering was discussed:
1.      The stage, face painter, skate mobile, and other MNCPPC support ordered and a request has been made to have someone from MNCPPC serve on our committee.
2.      The Parade
a.      Parade Route     -- new route to showcase other parts of the City -- Eddie Murphy to map out
b.      Parade Participants – invite all Mount Rainier Committees; schools including Hyattsville Middle; elected officials, including Governor and Lt Governor; -- Malinda Miles
c.      Bands – Duval Marching Band, Parkdale, Largo, H. D. Woodson, Ballou, and any other that would come.  Yvette Washington to contact DC School and Chancellor;
d.      Larry’s Cars, 3 of them -- Eddie Murphy
e.      Advertising and flyers –
f.       Transportation for Mount Rainier Day Festival – YMCA, Colmar Manor, who else
g.      Bus drivers
3.      New activities   -- add new activities to the day’s event for children and adults
a.      Hula Hoop contest/demonstration
b.      Double Dutch with various categories – inviting the DC Ropers, Greenbelt All Stars – Dawn Ward
c.      Line Dancing contest and opportunities to learn line dancing – best line dance – individual and group
d.      Clowns that walk around and through the crowds doing tricks, but also participate in the parade
e.      Redskin players and Cheerleaders – for increasing interest Daryl Green – Yvette Washington
e.  Prince George's County's Health Mobile -- Yvette Washington
4.      Returning activities
a.      Skate mobile
b.      Petting Zoo – Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC)
c.      Horse rides
d.      Face painting – MNCPPC
e.      Basketball – with trophies
f.       Open studio tours – Pat Thornton
g.      Invite business participation
5.      Free food items
a.      Cotton Candy
b.      Popcorn
c.      Ice Cream
d.      Food Truck – Horse and Dickey’s – seafood
6.      Vendors
a.      Send out letters to Invite as many vendors as the area will hold ASAP
b.      No sale of guns, drug paraphernalia, or other child unfriendly items
c.      Charge vendors the following rates:         FOOD - $75; Merchandise - $50; Information -- $25 if registered by April 15, 2019 close of business (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL)
d.      Charge vendors the following rates:         Food -- $100; Merchandise -- $75; Information -- $50 if registering after April 15, 2019 (REGULAR REGISTRATION)
e.      LATE REGISTRATION based on availability --
f.       CUT OFF DATE FOR ALL VENDORS is May 6, 2019 close of business
g.      No fee for service vendors such as PEPCO, Washington Gas, WSSC, UPS – ask to give out information and any giveaways that they may have including bags
h.      Table and chairs and tents – MNCPPC and Public Works
7.      Entertainment
a.      Mistress of Ceremony – Trina Brown; in charge of sound system
b.      City responsible for generator – rent large one from Home Depot or get it donated
c.      Mariachi Band -- Malinda
d.      Hispanic Dancers -- search
e.      Patch Work -- Malinda
f.       Chose Gospel Group – Yvette
g.      Invite Mount Rainier’s talent
8.      Safety and Security          Eddie Murphy and CERT TEAM
a.      SHA traffic sign – order and set up at least two weeks before the event
b.      Direct traffic on Mount Rainier Day
c.      Provide water coolers for volunteers and works
d.      Use segways for crowd control and other activities
e.      First Aid kits
f.       Contact METRO re traffic pattern on May 18, 2019
NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE will be via conference call on February 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Malinda Miles to setup and share information.

Committee to meet monthly on the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. Mount Rainier’s City Hall, One Municipal Place.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The Mayor’s Announcements

1.    Thank you for the concern and support over the past several weeks.  Special shutout out to City Staff, Mount Rainier’s Board of Election, Heather Ware, for the flowers and baskets.  Thank you for the get-well cards that continue to come in.  My health is improving, but I still have trouble with the left eye, and my speech sometimes gets a little slow.  I also get tired rather quickly.

