Friday, April 22, 2011


Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security and the Mayor and Town Council of North Brentwood will be hosting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on May 21-May 22, 2011.

The two-day training program will be held at the North Brentwood Municipal Center starting at 9:00am to 4:00pm. Training is mandatory for both training dates.

What YOU will learn.
How to create a Family Disaster Plan and what to include.
How to develop a community resource data base.
How to respond to a crisis.
How to help your family, your neighbors, and community in a crisis.

Participate in a desktop exercise specific to Prince George’s County.

There is no cost to attend, lunch and a complementary continental breakfast will be provided free. To register for this FREE dynamic class call Paula Michelle on 301-699-9699 ext. 221 at the North Brentwood Municipal Center. Registration will be open until the class is filled (20 participants).

Upon completion of this training participant will receive a certificate, a CERT backpack (include emergency preparedness items) and a CERT Photo ID which will be effective for two years. Registration deadline date is May 10, 2011.

Please register as early as possible to secure your seat.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Need food stamps, TCA, energy assistance, or other services? Did you know you could apply for all of this from the comfort of your living room or where ever you have your computer and/or laptop. Check out the information listed below. (NOTE: You can also apply for these services by visiting the Family Crisis Center, Inc. of Prince George's County, 3601 Taylor Street, Brentwood, MD 20722 or VISIT our Mount Rainier Library and go online and follow these instructions.)


SAIL (Service Access and Information Link) is a web-based screening and application tool that will allow Maryland applicants to complete the following:

Am I Eligible?
- A series of questions to help you decide for which social services benefits you and members of your family may want to apply.

Start an Application - Apply on-line any time of day or night for the following programs:

* Food Stamps (FS)
* Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
* Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
* Medical Assistance (MA)
* Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)
* Medical Assistance Long Term Care (LTC)
* Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
* Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
* Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

Complete a Re-determination - If you currently receive cash assistance, Medical Assistance or Food Stamps, you may be able to complete the re-determination of your benefits on-line. To access this section, you must have received a re-determination letter.

Report a Change - If you currently receive benefits and have a change in your household's circumstances, such as a new address, someone moving in or out, or an increase or decrease in income, you can report this information on-line.

Print Verification Form - You can print a verification form to complete and mail to your local department.

Become a Community Partner - Your organization may be able to help our customers apply for benefits by becoming a Community Partner.

There are also links to other programs and services such as the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.

Friday, April 15, 2011


There is a City-wide election being conducted on Monday, May 2, 2011 in the Great City of Mount Rainier Maryland. ALL registered voters are invited to come out and participate. This election, residents will be participating in a historic election. This is the first time under our revised Charter that we will be electing two councilmembers from the same Ward for two different term limits.

You may recall that Ward 1 was represented by the Late Councilmember Alta Morton. Because of her passing, Ward 1 residents will now elect someone to complete her term (2 years) and someone for the next four years. Jimmy Tarlau is running for the four year term and Bill Updike is running for the two year term.

In Ward 2 1 person will be elected to serve for the next four years. Running in Ward 2 is Brent Bolin and Adrienne Charles. Both are excellent candidates and you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from them at the Candidates Forum that is scheduled for April 20, 2011 at the Mount Rainier Nature Center from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Come out and meet the candidates.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Better Block Project a SUCCESS!

Jan Townshend Took an idea, and made it a reality on 34th Street in Mount Rainier MD. After seeing a better block project, Jan thought it would be a way to showcase Mount Rainier's 34th Street, and encourage potential new businesses to see what could be on 34th Street. And, just like everyone who lives in Mount Rainer knows, OUR businesses and residents came out in full support of this major effort.

Thank you to everyone that took a part in making this happen. Mount Rainier pride could be seen every where. We know the jewel we live in, and we take every opportunity to showcase our business base, vacant space, and potential business place! You did us PROUD, and we looked GOOD.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Council Agenda April 5, 2011

7:00 PM

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
Review and Approval of Agenda
Review and Approval of Minutes for March 1, and March 15, 2011
Official Reports
City Manager
Department Heads

General Public Comment (Limited to three (3) minutes per person)

Certification of Election Candidates Maxine Drakeford, Supervisor of Elections
Report on Candidates Night (time and place) Maxine Drakeford, Supervisor of Elections

ATHA Update Aaron Marcavitch

Old Business

Ordinance 3-2011 an ordinance establishing Mount Rainier Green Initiative (Second Reading/Vote)

Vote on 2% one year COLA/Salary Adjustment for FOP

Vote on 2% for one year COLA/Salary Adjustment for city employees (including city hall, public works, and department heads)

Formal vote by Mayor and Council on City Logo

Formal vote by Mayor and Council on accepting 31st Street easement from Rainier Manor

Council will vote to adjourn the regular meeting and proceed into a work session

Discussion Item

Fiscal Year 2012 Proposed Budget

Rules for Speakers

The Mayor and City Council invite and welcome comments at public meetings. The Mayor or presiding officer will recognize you. Please introduce yourself at the podium (spelling your last name, for recording purposes) and give the name of your street and block number (e.g., 4300 block of 34th St.). Time limits for speaking are indicated on the meeting agenda.
While speaking, please maintain a courteous tone and avoid personal attacks.

If you wish to lodge a complaint about the performance or conduct of any City employee, please bring your concern to the attention of the City Manager, who will look into the matter and respond to you.

As a courtesy to other residents and businesses, the Council requests that speakers not use specific addresses or names of individuals when describing a situation or making a complaint. Noting the block is preferred over a specific address.

Code enforcement and public safety issues should first be brought to the attention of the appropriate department and/or one of your Council members.

Please Note: Pursuant to the Annotated Code of Maryland, State Government Article Section 10-508(a), the Council by majority vote may retire to executive or closed session at any time during the meeting. Should the Council retire to executive or closed session, the chair will announce the reasons and a report will be issued at a future meeting disclosing the reasons for such session.