|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||May 2001|
Letter From the
For more than five years now there has been concern about the need for
a facility in the Landover Hills vicinity, where the increasing number
of area youth could go after school hours to participate in wholesome activities.
Over the past three years the youth population in the Landover Hills vicinity,
which includes the areas outside of the corporate boundaries of the Town
of Landover Hills, has more than doubled. In past years, letters have been
received from youth who live within the Town of Landover Hills, requesting
and in some instances pleading for a place where they could go in the area
to engage in wholesome activities; as opposed to congregating or "hanging
out" in the streets. There have also been numerous concerns and complaints
by residents about youth congregating in the streets and impeding motorists'
progress while the motorists attempts to maneuver past them. These kinds
of situations have also raised safety concerns about the youth who congregate
in the streets and about the law abiding motorists who drive within the
speed limit; in addition to the motorist who places pedestrians at risk
by driving at excessive speeds through Town. All of these situations have
been addressed in prior editions of the Chronicle.
As a result of these kinds of concerns, the Mayor and Council recently
agreed to promote the concept construction of a Community and learning
Center, as opposed to a Recreation Center, in the Landover Hills area.
The neighboring civic associations in the area of Bellmeade, Radiant Valley,
Glenridge and Woodlawn, have been invited and have agreed to work toward
bringing the concept of a Community and Learning Center to fruition.
The Mayor and Council met with representatives of the neighboring civic
associations at Town Hall on April 23, 2001. The next joint meeting will
be on Monday, May 14, 2001 at 7 p.m. All concerned persons have been invited
to come out and participate.
The primary focus of the Community and Learning Center would be directed
toward youth, not only in the area of athletics; there will also be opportunities
for youth to widen their horizons by learning new skills. Several residents
with expertise have agreed to work with youth in this area.
The Community and Learning Center, however will not only be for youth, there will also be activities for Senior Citizens as well as other segments of the area population.
The Mayor has testified before the Prince George's County Council and
the Prince George's Park and Planning Board on behalf of the Landover Hills
Community and Learning Center.
The proposed features of the Landover Hills Community and learning Center
would include a gymnasium, for individual and team community sports activities,
aerobics, a weight room for weight training and cardiovascular activities,
multi-purpose rooms for meetings, an office area to be used as office space
and a storage room.
There are those who say why do we need another center, we have too many
now, or we have the newly constructed Sports and Learning Center which,
as recently stated in the Washington Post Newspaper is less than three
miles from the Landover Hills area.
Some responses to these nay sayers would be first of all, there is no
such facility in the Landover Hills vicinity that is easily accessible
for youth or Senior Citizens; secondly, unless the Washington Post article
in referring to about less than three miles as the crow flies, the Sports
and Learning Center at Fed Ex Field is actually six and three quarter miles
from the Town of Landover Hills in terms of ground miles.
There are a number of positive merits for the need of a Community and
learning Center; one would be that the minority of youth who might engage
in criminal activities could be saved by being steered in a positive direction
through involvement in a Community and Learning Center. This would make
the parents of these youth happy and -, members of the law enforcement
Persons who live in the Landover Hills vicinity and who see the need
for and wish to support the concept of a Landover Hills Community and Learning
Center, are urged to show their support;
by signing a petition favoring
the construction of a Landover Hills Community and Learning Center. Petitions
are available at the Town of Landover Hills Town Hall. Further information
about the Landover Hills Community and Learning Center can be obtained
by calling (301) 773-6401.
Senator Paul Pinsky, who represents the Landover Hills vicinity has
been invited to the Town of Landover Hills Town Meeting on June 18, 2001.
Senator Pinsky will speak about the recent legislative session and other
issues of importance. Mark the date on your calendar, come out and participate.
The next Town Meeting will be on Monday, May 21, 2001. Residents' participation
is expected and welcome,
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Ward 1 Terry Wilson
Ward 2 Roderick Kennedy
Ward 3 Michael Thompson
Monday, June 4, 2001 @ 7 pm
Monday, July 2, 2001 @ 7 pm
Monday, May 21,2001 @7:30
Monday, June 18, 2001@ 7:30
Senator Paul Pinsky
will be speaking at the Monday, June 18, 2001, Town Council Meeting. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Carolyn Coker 5/2
Joseph Smith 5/5
Jerry Smith 5/10
Daniel Hulbert 5/11
Patricia Wholey 5/11
Katrina Davis 5/11
Andrew Holloway 5/13
Cathy Hulbert 5/15
Matthew Schomisch 5/17
Helen Bell 5/18 Mike Rackey 5/19
David Britt 5/20
William Kley 5/20
Juanita Hood 5/22
Robert Holbrook 5/23
Sylvia Over 5/23
Arthur West 5/25
William Snowden 5/25
Patricia Lawrence 5/26
Brian Fong 5/27
A belated birthday wishes go out to Ms. Phyllis Robichau who
celebrated her birthday on April 16th!!.