2.   There are lots of things going on in, around and outside of the City

a)   Meetings are being held monthly about the CSX Railroad and safety issues around the CSX – A bill – HB66 is being heard in Annapolis on February 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. to require that CSX have a two-person crew on freight/CSX trains. Residents of Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Cottage City, and Colmar Manor are encouraged to attending the hearing in Annapolis in Room 251

b)   It is confirmed that representatives from the US Postal Services will meet with us in Mount Rainier on February 12, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Mount Rainier City Hall (I only heard from 3 people so City Hall should be large enough to accommodate us).

c)   The Allison Street Levee work will begin mid-March.  A meeting to discuss the work including closing the 34th Street bridge; surveying homes closes to the levee that may be negatively impacted will be held on February 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.  I encourage everyone on Arundel between 34th and 30th Street to attend this meeting.  The project director for this project is Faisal Aldura.

d)   The Senior Health Care Committee meets on the 4th Monday of each month at the IHOP on Bladensburg Road at 9:20 a.m. in the back room.  Members of the Committee are circulating a survey to solicit support for the Health Center, desired services, and other information to help the University of Maryland Capital Region Health bring appropriate services to our area for our seniors.  Copies of the survey will be emailed to those email addresses that we have and taken in person by members of the Committee.  Surveys should be completed and returned no later than February 22, 2019! 

e)  The Mount Rainier Day Committee will be holding its first meeting on February 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Rainier City Hall.  The Committee is accepting new members, previous members, and ideas!  MNCPPC has been invited to place a staff person on the Committee to help us obtain additional support for our activities and to bring in some new ones.

3)  The Prince George’s County School Board is holding hearings tonight and Monday at High Point High School.  A critical issue on the agenda is the need for a new High School in the 45th Legislative District.  Your testimony and support are needed to help get the new school and to request appropriations for career programs.  Let’s face it, every child will not go to college, but all will need skills to get into the job markets.  There is a recommendation to better utilize our schools for evening programs to teach HVAC, mechanics, electrical, nursing, cosmetology, etc.  If you can’t go, send Pamela Strothers Boozer an email; call her and send emails to the other School Board Members including Alvin Thornton.

4)   Small Cells – This is a priority legislative initiative for the Maryland Municipal League (MML).  You have not heard much about it, but you will in the not so distance future with the coming of 5G technology.  Small cells are low power, short range wireless transmission systems (base stations) to cover a small geographical area or indoor/outdoor applications. However, small cells have all the basic characteristics of conventional base stations, and it is capable of handling high data rate for individual users. In LTE advanced and 5G deployments, small cells will play a significant role to efficiently deliver high-speed mobile broadband and other low latency applications.  Why you should care?

a)    The City’s right away could be used for those tall poles that you see in Kaywood;

b)   Those poles could be in front of your house because they need to be close to transmit

c)    The boxes on the poles could be an eyesore

d)    The City could lose money on franchise fees; if the 5G companies do not have to pay a franchise fee, Comcast/Xfinity and Verizon could petition to also not have to pay those franchise fees

e)   The City COULD lose its FREE CABLE CHANNELS – 20 and 71

f)    There are other issues riding on the outcome of this legislation

g)   The FCC recently adopted an Order that preempted local governments in several areas of the small cell field, primarily: placing a cap on application fees as well as right-of-way access and pole attachment charges; and shortening the time which a small cell application must be processed, aka “shot clocks.”

h)    MML will continue to work with stakeholders to protect local authority in the siting of small cell facilities, including vehement opposition to preemption of zoning, right-of-way access, design standards, and permitting processes. These local government functions are critical to our residents and represent the duty of our officials to promote safety and community character.

Legislation on this is coming before the State delegations this session.  The City does not wish to be deprived of this source of income (almost $66,000), AND we want the right to control how our right of ways are used.

5) Attended the MML Board Retreat in Rockville and participated in discussions and training that asked participants to reach across the isles – there are lots of residents in our City that are neither Democrats or Republicans, and all of us have more things in common than we have in differences.  In our municipal government, as it is in most others, we are nonpartisan, and most simply wish to improve the quality of life for all.

