|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||March 2002|
Letter From the Mayor
Since the incorporation of the Town of Landover Hills, there have been
a number of Town Residents who have served this nation as a member of the
military service, inclusive of the period dating back to World War II.
Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedoms that are now
enjoyed, which are all too often taken for granted. A plaque was designed
some years ago, in recognition of Veterans from the Town of Landover Hills,
which many Town residents are not aware of. This plaque is presently located
at the main entrance to Town, behind the two flags and sign post, out of
view under branches that have grown out over the years.
Several years ago there was discussion about erecting a fitting memorial
to Veterans who reside in the Town of Landover Hills. During the Town Council
Workshop held on Monday, March 4, 2002, the subject of a Veterans memorial
was revisited by the Mayor and Council. As a result of this discussion
an ad hoc committee was established by Mayor Walker, including Town Councilmembers
Roderick Kennedy and Richard Shipp.
A request is now being made to any and all Town residents who would
like to lend their expertise to this effort. Interested residents are asked
to please call Town Hall or any of the persons mentioned above, to express
their interest in the Town of Landover Hills Veterans Memorial Project;
and leave your name and phone number(s) where you may be reached.
As a result of the response shown at the last Town Meeting held on February
19, 2002, the Town of Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch program has been
re-instituted. The first meeting of the Neighborhood Watch Program will
be held on Friday, March 8, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. When this edition of the
Chronicle is received the meeting will have been held, however, ample notice
will be given via the Landover Hills Chronicle News, Channel 71 and the
Town's web page, for residents who would like to participate in future
It is important to note again, that participation in the Neighborhood
Watch Program must be a consistent effort, not one that will only last
until the immediate problem or issue is resolved.
Councilmember Terry A.B. Wilson, is coordinating this effort. For further
information call Town Hall or Councilmember Wilson and leave your name
and phone number(s) where you may be reached.
There is more good news regarding the Town of Landover Hills Police
Department. Two additional Landover Hills Police Officers were sworn in
during the Town Meeting held on February 19, 2002; bringing the Town of
Landover Hills Police force to full strength in terms of numbers of officers.
Positive remarks are still being heard regarding the Town of Landover Hills
Police Department. The two officers that were sworn in are Sargent Earl
Ercoline and Officer Edward Fraser. Welcome Sargent Ercoline and Officer
Town residents' participation is welcomed and encouraged regarding the
activities mentioned above, as well as the upcoming and future Town Meetings.
Participation at the last Town Meeting was very good, let's continue
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Town Council Calendar
Monday, April 1, 2002 @ 7pm
Monday, May 6, 2002 @ 7 pm
Monday, March 18, 2002@7:30 p
Monday, April 15, 2002@ 7:30 p
If you have a disability and require any aid, services or removal of barriers in order to fully participate in a Town of Landover Hills meeting or event please call Town Hall @ 301-773-6401.
Landover Hills Annual Easter Egg Hunt- Saturday, March 30, 2002
at 11 am. (Arrive approximately 10 minutes before hunt begins). Prizes
for gold and silver egg. All ages welcome. Rain or shine (hunt is outdoors,
so dress appropriately). Raffle. Town Hall, 6904 Taylor St., Landover Hills.301-773-6401.
Two Day Boating Safety Course at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park
On Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th, U.W.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 will teach a two day course of Boating
Safety for future boaters, new boaters and experienced boaters interested
in refreshing their skills. Class will meet from 12 noon until 4 pm both
days. This class meets State requirements for anyone born after July 1,
1972 who wants to operate a powered vessel, including Personal Water Craft
on Maryland Waters. It will be taught at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.
Among the many subjects covered are: boat construction and terminology,
boating laws, safety equipment, boat handling, basic knot skills, navigation,
and trailering. The instructors are qualified members of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary, who are devoted to promoting recreational boating safety.
Pre-Registration is required and seating is limited. The only cost is $25
for materials. To register, please contact Steve at 301-464-8083 after
9 am/ firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard at 301-937-6952.
Students who reside in the 22nd Legislative District, which
includes Landover Hills, are encouraged to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship
from the office of state Senator Paul G. Pinsky.
The scholarships are awarded yearly to undergraduates, including upcoming
freshman, and graduate students. Criteria for selection is based on financial
need and/or academic achievement.
Scholarships are awarded for four years or until the recipient completes
his or her degree, whatever comes first. A Senatorial Scholarship cannot
be held jointly with an Educational Assistance Grant.
Applications are available from Senator Pinsky's office at 301-858-3155. Applicants must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline for submitting an application is April 15,, 2002.
Money for College! Prince George's County Muncipal
Association (PGCMA) Scholarships
Are you a college student, about to be one, or do you know one? The
PGCMA scholarship can help you pay for college if you 1) live in Prince
George's County, 2) submit a complete application, and 3) have at lease
a 2.0 GPA. Although the award amounts may vary, last year every applicant
received $1000 toward college tuition. Any students who will be enrolled
in college next year may apply, and preference will be given to students
who live in municipalities (like Landover Hills!). For more information,
pick up an application at Landover Hills Town Hall or contact the Chair
of the PGCMA Scholarship Committee, Bob McGrory, at 301-927-7048.
