Friday, October 28, 2016



ELECTION DAY:                  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016, from 7am to 8pm.


Polling Place: Thomas Stone Elementary School
Address4500 34th St, Mount Rainier, MD 20712


Polling Place:  Mount Rainier Elementary School
Address4011 32nd St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

Residents may call for free transportation to the Polling Places on Election Day November 8 2016, from 9:00 am to 5:00pm.  Please call 301-985-6583 to request a ride.  The Call-a-Bus will RUN continuously.  It will stop frequently at Rainier Manor, Queenstown Rental Office, Queens Manor Rental Office, and Kaywood Gardens’ Rental office.   It will also pick up at Newton Apartments and apartments for pick-ups during these times indicated.

Information you can use on Election Day
 Something you need to know if voting At the Polls on Election Day: SOME FIRST-TIME VOTERS IN MARYLAND MAY BE ASKED TO SHOW ID BEFORE VOTING. IF YOU ARE ASKED TO SHOW ID, PLEASE SHOW AN ELECTION JUDGE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FORMS OF ID: A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); OR A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.

EARLY VOTING STARTS October 27th thru November 3rd 8am -8pm

Early Voting Locations close to Mount Rainier:
College Park Community Center 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785 
 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - Electronic: Deadline for a registered voter to request an electronic absentee ballot (Delivered via internet) November 4, 2016.

Absentee Voting
 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - In Person: Deadline for a registered voter or voter\'s agent to request an absentee ballot in person at a local Board of Election is November 8, 2016.
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Deadline for a registered voter to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot November 1, 2016!

Mayor and Council urge each resident that's registered to vote in the State of Maryland, Prince George's County to PLEASE get out and vote.


There is always something going on in my life. Not complaining, but explaining.

On October 31 -- The Halloween Bash -- Trick or Treaters invited -- the Bash starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm.

November 3 -- Community Planning Meeting 6:30pm Mount Rainier Police Department

November 11 -- Veterans in Mount Rainier are appreciated -- brunch from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. Time to network, meet someone new and show our appreciation. ARE YOU A VET or DO YOU KNOW A VET LIVING IN MOUNT RAINIER? Call 301-985-6585 and give us their name.

November 22 - Thanksgiving Baskets donated to families I NEED CAN GOODS, TURKEYS, HAMS, CHICKENS, and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner for our families in need.

December20 --Christmas Baskets donated to families I NEED CAN GOODS, TURKEYS, HAMS, CHICKENS, and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner for our families in need.

Mount Rainier a community that believes in helping each other to survive. Please help make this coming holiday season special for our neighbors and seniors.

You may drop off can goods, nonperishables to Mount Rainier City Hall and the Mount Rainier Police Station.

LAST YEAR, you helped to provide 155 Thanksgiving Baskets and another 155 Christmas Baskets. WILL YOU HELP TO DO IT AGAIN? The schools are putting their list of families together NOW.

If you know a family that NEEDS Thanksgiving or Christmas joy, emails me at

THANK YOU in advance, and I look to seeing many of you over the next two months.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


The City will be providing free rides to the Election Polls on Election Day!

Tthe Call A Bus will be available on Election Day from 9:00 am to 5:00pm to take residents to polling places on Election day, Tuesday, November 8th.

Residents who would like to request transportation on this date should call 301-985-6583to make an appointment in advance.

Mayor and Council urge each resident that's registered to vote in the State of Maryland, Prince George's County in particular, to PLEASE get out and vote.


Friday, October 21, 2016


WMATA/Metro is proposing permanent end late night operations. This closure will negatively affect many workers and visitors to the Washington Metropolitan area.

WILL IT negatively affect you, your family, or friends who depend on Metro transportation? If so, read this article, go down to the bottom and submit your comments.

NOW, is the time to let your voice be heard.

