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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Grow Your Own Food -- Organic Workshop Series

Grow Your Own Food
Organic Gardening
Workshop Series 2015

All workshops held Saturday mornings:
March 7,21, 28 and April 4, 18
from 9:30 to 11:00 am.
at the Walsh-Mellett
home and garden
Mount Rainier, Maryland

COST:  $125 for the five session series
           Anacostia Hours & Sliding Scale possible

                 Limited to 10 participants                     
                                  
           Pre-Register with $25 deposit by Feb. 20th 

               Contact: Judy Walsh-Mellett

            301-927-2015 or jwalshmellett@gmail.com

                     
                                      
                                 Workshop Dates & Descriptions
March 7:  Growing Good Soil: Foundation for a great garden,                       composting, vermiculture, organic amendments, cover crops

March 21:  Garden Planning: Choosing a location, soil testing, planting decisions
March 28:  What to Plant When:  Starting seedlings indoors and direct seeding
April 4:    Preparing Growing Beds: Double digging and sheet mulching
April 18:  The Growing Season: Maintaining healthy plants, transplanting, tending, watering, harvesting, four season growing


About the presenter:  Judy grew up gardening with her Dad and sisters in Upstate New York.  She has tended a garden in Mount Rainier for over 25 years, and also has beehives.

Training and Certifications:  Master Gardener (1994), Volunteer US National Arboretum (1997), Sustainable Mini-Farming Course with Ecology Action (2000), Permaculture Design Course (2013), Intern at EcoCity Farms (2013). 


Listen to Radio Interview with Judy on Behind the Mind Radio:
(podcast from March 2014)  http://www.mixcloud.com/tag/gardening/

NEW "Mediterranean Cafe" AND "Hookah Bar"

Come on out tomorrow, Saturday, January 31, 2015

 to the NEW "Mediterranean Cafe" AND "Hookah Bar", located at 3237 Rhode Island Ave. The only Mediterranean-Style CAFE in the area!

Come experience and taste authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Over 5,000 sq ft of dining and lounge space on two levels.

Try over 35 Hookah flavors!!!!

Doors open at 11 am for lunch and dinner tomorrow, Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 3237 Rhode Island Ave. Mount Rainier, MD.

Located next door to Oasis Food Market (3233 Rhode Island Ave Mount Rainier, MD 20747)

Come support your local business. Stay tune for the Grand Opening Celebration in a few weeks!!!


— at 3237 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW SITE with Mount Rainier Stats and Data

There is a new site on the web that you may find interesting.  Please take a moment to check out this new site.  This website is a resource for any and all data about Mount Rainier, MD.

https://data.maryland.gov/local/mountrainier

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NO HEAT PROGRAM -- CHECK IT OUT!

Below, please see contact information for the “No Heat Program” for low income residents that need furnaces repaired or replaced.

Also, the Weatherization program to make improvements to homes of qualified residents (BGE Customers only).

CIF- 1-844-400-3423   or   Regular weatherization and Emergency No Heat- 1-855-583-8976 

Income limits: 
Size of
Family Unit
Maximum Annual Household Income
(200% of Federal Poverty Level)
1
$23,340
2
$31,460
3
$39,580
4
$47,700
5
$55,820
6
$63,940
7
$72,060
8
$80,180

Lynda S. Taylor
Administrative Aide, III
9200 Basil Court, Suite 306
Largo, MD 20774
(301) 883-5570
(301) 925-4147 - FAX

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Prince George’s County Government is on a DELAYED OPENING

For more information, contact:
Scott L. Peterson
Deputy Manager of Communications/Press Secretary
Office of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

Prince George’s County Government Will Open at10:00 a.m. with Liberal Leave on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Upper Marlboro, MD -  The Prince George’s County Government is on a DELAYED OPENING until 10:00 a.m., todayTuesday, January 27, 2015, with a Liberal Leave option for all non-essential employees.  All County buildings will open at 10:00 a.m.  Essential personnel should report as assigned. 

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED -- MARYLAND

Prince George's County Public Schools


Tuesday, January 27, 2015  - Code Yellow – Schools are closed. All offices are closed. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL only must report to work.

