Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cooling Stations are there for you, IF YOU NEED THEM!

This seems like one of the hottest summers ever!  Many of us (including me) do not have air conditioning or have air conditioning and do not wish to face the resulting PEPCO bill.  

If you fall in either category -- no air conditioning or no money for PEPCO, keep in mind that there is an alternative -- the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission offers Cooling Stations for County Residents from  10:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, and during normal business hours for each site on Saturday and Sunday. The District 2 Cooling Stations are as follows: 

Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center
North Brentwood Community Center
Langley Park Community Center
Prince George's Plaza Community Center

If you would rather avoid the cooling stations, you can always go shopping, go to the library, visit one of the wonderful museums in the area or check out some of the other attractions in our area.

What's the point?  On these very hot days, seniors and the very young should stay cool to avoid heat strokes, and other issues, e.g., inability to breathe especially if you have asthmas.

Remember to take your medicine, see your doctor regularly, and keep an eye on your neighbor.  We will get through this.

Architectural Conservation District Plan And Architectural Conservation Overlay Zone Meeting #2

The MNCPPC is working on new rules and regulations to govern how we live, work, function and play in Mount Rainier.

Many of us go from day-to-day without ever knowing about the many rules that are governing our lives.

The next set of rules is being discussed tonight, July 30,7:30pm  at Mount Rainier City Hall by your Mayor and Council.  The following video may help you better participate in that discussion.

Please copy and paste in your web browser:

July 18 Stakeholders Meeting

Information is power, but acting on that information empowers you.  If you missed the July 18 town meeting with our stakeholders, here is your opportunity to hear it.  You can also see it on our cable channels 71 and 21 depending on your cable/internet provider.

Please copy and paste this address in your URL line.  Once you have done that, the program should start automatically.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Your help is needed -- Children are the REASON!

The Associated Church for Community Services (ACCS) in Mount Rainier is hosting a number of activities over the next few months.  This Group is composed of ministers and churches that hold worship in Mount Rainier, live in Mount Rainier or conduct business in Mount Rainier.  The group was formed in 2005 but became inactive over the past few years.  Their goal is to reactivate and re-energize their effort to bring their presence to the table in Mount Rainier.  They need your HELP! 

What help is needed?  Donations and contributions, and volunteering of your time and effort to support their events.

Here are the events:
Mount Rainier's Back to School Night -- August 29, 2015 –
Location of distributions:  New Horizon, 2209 Varnum St, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 -- CONTRIBUTIONS are needed NOW.

Contributions of ruled paper, #2pencils, blue pens, red pens, composition notebooks, book bags, erasers, glue sticks, washable felt markers, pair of scissors, pencil case, pocket folders, plain paper, box of tissue, and pencil crayons. SEND or DELIVER supplies or financial contribution to Mount Rainier Police Department, Attention: Captain James Stoots, 3249 Rhode Island Ave, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

 Common Ground Gala ($50)-- October 9, 2015 -- Location  Bunker Hill Fire Station,  3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 -- Please mark your calendars and save the date!  Tickets will go on sale Mid-August 2015

Financial Contributions to the ACCS, Emergency Preparedness Fund -- (Watch for more information on this drive that will be year-round) to help residents with their light bills, rent, and other emergencies during the winter months (October 15 to March 31) of each year.  Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 334th and Rainier Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. PLEASE MARK ENVELOPE ACCS Fund ONLY.  Funds are accepted year round.

Monday, July 20, 2015

FROM: Regional Emergency Planner Office of Emergency Management Prince George’s County, Maryland

Good Morning Municipal Partners,

Below is your weekly weather brief from the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management.

Monday July 20, 2015 will be very similar to yesterday with high’s in the mid to upper 90’s and heat indexes pushing up to 105 degrees.  A heat advisory is in effect for Prince George’s County from 12pm to 8pm.  Information on County Cooling Centers can be found at this link:

Tuesday should begin hot, however a cold front will be pushing through the region by the evening, creating widespread scattered thunderstorms.  These storms are not expected to be severe and should diminish by sunset.

Wednesday through the weekend will be cooler and less humid, with highs in the 80’s to possibly 90.  There is a slight chance for thunderstorms on each of these days, though they are not expected to be severe.

