Sunday, November 29, 2015

Check out the recorded forum on ACOZ -- you must watch the videos to get a better understanding of ACOZ and what the alphabets mean.

An Architectural Conservation Overlay Zone (ACOZ) is being proposed for Mount Rainier.  The Mayor and Council need to act on this and wish to receive your input.

Hearings have been held.  Work sessions have been held.  This may be your last opportunity to give your input.  I believe the draft has been worked down to a list of things that are acceptable, but wish to hear from you.

Check out this presentation, hear some of your neighbors concerns as well as some of their support for ACOZ.  Email your concerns, support, etc. to

Click on this link.  If it does now work, please copy and paste it in your browser."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner is AVAILABLE in Mount Rainier

If you are not cooking Thanksgiving Dinner or need to have a meal on Thanksgiving Day for whatever reason, there are two places that will be happy to have you come and have Thanksgiving with them.

Dr. (Apostle) Gerald Grandison and his congregation will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Greater Rock Creek Church, 3401 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day.  ALL are welcome and invited to come and share in the bounty that will be prepared JUST FOR YOU.

Dr. Charlene Monk invites residents and others to come join her and her congregation on Thanksgiving Day for service and a feast!  Worship starts at 10:00 am and the Feast starts at 12:00 noon.  New Horizon Christian Faith Church Mission Hall is located at 2207 Varnum Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.  ALL are welcome and invited to come and share service and the feast with Dr. Monk and the congregation.

What I heard last night as Dr. Monk was driving away from my home, and giving me $100 to help with my last six baskets -- Mayor, tell the people that you are delivering the baskets too, don't use your baskets on Thanksgiving Day, save them, and come out and have dinner on New Horizon!  The invitation has been extended, the rest is up to you.


Peace and blessings always.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"MOUNT RAINIER IS A City ON THE MOVE" -- You can tell by the quiet storm that is building on the "AVENUE!"

Not sure if you have been paying attention to the quiet bedroom community on Rhode Island Avenue just across the District Line, but if you haven't I think you might just want to take a second look!

StreetSense is working to bring about change right there on the corner of Eastern and Rhode Island Avenue.

The Redevelopment Authority (RDA) has purchased the Singer building and is working with the Menkiti Group to shake things up and bring about substantial change along that area of Rhode Island Avenue.  Also, RDA is working with Urban Green will be bringing about the first NET ZERO HOUSING to Mount Rainier.

Other great things are happening in Mount Rainier to make it a destination rather than a pass-through!  Want to know more?  Come out and here this presentation on December 3 to get a glimpse of why Mount Rainier is a City on the Move!"

A new mixed-use development project is coming to Mount Rainier’s Town Center!

Please join The Menkiti Group to learn more about the redevelopment of the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue





Tuesday, November 17, 2015

​Strengthening businesses, Stimulating new investments in Mount Rainier 's Town Center

Investing in Mount Rainier will eventually pay you in dividends!

From the sleepy bedroom community of yesterday has risen a giant.  Mount Rainier has become a destination in the DMV, and if you are a business or a person looking for one of the best places to dig your stake, then you must be headed to MOUNT RAINIER.  Here is one of the latest actions coming to Mount Rainier!

​Strengthening businesses, Stimulating new investments
in Mount Rainier 's Town Center

The City of Mount Rainier was awarded a grant from Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development, Community Legacy Program to support the development of the Town Center Business Attraction and Expansion Program (TCBAEP) for exterior and interior building improvements in Mount Rainier's Mixed-Use Town Center (M-U TC)  zone.  

​The goal of the Town Center Business Attraction and Expansion Program(TCBAEP) is to support the City’s economic development goals to cultivate high-quality retail businesses in Mount Rainier’s Mixed-Use Town Center (M-U TC) zone.

 All businesses* located within the M-U TC zone are eligible to apply. New businesses are also eligible.*
* Some restrictions apply.

The M-U TC Zone consist of licensed commercial businesses located on 34 Street and Rhode Island Avenue (Route One Corridor) in Mount Rainier, MD.

Please visit the city website for more information or

Join in the conversation by watching the Mayor and Council Work Shop live!

 Mayor and Council AgendaNovember 17, 2014
Work Session
Special Meeting
7:00 pm

Neighborhood Novelists Project Update Jesse Christopherson 

Rainier Manor Update Mayor and Council

Buchanan Street Project Update Mayor and Council

ATHA MOU Update Tracy Loh 

Take Home Vehicle Policy Vijay Manjani 
Resolution – 20-2015

Electric Car/Emissions Policy Veronica Owens
Resolution 21-2015

MNCPPC – 31st Street Park Mayor and Council

CDBG Update Bryan Knedler 

Infrastructure Plan Bryan Knedler

Architectural Conservation Overlay update (ACOZ )Mayor and Council 

Safety Update Chief Scott 

City Manager/Organizational Committee Mayor and Council 
Resolution 19-2015

Budget Amendment - Ordinance 3-2015 Mayor and Council 

Davita Healthcare Mayor and Council 

Rolling Agenda Prioritization Mayor and Council

Public Comment (3 minutes per person per item)


Davita Healthcare Mayor and Council 

Neighborhood Novelist Project Mayor and Council 

Mayor and Council meeting may be watched live on Comcast Channel 71 and Verizon Channel 21.  Meetings are shown repeatedly throughout the week following the meeting.  The meeting is also streamed live on the City's website:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Donations Requested -- PLEASE DONATE FOOD ITEMS TODAY

Thanksgiving is JUST AROUND the corner, and it is time to take stock of where I am with meeting some of the needs of families in my community. So, here is what I know. Mount Rainier Elementary needs baskets for 36 families. Thomas Stone Elementary needs 33 baskets for families. I have also received requests for baskets for another ten families in our community. That means our known need is 79 families. What I have received and/or have been promised -- baskets for thirty (30) families. What we need forty-nine (49) more baskets.
What is the request? Here it is!