6) Attended the Maryland Mayors Association MMA) meeting in Annapolis – primarily a legislative action to learn about bills being introduced that may impact municipalities; meet and talk with legislators about municipal issues (including the recent assessments), and aging in place.

7)  Attended a meeting with staff from Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Anthony Brown, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, and Congressman David Trone, Mayor Craig Moe, and representatives from the USPS.  The meeting was prompted by the concerns and meeting raised by residents in Mount Rainier, Laurel, Silver Spring, and Forest Heights.    There is a consideration for holding quarterly or semi-annual meetings in our region.  More to come from this group.

8)  Recently attended an opioid and Narcan training and received a Narcan kit.  Opioids and Narcan training are recommended for the community.  Most people will not admit to or acknowledge that they are addicted to prescription drugs, yet research shows that someone dies every 12 minutes from an opioid overdose. 
There are many reasons for opioid overdose emergencies, but most often it happens accidentally and at home.  Opioids are prescription medicines that can be used to treat pain.

Often, people taking opioids to manage their pain are unaware of the potential adverse reactions. Important to know is that opioid overdose emergencies can occur at any time even when opioids are used as directed, especially at higher doses and when taken with other sedating substances.

Narcan® Nasal Spray is not approved to treat opioid addiction or dependency but has the potential to save someone’s life.  Narcan training is one way to be prepared to save someone’s life.  Our police officers are trained and carry Narcan to help save a life should they encounter an opioid overdose.

These announcements may be found on my Mayor Malinda Miles Facebook Page.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

It Could be YOU! Blessed

I was reminded this morning about how cold it is outside.

In the reminder, I was asked to pray for the homeless, and that made me think about where I was and my present condition.

In my own home.

Warm and comfortable.

I control the heat.

Food in the cabinets.

A stove to cook it on.

Dishes and silverware to use.

Clean water to drink.

Glasses in the cabinet.

The list just kept growing, and I just could not list everything for which I’d been given and continue to be provided.  One word came to mind – BLESSED!

When we have so much, we are often lulled into thinking that everybody else has what we have. We forget that there are those who have nothing not because they are lazy, shiftless, uneducated, or some other reason, but because they have lost their jobs, hospital bills, fires, and, yes, bad choices and so on.

Pray, yes.  Prayer does change things.  We are admonished to pray without ceasing.  Many of us do, and many of us do not believe in prayer, but one thing for sure, all of us are human, and prayer will not keep us warm in 32 and below temperatures.  The truth of the matter is we need clothing.  When we are hungry, prayer will give us hope, but it will not stop the hunger pains, food will do that.

What is the point?  We should always pray, but we should also take action to eliminate basic human needs – hunger, homelessness, available health care, job opportunities, and livable wages.  None of us are in a position to take the high road and look down on those that are less fortunate.

But for grace and mercy, many of us would be in their condition. Let's not only pray but share some of our blessings with them. So, today, buy a bag of groceries and give it to someone in need. Buy two donuts and two cups of coffee and share one with a homeless person. There are lots that we can do, and no one needs ever know that you did -- well not everyone will not know because God is always watching.

Christmas Baskets Donation Due TODAY!

Good morning, Mount Rainier and surrounding areas as well as the rest of the world. LOL

Today is D-Day for our Christmas Baskets. If you are donating perishables (turkeys, hams, chickens, beef, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, butter, etc.), can goods, or other items for our Christmas Baskets please bring it to the Mount Rainier Police Station between 9:00 a.m and 8:30 p.m tonight.

If you wish to volunteer, do not hesitate to come and be a part of this demonstration of love for our community and our residents. The feeling you will get and carry for the rest of the holidays, and maybe even 2019 will be worth it. You also get an opportunity to interact with neighbors, see our police department and our officers in another light. So, come on out, every minute is not just working, but we will get the job done.

