Wednesday, October 31, 2012


October 31, 2012

Trick or treating will go on as scheduled tonight. MRPD will have extra officers on duty to ensure the safety of parents and children.

Listed below are a few of the more important safety tips to help parents and children ensure a night of fun without incurring the risk of future nightmares.
·         Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe.  Make it fire proof, and if you use a mask, be sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision.  It is always better to use non-allergenic face paint rather than wearing a mask.
·         It is always best to use a non-flame light source to illuminate your decorative jack-o-lanterns. If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, be sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids’ costumes won’t be accidentally set on fire. 
·         Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop such as knives or swords as part of his or her costume that the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury if the child falls or comes into contact with another child or adult.
·         Children always want to take part in pumpkin carving.  Small children should not be allowed to use a sharp knife or saw to cut the top or carve the face.  There are many commercially available pumpkin-carving kits that come with tiny saws that work better than knives and are safer for older children to use.  It is best to let the younger children clean out the pumpkin and draw a face or other design on it, which parents or older children can then carve for them.
·         Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have the chance to check it for them.  Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
·         Review with your children some basic personal safety tips such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, and watching both ways before crossing streets.
·         Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don't go off the beaten track. Stay in well-lighted areas.
·         Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
·         It is important that younger children not be permitted to go out Trick or Treating by themselves without some adult supervision.  It is a good rule of thumb to have at least one adult for every 3-5 children in a group.  Take this opportunity to partner with a neighbor or other family member to assist with supervising the kids.  Heck, why not get into costume yourself – no sense letting the kids have all the fun!
·         If you allow your older children to go out Trick or Treating by themselves, know the route they will be taking.  It is also a good idea for you to walk the route, in the dark, a day or so before hand so you’ll be aware of any hazards the children may come across.  If you have a friend or neighbor you know that lives along the planned route, alert them to what costume your child is wearing so that they can keep an eye out for them.
·         Make sure you set a time by which the children should be home, and be sure to stress to them the importance of being home on time before they leave.  Some children do not have a good sense of time, so an alternative would be to have them come home after they have gone around the block once.
·         Explain to your children the difference between tricks and vandalism.  Throwing eggs or papering a house may seem like fun, but they need to know that this is unacceptable behavior.  Damaging someone’s property or causing them a lot of messy clean up is not fun.  Clean up, having to pay for damages and other legal repercussions can ruin Halloween for both children and their parents.  The Mount Rainier Police Department is extremely intolerant of vandalism of any sort, regardless of a person’s age.
·         Explain to your kids that animal cruelty is not acceptable.  Kids know this on their own, but sometimes peer pressure can be a bad thing. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally wrong, but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.
·         The official Halloween Safety Game - is a fun, interactive way to teach younger children basic Halloween safety rules.
·         Homeowners should consider healthy food alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters which may include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.  You can also offer non-food treats such as plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, or other small school supplies.

From Chief Michael Sott

Early Voting Re-Opens TODAY

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III , Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks Encourage Early Voting As Polls Re-Open Upper Marlboro, MD –This morning, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will stop by one of Prince George’s County’s five early voting locations as the polls re-open in Prince George’s County and around the state.

“I applaud the Governor for extending the hours for voting and adding another day to early voting. This is a very important election and I encourage people to vote early,” said Rushern L. Baker.

WHO:     Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony BrownPrince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, IIIPrince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks

WHAT:Promote early voting and the re-opening of Prince George’s County’s five locations

WHERE:Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785
  WHEN:   Wednesday, October 31, 20128:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Getting Rid of the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Rushern L. Baker

– The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) announced that all waste management facilities, including the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill, Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center and Acceptance Centers, Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance and Recycling Center, Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility and the Materials Recycling Facility, will be open and fully operational on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. In addition, collection services for refuse, recycling, yard waste and bulky trash will resume on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Residents may dispose of storm-related debris at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, free of charge, beginning Wednesday, October 31 and continuing through Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Residents may dispose of their brush and tree limbs at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill located at 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The brush and tree limbs must not exceed 5 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter.

The Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, located at 6601 E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro (from Crain Highway, proceed on Maude Savoy Brown Road and follow signs to the facility), will be open for residents to dispose of their storm-related brush and tree limbs from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The brush and tree limbs must not exceed 5 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter.

County residents may also dispose of their storm-related brush and tree limbs by placing it at the curb on their regularly scheduled collection day for yard waste. Tree limbs must not exceed 4 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter, and must be securely tied in bundles. Brush may be placed in securely tied, heavy-duty plastic bags, paper yard bags or heavy-duty trash cans with handles and a secure lid.

