Saturday, July 23, 2016

Community Meeting on Race Relations, Policing, and Mount Rainier

A community meeting on community relations (racism, policing, etc.) has been called for WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Joe's Movement Emporium. 

As a resident, employee or someone that is concerned about this issue, I am inviting you to come out, and speak out on these matters. Some of you can talk about this based on your experiences here in Mount Rainier.

I am also ASKING that you invite your friends who know about these issues, have some concerns about these issues or just want to make Mount Rainier a better place to live to come out and let your voices be heard.

This community meeting will not be a one-time gathering. It is my goal that we continue this dialogue and that it leads to REAL CHANGE in our community. Working together, we CAN DO IT!

Don't forget to make copies and pass it on to your neighbors and other Mount Rainier residents.

Looking forward to seeing you on WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Child care is being provided for FREE so that you may actively participate.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mount Rainier residents are INVITED to talk with their police!

A lot is happening across America with regards to race, race relations, police, community safety, and the quality of life in America.

I am thankful that I live in Mount Rainier where we are willing to talk about our feelings, race relations and a host of other issues that affect our day-t-to-day lives.

To keep our communications open, the Mount Rainier Police Department, Joe's Movement Emporium and a number of other residents are hosting a "Conversation with the Community & Police on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

ALL are INVITED and WELCOME to come out and participate. Bring a friend or neighbor.
Please share this on your Facebook page.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for all areas of the county. Heat Index Values 100-105 are expected, with the highest values occurring from 12 noon to 8 P M.  These values indicate the level of discomfort felt by high temperatures. This email contains important emergency recommendations

Signs of Illness

The Prince George’s Office of Emergency Management recommends these CDC Guidelines for extreme heat:

Signs of Heat Exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold/pale/clammy skin, fast/weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen clothing while applying wet cloths to as much of your body as possible, sip water.

A more severe illness, Heat Stroke is caused by high body temperatures (above 103° F) and includes symptoms such as hot, red, dry or moist skin, as well as rapid and strong pulse. If you or someone else experience these symptoms, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY, this is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cooler environment, reduce their body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath. 

Cooling Centers

2016 M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations Open to the General Public
The following permanent Cooling Center Locations will be open to the General Public.  Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); During weekend hours, residents are encouraged to call the facility to confirm hours of operation.  All centers will offer a cooling area with seating anytime temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.

Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030

Bladensburg Community Center Park - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; InformaciĆ³n en espaƱol: 301-445-4509

Cedar Heights Community Center Park - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant 301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768

College Park Community Center Park and Soccer Complex - 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512

Glassmanor Community Center Park - 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill
301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden
301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768

Hillcrest Heights Community Center Park - 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 301-505-0897

John E. Howard Community Center Park - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768

Kentland Community Center Park - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512

Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Park School Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768

Marlow Heights Community Center Park - 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030

North Brentwood Community Center Park - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

Oakcrest Community Park School Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights 301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768

Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030

Peppermill Village Community Center Park - 610 Hill Road, Landover
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768

Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512

Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center Park - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex - 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington 301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030

Suitland Community Park School Center - 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville
301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

Temple Hills Community Center Park - 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512
Senior Centers

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
301-449-0490 – open until 4:30 pm weekdays; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays 

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel 
301-206-3350 – closed Sundays

John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-2400 – open until 3:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends

Senior residents and their families are also encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Administration on Aging at (301) 265-8450 for information and/or assistance.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Proposers/Sponsors: Derrick Leon Davis, Dannielle Glaros, Deni L. Taveras, Todd Turner SPONSORS of BILL to Expand County Council

As your attention is drawn to an issue that has and will continue to plague our society takes center stage, OUR COUNTY COUNCIL is moving forward to passing a bill that will expand the current COUNTY COUNCIL from  the current NINE (9) to ELEVEN (11).

The PUBLIC hearing on this bill is scheduled for TODAY, July 11, 2016, at 7pm, at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, MD.  If you cannot attend this hearing, PLEASE contact your County Council representative.  To make sure that you are heard, CONTACT all of them.  Their names and email addresses are listed at the end of this post.

My constituents that have contacted me are totally opposed to this bill.  Their position, which is the same as mine, is that this is another attempt by those sitting on the current County Council to extend their power and influence beyond what has been provided by the County Charter.

