Landover Hills Chronicle
LANDOVER HILLS NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2004

Letter From the Mayor





As a matter of continuing concern regarding the need for road enhancement along MD 450 (Annapolis Road) that runs through the Town of Landover Hills and is the responsibility of the State Highway Administration; officials of this agency have been contacted by the Mayor concerning the continuation of the work along MD 450 (Annapolis Road), similar to the road enhancement or streetscape improvements done approximately one mile away in the City of New Carrollton.
 

The funding for MD 450 road enhancement which had been cut by the administration, was restored during this years legislative session. The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation restoring road enhancement funding, which includes MD 450 (Annapolis Road). In spite of the availability of funds for continuation of median road enhancement along the portion of the road that runs through the Town of Landover Hills; the State Highway Administration District Engineer responsible for the project, stated in an August 25, 2004, letter that the funds were not available for completion of the median road enhancement work.
 

In view of this situation, the Mayor has forwarded a letter of complaint to the Administration of the State Highway Administration, with copies going to State and County officials, in addition to appropriate State Highway Administration officials.
 

In the matter of the infamous Stardust Inn, and the apparent lack of responsiveness to community concerns, residents have raised questions regarding how persons are selected to serve on the Prince George's County Liquor Board of Licensed Commissioners.
 

In response to this question, persons to serve on the Prince George's Liquor Board of Licensed Commissioners are appointed by the State Senate legislature.
 

Anyone concerned about the action or inaction of the Prince George's County Board of Licensed Commissioners or State Highway Administration, should write or called the appropriate elected officials and let them know of your concerns.
 

Mayor Lee P. Walker
 
 


Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, Oct. 4, 2004 7 pm

Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, 7 pm
 

Town Meetings

Monday, October 18 ,2004, 7:30 p

Monday, Nov., 15, 2004, 7:30 p






Neighborhood News





Help us give a great big welcome and congratulations to the OyebanjoFamily, for their new arrival, a 6lb 0 oz. bouncing baby boy named Elijah born on August 5, 2004. He joins big brother Isaiah who celebrated his birthday on September 4th!.
 
 
 
 

Our sympathies are extended to the Johnson Family of Varnum Street. On August 18, 2004, after three weeks of illness, George Valentine Johnson, Sr. passed away. Mr. Williams was born on February 14, 1919 in Ironwood, Michigan. He was involved in construction work since early in his life when he worked for his father who was building a paper mill. Mr. Williams served in the Amphibious Navy during World War II. Following his Navy career, he began to build houses. In 1937 he married Maurene. They were blessed with 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
 
 
 

Our condolences are offered to the family and friends of Curtis Williams,47, who died on September 6, 2004. Curtis was the beloved companion of Priscilla Mullings of Taylor Terrace. He was a good friend and neighbor to all.
 
 
 
 

Congratulations to Annette Schomisch of 70th Avenue on completing 15 years as a crossing guard for Prince George's County School System.
 
 
 

Wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Councilmember Michael Thompson who recently had surgery.
 
 
 

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in conjunction with the Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Resue Association will be conducting the annual Founders Circle ceremony on Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 12:00 at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster Street in Landover Hills, behind the Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Dept.
 

The Founders Circle ceremony is an annual way to recognize past officers and members of the individual volunteer and career fire stations within Prince George's County for their unselfish and outstanding service and contribution to the department.
 

It is with great pleasure to announce that the nomination for Donald Eierman Sr has been approved and he will be inducted into the Founders Circle at this years ceremony. Donald J. Eierman was an original resident of Landover Hills and one of the founding members of the Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Department.
 

The Town is looking for "Neighborhood News" to put in the Town's newsletter, Cable Station and Web Page. If you would like to submit an item please call 301-773-6401 or e-mail the town at LNDVRHLLS@aol.com. Suggested items are birth announcements, graduations, birthdays, death notices, family members in the military, anniversaries etc.
 


Upcoming Events



Port Towns Day, Saturday, September 25, 12-5pm Annual festival of the Port Towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, and Cottage City offers food, games, music, and handicraft vendors. Admission is FREE. Also: free pontoon boat tours, free boat rentals, free kayak lessons. Bladensburg Waterfront Park
 

Basket Bingo, Friday, October 22nd, St. Mary's School is hosting a Basket Bingo on Friday, October 22nd from 7-10 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) Tickets are $15.00 (buy five tickets in advance and receive an additional ticket free)- must be 18 years or older. Food and sodas will be available for purchase; you are also welcome to bring your own refreshments. Place: Parish Burgundy Room (handicapped accessible and non-smoking facility) located on Route 450 and Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Landover Hills. Tickets/Information: call 301-459-1280 or website: www.stmaryslandoverhills.org
 

Planetarium Programs

Howard B. Owens Science Center

9601 Greenbelt Road, Lanham

301-918-8750

All programs held the second Friday of the month unless otherwise indicated. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 301-918-8750 during school hours to confirm program topic. Cost $4 for adults; $2 for students/seniors
 

Nov. 12- Hello earth, Greetings from Endeavour- Astronaut Al Worden, Pilot of Apollo 15, was so awed with his experience traveling to the moon that he wrote an entire book of poetry describing his experience, from the hard work of training, to the awe of seeing the moon and the earth from space, to the bitterness of dealing with "heroship" upon return to earth. This poetry has been put to music with NASA photos from the mission in a presentation that will renew your love of the moon. Some of the language may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. Please call Patty Seaton for specifics if you have concerns. A tour of the current night sky will follow the presentation.
 

