Monday, February 29, 2016

HAPPY LEAP YEAR -- February 29, 2016 -- Back again Saturday, February 29, 2020!

The weather today will be sunny with highs in the mid-60s.  A cold front will move through the region late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning bringing gusty winds and rain showers.  

Our main threat this week is the potential for winter weather late Thursday night and early Friday morning.  Right now the NWS has the region at a slight risk with snowfall totals from 0.0 inches to 5 inches.  As the forecast develops, we will be sure to share any additional information if needed.  

The weekend shows no hazardous weather with mainly sunny skies.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Cara Howard
Regional Planner
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Water Main break at 34th and Allison Streets. WSSC has been alerted!

Good Afternoon. Be advised that there is a water main break at the corners of 34th  street and Allison street. WSSC has been contacted and technicians are on their way at this time to resolve the issue.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ARE YOU READY TO VOTE! Have you heard about the new voting machine process?

Mount Rainier has invited the Prince George’s County Board of Elections to hold a live demonstration of the new digital/scanning voting system on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at City Hall from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  

All are invited to attend this demonstration and to bring a neighbor or friend.

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Since working to re-energize Women in Government Services for the past five years, I have had some of the old guard ask the question "Well why should I pay dues to WINGS, what have they done?" I could not help but LOL because that is the question I used to ask about WINGS years ago when it really was doing nothing and almost completely collapsed.

Needless to say, I had an answer, statistics, and proof of what WINGS had been doing and was doing at that time and has continued to do since then. I just found it interesting that the old guard raised the question, but had done NOTHING to help keep WINGS alive and still is doing nothing.

My Mother use to say if you live in a glass house you probably should not throw stones. WELL WINGS IS NOT A GLASS HOUSE and here is what we have been doing for the past six years.

1.           WINGS has provided the opportunity for more than six (6) women to attend the MML Summer Convention. This means that WINGS paid for hotel, registration and meals for more than six women to attend the MML Convention and network with other women.
2.           WINGS Executive Committee has met almost every month since July 2010.
3.           Written records and reports have been kept and publicized to not just the dues paying members but every elected woman that we were able to contact using the list provided by MML.
4.           WINGS has had a booth on MML's Main Street almost every year with information on WINGS, membership, scholarships, etc.
5.           A WINGS brochure has been developed and distributed during that time and is still being requested and circulated
6.           Membership cards have been developed and are distributed to all dues paying members.
7.           WINGS has a fully functioning website that is kept pretty much up-to-date, and visitors can send questions, comments and other information to WINGS leadership.
8.           WINGS has an active FACEBOOK PAGE where information is frequently posted.
9.           WINGS has a presence on the world wide web and can be googled by any interested party.
10.        Information about WINGS and WINGS activities is tweeted almost weekly.
11.        Women across Maryland are getting the message that WINGS is a viable organization even if they have not joined.
12.        Hosted a WINGS meeting at MML's summer convention EVERY YEAR! Hosted at least a few WINGS meetings at the MML Fall Conference.

WINGS Executive Board is fully functioning, and plan for the upcoming MML Summer Conference and is hosting the First Annul Breakfast on June 29, 2016, 8:30 am in Room 215 at the Ocean City Convention Center.

WINGS will be bringing two more women to Ocean City for the MML Convention.

WINGS has a booth on Main Street in booth space 707 and will be raffling off two gift baskets to two lucky winners.

AND NO WE HAVE NOT broken the bank. We have had at least one sponsor to bring two women to MML's Summer Conference.
We have had some membership dues coming in, and we have been able to negotiate terms and conditions with hotels including comp rooms.

SO WHAT HAS WINGS BEEN DOING? Looking for ways to involve more women in municipal government. Providing opportunities for women to network and carrying out the Mission and Vision of WINGS!

If you are a municipal elected woman and want the support of other women, WINGS is a good place to start. Dues are only $25. but the reward is so much greater.

Contact Councilmember Doreatha Epps, WINGS Secretary to get an application -- 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor, MD 20722. Or you may send your dues in NOW to Councilmember Vivian Jackson at the same address.

I look forward to working with you and seeing you at the MML Summer Convention Breakfast on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 8:30 am in Room 215!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Women in Government Services (WINGS) NEEDS your Participation

What a great meeting last night with WINGS Executive Committee. Here are some of the Highlights:

WINGS will host its first Scholarship breakfast at MML's Sommer Conference ! The room number for the breakfast is 215. The date of the breakfast is Wednesday, June 29. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 am. Watch for the flyer to save the date, and PLEASE distribute. The theme for this year is "Supporting Women in Municipal Government." A guest speaker will be announced at a later date.  Tickets are $35 each and are on SALE NOW. Send money to Vivian Jackson, 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor, MD 20722.

