Thursday, January 26, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Training -- FREE -- Join Mount Rainier's Emergency Preparedness Team

Mount Rainier’s Emergency Preparedness Committee is off to a good start.  On January 24, 2017, the Committee met with County representative and took a tour of the County’s Emergency Preparedness facility.

As part of the Committee’s Preparedness, the following training has been scheduled and will be held over the next several months.

If you are interested in joining the emergency preparedness Committee, NOW is a great time to join.    

The next Committee meeting will be held on February 28, 2017, at the Mount Rainier Police Department at 7:00 pm.

The Committee is looking for an additional TEN MEMBERS to participate in the CPR, AED, Safety Training scheduled for March 11, 2017 (date may change).

There will be a TWO-DAY CERT training on April 1 and 2. 

The Mount Rainier Emergency Preparedness Committee will visit the Emergency Management Institute of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training. In Emmetsburg, MD 21727 on May 12.

If interested in joining this dynamic TEAM, please contact Malinda Miles at and provide the following information:

Contact Telephone Number:
Best Email Address:

Then mark your calendars to attend these critical events.

IF the two training dates are impossible for you, PLEASE let me know immediately so that we can offer you an alternative date.  TIME is of the essence since we must all be trained by June 1, 2017.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Save Regional Medical Center and Cardiac Care for our County

Citizen Action Needed to Save Regional Medical Center and Cardiac Care for our County

(read below, share with neighbors, act fast)

State Finally Approves Prince George's County Regional Medical Center

The Maryland Heath Care Cost Commission (MHCC) recently approved the Certificate of Need (CON) for Prince George’s Regional Medical Center and ambulatory care center.  The intent is to ensure our Prince George’s County residents will have access to a new state of the art 205 bed acute care, teaching and research facility designed to be a regional place for health care excellence.  The Prince George’s Regional Medical Center (PGRMC) will be connected to a health system that will bring quality access to needed primary care and improve the health status of Prince George’s County residents. 

The Prince George’s Medical System in preparing for the new Regional Medical Center and to meet the outstanding cardiac needs of our Prince George’s residents revitalized its cardiac surgery program. Our Prince George’s cardiac program has the highest quality ratings and is growing every day.  The cardiac program is a key component to the success of the new Regional Medical Center. 

Alert- State Health Care Commission is Taking Action to Threaten the Viability of the New Regional Medical Center and Cardiac Care

The MHCC in an unfair and discriminatory manner approved the development of a competing cardiac surgery program for Anne Arundel County (AAC).  The MHCC ignored its own regulatory guidelines and gave no regard to the data that clearly indicates the approval for the AAC site will jeopardize the viability of the new PGRMC  they just approved and will certainly threaten the success of the Prince George’s Medical System Cardiac Care Program.

The MHCC is unfairly allowing Anne Arundel County to pull cardiac patients from Prince George’s before the new Regional Center can be completed and result in lowering the volume of cardiac cases seen in Prince George’s, thereby ensuring a weakened and threatened Prince George’s Cardiac Care Program.

MHCC Commissioner applied standards of review different than were applied to Prince George’s, ignored information, never required adequate responses from AAC, never required proof (as it did to PGRMC) that AAC cardiac program would be financially feasible, and in an overt discriminatory manner and appear to decide that AAC was wealthy enough to absorb losses.

Act fast- activate neighbors- don’t let our County voices go unheard! Don’t let Anne Arundel County be allowed to have access to preferred MHCC treatment and drain the viability of our County Cardiac Care

Email, write, call and make sure you ask for your concerns to be shared with all the Commissioners

Maryland Healthcare Commission:
4160 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

General Information Number: (410) 764-3460
Toll Free: 1 (877) 245-1762

Ben Steffen, Executive Director -  410.764.3565 -

Craig Tanio, MD, MBA, Chair - (Term Expires 9/30/2016) (the Commissioner that issued the decision)

Delegate Angela M. Angel
Maryland House of Delegates
Legislative District 25

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Resilience Ball -- ONLY in Mount Rainier, MD -- Come as you ART!

We are expecting a full capacity crowd.  Below is alternative parking information.  The Joe's parking lot will only be available for elders, handicap passes, and the musicians 2 spaces for WIld Anacostias, 1 space for Soul in Motion, 1 space for Asheru.  All other musicians must move their cars after drop off.  Thank you.

Visitor Information

A very large audience is anticipated to attend the Resilience Ball.  Together we can make this event low-impact to our neighbors.  Here are some details:

DRESS: Come as you Art!  Wear whatever makes you feel special, comfortable, and fits the occasion.  It’s not black tie. 
All attending the Resilience Ball event are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool when possible.  Please be respectful of our neighbors when circulating through the community. 

Bunker Hill Road in front of Joe’s will be closed off from 34th to 33rd streets starting at 5:30pm. 

Joe’s parking lot will be restricted to elders and special needs only.  There will be additional police presence to assist circulation.

CAR PARKING is available at:
All meters in the town center.  Please refrain from parking in the residential area.

Walkable public parking at:
Mount Rainier Elementary School

City Hall parking lot

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Home Fire Campaign - Prince George's County (1/15/17)_Mt Rainier

SIX CHILDREN CONFIRMED DEAD in Baltimore fire!  What a sad and incredible TRUE STORY!

June 3, 2013 Man, 70, Dies In Mount Rainier, MD House Fire

These are REAL HEADLINES!  YOU may help to save a life by volunteering this Sunday, January 15, 2017 to help distribute and install SMOKE and FIRE DETECTORS

The biggest disaster threats to American families aren’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes – home fires are. 