 Código Amarillo – Todas las escuelas permanecen cerradas. Todas las oficinas permanecen cerradas. Solamente el PERSONAL DE EMERGENCIA debe reportarse al trabajo.
- See more at: http://www1.pgcps.org/#sthash.cJAgWc1B.dpuf


Monday, January 26, 2015

RACHEL POPE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

This is Rachel Pope our Artist in Resident!  She is excited to be sharing a new project she is working on. She is hoping to create an intergenerational artistic project for seniors and children to work in unity to build healthier homes as a team

The project is called “Artistry with a Twist.” Rachel hopes you might be interested in supporting the work, in any capacity you can. She needs to raise $15,000 by March 5th to cover the cost of art supplies, rental fees, entertainment, equipment, travel, and labor.

It would mean the world to her to leave behind a legacy of her life's work. If you can support this project with a tax-deductible donation, together we can make this idea a reality!

Rachel is offering special perks in return for your donation, listed to the right of the project page: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/artistry_with_a_twist

Please share her project with others in your network, and ask them to support her in this endeavor. 

Please take a moment to view the brief video created for the project and make a tax-deductible donation at: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/artistry_with_a_twist

Just know that any amount makes a difference and, if you are not able to give, helping to spread the word can be equally powerful.

She has chosen to work with hatchfund.org because she wanted to partner with a non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to supporting the work of artists.

This service is free for the artist, provides fully tax-deductible contributions, and one-on-one support to Rachel throughout the fundraising campaign.

It is FOR art. I hope knowing that the small percentage fee that you pay for administration of the campaign is going towards a non-profit committed to cultural advocacy (and not a large corporation with a fancy website platform) will make you feel good about your donation!

Rachel has also provided some heartfelt perks for your donations to let you know that your support makes you PART of the making of this work!
If you have any question you can call Stephany Campos, Program Manager 877-893-0587 ext. 702.

It would mean the world to Rachel, if she could add you to her list of supporters!


http://www.hatchfund.org/project/artistry_with_a_twist

JOIN THIS PROJECT, I believe that you will be glad that you did!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Information YOU Can USE This WINTER 2015

The City Manager has been authorized by the Mayor and Council to declare/authorize office closing when there is inclement weather.  PLEASE check our website, other news media including Channel 9 News for City closings.
Sine it is that time of year when residents should be attuned to weather alerts, buzzwords, and what they really mean.  Below is a list of some of the terminology that will help understand weather conditions and what the weatherman is saying.

 Freezing rain – rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads and walkways.

Hail – rain that turns to ice while suspended and tossed in the air from violent updrafts in a thunderstorm.

Sleet – rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground.

Winter Weather Advisory – cold, ice and snow are expected.

Winter Storm Watch – severe winter weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible within a day or two.

Winter Storm Warning – severe weather conditions have begun or are about to begin.

Blizzard Warning – heavy snow and strong winds producing blinding snow (near zero visibility) and life threatening wind chills for three hours or longer.

Frost/freeze Warning – below freezing temperatures are expected.
When weather conditions warrants the declaration of a snow emergency the City of Mount Rainier may follow the District of Columbia, not Maryland or Prince George’s County in determining the closing of City offices. HOWEVER, the City Manager may declare an emergency independent of other jurisdictions when conditions in the City warrant a special declaration. Tune in to your local news Channel 9 for closings.

The Mount Rainier Police Department will notify residents of snow emergency declarations and other winter weather information via Twitter feed. Simply follow @MRPDChief on Twitter to get the latest. We will also post critical updates on the Chief’s Blog atwww.mrpdchief.blogspot.com and Facebook—https://www.facebook.com/mountrainierpd.

 Mount Rainier City Hall and office closings will be announced on WUSA’s 9 News Now (www.wusa.com)

When a snow emergency is declared, parking along these streets is automatically prohibited for the duration of the snow emergency.

34th Street from Eastern Avenue to Arundel Road;

Chillum Road from Arundel Road to the City boundary at Queens Chapel Road (MD Rt. 500);

Rainier Avenue from 34th Street to Upshur Street;

Upshur Street from Rainier Avenue to 28th Place;

28th Place from Upshur Street to Russell Avenue;

Russell Avenue from 28th Place to Arundel Road;

Varnum Street from Russell Avenue to Eastern Avenue;

Arundel Road from Russell Avenue to 34th Street

Vehicles found parked on a snow emergency route during or after a snow emergency has been declared by the DC government to be subject to a $100 fine (City Code §13A-107) and to being impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.  

