Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Third Annual Halloween Bash IS TODAY -- October 31, 2015 at 4517 30th Street, Mount Rainier MD

OCTOBER 31, 2015 -- HALLOWEEN PARTY -- 4517 30th Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 -- We are getting READY for YOU!

THE DAY of the BIG HALLOWEEN PARTY is here, and I am NOT READY! Too much going on in one week. DON'T worry, I am told -- HELP IS ON THE WAY! Volunteers, PLEASE COME ON!

Apple Cider here -- Check
Candy here and bagged -- Check
Hot dogs and buns here and ready -- Check
Cotton Candy Machines ordered Check
Popcorn Machine ordered -- Check
Music in place -- NOT YET
Movies in place -- NOT YET
Decoration up -- NOT YET
Foggers and fog juice -- NOT YET
Work to do -- YES

The Halloween Party starts at 5:30 pm. 


Friday, October 30, 2015


It has been quiet on the WESTERN FRONT, but the ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY at 4517 30th Street is ON! Schools have been notified, and the children of all ages are on full ALERT. The party starts at 5:30 pm and ends around 8:30 pm or when all of the food and candy are gone!

YES, there will be HOT APPLE CIDER! LOTS OF CANDY! POPCORN! ...and someone said that there will be a moon bounce and a clown and a few other great activities.

Did I forget to mention TWO COTTON CANDY MACHINES working at the same time?  DOUBLE THE PLEASURE!

Scare music.  Scary movies and lots of fun just for the fun of it!

For SURE, you can volunteer and be part of the worker bees.  Just show up on Saturday from 12 noon until to help us decorate!

SO, don't forget to come and bring your neighbors for some Halloween fun and time to network, play, and have fun after dark on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MML's Fall Conference Off to a Great Start

Attendance at the MML Fall Conference as always has proven to be a valuable experience. New laws and new issues facing municipalities discussed. New networks formed, and opportunities to hear what others are doing to solve similar problems. Mount Rainier does not have an official representative at this conference for many reasons, but I chose to come to keep up with what is trending in Maryland cities and towns. So GLAD Mayor Marnitta L. King took me in. THANK YOU MAYOR.

Mount Rainier Re-certified as Sustainable Community

Today, thanks to our GREAT GREEN TEAM, the City of Mount Rainier will be recognized for being a sustainable community. Mount rainier was one of the founders of Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC) and one of the first to become certified. Today also marks three years of efforts to make our footprint smaller on our world. Nit many cities or towns in Maryland hold this distinction. One of the reasons I chose to come to this Fall Conference is to support our Green Team and their efforts to get Mount Rainier re-certified and to be a part of the award ceremony today. WAY TO GO GREEN TEAM!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas in April IS REAL!

Do you know someone in your neighborhood that could appreciate a helping hand fixing up their home?

This may just be their opportunity to get the help that they need, but they MUST ACT quickly.

The 2016 applications for the Christmas in April program are due by November 1. This program helps elderly and physically challenged neighbors to make repairs to their homes.  I

f you or your neighbors would like to apply for this program, you can either visit their website ( or contact Christmas in April -  7915 Malcolm Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735-1732; 301-868-0937 for more information. 

Don't wait around on this.  Time is of the essence!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

County Executive to hold Legislative Priorities Listening Sessions

 Tuesday, October 27 @ 7 pm
2300 Oxon Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748

MondayNovember 9 @ 7 pm
6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, invites residents to attend a public meeting, October 27 at Hillcrest Heights Community Center in Temple Hills and November 9 at M-NCPPC Parks and Recreation Administration Building in Riverdale.

These two legislative listening sessions will provide residents with an opportunity to share their ideas on issues that impact their lives and our communities. Members from the County's General Assembly House and Senate Delegations, the Prince George's County Council, the Prince George's County Board of Education and other community leaders have also been invited to hear residents discuss issues they are concerned about.

Before the public meeting, residents will have an opportunity to talk with County agency representatives during an information session beginning at 6:00 PM. In addition, our one-stop resource CountyClick 311 will be available to assist residents who may have questions or need help resolving non-emergency issues. Specialists will be present to submit service requests on behalf of residents and citizens.

Please visit the County's website and learn more about the listening sessions. To speak, citizens can pre-register onlineby completing the registration form or by calling 301-952-4131.

There will be limited opportunities to sign-up to speak; pre-registration is encouraged. Comments will be timed and limited to three (3) minutes per person. If you wish to submit comments and are unable to attend in person, please email them.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Good morning, afternoon, where ever you are! This is my first outreach about the upcoming holiday season. As many of you know, I do the baskets of food for those most needed in our neighborhood. Families are selected by the two schools (Mount Rainier Elementary and Thomas Stone Elementary), and those identified by neighbors in the community. Last year, we identified 55 families that had would have had less than a perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas without the help of you and many others.

I am starting EARLY this year. I am asking each of you to PLEASE donate can goods (pumpkin, green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, mixed vegetables, asparagus, gravy etc), non-perishables (rice, flour, corn meal, bread stuffing, macaroni noodles, etc.), turkeys, hams, chicks, roast or whatever you can.

