Friday, June 27, 2014

SUCCESSFUL Self-defense Class for Seniors

Whatcha Doin Seniors Club spent this morning learning personal self-defense from the City's finest, and some expert karate teachers. 

Approximately twenty seniors, four trainers, and members of the Mount Rainier Police Department shared information and techniques that the seniors were able to discuss and raise questions about using in their personal lives. Lots of demonstrations of techniques that could be easily used by people of all physical strengths (including persons with canes, crutches, and persons in wheelchairs).

Great training, and the seniors have asked for two additional sessions in different locations for seniors who were not able to attend today.  

Are you over 62? MISSED THIS EVENT? Next event is Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Potts House in downtown Mount Rainier. There will be music and dancing, and good food. Participation is free, but we ask you to dress up in your fineries, and join us for an evening of fun.

Whatcha Doin Seniors Club to Visit Mount Rainier Police Department

Today, some of Mount Rainier's seniors and others will be visiting the Mount Rainier Police Department.  The purposes for the visit is to get acquainted with our police officers, visit our police station, and learn a few self defense techniques.  Many have lived in the City for years, and have never visited our "green" police station.

This event is made possible through a grant from the Maryland State Department of Aging as part of an effort to help seniors remain an active part of the community.  Secretary, Gloria Lawlah, over the past four years has reached out to seniors and to help them to not only age in place in the communities, but to remain active in their communities.  

In the past few months, the Whatcha Doin Senior Club has gone on the Spirit of Washington, spent time with local artists in the community, and networked with each other to learn about the City and what is going on in it.  All have expressed their gratitude to be a part of Mount Rainier's vibrant community.

·        Interested in joining this event at the police station today?  Are you 62 and over?  Then just come on down to 3249 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 today.  The program starts at 10:00am, and will conclude with lunch around 1:30pm.  For more information, contact Mayor Malinda Miles.  The phone number at the Police Station is (301) 985-6590

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mount Rainier has a SEAT at the TABLE!

Some would say that we have always had a seat at the table, and I would probably say true.  However, I took a close look at the slates that were put together over the past several months, and I just did not see Mount Rainier's best interest on any of them.  Today, even without being chosen by many of the slates, Mount Rainier has a seat at the table!

Congratulations to soon to be Delegate Jimmy Tarlau.  Jimmy worked hard, and our voters rewarded him with a major victory at the polls across District  47A.

Congratulations to School Board Representative Amber Waller for continuing to believe in our school system, and full representation for our District.  You win today, speaks volumes for the work that you do in the District, and will continue to do over the next four years.

Congratulations to Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.  What a win.  Looking forward to your taking office and leading Maryland over the next four years.  Municipal government needs a strong leader at the helm of the State, and our constituents deserve a seat at the table, all 157 of them, and we believe you will give us just that!

Congratulations to soon to be former Delegate Doyle Niemann who will be representing the City of Mount Rainier in Upper Marlboro, Maryland as Councilman for District 2.  A tight race, but I do not believe that a tight race that is won makes a hill of difference to the winner.  A win is a win, and Doyle Niemann has won based on the early unofficial voting results.

As a person who believes that our footprint on our environment should be as small as possible, I am sorry that my other candidate did not hold off his challengers.  He has done good work, and will continue to be a force in our community as we all work toward the elimination of pollution in our streams and real support for women experiencing domestic violence.

Finally, CONGRATULATIONS to former Mayor Diana Finnell.  She has fought continuously for improvement in our area, and has the full support of the residents of Mount Rainier as she moves forward to her next contribution to Prince George's County as a Delegate for District 47A  Mayor Finnell, YOU have earned that right to represent us!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Election Results

Governor / Lt. Governor

State of Maryland
Vote for OneEarly VotingElection DayAbsentee / ProvisionalsTotal Votes%

Anthony G. Brown And Ken Ulman

Doug Gansler And Jolene Ivey

Ralph Jaffe And Freda Jaffe

Heather Mizeur And Delman Coates

Charles U. Smith And Clarence Tucker

Cindy A. Walsh And Mary Elizabeth Wingate-Pennacchia

House of Delegates

Legislative District 47A
Vote for No More Than TwoPartyEarly VotingElection DayAbsentee / ProvisionalsTotal Votes%
Malcolm Augustine
Diana M. Fennell
Joseph Solomon
Michael Summers
Jimmy Tarlau

Board of Education

Board of Education District 3
Vote for OneEarly VotingElection DayAbsentee / ProvisionalsTotal Votes%
Clarence Emmanuel124230035414.46
Dinora A. Hernandez200509070928.96
Amber Waller44194401,38556.58

County Council

Councilmanic District 2
Vote for OneEarly VotingElection DayAbsentee / ProvisionalsTotal Votes%
Doyle Niemann37584901,22453.29
Deni Taveras28878501,07346.71

2014 Democratic Primary Sample Ballot?

The 2014 Democratic Ballot is strange.  Depending on your voting district, you received a "Democratic Ballot" with Doug Gansler and Jolene Ivey or Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman.

Look CLOSELY at the pictures below!  In the 47th District, you get Gansler and Ivey.  In the 23rd District, you get Brown and Ulman.  What do you think about this?  Not in either of these districts?  Who was on the front of your sample ballot?

Mount Rainier's Residents --THANK YOU FOR VOTING!

