Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bladensburg PD Communications Restored!

Telephone service has been restored to the Bladensburg PD Communications center.

Residents should direct non-emergency calls for police service to our regular numbers 301-985-6565/6566.

Emergency calls and crimes in progress should be directed to 911. Thanks to everyone for their patience during the phone outage.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Southside Music Summer Music Series

This Saturday, June 15 from 3-5 pm
BYO food and drinks, we have grills
(we were scheduled for tomorrow, but big storms on the way)

Mt. Rainier Skate Park (across the street from Red Dirt Studio)

free and open to all ages
skaters, bladers, bikers welcome!

BYO/all food and drinks at
Red Dirt Studio
3706-08 Otis Street
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Invite everyone! (fliers attached, plus we have full-color hardcopies at Red Dirt)

MUTC Meets Tommorrow, Mount Rainier's City Hall

Reminder - It is my understanding that there is a MUTC meeting scheduled tomorrow evening where Streetsense is scheduled to submit revised drawings for the 3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue development project. This meeting has been posted on the city’s website and on the bulletin board at City Hall.
Jeannelle Branson Wallace
City Manager
City of Mount Rainier
One Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712


Please be reminded that Electronic Drop off Event will be held this Saturday 6/15/13.

Bring your televisions, monitors, and all things electronic to Mount Rainier's Public Works Department, 3715 Wells Ave, Mt Rainier, MD 20712
Phone:(301) 985-6583 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (301) 985-6583 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting  on Saturday between 9:00am and 1:00pm. 

PLEASE do not place these items in our regular trash, yard waste or recycling pick ups.  SATURDAY, June 15, 2013 is the day to unload those items!


Mount Rainier, until further notice, DIAL 911 for POLICE SERVICES

Due to a M/V collision on Kenilworth Avenue, all Bladensburg police communications telephone lines are out of service. If you need police assistance, please call 911 and an officer will respond. As of now, there is no estimate of when phone service to BPD will be restored. We will continue to keep everyone informed as repairs are made.
Michael E. Scott
Chief of Police
Mount Rainier Police Department
3249 Rhode Island Avenue
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712
Twitter: @MRPDChief


The National Weather Service reports they are expecting two storms through the DC area starting this evening, June 12, 2013, through tomorrow, Thursday, June 13..

The first storm is expected to reach the DC area during the evening hours and continue overnight until the early morning tomorrow (1:00-2:00). This storm has the potential to produce rainfall amounts in excess of an inch.

The second storm is expected to reach the DC area early Thursday afternoon and will clear in the evening hours. This storm is predicted to produce significantly heavier rainfall and expected accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over a relatively short period of time.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Thursday, 13 June, from 2:00.

Please be prepared for outages.  Lots of batteries, flashlights, and the like.  NO CANDLES or oil lamps for safety reasons.

CALL PEPCO immediately should your lights go out.  Have a plug in phone ready since your portable phone may or may not work.  CHARGE your cell phones NOW.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Mayor and Council Goes on Recess

WHOOPEE!  The Mayor and Council just completed their last meeting for this fiscal year and are on break until the First Tuesday in September!  Special meetings will be held as needed to get us through the summer, but NO heavy lifting.  Down time.

All City staff will be in place and working,  and Mayor and Council will be as close our cell phones and emails.  Work will continue to be done, but we will reduce the number of meetings held and spend some quality time with family and friends without having to give up ALL of our Tuesdays.

PLEASE enjoy the summer.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Prevent Blindness -- Get YOUR EYES Checked

Some of you may know that I have been going through with my eyes.  A medical friend of mine just sent me this, and I wanted to share it with you.  Today's technology is awesome, but ONLY, if YOU act in time.  I was blessed, and so far, my sight, though not 20/20 is much better than it would have been had I not been seeing my eye doctor regularly.  Here is some information that MAY be useful.  Awareness Makes a Difference!

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) -- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

With macular degeneration, you may have symptoms such as blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision, and perhaps permanent loss of your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision. For example, with advanced macular degeneration, you could see the outline of a clock, yet may not be able to see the hands of the clock to tell what time it is.

Causes of macular degeneration include the formation of deposits called drusen under the retina, and in some cases, the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina. With or without treatment, macular degeneration alone almost never causes total blindness. People with more advanced cases of macular degeneration continue to have useful vision using their side, or peripheral vision. In many cases, macular degeneration's impact on your vision can be minimal.

When macular degeneration does lead to loss of vision, it usually begins in just one eye, though it may affect the other eye later.

Many people are not aware that they have macular degeneration until they have a noticeable vision problem or until it is detected during an eye examination.

