Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time to PURCHASE your WINGS Scholarship Breakfast Tickets NOW!

The SECOND Annual WINGS Scholarship Breakfast is Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Ocean City Convention Center, in room 215 at the MML Summer Convention.  Breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets are $35 for one person and $350 for a table of 10.  The last day for purchasing tickets is June 15. 

Since last year's Scholarship Breakfast was such a huge success, we have increased our seating to 150 guests.  Seats are going fast, and we wanted you to have the opportunity to hear our great guest speakers, and be a part of the awards ceremony.

To purchase a ticket, send your check to Councilmember Gina Morlan, Brentwood Town Center, 4300 39th Place Brentwood, MD 20722 TODAY!

Thank you in advance, and I look forward to greeting you at WINGS Second Annual Scholarship Breakfast in Ocean City, MD.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

OPPORTUNITIES for Environmentalists and Communities

Chesapeake Bay Trust
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative: Mini-Grant Program

Goals of the Trust’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative                            

The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Trust is to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of water quality and the aquatic and land resources of the Chesapeake Bay region.  One of the Trust’s core corporate values is Inclusion: The Trust feels that the watershed will not be restored without a broad range of communities investing in and reaping the benefits of healthy natural resources. The success of these efforts will require increased outreach, capacity building, and a willingness to listen to and understand the values and specific concerns of diverse communities.  

For two reasons, the Trust aims to reach beyond groups already committed to the environment to new groups, or groups with a large gap between how they could be engaged and how they are currently engaged with natural resource issues. First, given the breadth of the natural resource restoration challenges, the Trust will only garner the resources and individual participation necessary for solutions if it represents and engages all communities in the watershed and develops stewards of our natural resources from wider audiences. Second, given that healthy natural resources improve lives in various ways, populations who are not engaged will be at a disadvantage.  Humans have capacity to improve natural resources, and natural resources have the capacity to improve human life.

History of the Trust’s Mini Grant Program                                                        

In addition to approximately 10-15 larger grant programs that offer grants up to, in some cases, $500,000, the Trust has long offered to its community of grantees a “Mini Grant Program,” or grants up to $5,000.  These funds are offered on a rolling basis with a quick turnaround time and allow groups to accomplish an array of natural resource awareness, engagement, and restoration projects. Typically, 30-50 organizations are awarded funds through this mechanism each year. Grantees have included large, high-capacity, primarily watershed organizations well known in our larger grant programs who seek a small amount of funds to finish a larger project, as well as small organizations new to grant-making for whom $5,000 is a large portion of their annual budgets.  One of the uses of this program has been to advance organizations up the “ladder” of grant-making:  Allow them to start with a small grant, teach them the skills of grant-writing and project management, then foster their use of our larger programs.

Strategy Shift in the Trust’s Mini Grant Program                                               

New this year, in our fiscal year 2017, the Trust aims to focus on the second type of grantee discussed above, and focus use of the Mini Grant Program on new applicants. Our goal is to attract audiences who have traditionally been under-engaged in natural resource issues, but can benefit from obtaining grants that connect their primary goals with environmental issues.
New Mini Grant Program Elements to Foster Diversity and Inclusion         

The restructured Mini Grant Program will have several elements:

  1. Only applicants who have received three grants or fewer from the Trust in the past will be permitted to apply.  Our outreach efforts will target new applicants.

2.               We will focus our outreach efforts specifically on three major audiences hypothesized by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee to have a particularly large gap between current and potential engagement and who are large enough in size that reaching them will have a large impact:
a.                Communities of color
b.               Faith-based communities
c.                Communities involved in the human health sector.

3.               We will expand the types of activities and projects that we fund, to make clear that we are willing to fund elements of projects that may not have a primarily environmental purpose but that have an ultimate connection or potential to improve natural resources.

4.               Connector Groups: We understand that the messenger is important, and an organization with a name like ours may not be the best messenger. As a result, we plan to engage 3-5 “connector groups” whose mission combines both natural resource issues and issues connected to the three communities identified above. These connector groups will help provide outreach on the grant opportunity, translate our goals into language that is best received by the new audiences, and help new applicants navigate the grant-making process.

5.               Mentorship Program: We do not wish to fully exclude previous, experienced grantees, as we feel they have a significant role to play. Experienced grantees will be encouraged to offer mentorship to new applicants. These groups can help new applicants with proposal ideas, wording suggestions for applications, project management, budget management, and reporting. In exchange for mentoring a new applicant, a previous grantee will be permitted to themselves apply to the program for Mini Grants, allowing them to complete their own small projects.

