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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mount Rainier's New Board of Elections

Trained and ready for our May 4th Election are:

Maxine Drakeford, Supervisor of Elections

Matthew Weber, Election Judge

Dina Williams, Clerk/Election Judge


Nichole Logan, Election Judge

Ophelia Baxter, Election Judge


Abby Greenwell, Election Judge


Karl (KC) Jones, Election Judge

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prince George's County's Sustainable "Green" Communities are members of SMC!

Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC) is a new initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland (EFC) designed to support Maryland's 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Using best practices in resource areas like water, energy, planning, health, food, and economy, a municipality can earn points toward sustainability certification.

This free and voluntary program, with the full support of the Maryland Municipal League (MML), helps communities choose a direction for their greening efforts; complete their chosen actions with help from program tools, trainings, case studies, and other resources; and be recognized for their accomplishments. Sustainable Maryland Certified offers a menu of actions, allowing communities to choose activities specific to their needs and plan across community priorities to achieve multiple community benefits.

SMC encourages municipalities to consider the community as a whole. At the core of SMC is the local government/community partnership. Thus, we hope that the entire community will work in conjunction with the local government to achieve certification.

The following ten municipalities in Prince George's County have been certified as green communities by Sustainable Maryland Certified.  

Mount Rainier

Hyattsville

Edmonston

Colmar Manor

College Park

Town of Berwyn Heights

Town of Cheverly

City of Greenbelt

Town of Riverdale Park

Town of University Park


Three other municipalities are in the process of becoming certified by Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC)


ALTHOUGH NOT MENTIONED, MUNICIPALITIES PLAY a MAJOR ROLE in the GREEN INITIATIVE IN THE COUNTY!

Prince George's County is #1
For Immediate Release: 2/24/2015 12:00 AM
Contact: Linda Lowe, Public Information Officer, Department of the Environment/301-883-5952

Prince George’s County is #1
Innovative Programs Make County Leader in Waste Diversion and Recycling

Largo, MD – When it comes to waste diversion and recycling, Prince George’s is Maryland’s greenest County. The County now ranks No. 1 in the State for keeping trash out of its landfill and in second place for recycling. This is an all-time high for the County and a significant step towards its ultimate goal of zero waste.

“I want to thank all residents, businesses and nonprofits for stepping up to make Prince George’s County clean, green and beautiful,” says County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Everyone has a role in making Prince George’s County the best place to live, work and play in the region. Everyday actions like recycling make a difference in putting the County at the top.”

 “We have introduced new programs to efficiently capture and realize the value of many things that we throw away” says Department of the Environment Director Adam Ortiz. “However, the credit goes to our businesses and residents who have been recycling and composting like never before. We also thank the County Council and local activists for their advocacy and support.”

According to official figures just released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the County’s 2013 waste diversion rate rose to 64.53 percent surpassing its 2012 rate of 54.44 percent. The County also saw an increase in its recycling rate moving to 59.53 percent, up from 54.55 percent in 2012 and slightly behind Washington County.  

MDE calculates the rate by adding the disposed trash tonnage and the recycling tonnage to provide a total waste number. The recycling tonnage is then divided by the total waste number (tonnage) to obtain the recycling rate. Because of the efforts residents and businesses have made in eliminating waste before it starts, the County received the maximum Source Reduction Credit of 5 percent from MDE. Examples of source reduction practices include leaving grass trimmings on your lawn to add nutrients back into the soil, using reusable shopping bags and water bottles and selecting products that contain the least amount of packaging.

“We will continue to reach out and educate our residents and businesses to make sure they continue to recycle and compost,” said DoE's Recycling Section Manager Marilyn Rybak.  “Our initiatives are some of the boldest and most innovative best practices that are in place, not only in the State, but nationwide.”

Several recycling initiatives that help the County reduce its carbon footprint include its single-stream recycling program that utilizes a 65-gallon wheeled recycling cart, allowing residents and businesses to recycle more items; a food scrap composting pilot program for residential, commercial and educational institutions; the County’s inaugural ban on disposable plastic bags in yard waste collection, cutting down on the amount of waste reaching the landfill and “mining” of materials on the landfill.

Other new initiatives that will help boost the rate include a new County law requiring businesses to incorporate waste reduction and recycling programs in their daily practices, a recycling program geared toward multifamily dwellings (apartments and condominium), a new recycling partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools and Joint Base Andrews, and continued public outreach and educational programs for residents and businesses.