Please contact Henry Cauley if you have any questions and continue to monitor our social media sites (links below) for updated weather  information and tips on how to beat the heat.

Henry Cauley
Regional Emergency Planner
Office of Emergency Management
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Office: (301) 780-8195

Saturday, July 18, 2015



Major construction development is coming your way this soon (possibly starting as soon as August 2014)!


1.  Queenstown apartment dwellers
2.   Queenstown apartment owners
3.   Rainier Manor apartment dwellers
4.   Rainier Manor owners (well aware of their project, but not the other projects)
5.   Parents in other apartment complexes whose children attend Thomas Stone Elementary
6.   Thomas Stone Elementary administration staff
8.   Parents and students of Thomas Stone Elementary
7.   Residents on Arundel Road, 32nd street, etc.
9.   The pool administrators
10.   Arundel apartment owners
11.  Arundel apartment residents
12.  MNCPPC -- Nature Center staff etc.
13.  School Bus Administration
14.  School Board Representative
15.  7/11 Store on 34th/Chillum Rhode
16.  The Cleaners and other businesses in Luskin's Plaza
17.  Service Station on Queens Chapel Rhode

You do not wish to miss the meeting today, July 18, 2015 at the Mount Rainier Nature Center.  The meeting starts at 9:30am.  Come out and bring your neighbor.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Southside Music & Skateboarding Competition -- Saturday, July 18th starting at NOON

CrackWood Productions and the Brentwood Arts Exchange are thrilled to have 

The Water Hole and Vigilante Coffee Company join us in the Mt. Rainier Skate Park
THIS Saturday, July 18th starting at NOON for the

2015 Southside Music & Skateboarding Competition

Mt. Rainier Skate Park =
corner of Otis & Wells in Mt. Rainier, MD--across the street from Otis Street Art Projects & The Washington Glass School
(see map below & attached)


Live music by Lee Blackwood & Graham starts at NOON
with DJ sets by Honest Lee, Rob One, & InnerLoop throughout

Skateboarding Competition, in partnership with UNITED-RSC
registration: noon until 12:40 pmFREE TO COMPETE
open skate all morning until 12:45 pm
competition: 12:45-4:00 pm
Emcee: Jimmy Pelletier!
Guest Judges: The DC Wheels!
competition categories TBA
competitors eat free
CASH PRIZES awarded at the end of the competition
AWESOME additional prizes supplied by our sponsors, ART UNDER PRESSURE andTHE BOARD BUS
SPECIAL THANKS to MAYOR MALINDA MILES and the CITY COUNCIL of Mt. Rainierfor supporting our prizes!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Speaking out on behalf of municipal officials -- the people closest to the people and the real problems that immediately impact their constituents' lives.

I am up already this morning and feeling mighty thankful for my life, but very twisted about what is on my plate over the next few weeks and Sundays.  Just too much to get done (workwise) and not enough time.  Life continues to get in the way.

One of my daughters told me a few months back that I jut have too many little puppies, and they all want, demand or need some of my time in addition to me being nosey and getting involved in things that are really not my concern.  Then there is this whole being the mayor business that is a full-time job (but called a part-time volunteer position with a once a month meeting criteria).

Well, let's talk about being the mayor and one meeting a month.  For public television consumption, there is one public meeting and one work session almost every month.  Then there are special meetings and ad hoc meetings  (lately nearly every week).  Of course, there are meetings with other mayors, county council representative, vendors, businesses, residents, and the list goes on.  In addition, there are 100s of emails that require a response; proclamations to be written; grants to be chased; complaints to be addressed; projects to monitor and follow up on; reports to be written, and you must ride and walk the community to see first-hand what is going on.

If I only attend the meetings, I would never have any time to be home.  If I visited every pot hole in the streets, I would be out most of each day.  There is just no end to what must happen to run a small city or town, and most people do not care.  Residents want everything that you find in a larger city but do not wish to pay for any of it.  Taxes are not bad. when used to pay for needed services.

For the record, small-city and small town mayors and councils are not PAID.  They are given a minuscule stipend, and if they are lucky a little expense amount to cover some of their expenditures.  In my City that amount to less than $6,900 a year.  No, that is not a typo, and that is before TAXES!

