Tuesday, February 21, 2012

You are invited to attend a celebration of academic excellence demonstrated by students from your community. The celebration takes place on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 7:00pm. Parents, faculty, community members, and PGCPS leadership will demonstrate their support of academic excellence by attending a Celebration and Reception for Northwestern High School's 408 Second Quarter Honor Roll and 284 Perfect Attendance Award recipients.

The theme for this special program is "Excellence Without Excuse: Our R.O.A.R. Gets Louder.” In addition to performances by Northwestern's award-winning Music Department, NJROTC Drill Team, and others, the celebration will feature special performances by PGCPS Board Member Amber P. Waller, leading the Marching Band during the ceremony and Prince George's County Councilman Will A. Campos, who will play his saxophone with the Jazz Band during the reception.

Along with the honorees, families and its staff, local schools and community organizations to include churches, fraternities and sororities, Northwestern expects to be graced with the presence of many local officials and community leaders. This is where you come in. It would be a great show of support for these students if you could participate in this event. The students and staff of Northwestern are working hard to continue to do great things in this school and in the community. It would be a wonderful gesture if you could represent these constituents in your community by attending this event and showing your support of Northwestern students.

According to Principal Edgar P. Batenga, “Our mission is to continue to transform Northwestern High School into a world-class school. Our student body exemplifies the tenets of R.O.A.R: Respect, Opportunity, Achievement, and Responsibility. We praise our students for exhibiting the principles of R.O.A.R. and for theiracademic accomplishments and exemplary attendance.” I hope you will be able to attend this important event. Supporting your constituents in this way will go a long way to help in transforming this school. If you are able to participate, please contact Douglass Jones, Assistant Principal at 301-985-1820 or via email at dfjones@pgcps.org. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for considering this. I hope to see you there. Best regards,
Chris Hinojosa

For more information contact Chris Hinojosa at:

tel) 301-405-6286
fax) 301-314-9583


Resident, our Public Works Department will be conducting its Electronic Recycling Event for 2012 on March 17, 2012, from 9 AM - 1 PM at the Public Works Department in Mount Rainier. Come on out and be a part of this event. It is just one of the things that we are doing to keep our environment footprint as small as possible.

Got other ideas you would like to see happening in Mount Rainier? Great, contact City Hall and become a memmber of Mount Rainier's Green Team! The number to City Hall is 301-985-6585 or send and email to jwallace@mountrainiermd.org and express your interest to join the Green Team.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Wintry Weather Headed OUR WAY!

Pepco Prepared for Rush Hour Rain, Sleet, and Snow
Wintry Weather Could Prove Hazardous, Customers Need to Prepare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pepco is closely monitoring the wintry mix that has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for northern portions of the Washington Metro Area. The National Weather Service predicts that later today the local region will experience a wintry mix of rain, sleet, and snow at the onset, changing over to all snow that will continue through the end of the evening commute. No ice accumulation is expected. Largest snow accumulations will occur in northern sections of Montgomery County.

Heavy wet snow can weigh down tree limbs bringing them into contact with power lines causing power outages. Also, the combination of wet snow, and rain, can adversely affect saturated soil causing trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment causing power outages.

In anticipation of the inclement weather, Pepco has scheduled additional line personnel and tree trimming crews for this evening and through tomorrow morning. Pepco will continue to monitor the weather and customer outage activity, and can adjust its resource plans accordingly throughout the evening.


Customers are urged to report outages and downed wires by calling, 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and follow the prompts. Customers may also report outages by visiting pepco.com.
Customers’ reports are extremely vital to Pepco’s restoration efforts. Combined with other customer calls and Pepco’s technology, it helps the company identify the precise location of outages more quickly. Pepco also recommends that when reporting an outage, customers request a call back to confirm their power has been restored.

Pepco urges its customers to prepare for potential power outages and act to ensure their safety. Here are some tips:

• Have adequate prescription medicines and/or infant supplies on hand.
• If a customer or someone the customer knows uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage.
• Assemble an emergency "storm kit." Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler, and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
• Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.
• Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and will not work if there is an outage.
• Protect electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.
• Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances, if it is safe to do so. However, if the customer has an electrically operated sump pump, the customer should not turn off the power.

Safety Tips

• Stay away from downed wires.
• Tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
• Follow the advice of local emergency management officials.
• Take cover if necessary.
For more information and updates, visit www.pepco.com and follow Pepco at ww.twitter.com/PepcoConnect.


Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 789,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.


Jerry Pasternak
VP Pepco Region
Maryland Affairs
701 Ninth Street, NW
Suite 9212
Washington, DC 20068

(202) 872-2524 (office)
(202) 872-2032 (fax)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

INTERESTED Growing Community Gardens

Save the Date for

Growing Community Gardens

A gathering for Prince George’s County gardeners to build community, learn from each other, and gain gardening skills

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10 am – 3 pm

University of Maryland Center for Educational Partnership,
6200 Sheridan St., Riverdale, MD 20737

Join us for workshops, a panel discussion, and lunch

$20 per person

Register at http://growingcommunitygardens.eventbrite.com/. Contact Christie Balch at cbalch@umd.edu for more information or to register by mail.

Sponsored by University of Maryland Extension Prince George’s County

Co-sponsored by:
Eric C. Olson, Council Member, District 3, Prince George’s County Council
Ingrid M. Turner, Council Member, District 4, Prince George’s County Council
MOM’s Organic Market

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to everyone without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or disability.


Christie Balch
University of Maryland Extension Program Coordinator
Center for Educational Partnership
6200 Sheridan St.
Riverdale, MD 20737