To view a full copy of the MDE Report, click here.  For more information on the County’s Recycling Program, source reduction or other waste management programs, visit http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov or contact County Click 3-1-1.


Community Policing Forum/Dialogue Rescheduled


Please help us get the word out to our residents and community stakeholders. The attached flyer can be distributed as necessary.



Michael E. Scott
Chief of Police
Mount Rainier Police Department
3249 Rhode Island Avenue
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

Twitter: @MRPDChief

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOOK SIGNING COMING TO BUS BOYS AND POETS!


By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau (View full article online on the Gazette)

Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville will host book readings and signings for the works of several Gateway Arts District authors from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Barbara Morris of Hyattsville, coordinator for the Gateway Arts District Authors, an informal coalition of local authors, said the highlight of the event will be a reading of “Viktor IV”, written by the late Hyattsville resident David Levy.


The book, about Levy’s friend, an American expatriate living in Amsterdam, will be read by its publisher, Carolivia Herron, who is also author of the children’s books “Nappy Hair” and “Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair”, Morris said.

Mount Rainier's Election Board Receives TRAINING

On yesterday, members of the Mount Rainier Election Board took a ride to the Prince George's County Election Board to received training from the experts.

Those in attendance were Maxine Drakeford, Supervisor of Election, Dina Williams, Clerk/Judge, Karl (KC) Jones, Judge, Nichole Logan, Judge, Ophelia Baxter, Judge, and Matthew Weber, Judge.

Following their training, the Election Board, met at Mount Rainier City Hall for their first official meeting, and began their process of preparing for the upcoming City Elections.

Their three major goals are 1)  Increase voter registration, 2) Increase the number of voter to 1500, and 3)Get more residents living in apartments involved in the election process.

Look forward to seeing this energetic new team of leaders out and about in our neighborhood over the next several weeks.  They will be asking you to help get residents registered to vote as well as asking you to get registered to vote in the May 4th Election.







Saturday, February 21, 2015

The area is still being covered with Snow.

Posted 1 hour, 13 minutes ago

Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 am EST Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Baltimore Md/washington has issued a Winter Storm Warning for snow, sleet, and freezing rain, which is in effect until 6 am EST Sunday. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.

Precipitation type: A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain today through early Sunday morning.

Accumulations: 4 to 6 inches of snow. Ice accumulations of a trace to a few hundredths of an inch.

Timing: snow will continue into the early evening hours. Changing to a mix of sleet and freezing rain late this evening into tonight. Precipitation will change to rain with areas of freezing rain late tonight into early Sunday morning.

Temperatures: highs today in the mid to upper 20s, slowly rising into the lower and middle 30s tonight.

Winds: south 10 to 15 mph.

Impacts: snow and ice will cause hazardous traveling conditions through tonight and possibly into Sunday morning.


Residents are asked to stay off the roads and indoors, IF at all possible.  Our crews are exhausted, and the roads are still not CLEARED.  Salt was put down, but as fast as we go, MOTHER NATURE just keeps on bringing more snow and cold temperature.






Friday, February 20, 2015

Do you sometime just wish to ask the Mayor a question? Call in on Fridays and talk with the Mayor!

Starting this week, I have reactivated my "LIVE TALK RADIO SHOW" onblogtalkradio.com “On Air w/the Mayor.

My talk show will air on Fridays at 5:00pm. Listeners are encouraged to call in and talk with me about the "GREAT CITY OF MOUNT RAINIER, MARYLAND.

Each episode will be about a specific topic, but callers may raise other questions on other topics that are relevant to the City.

MARK your calendars for 5:00pm, Friday, February 27, 2015. To hear the next episode of On Air with the Mayor! LIVE talk radio where you WILL be heard.  Click hear for past episodes:  blogtalkradio.com/on-air-wthe-mayor.

GUEST CALL-IN (929) 477-2681

Door-to-Door Vendors are REQUIRED to Get a PERMIT FROM MOUNT RAINIER'S CITY HALL!

It’s the winter time, and a PRIME TIME for unscrupulous persons to prey on the young, the elderly and others.  In the past few days, there have been solicitors in the neighborhood talking about energy savings, and replacement windows.  Neither had been to or received from City Hall the required permit to be soliciting in our neighborhood.  They knock on doors at all times of day and night.
A permit is required for all vendors in the City of Mount Rainier, including all vendors soliciting door-to-door.
REMEMBER:  It is better safe than sorry!  Once you let them in, you open yourself to an unsafe environment in your own home.  No City perm.  No entry.  Safety is key.   Ask to see their credentials, the City’s Permit and the name of the company they are representing!