Congratulations to former resident Henri Verdel, currently of
Hagerstown. Mr. Verdel recently completed the design and painting of a
mural entitled "Roses for the Wild Mary" that has transformed a bridge
and underpass in Hagerstown into a work of art. The bridge mural project
has been nominated for a Neighborhood USA single neighborhood award. Henri
Verdel is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Verdel of Allison Street and the son-law
of Mr. & Mrs. Richardson of 72"d Avenue.
If you have a student who is graduating this June, give us a call at 301-773-6401 and will include them in next month's newsletter.
May 19-20- 2001 Andrews Air
Services Open House. Andrews Air Force base, Camp Springs. Aircraft displays,
Air Show, demonstrations, activities for kids. 9-5 (Gates open at 8am)
May 30- 8*" Annual National
Senior Health & Fitness Day-
Fitness activities, health screenings and fun. Free for seniors (55+). 10-3 pro. Watkins Park, Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6700.
June 2- BowieFest held at Allen Pond, Northview Dr, Bowie,
from 11 am to 6 pm. Entertainment, crafts, concessions, a dog show, children's
dales and For more info cell 301-809-3011
June 9- Roman Days on the grounds on the Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, from 10 am to 4 pro. Features of the fourth annual encampment of Roman legionaries, a tactical demonstration, fashion show, interactive activities, vendors and food. Call 301-464-5291.
Public Works Service Schedule
Grass and yard waste collection
PG County recycling collections
Town Household waste
Town Household waste
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.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito has been a problem in Landover Hills for a
few years. Mosquito season is upon us and its time to review what can be
done to reduce mosquito annoyance in your backyard and the risk of mosquito
The State of Maryland recently announced a "Community Legacy" program. This program is designed to assist urban neighborhoods, suburban communities and small towns that are experiencing decline and disinvestment, but have potential, with modest public and private investment to be vibrant places to live and work.
Over the next few months, the Town of Landover Hills will be working on the application to be designated as a "Community Legacy" area. Becoming a "Community Legacy" town will enable the Town to apply for grants that can be used for a variety of revitalization needs.
One part of the application process aks for input from the residents of the area. In particular, what they (the residents) feel would help the community to be more attractive both physically as well as a better place to live. Please call the Town, drop us a note or e-mail us at Lndvrhlls@aol.com with your suggestions. We are looking for suggestions along the line of:
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
Thinqs 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.
3) UNREGISTERED, 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 grass area of the yard. You must park in an improved
driveway. This means the driveway must have gravel, asphalt or concrete.
You cannot park in the grass 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 beards intact or are they rotten or possibly missing?
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.
The Talking Badge
Chief Henry Norris
May flowers and along with May flowers are several items which I would like to bring to your attention.
First, we had another pedestrian struck by an automobile on Annapolis Road. She was wearing dark clothing and did not cross at a crosswalk. She received numerous injuries from this accident, I would like to ask everyone if they are going to walk across Annapolis Road that they wear light colored clothing and try to cross at a crosswalk preferably at a traffic signal. The Town is corresponding with the State Highway Administration in an attempt to improve the lighting, crosswalks, and sidewalks to prevent further accidents with injuries.
Second, we had a vandalism by graffiti at 71st and Taylor Street. Two
young juvenile females were arrested for this incident. The paint used
in this graffiti was taken from a pick-up truck on Shepherd Street. We
would like to let everyone in the neighborhood know that there is approximately
sixteen cans of spray paint out there some where and that if you see anyone
spray painting, please call the police department. The next place they
spray paint, might be your place or your car.
Third, there was a break-in at a house on Taylor Terrace where the suspects
went through the back of the house and items of property were taken. This
occurred during daylight hours and we would like to have anyone that sees
anyone walking around during the daytime, possibly school age teenagers,
to contact the Landover Hills Police Department.
Fourth, the week of May 12 - 19 is National Police Week. For any residents
who have never been at the Police Memorial Event in Washington, D.C., this
is a worthwhile event to attend. This is your opportunity to thank those
police officers and their families who have made the supreme sacrifice
for your communities and neighborhoods. For any resident that flies an
American Flag at their house, on May 15th the flag should be at half staff
for Fallen Police Officers.
On a final note: since the re-paving of the roads in Landover Hills,
numerous residents and non-residents have been stopped for exceeding the
25 mph speed limit. Maybe its because the road surface is now without bumps
and potholes or maybe its because of inattention. Whatever the reason,
we would like to suggest that everyone remember the speed limit in the
majority of residential areas is 25 mph. This is your town and your children
that might be struck by a speeding vehicle. So we urge you as a driver,
to obey the speed limit and as a parent, to instruct your children about
walking or riding a bicycle on the roadway.
The Landover Hills Chronicle continues to accept ads for publication.
The cost for business ads $20. 00 per month. Items for sale can be advertised
at no charge.
The Child and Family Training
Is your child ready for the upcoming school semester?. Does he or she need specialized instruction to reach their academic potential? C.F.T.N. has Tutorial Workshops that will focus on developing and/or enhancing your child's *Reading,*Spelling, and *Math Skills to enable them to be successful in any endeavor.
For further information, please contact
Sheila Skinner 301-772-5734
Upcoming Open House on May 18, 2001
Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day
Town Hall offices will be closed Monday, May 28~. There will be NO yard waste pick up that day.