To serve in the capacity of mayor or council, you must be willing to put your entire life out there in front of the public.  You must be prepared to endure criticisms while working diligently to make your community better.  You must be able to listen to your critics, who by the way has never done one thing outside of moan and grown about ow bad things are in the City, and  try to call you out on Facebook any other media that will draw attention to any crack in the City's armour.

Then there is the need to work with people of different cultures, religious backgrounds, beliefs, etc. while trying to find common grounds to move the City forward.  PWorking with people is probably the hardest part of the job.  It is even more difficult when there is an unwillingness on anyone's part to compromise to reach an amicable, yet workable solution or one or two people feel that they have all of the answers.  LIFE can be hard, and then feelings get hurt.  No, we are not always in adult mode but are always expected to be in the adult mode.

Sometimes, I clearly understand why politicians go to sleep on the job.  I have always seen myself as an advocate for the people, and for my City. It is not about the politics, but about the quality of life I want, and what most people want in their communities -- freedom to be a part of the community, responsive government, prudent and efficient use of those hard earned tax dollars, competent and timely services, accountability, and, of course someone that actually represents the City to other entities that impact the quality of life within our City borders.

Not too much to ask, but a lot to place upon a volunteer or volunteers. I know one mayor that opens and closes her office and does everything in between because of lack of funding and the need to keep the town's doors open.  She is paid $100 a month and about $300 for her expenses.

Small city and small town mayors and councils  are your peers stepping up to the plate to head the largest committee ever with an unwieldy membership, and expected to fix every single problem that exist now and in the future -- with peanuts I might add.  Not possible!

I am not complaining.  I know what to do when I have had enough.  Got that.  However, I wanted to put it out there for some of those who honestly believe that your elected officials are NOT doing their jobs.  Before making that accusation, READ your city or town charter.  I am sure that you will that most of your municipal officials are giving MUCH MORE THAN is required, and what you would give under the exact circumstances.

I have worked with some mayors and councilmembers who have stated on the record that they are NOT PAID enough to do the job of their elected position.  They are not county councilpersons being paid $100,000 plus.  They are not state delegates being paid over $50,000 to sit and deliberate for three months out of the year and then spend the rest of the year campaigning so that they can run again next time.  They are not big city mayors or councilmembers with six figured salaries.  Being the mayor or councilperson is not their full-time job.  MOST small city and small town mayors and councils work full-time jobs to support their families.

Many of these courageous folks are taking time away from their loved ones and families to make their communities better places to live, and I applaud them..  I thank them for the work that they do every day for the community, and even when there is disagreement about how something should get done for the city or town, it is not personal (or should not be personal), but the reason YOU elected them -- they will do their homework, get the facts, and speak out for the benefit of everyone.

Thanks for reading this outpouring.  I just felt the need to speak up for municipal elected official this morning in hopes that a lot more empathy is shown regarding the work they do each day.  YEP, that includes me.  The job is a thankless one, but every municipal official took an oath to do it and to uphold the laws of the nation, the state, the county, and the municipality, and that is not always easy.

Peace and blessings always.

Friday, July 10, 2015

July 9, 2015

Mount Rainier Residents, Businesses, and Well Wishers:

Some very exciting and stimulating redevelopment is about to occur in our community.  Although this may be your first time receiving an official notice of these new developments, rest assured you, your safety, and the ongoing effort to make our City a better place to live, work and do business has always been in the forefront of the Mayor and Council and our decision-making.

Here is what is happening.

1)   The County has approached the City and notified us that there is some much-needed work on our levee system.  The work is necessary to bring our levee into compliance with Army Corp of Engineers and the new standards for levees since Katrina.
2)  Rainier Manor owners have also decided to expand Rainier Manor from its current capacity of 100 units to 157 units.  This work is expected to begin mid-August.
3)  After years of seeking funding to end the flooding on Buchanan Street, the City has obtained grant amounting to more than$400,000 to create a bio-retention cell.

These are all excellent and needed projects, but they are going to impact our lives over the next few years.

To help us understand the effects of these projects on our way of life (transportation, students’ safety, our tree canopy, etc.), Mayor and Council are sponsoring a community forum on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Mount Rainier Nature Center.  It is important that you come out and hear the presentation, but also to ask your questions about these projects.