Ultimate goals of the newly structured Mini Grant Program                              

The Trust’s hope through this newly formatted program is two-fold:  First, we hope to make aware a wide range of groups with wide-ranging missions that natural resource issues should be part of their portfolios. Second, we hope to provide grants to those organizations to fund projects with co-benefits, one of which includes a natural resources benefit. Ultimately, these groups will receive training through on-the-ground practice in applying for grants, will learn that environmental funding opportunities are relevant to them, and will develop the capacity to apply for larger grants from the Trust. We want people and communities who benefit from healthy natural resources to fully engage in natural resource issues and serve as stewards. Communities sometimes miss the connection between their primary concerns and watershed issues. Extending our reach into these communities will benefit them and will benefit natural resources.

Monday, May 29, 2017

DMO RECEPTION at the MML Convention -- ALL are invited!

Are you attending the Maryland Municipal League's (MML) Summer Convention in Ocean City?

Hope that you will stop by and enjoy a moment with the DMO and learn more about what we are doing across the State of Maryland. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Here is your personal invitation.

You Are Cordially Invited To A Reception with
Maryland’s Democratic Municipal Officials

Come Grab a Drink on Us!

Sunday, June 25th
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Ocean City Convention Center
4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842
Room 215

To RSVP or for Questions Call Oliver Judd: (603) 759-9347,

What does the DMO do? Currently, DMO focuses on three initiatives:
• Building a Democratic Future by strengthening existing Democratic networks – if you identify as a Democrat, even if you hold non-partisan office – DMO is your constituency group in the DNC
• Investing in tomorrow’s National Leadership by highlighting the accomplishments of local leaders, and training Democrats to win and to speak effectively to our issues
• Crafting Solutions for America’s Challenges by capitalizing on America’s cities and towns as laboratories for policy innovation and promoting our members’ effective policy solutions.

All attendees of the Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference and their guests are welcome.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

It TIME to say Thanks!


May 27, 2017

Dear (Fill in your name here)

Every decent bone in my body says that I should be writing this letter of thanks in cursive! Believe me, I know and understand the need to be personal and to personalize this note of appreciation.

Unfortunately, and I hope you understand this if I keep putting this letter of thanks off until I have just the right amount of time to get it out to you, one million other things will stop me from doing it. So, I apologize up front for this typed thank you note.

You cannot imagine how much your physical and financial support of my recent campaign meant to me. When I did not want to walk anymore, you were there to encourage me and walk with me. When my funds were at their lowest, your donation came in, and I could continue my vigorous campaign.

Your donations helped me to purchase campaign signs, flyers, and send out a mailer a few days before the election. You printed my materials when I needed them, and yes, you helped me with layout and design. Because of some of you, my mailer made it to the post office in time and into the hands of the voters. THANK YOU, each and every one of you. YOU won my election for me, and I am forever grateful.

As you already know, I won my election. The swearing in ceremony was on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 8:00 p m. Family and friends (standing room only) were there to witness me take the Oath of office, and I know that you were praying for me, watching the ceremony on cable or just thinking about me. Thank you.

I am hoping to host a thank you event on Friday, August 26, 2017, and hope that you will save the date now, and be able to attend. Several friends and volunteers are working on this event, and you will hear from them soon.

Again, thank you for being there for me, and I promise to work hard to continue to make Mount Rainier, Maryland a City that you would want to live in, visit, and recommend to others as an excellent place to live, work, and play.


Malinda Miles

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

47B Legislative District Vacancy

Here is an opportunity for serving your community at the State level, and you do NOT have to wait until 2018!

The requirements for this position are-- be 18 or older, registered to vote, live in the District, and follow the instructions in this posting.

You do not have the right to complain if you do not put your name in the hat and work for you want. AMERICA is the land of opportunity, but the opportunity is NOT going to make you take it or beg you to work for it.

CHOOSE to be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Come Celebrate Mount Rainier Day with US!


Residents and friends and families, and investors, and developers and everyone else is invited to come and celebrate with US!

The Parade starts at 10:00 am. Here are the Parade route and list of the Parade participants.