Ask them to show you their City issued permit when they arrive at your door. The City does NOT have a citywide permit with any vendor.  If they do not show the City issued Permit, do not allow them to enter your home.  Call City Hall and/or 301-985-6565 and alert our officers of their presence in the community so that they can come out and investigate.   Have additional questions?  Please call City Hall at 301.985.6585.
NO PERMIT!  NO DOOR-TO-DOOR VENDING OR SOLICITATION!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Plumber's building demolished, new housing, retail and artist space to replace it."

Brentwood is working with the County's Redevelopment Authority to transform the plumber building

FROM THIS                                                                                              
                        
 TO THIS


Demolition started yesterday with County Executive Rushern Baker striking the first blow!

YES, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN TODAY -- TWO (2) HOUR DELAY

SCHOOL ADVISORY FOR Thursday, February 19, 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. (Las escuelas comenzarån dos horas después del horario normal.)    
·        There will be NO work-study transportation. (Those students should NOT report to school.)
·        There will be no half-day Early Childhood Center (ECC), half-day Special Education Programs, or half-day PreK.
·        Any other school program requiring transportation prior to 12 noon will NOT have transportation, including Howard B. Owens Science Center
·        All field trips will be cancelled.

·        Food Services will offer breakfast.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You asked, I checked, and the Chief of Police said...


Due to the coming snow event and high winds forecast for this evening, the Police Community Dialogue scheduled to take place at 6:30pm at the Mount Rainier Nature Center has been Canceled. 

To be re-scheduled for March 11, 2015, weather permitting, and availability of the Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mount Rainier Mayor and Council are MEETING TONIGHT!

Mount Rainier's Mayor and Council will be meeting tonight at its usual time:  7:00pm at Mount Rainier's City Hall, One Municipal, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

There will be a work session and a SPECIAL MEETING.  At the special meeting, the Mayor and Council will be appointing the 2015 to 2017 Mount Rainier Election Board.

Here is the agenda:

SPECIAL MEETING AND WORL SESSION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, UPPER LEVEL CITY HALL
7:00 PM

Work Session Agenda
Discussion Topics
FY 2014 Audit Report/Debriefing Murphy and Murphy, LLC
Resolution 4-2015 – Establishing a Charter Review Commission
Charter Amendment Resolution 1-2015 – Revising the residency requirement for Mayor and                   Councilmembers
Letter to the state delegation supporting the governor's HUR funds in a budget supplemental
Letter to the state delegation opposing the governor's proposed education cuts
Streetsense Development Update - 3200 Block of Rhode Island Avenue

FY 2014 Audit Debriefing

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL

New Business

Resolution 6-2015 – Appointing members to the City of Mount Rainier Election Board for the May 4, 2015 City Election (First Reading/Vote)

Approval of Letter to the state delegation supporting the governor's HUR funds in a budget supplemental
Approval of Letter to the state delegation opposing the governor's proposed education cuts

Council approval of FY 2014 Audit Report


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.


THEBUS is NOT OPERATING TODAY!

Service for TheBus Suspended forFebruary17,2015

For immediate release: 
2/17/2015 7:15:00 AM

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

LARGO, MD –Service for TheBus, has been suspended for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 due to inclement weather.
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For more information please visit our website news page.

GOT A 4 Wheel Drive Vehicle -- Prince George's Memorial Hospital NEEDS YOU!

THIS WINTER STORM IS NOT OVER!

Winter Storm Warning for Central Maryland
Active for next 5 hours, 6 minutes

This alert has been updated.
Posted 46 minutes ago
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until noon EST today.
Precipitation type: snow.
Accumulations: 5 to 9 inches.
Timing: periods of snow will continue through early this morning.
Temperatures: mid-teens.
Winds: Southeast 5 mph.

Impacts: roads will be snow covered and slippery with visibilities being reduced to one half mile or less at times. The combination of snow covered roads and low visibility will make traveling dangerous.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.

Postpone travel such as routine doctors’ appointments, going shopping, etc. if possible.

Slow down and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.
Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.

Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary.
Be aware of potentially icy areas, such as shady spots, overpasses and bridges.

Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight. Food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Also consider keeping these items in your car: battery booster cables, a cell phone and charger, a tow chain or rope, a bag of sand, salt or cat litter, a snow brush and ice scraper, blankets, extra clothing, a first-aid kit, and emergency flares or reflectors.