Verification of County residency will be required upon entering the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility. Commercial vehicles will be charged according to the normal disposal rates. For more information on the disposal of storm-related debris, call the 3-1-1 Call Center.

Monday, October 29, 2012

City Residents, YOUR staff is at WORK TODAY!

The City of Mount Rainier is  open today and will remain open the remainder of the day.  Please note that this City of Mount Rainier and the City of Seat Pleasant are the only local governments open to our knowledge in Prince George’s County as of this communication.  All Federal and DC Government Offices are closed as well as Metro Bus and Rail service.  The State of Maryland is also closed and Governor O’Malley has issued warning for people to stay indoors.  I elected along with ACM Jackson to keep the offices open today since the height of storm with severe wind gusts is not expected until 5pm this evening through all day tomorrow.  We will notify both Fox 5 and WUSA 9 of the City of Mount Rainier closure tomorrow.  We have already been experiencing limited cell phone usage and disruption in the alarm service at city hall.

Today, all public works and public safety personnel are on duty as well as civilian, administrative and management staff.  Tomorrow the schedule is as follows:

1.    Essential personnel will be on duty:  this includes all public safety personnel including civilian staff.  All public safety personnel will be on duty around the clock (I.E., 24 HOURS) beginning with today.  Public Works will be on duty as well the management team.
2.    The police station will be open 24 hours.  All persons needing assistant or that have questions should call the police station at 301-985-6980 or 6590.
3.    All emergencies should be called into 911.
4.    The police station has enough fuel should there be a power outage to last for three (3) days.
5.    The nearest shelter is at Ritchie Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.  There has been no notification of the Northwestern HS shelter on Adelphi, Road Hyattsville, MD as all schools are currently closed.  There are cases of water at both city Hall and the Police Station.
6.    Everyone should ensure that their residence has at a minimum a three day supply of non-perishable food items, water, bleach, and wipes.

Please note that wind gusts are expected up to 70-90 MPH.  During heavy wind and rain, the public works department staff will be unable to remove or cut tree limbs until safe to do so.  PEPCO will also not send out crews to repair downed power lines during heavy wind gusts.

Please send this information out to all those on your list serv.  We will post this information on the website and city cable stations.  On Wednesday, we hopefully will be back to full operation should the severe weather improve.  Please contact us should you have any questions.  Chief, Mike – please feel free to add anything I may have omitted in this communication.

Please take every precaution to be safe.

Thank you.                                                                                      

Jeannelle Branson Wallace
City Manager
City of Mount Rainier
One Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712
(301) 985-6585 (Direct)
(240) 508-3595 (Cellular)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Winning Design for BUS WRAP ON ROUTE 1

Route 1 Municipal Mayors & Administrators:

I would like to pre-announce to all the municipalities that have assisted with the Route 1 Ride Project the winner of the Public Art Bus-Wrap Design Competition.  Attached is the winning design, created by local artist Jennifer Axner, entitled “Route 1 Paint Tube”.  Ms. Axner’s design will be used to wrap the exterior of three buses owned by Prince George’s County, servicing TheBus Route 17 “Route 1 Ride”, which extends along the Route 1 Corridor from Mount Rainier to North College Park. 

The Route 1 Ride Collaborative provided online crowdsourcing to determine the final selection.  For nearly two months this summer, anyone with access to the Internet could vote for one of three final designs that were chosen from a jury comprised of representatives from the Route 1 Corridor, including members from all seven municipalities.  We received about 3,000 votes total, and the final results indicated that each of the three designs were nearly equal in popularity. 

The Collaborative will now negotiate with the County’s Department of Public Works & Transportation on a timeline to have the buses wrapped with the winning design.  Our best estimate for this is late fall.  Once the buses are wrapped, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned.  All participating municipalities will receive appropriate invitations. 

Please share this information with your council members and staff.  We look forward to the continued collaborative effort to make the Route 1 Ride a successful public transportation service, and a part of the ongoing effort to redevelop this area of the Route 1 Corridor.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

With regards,
Alex Hirtle
Route 1 Ride Coordinator

Alex Hirtle
Assistant to the Council Administrator
for Special Projects
Prince George's County Council

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Dear Citizens of Mount Rainier:

Depending on the path of Hurricane Sandy it is possible that we could see high winds and heavy rains. The upcoming storm that is forecaste to take place Sunday through the early part of next is could bring high winds that can cause dangerous conditions for your home.  Meteorologists are monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy as it heads up the coast.  Please stay tuned to your local weather station for up to date information.  We want to provide you some tips to keep in mind as it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Below are some steps that you can take to secure your home.  Please note that these are precautionary measures.