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.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Check out Mount Rainier's Webpage and Video Stream --

Technology has come so far since I purchased my first computer in 1982.  I knew then, but not in a way to make me rich, that our world was and would be changing.  I insisted on my children learning computers.  Their Christmas present that year was an Apple IIe.  It cost was close to $2,000.  It had 64 gigs of ram, and I thought I was on top of the world, state of the art technology.  Quickly learned that a computer without a printer was like a bike without pedals.  So, my next big expenditure was a printer, and we were cooking with gas.

I am remembering all of this as I experiment with sharing with you via a link to the Mount Rainier City Council Meeting on the City's Webpage.  I get excited just knowing that this is just the tip of the iceberg for technology, and I want to bring along all of our residents.  So, if you have access to a computer and access to the internet (laptop, tablet, smartphone or one of those fancy watches), you can stream Mount Rainier's City Council meetings.

This is my first attempt to share the Mount Rainier City Council meetings with you via my blog.  Your feedback is welcome.

Click here (or copy and paste in your web browser):

Friday, November 06, 2015

THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS living in Mount Rainier, MD and AROUND the Nation

Tomorrow, November 7, 2015, please come and salute our veterans.  Many have told me that they feel forgotten, and unappreciated in our great City.  Offering them a free breakfast tomorrow and an opportunity to network and be with other veterans in our area is just a token of our appreciation.

Breakfast will be buffet style, the program will be short, but the camaraderie will be high and on time.  Breakfast will start at 9:30 am and will be over around 11:30 am.

All are welcome, and if you know a veteran living in the City, PLEASE bring him or her with you.

WHERE:  POTTS HALL (right next to Mount Rainier's City Hall).
3405 Thode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for County's Newest Net Zero Energy House

Media Advisory - Groundbreaking Ceremony for County's Newest Net Zero Energy House

For immediate release:
11/5/2015 4:00:00 PM

For more information, contact:
Alexis Revis Yeoman, Public Information Officer (301)

WHAT:     The Redevelopment Authority’s Groundbreaking Ceremony for Prince George's County’s newest Net Zero Energy House

WHEN:     Friday, November 6, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  3719 – 34th Street, Mt. Rainier, MD

WHO:       Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, along with state, county and city elected officials

The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County (RDA), along with its partners Urban Green, LLC, Monument Bank, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will break ground for the County’s newest net zero energy (NZE) house.  This modern, energy efficient single family home will produce as much energy on an annual basis as it consumes leaving the homeowners with a utility bill of zero.  The NZE home demonstrates that it’s a profitable product for any commercial homebuilder/developer to reproduce throughout the County.  NZE homes are cheaper to operate and maintain (designed for zero cost energy usage) and they are healthier homes to occupy.  The home will be built with an exterior that blends into the early 20th century designs of the surrounding community. 

For more information please visit our website news page.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Check out the video on the Halloween Party by Mr. Gerome Williams.

So you missed the Halloween Party -- no worries.  Here is a glimpse of what everyone who attended got to see and do -- well not quite everything.  This footage was captured and put together by Mr. Gerome Williams!  Thank you, Gerome.


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Breakfast for Mount Rainier's Veterans! Contact Janis Lomax 301-985-6585 TODAY! Thank you.

Veterans Day is November 11! 

As a way of saying thank you to the Veterans in the Great City of Mount Rainier, MD, I will be hosting a breakfast on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

The breakfast will be held at the POTTS Building. 

Breakfast will be held at 9:30 am. 

The program will be short, but the spirit, gratitude, and graciousness will be genuine. 


You may also call Janis Lomax at 301-9856585. I NEED your name by close of business THURSDAY, November 5, 3015!


Today is November 1 and it is time to set your clocks back ONE HOUR!  It is also the perfect time to check your smoke detectors in your home.  Lives can really be saved if we make sure that we change out the old batteries and put in new ones.

BE SAFE BY making sure your smoke detectors are working properly in your home and business.


IT WAS QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT until the THIRD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY got pumping in full swing! The party started at 5:30 pm and ended around 9:30 pm and the candy, popcorn and cotton candy DID RUN OUT.

YES, there was HOT APPLE CIDER! LOTS OF CANDY! POPCORN and moon bounce and other activities for children of all ages. IT was, by far the best Halloween Party in town. Three hundred plus bags of candy was given out. More than three hundred (300) hot dogs were eaten along with some chicken and pork chops (THANK YOU MR. JAY)!

Thank you to EVERYONE for making this Third Annual Halloween Party a SUCCESS (Bigger than last year, and LOTS MORE people, and they ALL GOT SERVED. Thank you, Nneka Barne,s Kandi Miles, Dread Head Lee, Tatiyana Miles, KELLY, Patricia Fenn, Julian Pitt, and a host of other worker bees for making me look SO GOOD! You were awesome, tireless, and oh so supportive. Thank you to those who donated time candy and supplies. You are all ROCK STARS