Saturday, February 09, 2013


Mount Rainier Gardeners:
Register now 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 23, 2013, 10 am – 3 pm
University of Maryland Center for Educational Partnership,
6200 Sheridan St., Riverdale, MD 20737
Join us for workshops, networking, and lunch
All workshops taught by Prince George’s County Master Gardeners:
Workshop 1: Weed ID and control taught by Kelley Oklesson & Joe Mudd
Workshop 2: Composting in your plot taught by Edi Butler
Workshop 3: Season extension taught by Jennifer Fairfax
$10 per person
Register at  Contact Christie Balch at for more information.
Hosted by University of Maryland Extension Prince George’s County
Sponsored by:
MOM’s Organic Market
Maryland Agricultural Council, Inc.
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
Christie Balch
University of Maryland Extension Program Coordinator
Center for Educational Partnership
6200 Sheridan St.
Riverdale, MD  20737


Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Priorities

Mount Rainier, MARYLAND
7:00 PM

The purpose of this Special Meeting is for the Council to hear public comment on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Priorities including citizen priorities and concerns

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.


Taxes -- they frighten many of us especially, if we haven't filed, got a letter from the tax people, well here's a first for me, and I think it is worth sharing because HONEST help may be on the way.  If you decide to try this service, PLEASE let me know how it works for you.

80 Calvert Street • P.O. Box 466 • Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0466 • 410-260-7305 • 1-800-552-3941
Fax: 410-260-7139 • Maryland Relay 711 •

Peter Franchot
Joseph Shapiro

Assistant Comptroller
January 30, 2013

Dear Town Official:

Hello and Happy New Year. My name is Joseph Shapiro and I work for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. I wanted to reach out to you because I have moved into a new position as Assistant Comptroller and one of my charges is to make sure the Comptroller’s Office is assisting you in every way possible. My new duties focus on direct taxpayer assistance and community relations.

First of all, I want to make sure you are aware of our taxpayers’ ombudsman program. Building upon his commitment to stellar customer service, Comptroller Franchot created a new unit within the agency dedicated to providing taxpayers with a high-level contact for tax issues that haven't
been resolved adequately. My staff and I are dedicated to helping taxpayers navigate government channels and come to a swift resolution of their problems. So if you have any constituents who are experiencing frustration or problems with their tax filings, refunds or any business license issuing
that go through the Comptroller’s Office, please contact me so we can be of immediate assistance.

In addition to the individual taxpayer service we’d like to provide you, I am also very interested in seeing how we can partner to create opportunities for your constituents to benefit from the expertise and information we have in the Comptroller’s Office. Whether that means setting up taxpayer forums, town hall meetings or press events to help publicize services and initiatives,
Comptroller Franchot is always looking for ways to provide better service to Marylanders.

Topics such as tax filing tips, finding a reputable tax preparer, Maryland’s college savings plans and senior estate planning are just some of the areas our experts can cover. In addition, forums for small business owners could be very useful to veteran and prospective entrepreneurs in your area.  I would be happy to set up a time to meet and discuss any possibilities you think would be helpful.  Basically, I am here to be a direct point person for you, your colleagues and your constituents for any help, guidance or action you’d like from the Comptroller’s Office. Please contact me at 410-260-7305 or any time.

I look forward to working with you at some point in the future and hope to continue the high standard of service we pride ourselves in at the Comptroller’s Office.


Joseph Shapiro