Copy and paste the link below into your browser to get the full story and register your concerns.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Important notification from Alert Prince George's. The Prince Georges County Police Department reports the Silver Alert has been resolved in the case of Shirley Ann Siler.

Important notification from Alert Prince George's. 

The Prince Georges County Police Department reports the Silver Alert has been resolved in the case of Shirley Ann Siler.

Did you miss the Mayor and Council's Work Session? You can catch it now.

Thanks to Gerome Williams, you can view the last Mayor and Council work  session on this link.  Please copy and paste it in your browser.

Have you seen her? Shirley Ann Siler is MISSING!

The Prince Georges County Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for 75-year-old Shirley Ann Siler. 

Ms. Siler is a black female with brown eyes and black hair, and wears glasses. She was last seen on 10/18/2016 @ 2:30 pm, the area of Central Hills Lane, Landover, MD wearing a white Shirt and purple pants.

She may be operating a 2008 LIGHT BLUE TOYOTA HIGHLANDER MARYLAND TAG 14768M6.

Contact the Prince Georges County Police Department 301-352-1200  or dial 911if you see her or have information.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Time To Talk Campaign launched by President Tracy Gant

Dear Colleagues:

I began my term as President of this organization with the goal of building greater inclusivity in our communities. The need for greater understanding and compassion has only grown since we gathered in Ocean City this past June. From the horrific attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the multiple and ongoing shootings of unarmed black men in communities across the country, to the senseless killing of five Dallas police officers in early July.

On some level, all of these incidents are the result of our fears, our anger, and our failure to effectively empathize with each other. And the only way we can overcome these symptoms of our disconnection is to engage with each other. So, I am encouraging each and every municipality throughout Maryland to consider who among us may feel excluded, unheard and marginalized, because if we cannot discuss the issues that divide us, we cannot begin to address them.

I'm pleased to announce that MML has launched Time To Talk MD, a campaign designed to help communities talk through their tough issues. For some communities, it may be racial inequity, for others it may be ensuring they're not marginalizing community members based on gender, gender identification, age, physical or mental ability, religion, culture, or language barriers.

So that each and every one of us has the tools and inspiration to initiate these conversations, and participate in them effectively, Time To Talk MD will begin with a series of regional forums. These forums will bring together a number of mediators, facilitators and community leaders who have successfully conducted community conversations. These gatherings will provide us, as municipal leaders, with resources and best practices to move forward with our own community conversations.

Time To Talk MD was jumpstarted by a video featuring several officials, who answered the call when I asked for help to articulate my vision. And now, I ask each of you as municipal officials with the health and well-being of the State of Maryland as our common bond, to help us chip away at our disconnection.

Please distribute the video via your local cable access networks. Let residents know that you're a part of a State League that will help you tackle tough discussions.

If you're a central Maryland municipality, plan to attend MML's first Regional forum in early December.

If your region is interested in hosting a forum please contact Tom Reynolds, MML Education Director. Remember, these dialogues will specifically target training municipal officials to help them host town halls/conversations revolved around issues specific to your community.

Spread the word about what both you and the League are doing via social media by using the hashtag #TimeToTalkMD

You will also see elements of inclusivity and tackling tough conversations within upcoming Municipal Maryland articles and workshops at the 2017 Summer Conference. As municipal officials, we must lead by example and I'm proud that our League is, once again, arming us with the tools we need to be the strongest, most effective leaders we can be.

I look forward to you joining this journey to engage one another and your community,'s #TimeToTalkMD.


Tracy Gant
MML President

Mayor, Edmonston

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

School Boundary Hearing for MOUNT RAINIER is TONIGHT!

MOUNT RAINIER -- School Board Hearing on our boundary lines for Thomas Stone Elementary and Mount Rainier Elementary is TONIGHT!

The dates and locations for the public discussions are confirmed and are as follows 

Tuesday, Oct 11 @ 6:30pm - Bladensburg High
Tuesday, Oct 4 @ 6:30pm - Accokeek Academy
Thursday, Oct 6 @ 6:30pm - James Madison Middle

PLEASE go  and let your voices be heard.