There are two types of macular degeneration:
Dry, or atrophic, macular degeneration (also called non-neovascular macular degeneration) with drusen, and,
Wet, or exudative, macular degeneration (also called neovascular macular degeneration)

(PLEASE PLEASE have your eyes checked.  The possibility of going blind can be real, and is not reversable.)

AMD Awareness Week: June 3-7, 2013
(Get more information: )

"Prevent Blindness America" invites you and your organization to participate in AMD Awareness Week, a week-long awareness campaign to alert the public about their risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  AMD Awareness week is held the first week of June(June 3-7, 2013).
Downloadable Resources:
 •Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Press Release
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Event Flyer
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Poster (8 ½ X 11)
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Poster (11 X 17)
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Fact Sheet (regular print)
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Poster (11 X 17)
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Fact Sheet (regular print)
•Prevent Blindness America AMD Week Fact Sheet (large print)
•Posts to share on social media 
Online Resources:
 • Prevent Blindness America Age-related Macular Degeneration Webpage
• Prevent Blindness America Adult Vision Risk Assessment Questionnaire
• Check central vision with an Amsler Grid

• Presentations on Age-related Eye Disease: Healthy Eyes Presentations

If you or your organization utilizes the materials above, please share what you did. To send information or ask questions about AMD Awareness Week, contact Nita Patel at


Parks and Recreation Administration Building
Public Art Project
Project Budget: $5,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Individual artists or artist teams that live, work and/or have their studio
in Prince George's County, Maryland. All must be 18 years old or older.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Public Art
Committee is issuing a "Request for Proposals" for the design of artwork that
celebrates and embodies Parks and Recreation within Prince George's County, Maryland.

The artwork will be sited in a prominent location within the Commission's Parks and
Recreation Administration Building, located at 6600 Kenilworth Avenue in
Riverdale, Maryland 20737.

Project Background
This artwork should:
  • Create excitement and interest for Parks and Recreation.
  • Honor and commemorate the rich history of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Inspire people of all ages to remember the past, highlight activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, and encourage them to see a legacy that belongs to current and to future generations.
The selected artist will be expected to work in conjunction with the Committee and
other departments involved in the approval process to implement design. The
willingness of the artist to learn in-depth about the Parks and Recreation and have a dialogue with interested community members from which to apply the concepts is integral toward developing the artwork.
The artwork must be durable, low maintenance, and appropriate to the location. The artist should take into consideration the high volume of pedestrian traffic within the
facility, light (both natural and electrical), and temperature control when designing
the artwork.
Works in a variety of media and forms will be considered. Examples of media include, but are not limited to: textiles, paint, wood, metal, photography, digital work, etc.
Although the M-NCPPC does not endorse any restrictions on any particular artistic
content, in making decisions, the Committee will consider the fact that users of this
building will view this artwork within the context of a family-friendly environment.
Application Requirements
1) One completed and signed application.
2) A brief summary of your proposal concept for this project, not to exceed five pages, including project theme, materials, dimensions, maintenance requirements, installation requirements, project budget, and any other significant facets of the project. Proposals should be accompanied by some sort of description and/or visual depiction of the concept.
3) Current Resume. If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member, with the primary lead member identified.
4) 5 images of the artist's past work no less than 300 dpi jpegs, 1000 pixels or less in the longest direction. In detail describe materials used, dimension and year of completion.
5) References. A list of three professional references that have intimate knowledge of the artist's work and working methods. This list must include complete addresses, telephone numbers and email address.
6) Optional. The artist may include up to three selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles, and other related information in support of his/her application.
Please note: The Selection Panel reserves the right to request minor modifications to the awarded concept. The artist or artist team leader must guarantee that the arts concept they present is original and does not violate the copyright of another person. The selected artist or artist team leader will enter into a purchase agreement with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) which may have them make minor modifications to the awarded concept with a final concept being included in the contract terms.
Project Timeline (Subject to Modification)
June 5, 2013 - Submission Deadline by 5pm
June, 2013 - Committee reviews proposals
June, 2013 - Finalist(s) notified
July-August, 2013 - Artist(s) work on project
December 31, 2013 - Artwork Installed
Application Submission Address:
La'Tasha Banks
The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Department of Parks & Recreation
Arts and Cultural Heritage Division
7833 Walker Drive, Suite 430
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
La'Tasha Banks
Visual Arts Specialist
The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Arts programs of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Gateway Community Development Corporation drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood and Mount Rainier, MD and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District. Gateway CDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George's County, Maryland. Gateway CDC owns and operates the Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood.
Gateway CDC
4102 Webster Street
North Brentwood, MD 20722