Veronica Owens 
Assistant City Manager
City of Mount Rainier
City Hall, One Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, MD  20712


Thursday, January 22, 2015

YES, Americans are living longer! Call for Prince George's County Centanarians

Do you know someone that has reached the ripe old age of 90 or older?  Don't they just make you proud to see how far we have come with our healthy practices, and our increased longevity?  YOU are not alone!  Check out the message below.

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PLEASE POST and/or DISTRIBUTE the attached flyer! Thank you!

Landover, MD – The M-NCPPC, Dept. of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is looking for County residents who are ages 90 and older to invite them to a special Centenarian Celebration being held in May.  Special recognition will be given to Centenarians – residents who are 100 years old and older.

We need your help identifying Prince George’s County residents ages 90 & older. If you know someone who resides in the county, and is 90 years old or older (as of January 1, 2015), please share the information with us. Your help is greatly appreciated! Please forward this information to us no later than February 27, 2015 by ONE of the means listed below:

(bold)(a) Send an e-mail to Centenarian@pgparks.com (subject: Centenarian); OR

(b) Complete the form (see back of flyer) and mail it to: Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707, Attn: Centenarian Coordinator.(/bold)

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visitwww.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks andtwitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Leadership Line Up in the 2015 Maryland Legislature

Leadership Line Up in the 2015 Maryland Legislature

MARYLAND HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Michael E. Busch, Speaker


PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2015


SPEAKER BUSCH ANNOUNCES NEW COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS

ANNAPOLIS, MD – House Speaker Michael E. Busch today announced changes to the House committee leadership positions. The appointments made today are as follows. Any subcommittees or chairmen not listed retain their appointments from last term.

LEADERSHIP
Majority Leader – Delegate Anne Kaiser
Assistant Majority Leader – Delegate Tawanna Gaines
Democratic Caucus Chair – Delegate Luke Clippinger
Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics – Delegate Marvin Holmes, Chair
Joint Protocol Committee – Delegate Barbara Frush, House Chair

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Education & Economic Development
Delegate Adrienne Jones, Chair
Delegate Benjamin S. Barnes, Vice Chair

Public Safety & Administration
Delegate Keith Haynes, Chair
Delegate Ana S. Gutierrez, Vice Chair

Transportation & Environment
Delegate Tawanna Gaines, Chair
Delegate Aruna Miller, Vice Chair

Health & Human Resources
Delegate Craig Zucker, Chair
Delegate Theodore Sophocleus, Vice Chair

Capital
Delegate Adrienne Jones, Chair
Delegate James Proctor, Vice Chair

Oversight Committee on Pensions
Delegate Benjamin S. Barnes, Chair

Oversight Committee on Personnel
Delegate Aruna Miller, Chair

Capital Budget –
Delegate Adrienne Jones, Chair

ECONOMIC MATTERS COMMITTEE
Public Utilities – Delegate Sally Jameson, Chair
Alcoholic Beverages – Delegate Charles Barkley, Chair
Banking, Economic Development, Science and Technology – Delegate Benjamin Kramer, Chair
Property & Casualty Insurance – Delegate C. William Frick, Chair
Unemployment Insurance – Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Chair
Worker’s Compensation – Delegate Kris Valderrama, Chair
Consumer Protection & Commercial Law – Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher, Chair
Business Regulation – Delegate Michael Vaughn, Chair

ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS COMMITTEE
Environment – Delegate Barbara Frush, Chair
Natural Resources, Agriculture, & Open Space – Delegate Dana Stein, Chair
Motor Vehicle & Transportation – Delegate Pamela Beidle, Chair
Housing & Real Property – Delegate Marvin Holmes, Chair
Land Use & Ethics – Delegate Stephen Lafferty, Chair
Local Government and Bi-County Issues – Delegate Anne Healey, Chair

HEALTH & GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
Health Facilities & Occupations – Delegate Eric Bromwell, Chair
Insurance – Delegate Shane Pendergrass, Chair
Government Operations & Long-term Care – Delegate Dan Morhaim, Chair
Public Health & Minority Health Disparities – Delegate Joseline Peña- Melnyk, Chair
Trusts & Estates – Delegate Kirill Reznik, Chair