ELECTION DAY,  June 24, 2014  has come to an end!  Win, lose or draw all votes have been cast, and the polls are CLOSED!  Hope you cared enough to exercise your vote for the candidates of your choice.  My family and I voted, campaigned, and tried to encourage others to do the same.  We do not take this hard earned opportunity for granted!  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME OUT AND VOTED!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


FROM:   Rev. Brian Adams

Every Monday and Wednesday beginning next week, June 23 and 25, we will have free meals at our church at noon for anyone up to age 18.  They are bagged lunches, provided by the county, so that our youth can be fed when they are not able to get their school meals during the summer.  

If you are interested in helping, please arrive by 11:30AM so that I can instruct you as best I can on the procedure for handing out the food (we are supposed to be trained at some point by the county, but I am not sure what is happening with that at this point).

Also, it was suggested by the county that we have other activities available.  I have some children's books and board games/card games here; we could also take the kids outside to the playground across the street.  If you are coming, do you have any thing or idea that you could bring with you for an activity or game?   

If you are a parent/guardian or know of any youth that would be interested in coming, please try to invite anyone you can.  First come, first serve at noon for handing out the food that we receive!  I could also give out more food that we have received for our food pantry.  

Thanks and God bless, Brian
"The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing." -Zephaniah 3:17

Rev. Brian P. Adams
Pastor, Mt. Rainier Christian Church
Minister for Economic Justice, Disciples Center for Public Witness
Cell phone: 443-632-5218

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Southside Music and Skateboarding Series

This Saturday, June 21, join us at NOON in the Mt. Rainier Skate Park (corner of Otis & Wells in Mt. Rainier, MD, across the street from Red Dirt Studio) for the launch of the 2014 
Southside Music & Skateboarding Series!

Hot grills and ice will be stationed at Red Dirt, with live music by Lee Blackwood & Graham beginning in the park at NOON

and THIS is the really exciting part: 
Skateboarding demonstrations by Jimmy Pelletier’s The DC Wheels 
run NOON to 2 pm

These amazing skaters span every age/generation of skateboarding, from young teens who can tear it up to seasoned skaters who've owned the old-school tricks for decades--

and they have full decks to give away free to 20 people with true passion for skating who lack means to get a board (we're kid-focused, but no age limit here, just real interest in skating needed)

Come and shred, or eat and listen/dance/watch!
Free and open to the public; all are welcome
Other dates/events/info for the series through summer on the attached flier, or online here (times may change but dates are firm)

Real quick! Please go to our facebook event page and click "going" (even if you can't!) and share the event on your own timeline/with friends. We aim to get the word out wide!

Hope to see you this weekend, and 
Warm Regards,

JJ McCracken
Red Dirt Studio
3706-08 Otis Street
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

YES, it is hot outside! Where are those COOLING STATIONS!

For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2014

For Immediate Contact:
Rhonda D. Jackson

Prince George’s County Announces Cooling Center Locations As Region Experiences Above Normal Temperatures

35 Cooling Center Locations Where Residents Can Beat the Heat

Upper Marlboro, MD – As Prince George’s County prepares for summer heat, residents are reminded to use caution when the National Weather Service advises temperatures in excess of 90 degrees with extreme heat and humidity conditions.  The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management warns that extreme heat can be dangerous and even deadly, if citizens do not take precautionary measures to protect themselves, their families and their pets.

“As we move into the summer months, it is very important that our residents take the steps necessary to stay safe and prevent heat related illnesses,” said Ronald E. Gill Jr., Director, Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management. “Remember to minimize outdoor activity, stay hydrated and check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure that they do not fall victim to the heat.”

We are encouraging citizens who are in need of relief from the heat to visit one of our designated Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Recreational Facility Cooling Centers.  These neighborhood facilities have been identified and are open to all County residents.  In addition, residents are encouraged to seek relief in other air-conditioned facilities such as theatres, shopping malls, grocery stores or libraries.

The following permanent Cooling Center Locations will be open to the General Public:
Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to confirm hours.  All centers will offer a cooling area with seating any-time temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.

Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine

Beltsville Community Center Park - 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville

Bladensburg Community Center Park - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; InformaciĆ³n en espaƱol:301-445-4509

Bowie Community Center - 3209  Stonybrook Drive, Bowie

Cedar Heights Community Center Park - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant

College Park Community Center Park and Soccer Complex -5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park - 301-441-2647; TTY301-445-4512

Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel

Glassmanor Community Center Park - 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill
301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden
301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768

Glenn Dale Community Center Park - 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193) Glenn Dale
301-352-8983; TTY 301-218-6768

Good Luck Community Center Park - 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham
301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512

Hillcrest Heights Community Center Park - 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills

John E. Howard Community Center Park - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768

Kentland Community Center Park - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Lake Arbor Community Center - 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville
301-333-6561; TTY 301-218-6768

Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512

Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Park School Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768

Marlow Heights Community Center Park - 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights
301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030

North Brentwood Community Center Park - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

North Forestville Community Center - 2311 Ritchie Road, Forestville

Oakcrest Community Park School Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights
301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768

Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030

Peppermill Village Community Center Park - 610 Hill Road, Landover
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768

Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512

Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center Park - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

Seat Pleasant Activity Center - 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant
301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768

South Bowie Community Center Park - 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie
301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex -7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington
301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030

Suitland Community Park School Center - 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville
301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

Temple Hills Community Center Park - 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

Upper Marlboro Community Center - 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro
301-627-2828; TTY 301-203-6030

Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

Senior centers that will be available as cooling centers are:
Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
301-449-0490 – open until 4:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel
301-206-3350 – closed Sundays

John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-2400 – open until 3:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends

Senior Citizens and their families are also encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Administration on Aging at (301) 265-8450 for information and/or assistance.