Saturday, February 15, 2014


Graciela Carbonell, the former Mount Rainier Television Director and Call-a-Bus Driver for the City of Mount Rainier Memorial Service and Repast is today, Saturday, February 15, 2014.  Location and other information is listed below:

Where:           Fort Lincoln Funeral Home Chapel
                        3401 Bladensburg Road
                        Brentwood, Maryland 20722
                        (301) 864-5090

When:            Saturday, February 15, 2014
                        10:00 am-12:00 Noon

                        Father Walter Mallo, Saint James Roman Catholic Church  of Mount Rainier, Maryland
                        Repast following the memorial services will be held at the following location:
                        Joe’s Movement Emporium
                        3909 Bunker Hill Road
                        Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

The fundraiser for the family is March 1, 2014 6-10pm at the Bunker Hill Fire Station, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland 20722.  Donations are being accepted at the door!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PARENTS, PGCPS are operating on CODE YELLOW Friday!

Friday, February 14, 2014 - Code Yellow - Prince George's County Public School - Schools and offices are closed. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL only must report to work.

Are YOU an artist in the GATEWAY Art District? Read on PLEASE!

The RFQ is open until Monday, March 31st.

Share the Press Release (PDF; also as text below):

Join the Gateway Arts District Artists Directory:



CONTACT: Justin Fair
Hyattsville CDC

Artists and Arts Professionals Wanted for Gateway Business Partnership Program 
Initiative Engages Artists/Arts Professionals with Businesses to Collaborate for Mutual Benefit

February 5, 2014 – The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC)  in concert with the Art Lives Here Initiative is pleased to announce the “Biz-Art Match-Up” business-artist partnership program. The Program seeks artists and arts professionals of all media to connect with local area businesses, to build a relationship, brainstorm and collaborate on a project that will benefit both parties. The program will provide a minimum of $800 to each selected artist for time and materials.
Artists are invited to respond to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by Monday, March 31, should they wish to be considered for the program’s pool of qualified artists.

The Biz-Art Match-Up will provide 10-12 local businesses with an artist to create a relationship that enables business owners to enjoy and participate in the creative life of the Gateway Arts District in a new way, through a collaborative one-on-one process with an artist that provides them a creative, lasting deliverable(s). A list of creative industry services can be found online. During and after the RFQ, businesses will be invited to apply throughout April, and those that proceed will access the pool of jury-approved, pre-qualified artist portfolios for an introduction.

The arts are more than an attraction in this Arts District; they offer a complementary development asset for area local businesses.

The RFQ is available online at; please e-mail responses to the e-mail address provided on page 2 of the RFQ. The Art Lives Here Initiative is coordinated by Joe’s Movement Emporium and funded by ArtPlace America.

About Art Lives Here
Art Lives Here is a visibility campaign designed to showcase creative life in the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District. The artist community has partnered with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County. The initiative’s objective is to enliven the two-mile historic corridor using a mix of temporary and longer term projects to support existing small business, attract commercial in-fill, prepare for a new round of anchor developments, and further strengthen our diverse and streetwise creative communities.

About Hyattsville CDC
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-stock, charitable 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to spur local economic development; rebuild the Hyattsville’s commercial corridors; develop arts and public spaces; and encourage leadership for community revitalization.

About Joe’s Movement Emporium
Joe’s Movement Emporium is the community performing arts center of World Arts Focus, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization founded in 1992. The mission is to promote participation and practice in dance, movement, and performing arts traditions from around the world while using the arts as a key tool to revitalize community.

Founded in 1992, World Arts Focus provides educational and cultural programs incorporating dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world. For more information call (301) 699-1819 or visit

About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants totaling $42.1 million to 124 organizations in 79 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).

Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors. 

ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley.
Justin Fair
Economic Development Coordinator

Hyattsville CDC
a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization

410.645.0474 cell/google voice

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Board of Education meeting tonight is CANCELLED!


February 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
Due to the impending inclement weather, the Board of Education meeting scheduled for
Thursday, February 13 is cancelled.  


DC Metro Rails is still working, HOWEVER DC Metro BUS services are cancelled for today because of the snow and ice conditions. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE OUT THERE -- DO NOT GO!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HATS OFF to Mayor Walter James of Bladensburg MD

Mayor Walter James just batted a home run on his response to Doug Gangsler's comment about "“When I was growing up, you couldn’t shop in a mall in Prince George’s or go to a restaurant with a table cloth in Prince George’s. You had to come to Montgomery or Anne Arundel County. And it’s not that different now," Gansler said!"