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Family Law – Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Chair
Criminal Law – Delegate Curtis Anderson, Chair
Juvenile Law – Delegate Jill Carter, Chair
Civil Law & Procedure – Delegate Samuel Rosenberg, Chair

WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
Revenues – Delegate Jay Walker, Chair
Election Law – Delegate Frank Turner, Chair
Finance Resources – Delegate Eric Luedtke, Chair
Education – Delegate Anne Kaiser, Chair

OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Spending Affordability Committee – Delegate James Proctor, Chair
Joint Oversight Committee on Pensions – Delegate Benjamin Barnes, Chair

House Regional Revitalization Workgroup – Delegate Stephen Lafferty, Chair

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gentrification -- Is Mount Rainier NEXT

When I speak with some of the old timers in the community, I often hear that Mount Rainier has changed a lot.  Some of the change they say is good, but many are afraid that they are going to be forced out of a City that they helped become a destination.

Check out this video that shows gentrification in a neighborhood in California.

https://screen.yahoo.com/buzzfeed/lose-home-gentrification-003046208.html

Prince George’s County Government Will Open on Time

Prince George’s County Government Will Open on Time with Liberal Leave on Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Upper Marlboro, MD -  The Prince George’s County Government will OPEN ON TIME today, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with a Liberal Leave option for all non-essential employees. All County buildings will open on time.

The Bus Is Operating On Schedule

The Bus Is Operating On Schedule


For more information, contact:
Carol Terry, Public Information Officer, DPW&T, 301-883-5600


​Largo, MD- The Bus is currently operating on schedule with a full operation.  Information on route coverage for The Bus will be updated throughout the day.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

FACT SHEET - White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students

Nearly a century ago, a movement that made high school widely available helped lead to rapid growth in the education and skills training of Americans, driving decades of economic growth and prosperity. America thrived in the 20th century in large part because we had the most educated workforce in the world.  But other nations have matched or exceeded the secret to our success. Today, more than ever, Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without having to take on decades of debt before they even embark on their career. 
Today the President is unveiling the America’s College Promise proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost. 

This proposal will require everyone to do their part: community colleges must strengthen their programs and increase the number of students who graduate, states must invest more in higher education and training, and students must take responsibility for their education, earn good grades, and stay on track to graduate. The program would be undertaken in partnership with states and is inspired by new programs in Tennessee and Chicago. If all states participate, an estimated 9 million students could benefit. A full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year. 

In addition, today the President will propose a new American Technical Training Fund to expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs similar to Tennessee Tech Centers that meet employer needs and help prepare more Americans for better paying jobs. These proposals build on a number of historic investments the President has made in college affordability and quality since taking office, including a $1,000 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award to help working and middle class families, the creation of the $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit, reforming student loans to eliminate subsidies to banks to invest in making college more affordable and keeping student debt manageable, and making available over $2 billion in grants to connect community colleges with employers to develop programs that are designed to get hard-working students good jobs.

The President’s Plan: Make Two Years of College as Free and Universal as High School

By 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. Forty percent of college students are enrolled at one of America’s more than 1,100 community colleges, which offer students affordable tuition, open admission policies, and convenient locations.  They are particularly important for students who are older, working, need remedial classes, or can only take classes part-time. For many students, they offer academic programs and an affordable route to a four-year college degree. They are also uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities such as nursing, health information technology, and advanced manufacturing.

The America’s College Promise proposal would create a new partnership with states to help them waive tuition in high-quality programs for responsible students, while promoting key reforms to help more students complete at least two years of college. Restructuring the community college experience, coupled with free tuition, can lead to gains in student enrollment, persistence, and completion transfer, and employment. Specifically, here is what the initiative will mean:

Enhancing Student Responsibility and Cutting the Cost of College for All Americans: Students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their program will have their tuition eliminated. These students will be able to earn half of the academic credit they need for a four-year degree or earn a certificate or two-year degree to prepare them for a good job.