Income Tax Information
When filing your income tax forms, please indicate that you reside in
the Town of Landover Hills. Your subdivision number 1726, should appear
on the forms, This allows the State of Maryland to share local income taxes
with local governments. Your efforts will not increase your
tax obligations but will ensure that Landover Hills receives its appropriate
Public Works Service Schedule
Grass and yard waste collection
PG County recycling collections
Town Household waste collection
Town Household waste collection
Bulk Trash: First and Third Wednesday's of the month
There is a $20.00 charge for the removal of appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, stoves, hot water heaters and air conditioning units. Payment must be made in advance of removal.
Spring is almost here. Soon trees will be budding, flowers blooming,
and everyone will be spending more time outdoors. Spring is also the time
we begin our code enforcement inspections throughout the Town.
The purpose of code enforcement is to keep Landover Hills an attractive
community that does not give the appearance of being run down. When a community
has junk cars, overgrown grass, peeling paint, etc.; it invites unwelcome
visitors and crime. We 're not here to hassle but to help.
We would like to bring your attention to some of the things we look
for when we drive through the Town. Try to do a self examination of your
property and see if any of the items mentioned pertain to your home or
property. If you find a violation and you are working on correcting it,
please call and let us know. We will note it in our files and work with
If by chance you receive a letter or a violation notice, please note
the compliance date. This is the date that the violation must be corrected
by. If you need additional time, please call the office, we will work with
Things we look for:
1) Tall grass and weeds
2) Trash, debris and junk lying around the exterior of the house and in the yard. This includes the porch area.
UNTAGGED, JUNKED VEHICLES (if they are under a tarp or cover, they MUST
BE TAGGED). If your vehicle is housed in Maryland you must have the vehicle
registered in Maryland or you must have a non-resident parking permit from
the Motor Vehicle Administration.
4) Peeling paint on windows, porches, exterior of the house, trim on
the house, sheds and garages.
5) Erosion: areas that need
grass or ground cover planted to keep the soil from eroding.
6) Screens: did you know that you must have screens on open windows
7) Parking on the grassy areas of the yard. You must park in an improved
driveway. This means the driveway must have gravel, asphalt or concrete.
You cannot park in any grassy portion of your yard.
8) Cracked, curling, missing shingles on roofs.
9) Fences: Is your fence standing upright or is it about to fall down?
If the fence is wood, are all of the boards intact or are they rotten or
10) Dead trees.
The Town Code covers many other areas, but the aforementioned are the
violations that are cited most often.
Do you own a dog? Remember dogs and cats are required to be licensed
with Prince George's County Animal Control and they must have their rabies
shot. Don't forget the leash law! "It shall be unlawful for the owner or
custodian of any animal to permit the animal to run at large or be at large".
(printed from the summary of Prince George's County Animal Control Laws.
And for the final topping: Trash must be placed in a receptacle with
a lid. If you need a new recycling bin, please call: 301-952-7630.
Chief Henry Norris
At the last meeting, a neighborhood complaint was made in reference to some possible illegal activity going on at 4103 70th Avenue. A prior complaint had been received and an investigation was started.. On February 28th at approximately 0645, a search and seizure warrant was executed by the Prince Georges' County Police Departments Narcotic Enforcement Division assisted by the Special Operations Division. Three occupants of the house were arrested for possession of Marihuana and some Marihuana was seized. This is something that should concern everyone in Landover Hills. One of the main reasons it was accomplished was the fact that a concerned resident brought it to your Police Departments attention and after an investigation was conducted, we were able to bring it to a close. Hopefully, the owners of the house will take notice that this type of activity will not and should not be allowed to occur in our Town.
We would like to again ask you, the residents to assist your Police Department by being our eyes and ears in the Town and contact us at 301-773-6400 with any information that you may have in reference to any illegal activity that is occurring in Town. If you call the above number and if no one is in the office, you can either leave a message on the recorder or you can call 301-333-4000 which is a direct number to the Prince Georges' County Police Department's switchboard. You then ask for a call taker and give them the information to have a police officer respond to either check whatever you are calling about or to take care of any complaint you may have. If there is a Landover Hills Police Department officer working, he would be given the call to handle. You should be mindful that your Police Department cannot see everything that is going on that may be of concern to you and with your assistance, we would be able to keep as much crime out of Landover Hills as possible. I would also like to let you know that in some cases, it takes more time to solve some complaints. So bear with us, as we will be trying our best to solve any problems with your help.
The Town of Landover Hills is now accepting paid advertisements from
local businesses. The cost of a 2"x 3" (1/3 column) ad is twenty dollars
($20.00) per publication. If you are interested in placing an ad, please
call Town hall @ 301-773-6401, Monday through Friday, nine to five.
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