Suggestion: If you are going to provide can goods, please provide five cans of each item, e.g., five cans of corn, five cans of green beans.

Suggestion: If you are going to deliver dry goods, please provide store purchased and sealed items -- repacked items.

Always think -- a family of four when you are buying that will help guide your purchase, and help when I am packaging for the families.

WHEN: Non-perishables and can goods can be dropped off any time starting now.

WHEN: Perishables on November 22 and 23, 2016

WHEN: GIFT CARDS may be dropped off anytime.

WHERE: 4517 30th Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 -- Please place in the big box or on the table. Items will be collected each day and bagged. PLEASE leave your name and contact information so that a thank you can be sent.

Any items left over from the November drive will be used during the Christmas drive.

Volunteers are needed to help separate and bag items and help with deliveries.

Names are coming in already, so if you are supporting this effort this year, PLEASE inbox or email me at I welcome the help.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Canadian songwriter Dana Sipos -- coming to Mount Rainier

Dear friends in Mount Rainier and environs,

Great show coming up this week in our little hood: The lovely and talented Canadian songwriter Dana Sipos will be playing at the Waterhole, 4004 34th St, Mount Rainier MD. Dana has been traveling as a professional musician - often by the alternative means of a bicycle, tall ship and canoe - for several years, and has performed at festivals and stages across Canada and the US. She will be playing songs from her latest release, Roll Up the Night Sky, recently nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. I have this album, by the way, and it's wonderful.

Weds, Oct 7 -- doors at 6, music at 6:30. Families welcome.

Suggested minimum donation $5/person, $10/family

More info:

Sunday, October 04, 2015

New Restaurant Opening in Mount Rainier -- Employment Opportunities

Bird Kitchen + Cocktails,Mount Rainier,MD. is hiring craft bartenders, servers, hosts, support staff

Bird Kitchen + Cocktails
Job Description
Bird Kitchen + Cocktails in Mount Rainier is seeking full time and part time floor staff. Bird Kitchen + Cocktails is located in the heart of the historic Mount Rainier, MD business district, north on Rhode Island Avenue. Bird Kitchen + Cocktails is a neighborhood eatery serving American food with a hint of Southern charm, craft beer and cocktails. Bird Kitchen + Cocktails is a neighborhood eatery where all walks of life are welcomed. Our meat, produce, eggs and dairy are locally sourced from area farmers, and we believe that smaller and closer are better. If you have a passion for food and craft cocktails/beer, commitment to customer service, and have at least 1 year experience working in a full service fine dining restaurant or café, we look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Here's what the County Reps are saying. TAKE HEED --better to be prepared rather than sorry.

Please be advised that there are two significant weather events expected to impact Prince George’s County, beginning tonight and lasting through Monday.

Beginning tonight, heavy precipitation will begin to move through the area.  This precipitation should last through Friday night/Saturday morning and is expected to bring 3-4 inches of rain, possibly more in localized areas.  Local and fresh water flooding is expected.  There may a brief break from precipitation from Saturday afternoon through sometime on Sunday, depending on the track of Hurricane Joaquin.

Hurricane Joaquin has been upgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane and is expected to begin to impact our area sometime on Sunday and lasting through Monday.  The exact track and forecast of the storm is still uncertain, thus we cannot provide any concrete details at this time.  However, localities should anticipate heavy rain in addition to the 3-4 inches expected on Friday and strong and potentially damaging winds. 

Prince George’s County will continue to develop our situational awareness tools and will share any updates with the localities, including if and when the County’s Emergency Operations Center is activated. Please contact me or our Director, Mr. Ronnie Gill, if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you,

Henry Cauley

7915 Anchor St
Landover, MD, 20785
Main: 301-324-4400

Director Ronald E. Gill: 301-324-4336 (o) ; 240-619-6497 (c)

Cell Phones can and often are major contributors to unsafe conditions. We can help ourselves by being more aware of our surroundings! Click on this link for more information:

I LOVE my cell phone. I often can't find it. It is frequently dead. I have left it in many strange and unwanted places. However, I find that it is a great tool when used correctly. Do not use your cell phone to block out the rest of the world. Do not use your cell phone with earphones when walking alone on the street. I am sure there are many other places you should not use your cell phone, but these just popped up as I watched this video.  

MY SON ALWAYS reminds me to PAY ATTENTION to my SURROUNDINGS at ALL TIMES! The following video demonstrates what can happen when you do not pay attention to your surroundings AND you are on your CELL PHONE.

Standing and running water can be dangerous. Be SAFE not SORRY!

Every weather station is predicting flooding and high water throughout our weekend in the Washington area.   Just reminding everyone that water on our streets can be dangerous.  If you see water on the street and it looks like it may be dangerous, don't take the chance.  Go another way.  Be safe.

Check out this video as a reminder that water can quickly take over you and your car.