FORGOT WHAT TO DONATE? That's okay, here is the basic list:
Cranberry sauce -- lots
Jiffy mix -- lots
Stuffing mix -- lots
Green Beans, corn, black beans, red beans, mixed vegetables, etc. (CAN GOODS all kinds are welcome-
Elbow macaroni
Cake mix
Potatoes (white and sweet)
Can milk
Roast (beef, pork, lamb, etc.)
Beverages (water, juice, ice tea, lemonade, etc.)
Whatever you wish to give, I will distribute.

Just remember its Christmas, and the food is going to homes that are barely making it, need a hand UP, may not have a job, and just NEED A LITTLE KINDNESS!

Thank you to everyone in and around the community (including my friends and former Mount Rainians) for always helping to make this season brighter in Mount Rainier. Your love and caring are appreciated.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


DOUBLE DUTCH performance by the Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars May 19, 2018, at 1:00 pm.

The Double Dutch competition will follow:

First prize $100

Second prize $75

Third prize $50

Honorable mentioning $25 -- may have more than one, if the money is right, AND if the performance warrants it!


Remember to sign up for the competition at the Mount Rainier Day Festival. Sign up will start at 10:00 am.

Mr. "C" there are some challenges out there waiting to take YOU ON! Hope you plan to show up for this marvelous event.


May is National Bike Month/Bikeshare in Prince George’s County

Good morning!

May is National Bike Month, and Friday, May 18, 2018 is Bike to Work Day!

That day, there will be 12 registered pit stops throughout Prince George’s County.
Please join us at the first-ever Prince George’s County-hosted pit stop at the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building on McCormick Drive in Largo.

There will be giveaways, snacks, bicycle-related demonstrations, and more!

The Largo pit stop will be open from 6:30am-8:30am, and everyone is welcome – whether you’ll be biking or not.

Plus, at 9am at the Largo pit stop, a special announcement will be made regarding bikeshare in Prince George’s County!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

We hope you’ll plan to stop by, and don’t forget to spread the word!

Courtney Ward
Community Liaison
Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation
Office of the Director
9400 Peppercorn Place
Suite 300
Largo, Maryland 20774
Main: 301-883-5600

E-mail: cnward@co.pg.md.us

Gateway's Open Studio Tours on Mount Rainier Day May 19, 2018

Gateway CDC is pleased to collaborate with Mayor Miles and the City of Mount Rainier, on May 19, for the culmination of the 14th Open Studios Tour on Mount Rainier Day.

Festivities will include:

Pan Masters Steel Band will Kick-off our festivities to welcome visitors to both events.

Creative Edge Cinema Lounge at the Mediterranean Café will feature film shorts, by local filmmakers

"The Collective," an exhibit of ArtWorks by local artists will be on display at the Gateway's 39th Street Gallery.

The Menkiti Group will open up the Historic Singer Building for performance art, and family fun activities.

Gateway's Media Arts Lab will be the home base for artists located at 3311 Rhode Island Ave.

Visitors, artists, tourists, please pick up all maps guides and all other promotional materials at 3311 Rhode Island Ave., or visit GatewayOpenStudios.org


Monday, May 07, 2018

The Mount Rainier Day Festival 2018

It is TIME to get excited about the Mount Rainier Day Festival and the Gateway Art District Open Studio Tours!

At the Committee meeting tonight, it was awesome just sitting and listening to all of the things that will be happening on Mount Rainier Day.

STAY TUNED. Start watching for the next BIG THING that will be happening in Mount Rainier on May 19, 2018.

Double Dutch is coming.

Northwestern's ROTC

Largo Marching Band

Live performances -- throughout the day at the old Urban Eats location and in the Singer Building as part of the Open Studio Tours!

There will be van transportation to all of the events all day long for the young and old!
YES, we have VENDORS -- food, jewelry, clothes, and much much more!

Did I mention that there will be a PARADE? There will be a parade, and it is growing every day.

LOOKING FORWARD to seeing all of you on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

VENDING OPPORTUNITY will close at 4:30 p.m. May 11, 2018.

NEXT MEETING OF the MOUNT RAINIER DAY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE: May 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Rainier Manor 1 3001 Queens Chapel Road. There is still time to volunteer.