Northwestern High School JROTC color guard
Largo High School marching band
Local elected officials
Thrifty Rental Cars
Adinkra Group drummers and dancers
Joe's Movement Emporium belly dancers
Students from both Mt. Rainier Elementary and Thomas Stone
Mt. Rainier War Hawks
Los Tecuanes de Riverdale
Healthy Dental
Mt. Rainier Mutts
Prince Georges County Library CUBE
Little Friends for Peace
Mt. Rainier Green Team
The Lady Rams cheerleaders
Fiesta DC musical group


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Work on the Singer Building continues

Greetings Neighbors. 

Our General Contractor (UIP) has tentatively scheduled site utility work for our project at 3300-3310 Rhode Island Ave beginning Friday, May 19th.  Below is a basic outline of the site utility work that will have impacts to Perry Street directly to the north of our property.  Our overall goal is to minimize any adverse impact to the neighbors – especially on Perry and 33rd Streets.

UIP’s Site Utility Contractor (Busy Ditch) will be on-site beginning Friday, May 19th to mark out their lines and begin working within the site construction fence (primarily along Rhode Island Ave)

On Monday, May 22nd utility work associated with existing and new water lines will commence on Perry Street to the north of our property
Working hours requiring a temporary, partial closure of Perry Street (only the southern half of the street) will be from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm (Monday through Friday, after/before rush hour traffic).  A single drive lane will be maintained on the north side of Perry Street for the duration of the work.
Work duration on Perry Street is estimated at approximately 5 business days (Monday through Friday, weather permitting)

"No Parking” signs will be placed along the south side of Perry Street which would be in effect during daytime hours (8:30am – 3:30pm) from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, May 27th.  

Additionally, we will have a neighborhood meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm to answer any questions you have related to the utility site work or the project in general.  Council member Shah has arranged for our use of the meeting space in City Hall.

Please submit any questions or comments you have in advance to me at this email address. We found this approach to be particularly efficient at the last neighborhood meeting. 

Thanks for your attention. 

Joy Russell

Consultant with the Menkiti Group

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Please find below text from an alert that will be issued by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) regarding resurfacing on US 1 Alternate (Bladensburg Road) in Prince George’s County. Please share this information with those who may be interested in or impacted by the work including members of your e-mail or list-serv groups and visitors to your website.


Project Includes Three Traffic Signal Upgrades

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is providing a new driving surface as part of a $3 million safety and resurfacing project on US 1 Alternate (Bladensburg Road) from Eastern Avenue to the Anacostia River Bridge in Prince George’s County a distance of one mile. Weather and progress permitting, the project should be complete by late summer.

In addition to resurfacing the road and applying new pavement markings at the end of the project, crews will:

• Upgrade the existing curb ramps and curb return driveways to meet current SHA Americans With Disability Act design standards including installing detectable warning surfaces;
•  Replace damaged sidewalks and install loading pads at bus stops;
• Replace damaged or deteriorated curb and gutter;
• Replace and upgrade damaged or non-standard W-beam traffic barrier systems and end treatments to meet current SHA standards;
• Clean existing inlets;
• Rebuild existing traffic signals, audible pedestrian signals (APS) and countdown pedestrian signals (CPS) on US 1 Alt at the intersections with 38th Avenue, 40th Avenue and 41st Avenue and;
• Perform slope stabilization at structure just south of 38th Avenue.

To complete all phases of work, crews are permitted to close the following lanes on US 1 Alternate:

• Northbound—weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Southbound—weekdays between 9 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• Northbound and southbound, overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional work hours and lane closures may be necessary to expedite the work and keep the project on schedule. Currently, crews are constructing sidewalks and traffic signal infrastructure during daytime work hours. SHA’s contractor for the work is M. Luis Construction of Baltimore. More than 23,000 motorists use this section of US 1 Alternate daily. For real-time traffic information, please log on or call 1-855-466-3511 using a hands-free device. For more information about this US 1 Alternate project, please contact Mr. Nilesh Patel, SHA Project Engineer, at 240-421-7654 or Mr. Bill Kucharek, SHA District 3 Area Engineer, at 301-513-7329.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Spouses Education Scholarship.AVAILABLE!

Congressional Black Caucus
CBC Spouses Education Scholarship 

Description This scholarship fund was established in 1988 in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships. This is the foundation's first educational program and since then has experienced substantial growth.

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. All majors are eligible.

Amount Varies ($500 - $8,700) Eligibility Applicants must: · Be a U.S. citizen/legal permanent resident · Be preparing to pursue, or currently pursuing, an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time at an accredited college or university.

Current high school seniors are also eligible to apply. · Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale · Exhibit leadership and be active in community · Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students

Application Deadline May 19, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Questions? Contact 202.263.2800 or