 The developers have all been invited to prepare maps, flow charts, timetables and other information to explain what they will be doing, and share with you what is anticipated as the outcome.  It is a lot of information to absorb.  So, the Mayor and Council will be working together to come up with ways to keep you informed as the work progresses. 

Please share this information with your neighbors, email list, blogs and other media outlets.  If you are a business, please post the enclosed flyer in a prominent place in your business for your clientele.    If you are an apartment owner or residential manager, please provide this information to your tenants.

Working together, we will make this as painless as possible, and we will all benefit from the results.

Should you have questions or wish to speak with someone, please call your Ward Representatives, the Interim City Manager or the Mayor.  Thank you in advance, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 9:30 am at the Mount Rainier Nature Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.  The number to City Hall is 301-985-6585.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

From the Desk of Mayor Miles: Right on CVS for quitting the Chamber of Commerce ...

From the Desk of Mayor Miles: Right on CVS for quitting the Chamber of Commerce ...: I have always been a CVS (formerly Peoples Drug Store) customer, and now I am proud to support their stance on cigarettes.  I am sure that t...

Right on CVS for quitting the Chamber of Commerce because of their cigarette policy!

I have always been a CVS (formerly Peoples Drug Store) customer, and now I am proud to support their stance on cigarettes.  I am sure that they gave up some profit with their decision to stop selling cigarettes, but they made and has stuck with it.  Now, CVS has taken another bold step to make the statement that cigarettes and other tobacco products are bad for your health.  They have chosen to quit the Chamber of Commerce because of its policy on smoking.

Statics, studies, and the CDC have come out with information that cigarette smoking and even second-hand smoke is bad for your health.  I don't understand why they are not banned from the marketplace  except for the profit margin and the fact that people have the right to kill themselves, create future health problems, , and in general cost his Nation a lot more than what is earned by continuing to support smoking by any means necessary.

CONGRATULATIONS CVS!  Maybe the rest of the members of the Chamber of Commerce will one day follow your lead.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Did you miss out on camp for your children? Do you need after care for up to three hours in the afternoo?

This just may be the solution that you are looking for.  As part of the summer youth program in the City, Greater Rock Creek has reopened its Summer Camp and After Care Programs.

Programs are on a first come first serve basis and will run through August.

WHEN:  Monday through Friday

Time:  7:00 am until 3:00pm CAMP

COST for camp:  Free for Mount Rainier residents and $25per week for all others

Time   3:00pm until 6:00pm after care ($10 for 3 hours and $20 for any fraction over three)

Address:  3401 Perry Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Provide Breakfast and a snack

Child must bring own lunch

Send at least one bottle of water for your child(re

Camp for up to 60 children.  First come first serve.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

The 2015 Southside Music & Skateboarding Competition

WHEN:        Saturday, July 18, 2015

TIME:         12:00pm

WHERE:        3792 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

CrackWood Productions and the Brentwood Arts Exchange are partnering with UNITEDRSC to present

Saturday, JULY 18 starting at NOON in the Mt. Rainier Skate Park in Mt. Rainier, MD (corner of Otis & Wells)

Live music starts at noon with Lee Blackwood Graham

Skateboarding competition: FREE to enter for all ages, registration noon-12:45 pm (be there early!), free skate all morning up until competition starts at 1 pm, CASH prizes in 4 competition categories, GUEST JUDGES The DC Wheels

DJ sets throughout, featuring Rob One and Honest Lee, so be ready for some Jungle, Hip Hop, Funk, and more.

Jimmy Pelletier returns to MC the event, and The DC Wheels will be joining him as judges! This comp is also a Bonus Stop on the UNITEDRSC competition series.

Last year was a blast and big success. We drew skaters from around the area, as well as many local onlookers. We have made a short video honoring the origins of the park's creation as well as last year's competition--Find it on our Southside Music & Skateboarding Series facebook page

Please spread the work and Like our page!

This event was made possible with funding from Parks & Rec/M-NCPPC, The Maryland State Arts Council, Mayor Malinda Miles & The Mount Rainier City Council, and a number of generous private donors. Huge thanks to all!