Mayor James stated quite clearly that there has been and continues to be major changes occurring in Prince George's County, and WE THE PEOPLE of Prince George's County want and need a leader that is pushing our County forward and NOT TEARING IT DOWN!

Thank you Mr. Gangsler from stating your elitist position about our County.  JUST THINK you want to be GOVERNOR of our State.  I guess those rural areas that still do not have more than ten (10) white table cloth restaurants want even make your radar!

Friday, February 07, 2014

PEPCO’s Plug in Vehicle Program

PEPCO’s Plug in Vehicle Program
*for plug in electric vehicles range minimum 30 miles

Pepco will provide and install a smart Level 2 Charging Station to the first 50 qualified customers who sign up to participate in the program. They will also pay 50% of the charging station’s cost, and you will be responsible for the remaining balance.  In addition to the charging station, you will receive a second meter and be registered to receive a plug-in vehicle rate (PIV tariff). You will also have the option to purchase renewable or “green” energy to charge your vehicle. Learn more at

Erica S. Bannerman
Energy Manager
Prince George's County
Office of Central Services
(301)-883-6466 (Office) NOTE NEW NUMBER

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CVS to STOP selling tobacco products!

Office of the Press Secretary
February 5, 2014

Statement by the President

I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores, and begin a national campaign to help millions of Americans quit smoking instead.  As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my Administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come.  I congratulate – and thank – the CEO of CVS Caremark, Larry Merlo, the board of directors, and all who helped make a choice that will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

PEPCO Helps Customers Plan

It has been a blistering and cold winter.  Gas bills are up.  Electric bills are up, and winter is NOT OVER!  If you are experiencing some difficulty in paying your PEPCO bill, here are something suggestions from PEPCO that might help YOU!

Pepco Helps Customers Plan 
Potential High Winter Bills 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pepco wants to remind customers who are having trouble keeping their accounts current through these cold weather stretches and higher usage periods that resources are available to them.   

“We have a wide range of payment options that we offer customers and also offer to work individually with any customer on ways they can better manage their electric bills,” said Donna Cooper, president, Pepco Region. “We want them to know they can always call us for help.” 

Standard bill payment options Pepco offers include:
  Special Payment Arrangements:  For our customers who may be experiencing difficulties keeping their accounts current, Pepco offers a variety of individually tailored payment arrangements aimed at bringing their account up-to-date over a mutually agreeable period of time. Many of these arrangements can be made directly over the phone by calling (202) 833-7500 and following the simple instructions or by speaking with a customer service representative. Either way, Pepco will be more than glad to provide help through difficult periods. 

  Budget Billing: Customers can avoid seasonal peaks in electric bills by dividing their payments evenly over the course of the entire year. This plan makes it easier to budget and pay electric bills each month, because customers know their regular payment amount. To sign up for budget billing, customers can register either by calling customer service at (202) 833-7500 or online through My Account, a secure self-service option that will allow customers to:
o        View and pay their bills
o        Sign up for eBill (paperless billing)
o        Get e-mail notification when bills are ready
o        Take advantage of features that can help save energy
Once customers register for My Account, they just need to log in and click on the "Budget Billing" button.

  Extended Payment Date Plan: This allows residential customers whose main source of total household income is from government or other low-income entitlement programs to request a regular extension of their bill due dates without incurring  a late charge so  their bill due dates align with the dates they get their checks. To apply, call Pepco at (202) 833-7500 or submit the enrollment form online at

  Energy Assistance Programs: Some federal energy assistance may be available through state and local assistance programs. Customers can get more information on those programs by calling Pepco at (202) 833-7500

Pepco also has conservation programs and tips for customers to reduce energy consumption, which will mean lower monthly bills. Our smart meters can help customers save energy and money and help lower their bills during these high usage periods. The new technology allows customers to login to Pepco’s My Account web portal and monitor their electricity usage down to hourly increments.  “We also want to help customers take control of their energy usage,” Cooper said. “Saving energy will also save them money.” 

Customers can call customer service or visit our website at to learn more about programs to help pay for more energy efficient products, simple steps they can can take to conserve energy usage and how to monitor their energy consumption.

For more information and updates, visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at PepcoConnect, and download our mobile app at