Dec. 10- Terrible Teddy

Santa has made a Teddy Bear too big to fit the sleigh. But Teddy doesn't want to be in a department store. Come learn how Teddy uses the stars to find his way back to Santa. A tour of the current night sky will follow the presentation.
 

Halloween

The Town will be observing Halloween on Saturday, October 30, 2004. Authorized Trick or Treating hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.



 


Trash Pick-up Schedule

Tuesdays:

PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection
 

Wednesday:

Bulk Trash pick-up

Yard Waste Pick-up
 

Fridays:

Town Household waste collection

Re-cycling

Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should be directed to 301-952-7630
 

Acceptable and Unacceptable Materials for Trash Pick-up
 

Refuse Collection (acceptable)

Refuse containers must be either:
No single container should exceed 60 lbs. There is no limit to the number of regulation containers that may be used.
 

Yard Waste Collection (acceptable)

Yard waste is collected once a week. It begins on April 15 and ends on January 15 of the next year.
 

Yard waste must be placed in securely tied, heavy duty plastic bags or heavy duty trash cans with handles and a secure lid. Cardboard boxes and paper bags are not acceptable containers.
 

Limbs must not exceed four (4) feet in length and three (3) inches in diameter and must be securely tied in bundles. Bundles of limbs and bags of dry grass and leaves must weigh less than 60 lbs. Wet grass and leaves must weigh less than 25 pounds.
 

Bulk Trash (acceptable)

A "reasonable" amount of bulk trash may be put out each Wednesday. Emptying out an entire house or room is not acceptable for bulk pick-up.
 

Bulk Trash (unacceptable)

Building Materials- this includes wood, wood planking, wallboard, cinder blocks, bricks, roof shingles etc.
 

It is up to the homeowner to dispose of building materials. If a contractor is doing work, then it is their responsibility to remove all remaining building materials. Brown Station Landfill will no longer accept building materials, not from our trash company or from the Town. Building materials can be disposed of at the Ritchie Land Reclamation Rubblefill, which is located on 2001 Ritchie Marlboro Road in Upper Marlboro. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a charge of $54.00 per ton to dispose of building materials.

If you have any questions about trash, please call Town Hall at 301-773-6401.
 

Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site

September 26, 2004

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3500 Brown Station Road

(Use White House Road entrance)

Upper Marlboro

301-883-5045


Firefighters Wanted
 

YOU can be part of a team that saves lives everyday
 

Volunteer for the Landover Hills Fire Department to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Firefighter.
 

The Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Dept., is a division of Prince George's County Fire Dept., is looking for dedicated volunteers in the community, young and old, to help us with our vital mission.
 

Benefits Include:

Free Training * Live-in Program* Tax Benefits Retirement Plan* Experience of a lifetime
 

To find out more

Daytime call Nancy at 301-583-1914

After 6 pm call Tom at 240-832-8689

or Email at info@lhvfd.com



The Talking Badge

Chief Henry Norris





I participated in a memorial service at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 11, 2004. This service was to honor and remember all of the patriots that lost their lives for their country on 9-11-2001 as well as our patriots serving in the military in Iraq and abroad and police and fire departments. I read a poem that was written by an unknown author which I found on the internet and I wanted to share it with you. You will find it as an insert in this newsletter.

Seniors

Several years ago our police department started a program for the senior citizens or citizens with special needs in Landover Hills. This program keeps a record of emergency contacts, location of medicine emergency persons to contact and any other information you feel is pertinent. This information is not given out to anyone but is kept confidential within the police department. We are doing this to provide information should an emergency arise at your home, and you are unable to contact emergency service personnel. We are urging any of our seniors or residents with special needs to fill out the form or if you need assistance, we would be glad to assist you. You can mail it back to us or we will send someone from the police department to pick it up.
 

Reminders

1) Parking of unregistered, suspended, unlicensed, partially dismantled or in an inoperative condition vehicle is classified as an abandoned auto according to State, County and Landover Hills Ordinances. The parking fine is now $200.00 plus your vehicle will be impounded immediately which incurs additional impoundment costs.
 

2) Storage of vehicles which are unregistered, suspended, unlicensed, partially dismantled or in an inoperative condition are classified as abandoned vehicles and are prohibited on private property with the exception of an enclosed garage. Car covers are not an acceptable alternative to the laws. The fine is now $200.00. In addition to the fine, if not paid, you will be given a court date. If you don't appear in court in your defense, the town can ask that the fine be doubled and also get a court order to enter your property with a tow truck to remove the vehicle and the costs will be assessed against your taxes.
 

3) Left wheels to the curb. You cannot park with the left side of your vehicle against the curb unless you are on a one-way street. If you do park this way, you will receive a $50.00 parking citation. This is a law throughout the State of Maryland. If the fine is not paid within 15 days, it is increased.
 

Crime Prevention Tip of the Month

During the evening hours turn your front porch light on and leave it on during the night. This helps in two ways. One, it helps to illuminate the area. Two, not only can you see who is outside, but your neighbors can see if an unwanted guest is on your property. You should also invest in a motion detector light for the rear portion of your property. If someone goes in your backyard or around your back door or windows the light will come one and stay on while they are there.

This either scares them away, or even if you can't see them, your neighbor can. We also have an officer who upon request, can do a security survey on your home or business to assist you with security tips to better protect your homes and businesses.