County Executive Baker Accepts Applications for At-Large Appointment to Prince George’s County Board of Education

Press Release

For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2015

For Information Contact:

Press Inquiries
Barry L. Hudson
Senior Policy Advisory and Manager of Communications

Application Inquiries
Courtney D. Glass, Esquire
Intergovernmental Affairs Division

County Executive Baker Accepts Applications for At-Large Appointment to Prince George’s County Board of Education

Applications are due by close of business on July 27, 2015

Upper Marlboro, MD – To fill the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of Dr. Daniel Kaufman, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III is now accepting from residents who are interested in serving as an At-Large appointed member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Appointments to the Board of Education are the result of the school governance structure specified in Chapter 147 of the 2013 Laws of Maryland (House Bill 1107).  

The County Executive's appointment for the At-Large member must demonstrate a high level of knowledge and/or experience in the area of management. The appointee must possess a high level of knowledge and expertise concerning the successful administration of a large business, nonprofit organization, or government entity.  The appointee, who must be a County resident, will serve a four-year term. “At-Large” is a designation for Board of Education members who are appointed to represent the entire County and not restricted to a Board of Education District.

Residents and citizens who are interested can apply online at online application on the County website or pick-up an application at the County Administration Building, upon request. Completed applications should be emailed or mailed (or delivered) to:

The Office of the County Executive
County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772-3050

All applications must be postmarked or date stamped by close of business on Monday, July 27, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Additional information may be requested of finalists considered for the appointment.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Recycling will occur on Monday since today is a holiday -- July 4th Wweekend!

All City departments are closed with the exception of our POLICE DEPARTMENT!  Contact your WARD REPRESENTATIVES  or me for emergency issues pertaining to the City.

City Hall and Public Works will re-open on Monday!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

May God continue to bless America!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Thank you for the honor. Yes, I am ready and willing to work, and you are invited to join me!

Friends, you strengthen me with your beliefs, support, love, and involvement in life and those things that make our world better.  It was so good to see so many of you at the Maryland Municipal League Convention​ (MML) in Ocean City and to meet so many new friends.  I look forward to working with many of you throughout the coming year.  I am aways energized when I leave the MML Convention, and inspired to work even harder to make my City better than it was before attending the Convention.

I am honored to have been elected President of WINGS (Women In Government Services)​.  On Tuesday night at the MML Dinner  President Spencer R. Schlosnagle appointed me Chairperson of theHometown Emergency Preparedness Ad Hoc Committee of MML.  What an honor!   This is an area in which I have lot of interest, and feel that small municipalities must gear up and be prepared to handle.

I am able to take on these challenges because of the support of Ifriends and family who also are working to make our communities and municipalities better places to live, work and play.  Most of us are busy people.  We hold jobs; have children and grandchildren; volunteer; and are involved in a host of other things, however, there is room to do more.  I was once told, if you want to get something done, find the busiest per on you can find, and give it to them.

If you want to make Mount Rainier better, then step up to the many tasks that are always available to you and lend your expertise.  All of us can (and often do) complain.  The next time you wish to complain, instead of complaining, ask yourself what can I do to fix this problem?  We all can learn how to do something t make our world better.

The theme of this year's MML Convention was "Calm (courtesy, align, learn move forward) Yields Civility," and the keynote speakers' presentation asked us to  look for and work toward common grounds.  It is time for all of us to walk away from labels (Democrat, Republican, Black, White, Rich, Poor, Ugly, Pretty, minority, majority, etc.) and embrace civility and common grounds.  We all must learn to seek common grounds to make our communities and our world a better place.

We must also recognize that our revenues are not going back up as rapidly as they did in years past.  We can, however, re-learn and re-think how we work together to get things done!  It is not us against them or them against us.  IT IS US!  Together we must swim, sank or DROWN.  In today's environment, no one is an island (never was, but it seemed a lot more likely or possible).  We are much more alike than different, and we are much more dependent than we think we are.

I hope that all of us, especially residents of Mount Rainier, Maryland will be more tolerant of each others differences, and that we will seek common grounds that will make our community truly diverse and the true destination that we claim we are every day.  IT IS AND HAS BEEN my highest honor to serve as your Mayor, and I look forward to conning to move us forward in our economic development, but in our tolerance and acceptance of each other!

Thank you for allowing me to serve as one of your elected leaders!