Check space heater cords for exposed wires before use, and keep them at least three feet from any combustible material.

Keep children and pets clear of space and kerosene heaters to prevent them being tipped or knocked over.

When leaving home, make sure electric heaters are unplugged and kerosene heaters are turn off and no longer running.

If you are using space heaters, DO NOT LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED!
Put on a few extra layers of clothes, if your house feels a little chillier than usual.

Run a vaporizers or humidifier to keep some moisture in the house.

Make a large pot of soup to keep you warm.  Soup can be anything you like.  It is comforting, if you are feeling stressed or shut in.  It will give you something to do.

Leave faucets running just a trickle — running water freezes far less readily than still water.

Stop lowering the thermostat at night. If you leave home, leave the heat set to at least 55 degrees.

Wear warm clothing such as gloves or mittens, a hat, a scarf and snow boots.

Go indoors if you are persistently shivering.
If you get wet, go indoors and remove wet clothing immediately.

Watch what you drink. Alcohol can make you lose body heat.

Bring pets inside. If you can’t, provide them warm shelter and unfrozen water.


BE SAFE.  REST.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SNOW DAY.  Write a poem.  Play with the children.  Paint a picture.  Get in some phone calls.  STAY INSIDE and STAY WARM!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Prince George's County Public Schools are Closed!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Code Yellow - Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) – Schools and 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.)


http://www1.pgcps.org/

The City Manager DECLARES a Snow Emergency in Mount Rainier

The City Manager DECLARES a Snow Emergency in Mount Rainier
A Snow Emergency will be in effect for the City of Mount Rainier7:00am tomorrow morning February 17, 2015. 

The snow emergency will remain in effect until noon tomorrow.  This of course means that no one should park on any of the city’s snow emergency routes.  The Mount Rainier Police Department will issue parking violation notices and will began towing as necessary after 7:00am.  This notice will appear shortly on the city’s website, and on our cable stations.  The city’s listserv, apartment complexes, and MRBA have been notified via this electronic correspondence.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Storm Warning that no one should drive unless absolutely necessary.  The City will probably operate tomorrow on a skeleton crew with public works, police and management on duty with a possible 2 hour delay.  The delayed status opening will be updated tomorrow morning approximately 6:00am depending upon the total snow accumulation which is expected to stop around 5 am.  The total accumulation has now been revised to between 6-10 inches.  Wear several layers of light clothing and cover your mouth and neck with a scarf.

The NWS also advises that the heaviest snowfall is expected between 8 pm tonight and 5 am tomorrow.   Although the snow is light and fluffy, avoid over exertion as this could bring on a heart attack which is the major cause of death during the winter season.

Please remember that the City code requires that snow and ice be removed from sidewalks in front of homes and businesses within 24 hours of the last accumulation.

Thanks to all – be safe and keep warm.

Jeannelle Branson Wallace
City Manager
City of Mount Rainier
One Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712
(301) 985-6585 (Direct)

(240) 508-3595 (Cellular)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

BIG SHOUT OUT! BIG KUDOS! MAJOR THANKS!

The City needed you, and each of you ROSE TO THE OCCASION!

Thank you to the following people who stepped forward to volunteer to serve as ELECTION BOARD MEMBERS for the great City of Mount Rainier, MD:

Maxine Drakeford

Ophelia Baxter 
Karl Jones, Jr.
Abby L. Greenwell
Nicole Logan
Matthew Weber
Dina Williams 

These men and women will be on the agenda on Tuesday to be appointed to the Mount Rainier Board of Elections.  Please come out and be a part of this great moment.

Each member has agreed to participate in training with the Prince George's County Board of Elections on Monday, February 23rd.

A calendar/schedule of the election process will be available soon.  Already available to you is the "Election Procedures."  You may pick up a copy from City Hall or download from the mountrainiermd.org website.

Wanted to be an election judge, but just did not get your name in on time?

Guess what?  There is still a way for you to participate in this process.  The Board of Elections, once officially appointed, will be conducting voter registration throughout the City.

They need you!  They will train you on how to conduct a voter registration campaign in your neighborhood, and would love to have you help them with this process.  We have lots of new neighbors that have not yet registered to vote, and we want them to participate.

Send your contact information to either of the following: Council Liaison to Election Board, Malinda Miles, 301-237-3889 (cell) or call City Hall, mayormiles@gmail.com  Staff Support, Veronica Owens, 301-9856585, vowens@mountrainiermd.org