The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires. A home fire can strike anywhere, anytime, devastating families. But together, we are changing that. Working with fire departments and other partners, we are visiting homes to install free 10-year smoke alarms and replace smoke alarm batteries.

Volunteers may serve as a smoke alarm installer, educator or documenter for this event. No experience needed; training will be provided at the event as well as a light breakfast and snacks. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to participate.

Where: 3716 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722

When: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Registration will begin at 11:00am; training at 11:30am. We will be out the door and canvasing from 12:00pm - 3pm. Light breakfast and snacks will be provided. 

Please be on time so we can begin our neighborhood canvas promptly.

Volunteers will be deployed as teams into the neighborhood.

This event is an outdoor canvassing event, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Children under age 12 are welcome to stay with their parents, but cannot enter residential homes

Do you have any of the following supplies, are you willing to bring them with you when you conduct the home visits?

Cordless drills and drill bits (3/16)
Screwdrivers (phillips and/or flat-head)
Measuring Tape
Safety Glasses/Goggles
Safety Ladder/Step Stool
Tool Belt or Carrying Case

You can register NOW for the event on Sunday or just show up.  NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!

If you are available to participate, please register at the link provided below:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Senator Chris Van Hollen Sponsor ACA (Obamacare) Rally January 15, Bowie Student Center Ballroom. Bowie State University 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie MD 20715

Please help by volunteering at the ACA (Obamacare) Rally Chris Van Hollen is having on Sunday!

Below are details on a local rally to save the Affordable Care Act.  Senator Van Hollen's office has reached out to Howard County to recruit volunteers to help out at the event.  If you are interested in helping on Sunday, January 15 please let me know. You can respond to me by email.

I am the volunteer leader on this event.  We have very few volunteers and 1200 attending so we need help. If you are attending the event, please consider helping us.  It will not be difficult – might involve arriving a little earlier (PERK!!! skirting any lines, of course!!!) but you will still see the event.  Sen.Van Hollen and other electeds will attend.

I don’t have specific instructions yet but send me your response and I will get them to you once Yvette Lewis sends them to me.  These rallies being held nationwide on Sunday are right now one of the key things we can do to show support for not repealing the ACA and not making changes to Medicaid and Medicare. This is to try and prevent 20 million people from losing their insurance and countless others from losing benefits most may not even be aware are coming from the ACA (Obamacare).

Thanks! (also please spread the word to others who you know who might be able to help us!)

Jan Oliver

Across the Country, Americans will come together this Sunday to protect the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Social Security. With President-elect Trump and Republicans vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, we are mobilizing to protect the health care that millions of Americans rely on.

We can’t do it alone – we need Democrats like you to keep the pressure on members of Congress. Now’s the time to join the fight to protect over 30 million Americans whose healthcare is at risk if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.

This event is handicap accessible.

Who: Senator Chris Van Hollen joined by Representatives Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, John Delaney, County Executives Rushern Baker and Ike Leggett, local elected leaders and community activists

What: Rally to save our healthcare

When: Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

Where: Bowie Student Center Ballroom. Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie MD 20715

Jan Oliver
5435 Wooded Way
Columbia, MD 21044

The Resilience Ball at Joe's Movement Emporium

One of Mount Rainier's most active Activist is spearheading a response to the inaugural celebrations.  It is not a resistance movement, but an acknowledgment of the resilience of the American people and specifically the wonderful people of Mount Rainier, MD.

Mount Rainier is a City on the move with can do people.  So, please come on out and join us as we celebrate our resilience at the Resilience Ball!  Below is an email letter from Ms. Brooke Kidd.

I wanted to share with the city that citizens have organized a major event On Friday, January 20th from 6 - 11pm.  The Resilience Ball: A Celebration of Community Strength and Hope will feature a number of activities and performances.  The mayor will be speaking that night to highlight municipal governance as the place where democracy truly comes to life.  I am expecting 200-300 people.  

Please share the information in your networks and come on by!

Many thanks,

Brooke Kidd,
Executive Director
Joe's Movement Emporium - World Arts Focus
3309 Bunker Hill Road - Mount Rainier, MD 20712

CFC #30651

Thursday, January 12, 2017

G9 -- An express bus from Mount Rainier to downtown starts picking up passengers in March

Last May, the DC Council approved funding for the G9, an express bus line along the Rhode Island Avenue corridor. According to a WMATA spokesperson, the line, which will run from Mount Rainier in Prince George's County to downtown DC, will begin service on March 20th. 
Earlier this week, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie's office handed out flyers and posted on his Facebook page to let people know about the G9 running "through the heart of Ward 5." More specifically, it will go from just east of Eastern Avenue to Franklin Square. The idea for the new route has been around since at least 2014.

A map of the coming G9 route. For details, click the map and go to page 25 of the WMATA report.  Image by WMATA

The line will complement the G8 route, running through a rapidly-growing part of the District. WMATA has increased capacity on the G8 in recent years, but rush-hour buses can still be very crowded. The G9 will run every 15 minutes and only during rush hours (from 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday). 
Metro points out that service will run both directions during those hours, unlike some other routes that only run one direction during peak hours. The agency is in the process of developing printable timetables and maps. 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Would you help with a Food Pantry in Mount Rainier?

Are you interested in starting and participating in a Mount Rainier Food Pantry?
Got some experiencing in running a food pantry?

Know people in Mount Rainier that would benefit from having a Food Pantry in the City?

Well, there are at least three of us that think we should revisit setting up a Food Pantry in Mount Rainier. If you would like to brainstorm with us around this idea, PLEASE send and email to indicating your interest, primary contact information, best date and time for you to meet with us. We'd love to hear from you.

NOTHING has been done on this. We are just trying to gauge interest.

Thanks for your response.