Mayor and Council are in a special session tonight, but I promise to make sure that I get on the record in support of changing our school boundaries.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Obituary for Dorothy G. Varnado

Brentwood Councilmember Gina Morlan's mother passed last week. Here is the information about her mother and funeral arrangements.

Obituary for Dorothy G. Varnado

On October 8, 2016 Dorothy G. Varnado of Brentwood, Maryland, wife of the late Damon Varnado, mother of Gina Morlan and Charles (Corky) Sims and his wife Cindy, daughter of the late Norman J. and Lollie A. Gilroy, died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

She was grandmother to Christopher David Morlan, Kelly Marie Evans (Marcus), Stacey Lynn Morlan, Ashley Nicole Young (Michael) and Caitlyn Marguerite Sims; great-grandmother to Kelcey Nicole Morlan, Christopher David Morlan Jr., Keaton Hunter Evans, Gabrielle Taylor Wilde, Brayden Marcus Evans, Patrick Floyd Morlan, Jaiden Tyler Sims, Talon Jacob Evans, Cassidy Nicole Young, Marley Marie Mae Evans, Nathaniel Robert Morlan and Abigail Rose Morlan.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings Ruth Van Ness, Agnes Lewis, Sarah Butterfield, Mable Windsor, Mary Jane Andre, Shirley Furlong, Norman E. Gilroy and Pat J. Gilroy.

The viewing will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Gasch’s Funeral Home at 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD from 10:00am until the funeral service at 12:00pm, internment at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars in her name.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Mount Rainier's City Offices CLOSED for Columbus Day

Mount Rainier's City offices will be closed Monday, October 10, 2016, for Columbus Say.  Yard waste will be collected on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Committee Members Needed

The Emergency Preparedness Committee is a critical committee for the City of Mount Rainier. The Committee has NOT functioned properly since its inception and is in desperate need of members.

FREE emergency preparedness training will be made available to all members of the committee, and members will be encouraged to keep their skills and training up-to-date.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Mayor Malinda Miles at

The first meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Committee will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 7 to 9 pm Mount Rainier Police Department.

INTERESTED? Please come out and become a part of this critical Committee.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Yes, we are a green sustainable City...

Monday, October 03, 2016

Online Voting is here!

Well, while we were sleeping, our government came up with another way to allow voters in Maryland to vote -- online voting was approved on September 14.

The system allows voters who request an absentee ballot to access the form online and send back a printed hard copy, with their votes marked by hand or with a new online tool that allows users to mark the document with the click of a mouse or the touch of a keyboard, then print it for mail delivery. Until this year, in large part because of security concerns, the latter option was available only to people with disabilities.

Read the full article at the website listed here.  Please copy link and place in your web address.

Baby Bombers and Millennials Degree but no experience -- NO JOB!

Many are trying to make an issue of the leaked taping of Hillary Clinton's regarding the Millenials.  Well, some of us Baby Boomers remember getting that prized education and being told we were NOT qualified for the job because we did not have experience.  We lived in the basements, one room boarding houses, in our cars, and a host of other places while we tried to make our degrees work for us.

With a Bachelor's degree in hand, I worked at RCA as a welder.  I also worked at an electronic company in Silver Spring as a welder, until they learned that I could type.  I was hired at the NEA as a secretary with my Bachelor;s degree, a husband, and a baby.

SO, what is the problem with Ms. Clinton noting in her speech the plight of the Millenials?   They are going through the same crisis in their lives that has been the standard in America for decades.  Instead of attacking Ms. Clinton and her statement, we should be fixing the problem!  The problem is real.  We are encouraged to go to college, get a degree, and then come out to no jobs in our fields, huge student loans, and no choice but to live in our families' basements, and other places until we can get our "big break." -- whatever that is.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Memories from Mount Rainier Day 2016