Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MOST Schools are OPEN TOMORROW, August 30, 2011

Due to mass power outages caused by Hurricane Irene; the following 21 schools will remain closed on Tuesday, August 30: Apple Grove ES; Central HS; Benjamin Foulois Creative and Performing Arts; Brandywine ES; Concord ES; Glenarden Woods ES; Heather Hills ES; Highland Park ES; Imagine Foundations I Public Charter; Imagine Foundations II Public Charter; James Frank Dent ES;Kenmoor ES; Largo HS; Magnolia ES; Princeton Elementary; Rockledge ES; Samuel Ogle MS; Suitland HS; Tall Oaks Vocational HS; Whitehall ES; and Woodmore ES. All other schools will open on time.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Schools are CLOSED in Prince George's County

All Prince George's County schools are CLOSED tomorrow, August 29, 2011. A Code Green is in effect; all 12-month employees must report on-time. Liberal leave will be in effect.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Damage Assessment for IRENE

Report from Chief Michael Scott on damage assessment of Irene in Mount Rainier:

As of 5 pm this morning we are still experiencing high winds and heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Irene. While the rain is forecast to taper off we still expect the high winds to continue through the morning hours. The police department went on tactical alert at 6 pm Saturday evening and all officers were on duty throughout the night until 5 am this morning. We will have a normal day shift compliment plus one additional officer starting at 7 am this morning. We will follow the same schedule for the night shift that starts at 7 pm tonight.

Throughout the City there is an extensive amount of storm debris on all of our residential streets ranging from leaves to large branches and trees and power lines down. We have reported each power line problem to Pepco; however we do not expect Pepco to respond to address any of the power line problems until later in the day, and then only according to their priority schedule. Our officers have used police tape to block off those streets where power lines and/or trees have either totally or partially blocked the roadway. Residents should not attempt to drive or walk on any street or sidewalk where police tape blocks the way.

Here’s a brief summary of the major storm damage and power outages:

Tree down blocking the road in the 3100 block of Upshur St. Tree took down power lines from a house when it fell.

· Tree down blocking the road at 37th and Newton Streets. No power lines affected.

· Tree down on power lines at 32nd and Varnum.

Tree down on power lines 3100 block of Shepherd St. Street blocked but power still on. When the tree came down an 8 to 12 foot section of the sidewalk was uprooted.

· Electric wires are down in the 4100 block of 30th Street.

· A tree and power lines are down in the 4000 block of 31st Street.

· Tree down in the 4200 block of 28th Street.

· Tree down at 28th Place and Webster Street.

· Power is out to about 75% of the Kaywood apartment complex and bordering streets.

· Power is out along Eastern Avenue from Rhode Island Avenue to Queens Chapel Road.

· Power is out in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Varnum Street.

· Power is out sporadically in other residential areas of the City.

· The roof of the police station is leaking in several places.

Residents should continue to call our communications center at 301-985-6565/6566 to report trees down, power lines down or other hazardous conditions.

Michael E. Scott
Chief of Police
Mount Rainier Police Department
3249 Rhode Island Avenue
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

Sunday, August 14, 2011


While many of us are going about our day with little thought or care about the very reason we love living here -- our trees -- there is a group of men and women that are out there making sure our trees make it through this very hot and dry period. Therefore, today's blog is dedicated to them (I am not going to list their names because I will miss someone and that would not be nice).

To the Tree Commission

Thank you for knowing where all the trees are in Mount Rainier.
Thank you for keeping up with the inventory of trees that we have in Mount Rainier.
Thank you for planting and replanting tree throughout Mount Rainier.
Thank you for helping to keep our trees healthy in Mount Rainier.
Thank you for giving of your time, skills and knowledge to help keep Mount Rainier a Tree City USA.
Thank you for caring enough to know the value of the trees we have in Mount Rainier.
Thank you for getting really pissed when someone cuts down a healthy tree in Mount Rainier.
Thank you Tree Commission for serving, often without thanks, the residents of Mount Rainier.

You are awesome and doing a thankless job on behalf of all of us here in Mount Rainier.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MD sets NO TAX Day for Back to School

Got to buy uniforms, shoes and other clothing for your school age children? Here's when to buy!
Maryland Tax-Free Shopping Days are August 14-20, 2011. Remember the tax exemption is for items priced $100 or less. As always, there are some exclusions, so check with the store before being caught up at the register. Also support stores in PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY. Make the most of every dollar when you shop during Maryland Tax-Free Shopping Days! Valid only in Maryland.