Two scholarships are available for two women to attend the MML Summer Convention. WINGS is accepting applications from municipal women from across the State of Maryland n interested in attending the MML Summer Convention. You may request an application by emailing Mayor Malinda Miles at

WINGS will have a booth on Main Street. The Booth Number is 707. Two baskets will be raffled off -- one each day. Women joining WINGS will get a set of WINGS on the Exhibit Booth and a WINGS pin to wear on their badge.
WINGS will develop and distribute a new brochure that promotes WINGS and its activities.

Approved the Scholarship selection procedures.

Mayor Marnita King of Capitol Heights will be screening all application and making a recommendation to the Executive Committee two weeks before the close of early registration of the MMLL Summer Convention deadline.

WINGS will hold its annual elections in Ocean City at the WINGS breakfast. ALL positions are open for nominations -- president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and 11 board members to be appointed by their particular chapter. This is a change being proposed by the WINGS Executive Committee.
WINGS Executive Committee will be proposing to the membership the following Bylaw changes:

1. WINGS will change its membership base to include municipal women from across the State of Maryland
2. To increase membership and participation in WINGS decision making, that there be eleven women appointed by their chapters to serve on WINGS Executive Board and participate in monthly board meetings.
3. That WINGS will seek to ensure representation from across the State of Maryland on its Executive Committee.

NOT A MEMBER OF WINGS? You are missing an opportunity to be a part of CHANGE in government and in Maryland. There is an ever increasing number of women mayors across the state, and more and more women are serving on municipal councils that ever before.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Our schools are closed today because of the snow and ice!

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ALERT: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - Code Yellow - Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) РSchools and offices are closed. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL only must report to work. Código Amarillo РTodas las escuelas permanecen cerradas. Todas las oficinas permanecen cerradas. Solamente el PERSONAL DE EMERGENCIA debe reportarse al trabajo.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bishop John B. McIntyre and the Buffalo Baptist Church Congregation

...invite you and yours to come out and celebrate Black History month with 

The Buffalo Baptist Church, Bishop John B McIntyre, Pastor
In partnership with Mayor Malinda Miles
Black History Month 2016

Featuring Pastor Darin Mency,
Dramatic Rendition of  “I HAVE A DREAM”


A Black History Month Play  -  Black Heroes From the Past
Friday, February 26 @ 7:00pm

The Artist Loft's Community Room
MT. RAINIER, MD  20712

2016 Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

5:30-6:30 pm

For more information call


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Maryland Mayors from ACROSS THE STATE held their first PRESS CONFERENCE on Highway User Revenues

On Friday, mayors from across the State of Maryland came together to ask the State Legislature and the Governor to restore HIGHWAY USER FUNDS (JURS) to municipalities. This is a critical message that has echoed across the State of Maryland since the economic downturn in 2008. For example, prior to the major cut in HURS, the City of Mount Rainier received funding in the neighborhood of $200,000+. The year the cut was made, the City received roughly $19,000.

The mayors are asking the legislature and the Governor to put this money back, not only in the budget but into the law so that it is not subject to cuts at the whim of the State Government to fund other programs or deficits.

Because of this major cut in funding, our streets and roads have suffered to the tune of more than $1,600,000, and that's just Mount Rainier! There are 157 municipalities in the State of Maryland, and all were hit with this the cut of this major revenue source.

HELP us tell our Legislators and the Governor that we need the URS fully restored and legislated so that they will be protected from future cuts!

Here is the video of the press conference with President Peter Fosselman, (Maryland Mayors Association), and President Spencer Schlosnagle (Maryland Municipal League) hosting the press conference.  Click on or copy and paste in your web address line.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Thomas Stone Elementary School's Calendar Dates to Remember

Some important dates to put on your calendar!

Please save the following dates in reference to dates that can be found on the Thomas S. Stone calendar and PTO Calendar for the rest of the school year.
February - Black History Month/ Counselor Appreciation Week
February 9th - PTO Meeting 6 pm (Tuesday)
February 18th - 19th Valentines Day Dance (Thursday - Primary/Friday-Intermediate)
March - Spring Break
March 11th - Black History Play 6 pm (Friday) 
March 15th - PTO Meeting 6 pm (Tuesday) -  (Testing)
March 23rd - (Tentative) Chuck E Cheese Night
April - Spring Break
April 19th - PTO Meeting (Voting/Title I)
May - Teacher's Appreciation Week / Mother's Day (Raffle)
May 2-6th - Mother's Day Shop(Tentative)
May 5th - Staff Luncheon during Staff Meeting (Parents)
May 6th - Mother's Day Celebration
May 12th - PTO Meeting (Elections)
May 26th - Spring Concert (PTO Raffle grade level baskets)
June - Promotion/ Fun Fair
June ?? - Last PTO Meeting of the Year - (Election Results)
June 11th - PTO Fun Fair (Tentative)

June 14th - Last Day of School(Tentative)