Building High-Quality Community Colleges: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that either (1) are academic programs that fully transfer to local public four-year colleges and universities, giving students a chance to earn half of the credit they need for a four-year degree, or (2) are occupational training programs with high graduation rates and that lead to degrees and certificates that are in demand among employers.  Other types of programs will not be eligible for free tuition.  Colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes, such as the effective Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) programs at the City University of New York which waive tuition, help students pay for books and transit costs, and provide academic advising and supportive scheduling programs to better meet the needs of participating students, resulting in greater gains in college persistence and degree completion.

Ensuring Shared Responsibility with States: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. States that choose to participate will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate community college tuition for eligible students. States that already invest more and charge students less can make smaller contributions, though all participating states will be required to put up some matching funds. States must also commit to continue existing investments in higher education; coordinate high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions to reduce the need for remediation and repeated courses; and allocate a significant portion of funding based on performance, not enrollment alone. States will have flexibility to use some resources to expand quality community college offerings, improve affordability at four-year public universities, and improve college readiness, through outreach and early intervention.

Expanding Technical Training for Middle Class Jobs.  Additionally, in order to spread the availability of high-quality and innovative programs like those in Tennessee and Texas, which achieve better than average completion and employment outcomes, the President is also proposing the American Technical Training Fund. This fund will award programs that have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities, provide accelerated training, and are scheduled to accommodate part-time work. Programs could be created within current community colleges or other training institutions. The focus of the discretionary budget proposal would be to help high-potential, low-wage workers gain the skills to work into growing fields with significant numbers of middle-class jobs that local employers are trying to fill such as energy, IT, and advanced manufacturing. This program will fund the start-up of 100 centers and scale those efforts in succeeding years. Smaller grants would help to bring together partners and start a pilot program. Larger grants would be used for expanding programs based on evidence of effectiveness, which could include past performance on graduation rates, job placement rates and placement wages. Building on the President’s community college initiative, known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants and for which 2014 was the final year of funding, these funds will help community colleges become more job-driven.

Building on State and Local Programs.  In the past year, Tennessee and the City of Chicago initiated free community college programs.  In the first year of the Tennessee program, 57,000 students representing almost 90 percent of the state’s high school graduating class applied for the program. The scholarship is coupled with college counseling, mentorship, and community service that early evidence suggests supports greater enrollment, persistence and college completion.  This is coupled with efforts to spur innovation and improvement by funding colleges using performance outcomes based on student success and an innovative approach to career and technical education through the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.  These Tennessee Tech Centers have a graduation rate of 80 percent and a job placement rate of 85 percent.

Building on a Record of Progress. Since taking office, President Obama has taken steps to expand federal support to help more students afford college, while calling for a shared responsibility in tackling rising college costs. Key achievements include:

Doubling the Investment in Pell Grants: The President has raised the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,730 for the 2014-15 award year — a nearly $1,000 increase since 2008. The number of Pell Grant recipients has expanded by 50 percent over that same time.

Expanding Education Tax Credits: President Obama established the American Opportunity Tax Credit in 2009 to assist families with the costs of college, providing up to $10,000 for four years of college tuition.

Pay-As-You-Earn Loans: All new borrowers can now cap loan payments at 10 percent of their incomes. The Department of Education has begun the process to amend its regulations and will make the new plan available on all direct loans by December 2015. We expect it to benefit up to 5 million borrowers.

First in the World Grants: In September, the Department of Education awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new First in the World grant program to expand college access and improve student learning while reducing costs.

College Ratings Program: The Department of Education continues to develop a college ratings system by the 2015-2015 school year that will recognize institutions that excel at enrolling students from all backgrounds; focus on maintaining affordability; and succeed at helping all students graduate with a degree or certificate of value.

Job-Driven Training Grants: Through the Trade Adjustment Community College and Career Training program more than 1,000 institutions have received $2 billion in federal funding to design education and training programs, working closely with employers and industry that prepare workers for jobs in-demand in their regional economies, such as health care, information technology and energy. These programs have shown early success -- through the end of FY2013, among the nearly 164,000 individuals who had enrolled in these programs 88 percent either completed a program or continued the program into a second year.

White House Summit on Community Colleges: In October 2010, the President convened community college leaders, faculty and students; business leaders; philanthropic organizations; and other workforce development experts for the first White House summit dedicated to the role that community colleges play in our efforts to increase the number of college graduates and prepare those graduates to lead the 21st century workforce. 

Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness: Last August, the Department of Education launched a new $10 million Institute for Education Sciences-funded Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) that is working to strengthen the research, evaluation, and support of college readiness efforts across the nation. CAPR is documenting current practices in developmental English and math education to identify innovative instructional practices that improve student success.


Call to Action on College Opportunity: Last December, the President, Vice President, and First Lady joined college presidents and leaders of non-profits, foundations, and other organizations to announce over 600 new commitments to produce more college graduates. Community colleges made commitments individually, and in partnership with neighboring school districts and four-year institutions, to build seamless transitions among institutions, develop clear educational and career pathways, implement strategies to increase student completion of STEM programs, and establish more accurate measures of student progress and success. 

Shelter from the cold for those in NEED!

During this WINTER SEASON, you can be a blessing to someone.  Print and carry this list with you or keep it in your car.  This may not be a complete list, but it is a place to start.


If you see a homeless person outside in this cold weather, you should call one of the numbers below and save a life. PLEASE SHARE!

Jerry and Blanca and Producer Spencer DC- Hypothermia Shelter -Hotline: 800-535-7252 (Someone will come pick them up)

MD - Anne Arundel County- Department of Social Services, Homeless Services 410-269-4500

Baltimore City- Salvation Army - Booth House 410-685-8878 

Baltimore County-Eastside Family Shelter 410-853-3000 

Carroll County- Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. 410.857.2999.

Cecil County- Meeting Ground Inc. (410) 398-4381

Charles County- Catholic Charities Angel's Watch Shelter Hughesville 301-274-0680

Eastern Shore- Ridgeway House Homeless Shelter 410- 820 -7013

Frederick County- Frederick County Rescue Mission (301) 695-6633

Howard County- Columbia - Men's and Women's Shelter 410-531-6677 

Montgomery County- Shelter Services 240-777-4000


Washington County- Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission Hagerstown 301-739-1165

Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD, 301-749-4160

Suitland Community Park School Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD, 301-736-3518

Bowie Community Center, 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, MD, 301-464-1737

Seat Pleasant Activity Center, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, MD, 301-773-6685

Kentland Community Center Park, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD, 301-386-2278

Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel, MD, 301-953-7882

Prince George's County - Southern Regional Technology and Recreation 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 749-4160

VA- Fairfax County- Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492

Frederick County- Salvation Army Shelter (540)662-4777 

Loudoun County Emergency Homeless Shelters- 571-258-3033

Prince William County- The Winter Shelter is located at 14730 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge. For more information call 703-897-0199

Spotsylvania - Thurman Brisben Center 540-899-9853


WV- Jefferson County- Community Networks Inc. - Bethany House 304-263-3510

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

TWO HOUR DELAY FOR SCHOOLS IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - Code Orange - Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) -Schools and offices will open with a two hour delay. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL must report to work on time and are not eligible for liberal leave.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Passing of Travis Britt, Husband of the Late Senator Gwendolyn Britt

As many of you probably already know, Travis Britt, Gwen Britt's husband, passed on December 26th. 

His service will be at JB Jenkins Funeral Home on Saturday, January 17th -- visitation from 12:30-1:30, service at 1:30.

Travis, Jr., asked me to try to have the repast at the Gwen Britt Senior Center at 3:00.  I'll call in the morning and see if I can arrange that.  He also said he needs help with food for the repast.  Dottie is coming up with a plan, and I'll help execute (and I hope as many of you can pitch in as possible!).

Please help spread the word.  There's a link, below.

I know I don't have everyone on here who needs to know!



Jolene Ivey

Give yourself, a little EXTRA TIME to Get to Work!

Your morning commute will certainly be impacted by the snow today.

Prince George's County Schools are closed.  Parents will have to make arrangements for their children for the day before leaving for work.

 Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and watch out for those snowplows as well as add some extra time to get to their destinations.

Remember that bridges, ramps and overpasses freeze fast, and can be very tricky when its is snowing.

Make this winter your safest one ever by staying alert!

EVERYONE should stay alert and drive carefully.  The life you save just may be your own.

Mount Rainier -- Delayed OPENING

Per the City Manager, Jeannelle Wallace, the City of Mount Rainier will be opening two (2) hours late.  The office will open for official business at 11:00am today, January 6, 2015!