1.       Secure any loose lawn furniture in the front or rear of your home.
2.       Make sure any furniture or objects are NOT near any sliding doors.
3.       If you have anything that cannot be brought into your home securely fasten it or store in a shed.
4.       If you have any damage to windows or glass doors make sure to secure immediately.
5.       Remove any toys, bikes, or lawn care equipment from the yard.
6.       Remove any bird feeders.
7.       Secure satellite dishes.
8.       If you doubt that an object can withstand high winds, bring it inside.
Taking these simple steps can help with safety for everyone during storms.

In the event that you lose power, there are some general steps you can take to remain safe. First contact your electric provider to alert them of the issue. The Pepco number to report power outages is: 1-877-737-2662 Make sure to have plenty of water and batteries. Have a flashlight on hand at all times. Make sure to not burn candles. DO NOT use gas powered generators because they are a fire hazard and illegal. Have a battery powered radio on hand to stay informed on all emergency information.

Here is a link from the National Weather Service of extra information on severe storms and the latest on Hurricane Sandy:  This website can provide information on family preparedness as well as extra safety precautions that can be taken.

Please try to prepare your home as best as possible for the well being of you and your neighbors. Thank you very much and stay safe and dry.

Thank you,

Michael D. Jackson

Assistant City Manager
City of Mount Rainier
1 Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, Md. 20712

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency for The State of Maryland in anticipation of the storm

Our office recently received an e-mail stating the Governor has declared a State of Emergency for The State of Maryland in anticipation of the storm.  Please read and consider the tips provided below.  Our office is also providing additional contact information.  Please be careful and vigilant of your surroundings.  Let’s Hope for the Best, but prepare for the worst.   
Updates and additional contact information will be forwarded as we receive them.

Regards, Will

Preparing For The Storm

  • Prepare for possible power outages lasting several hours or even several days.
  • Have emergency numbers on hand, including the power company, gas company and your insurance carrier, including your policy number.
·         Keep all cell phones charged and keep a full tank of gas in your car.
·         Get lanterns or large flashlights and have them in a place that will be easily accessible if the power goes out. Avoid candles which can be a fire risk.
·         Keep at least a three day supply of non-perishable food on hand.
·         FEMA suggests you keep one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation. Remember to plan for pets as well.
·         If the power goes out, don’t open the refrigerator! If the power is out for less than two hours, the food inside should be safe to eat.
·         Don’t forget a manual can opener.
·         Clear all gutters and drains.
  • Secure any loose items such as yard furniture and grills outside of your house.
  • If using a generator, make sure it is not in a basement or garage and make sure it is located a safe distance from any door, windows or ventilation systems.
  • Stores may be crowded on Sunday; consider stocking up on essentials a day or two sooner.
·         Have adequate prescription medicines and/or infant supplies on hand. Keep a list of all medications on hand.

For more preparedness information, please visit the following web sites:
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT DIVISION – 301-780-7200.  Emergency Customer Svc. after hours numbers 301-780-7241; 7242;7243
BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC – 1-877-778-2222
PEPCO – 1-877- PEPCO62 OR 1-877-737-2662 OR 202-833-7500
WASHINGTON GAS – 24 HOUR EMERGENCY LINE 703-750-1400 – 1-800-752-7520
FIRE/EMS DEPARTMENT – Emergency Watch office staffed 24hours – 301-583-2200
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CLICK 311 – DIAL 311 to report any issue or click on the link below.

National Red Cross

American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street
Washington, DC 20006



National Headquarters Staff Directory


Public Inquiries

202-303-4498 (M-F, 8 AM -5 PM)
MEMA -  Toll Free: 1-877-MEMA-USA (1-877-636-2872)

Thank You,

John J. McGroarty
Community Liaison
Council Member Will Campos
District II - Prince George's County Council
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive - 2nd Floor
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
(301) 952-4858


Not much in favor of early voting, but it is here and available to you.  Regardless of when you vote, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE.  Early voting is available to you in MARYLAND.  Prince George's County residents may vote early.

Early voting begins Saturday, October 27th and ends Thursday, November 1st, 2012. Early voting centers will be open 10am – 8pm every day except Sunday during this period. On Sunday, centers will be open 12pm – 6pm.

Here is a list of where you can vote early :

Upper Marlboro Community Center
5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Directions To This Location

College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park, MD 20742
Directions To This Location

Bowie Library
15210 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD 20715
Directions To This Location

Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center
Landover Room A
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
Directions To This Location

Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Directions To This Location