They would find the bill less offensive had those currently sitting not be eligible to run for the two new positions; that the County Council had not increased their salaries to more than $100,000; had the current sitting Council brought their recommendations to their constituents before taking self-serving actions to promote and pass the bill; had there been no County budgetary deficits, layoffs, etc.; or attempts to  increase county taxes by 15% under the pretense of improving education.  In addition, my constituents would like to know where would the funding come from to pay for two new council positions' salaries, benefits, staff, salaries, and other amenities that come with the positions.

CB-040-2016    Draft No. 1
Type:Council BillStatus:Third Reading
Meeting BodyCounty Council
Meeting Date7/11/2016
Effective date:  
Title:AN ACT CONCERNING AMENDMENT OF SECTIONS 301, 303, AND 307A, CHARTER OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY for the purpose of proposing an amendment to Sections 301, 303 and 307A of the Charter of Prince George's County to provide for the election of two additional members to the County Council, to provide for the additional members to be elected at large and to provide for the eligibility of at-large members of the Council.
Proposers/Sponsors:Derrick Leon DavisDannielle GlarosDeni L. TaverasTodd Turner
Code sections:CHARTER-0301 - Composition., CHARTER-0303 - Election., CHARTER-0307A - Term Limitation.
Attachments:1. B2016040, 2. CB-40-2016 AIS, 3. CB-40-2016 Report
Contact:Colette Gresham, Legislative Officer

There are no good reasons for this bill beyond extending the terms of current term-limited county councilmembers  and another way to circumvent the will of the people  whom each of you were elected to serve!


Deni Taveras ,,
"Davis, Derrick L." ,
"Glaros, Dannielle M." ,
Councilman Lehman ,,
"Harrison, Andrea C." ,
Karen Toles ,
Councilman Patterson ,
Malinda Miles
Mayor, Mount Rainier
Chair, MML 2015 HEPAC Committee
President of WINGS. 2015
Past President of PGCMA
Past President of MMA
Past President of MBMA
Former MML Board Member
Former Member MML Executive Committee
Past Chair MML Communications Committee

Sunday, July 10, 2016

CHANGES IN MARYLAND LAWS that you need to know about!

Information provided by Delegate Jimmy Tarlau (47th Legislative District)

New Laws That Take Effect in MD this Month

There were hundreds of bills that passed the MD legislature this year. Here are some of the most significant laws that take effect this month.

Minimum Wage – It goes up to $8.75 throughout Maryland this month and increases to $9.25 in July 2017. The minimum wage in Prince George’s County is $9.55 and increases to $10.75 in October (in DC it is $11.50).

Retirement Plans – A state-sponsored retirement savings plan goes into effect. IRAs will be created for private sector employees who don’t have access to a workplace savings program with their employer. Employees would need to make the contribution and can opt out of the program. The law applies to employers using an automated payroll system who don’t already offer a retirement program.

Birth and Death Certificates - Cost is reduced from $24 to $10.
Powdered Alcohol – An already existing ban will be extended two years until June 30, 2018.

Teacher Retention – In order to better train new teachers a Teacher Induction, Retention and Advancement Program is established for first-year teachers in challenged schools who will be given 20% more non-teaching time for planning, observation of other teachers and working with experienced teachers. Also a state matching stipend for teachers who hold National Board Certification was increased from $2,000 to $4,000.

Transportation – MD will have a new scoring system to prioritize transportation projects. Hopefully, this will take some of the politics out of decision making on which projects to fund.

Gas Tax – Increased by nine-tenths of a cent to 33.5 cents. This is an automatic increase as a result of legislation passed in 2011. The gas tax each year is adjusted to the rate of inflation.

College Students and Voting – Public colleges and universities must add a voter registration link on the home pages of their course registration websites.
College Students in Debt – Students who owe less than $250 to the school cannot be barred from registering for a class.

Fracking (Prince George’s County Law) – Fracking is banned in Prince George’s County.

Program Open Space Funding – $60 million dollars which were taken from the Open Space Program to balance the budget will be returned over the next two years.

Styrofoam Ban (Prince George’s County Law) – Effective July 1, polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam), polystyrene loose fill packaging (also known as "packing peanuts") and other foam articles are not permitted for sale or use in Prince George's County. The purpose behind the ban is to reduce the amount of polystyrene waste entering the landfill and local waterways. The County requires the use of non-foam food packaging products that are environmentally-friendly.