Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter March 2001

Letter From the Mayor

As indicated in last month's Chronicle newsletter, due to concerns raised by Town Resident's regarding the Prince George's County School Bus Program; the Director of the School Bus Program, Mr. Kenneth Savoid, was invited as a speaker at last month's Town Meeting, to provide information for Town residents about the School Bus Program.
 

One of the points that Mr. Savoid raised concerned the importance of recording the number of the school bus that there were concerns about. Overall, Mr. Savoid's presentation was very informative, he requested that he be contacted vis telephone at 301-952-6572, regarding any matters pertaining to the Prince George's County School Bus Program.
 

It is good to see that Town Resident's are enjoying the bus shelters during these days of winter weather. We have been informed that lighting in the bus shelters will soon be added; also the installation of a mercury vapor type light on the pole nearest the bus shelter in Rinck Park is still being pursued, in order to provide better lighting to the surrounding area during evening hours.
 

The Mayor's Scholarship fundraising activity held at Andrews Air Force Base Foxes Den Club, on March 3, 2001, was well attended. There was participation by a wide cross section of persons from across Prince George's County and beyond. Among the presentations made during the function was a Proclamation to Dr. Ronald A. Williams, the keynote speaker and President of Prince George's Community College, from the Town of Landover Hills, read by the Mayor of the Town; for the outstanding accomplishments that have taken place at Prince George's Community College during the past eighteen months of Dr. Ronald A. William's tenure as President. During Dr. William's presentation he mentioned that two residents of the Town of Landover Hills, Mrs. Sheila Skinner and her daughter Ms. Nyree Skinner, were currently students at Prince George's Community College. Overall the evening was an enjoyable one and a great success.
 

The next Town Meeting will be held on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.. Town meetings are held every third Monday of the month. Your participation is expected and invited.
 


Mayor Lee P. Walker



 
 

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops
Monday, March 5,2001 @ 7 pm

Monday, April 2, 2001 @ 7 pm
 

Town Meetings
Monday, March 19, 2001@7:30 pm*

Monday, April 16, 2001@ 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.



 
 
 

Upcoming Events

Landover Hills Annual Easter Egg Hunt- will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 11 a.m.

Prizes for gold and silver egg. All ages welcome. Rain or shine (hunt is outdoors so dress appropriately). Raffle. Landover Hills Town Hall 6904 Taylor Street
 

New Hope Academy's Ballet and Cultural Dance Center presents Cinderella on Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday April 7 at 11;30 am and 7:30 pm at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly. Ticket prices: $8.00 adults; $5.00 children, students and seniors. For tickets please call the Publick Playhouse at 301-277-1710 or New Hope Academy at 301-459-7311.
 

"Don't Touch that Dial!" starring the Bowie Knights of Harmony Barbershop Chorus and featuring Runaway Sound (International Quartet Quarterfinalists). Friday, March 23 & March 24, 2001 at 8pm with a Saturday matinee at 1pm. Bowie State University Auditorium, Jericho Park Rd., Bowie, Maryland. For ticket information call 301-843-1795.
 

24th Annual Children's Gently Worn Clothing Sale sponsored by University Park Children's Clothing Co-op. Spring and Summer Clothing, Toys, Books and Baby Equipment. Excellent prices! Saturday, April 7, 10 am to 1pm Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Rd in University Park.
 

University Park Annual Town Wide Yard Saleis Saturday April 21 from 9am to 2 pm. Over 50 homes! Pick up your map highlighting the participating homes on the morning of the event at the corner of Adelphi Rd and Wells Parkway, as well as University Park Town Hall- 6724 Baltimore Ave.



March Birthday Wishes
Beatrice Hagen 3/1

Marietta Jamie 3/1

Liane Luini 3/2

Jeff Schomisch 3/3

Charles Clarke 3/4

Gloria Bullock 3/6

Robert Mark Wilbur 3/9

Robert Bullock 3/11

Robert Good 3/12

Barbara Clarke 3/16

D'Anne Twinam 3/19

Theresa Hulbert 3/21

Patricia Seaton 3/21

Andrea West 3/21

Kathleen Walker 3/21

Joseph Bush 3/25

John Koch 3/28

Sumy Schick 3/28

Kathy Tavel 3/31



 

Neighborhood News


Happy Belated Birthday to JosephBrown of Webster Street who turned 40 on January 9th!
 

Happy Birthday to Carlos Fraticelli ! Carlos will celebrate his first birthday on March 7th.


Senatorial Scholarships


Students who reside in the 22nd Legislative District are encouraged to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship from the office of state Senator Paul G. Pinsky.
 

The scholarships are awar/ded 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, 2001.



 

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 share.



 

TOWN ELECTIONS


The next Town election will be held on Tuesday May 8, 2001. One Council seat from each Ward will be up for election. Councilmembers elected in 2001, shall serve a four year term which will end in 2005.
 

Anyone who is currently registered with the Board of Elections Supervisors of Prince George'sCounty and whose registration displays a Landover Hills address shall be eligible to vote in the Town election. Mail-in voter registration forms may be obtained at the Landover Hills Town Hall. Absentee ballots may be requested in writing. Absentee ballots must be received at the Landover Hills Town Hall; 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills, MD 20784, no later than Monday , May 7, 2001 at 4 p.m..
 

Qualifications

Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Council member must have resided in their Ward for at least one (1) year immediately preceding their election and shall be qualified voters of the Town. They must maintain residence in the Ward they represent during their entire term of office.
 

Nomination Petitions

Any person wishing to run for Council must submit to the Town Manager by March 23, 2001, a petition in support of his/her candidacy signed by at least ten (10) registered voters in their Ward.
 


Second Seat Open in Ward 3

Councilmember Andrew Holloway will be vacating his Ward III seat due to family obligations at the end of April. This will leave both Council seats open in Ward III. Any one interested in running for Council needs to call Town Hall at 301-773-6401.


Public Works Service Schedule

Mondays:
Grass and yard waste collection

Tuesdays:
PG County recycling collections
Town Household waste collection

Fridays:

Town Household waste collection

Bulk Trash:
First and Third Wednesday's of the month

Appliances

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.



 

Code Enforcement

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 you.
 

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 you.
 

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.

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 and doors?
 

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 boards 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

By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.Warmer weather is getting closer and with warmer weather, there are more residents outside either working in their yard, riding bicycles or more traveling in automobiles. There are several items of importance that I would like to bring to your attention.

Red Light Cameras

Since the town of Landover Hills has two red light cameras installed, there have been questions asked at the town meeting and on the telephone. One question asked was about vehicles making a right turn on red. If you do not stop for the red light where the cameras are located, prior to making your right turn, you will cause the camera to activate and you will receive a citation in the mail. If you stop before you make a right turn, the camera will not activate and you can make your right turn and you will not receive a citation in the mail. So, if you receive a citation in the mail, you did not stop for the red light before you made the right turn. It will indicate your speed on the citation which is taken by the camera at the stop line painted on the roadway. The . violation occurs when you don't stop at the stop line.
 

There have been numerous complaints about speeding on the roadways in Landover Hills and vehicles not stopping for the stop signs. We will be utilizing more time towards enforcing these violations and because of the number of complaints, very few warnings will be given out. We urge our residents to help us in this , as it benefits our residents as well as persons visiting Landover Hills.
 

Another item of concern that was discussed at the last town meeting was the problems encountered at our school bus stops. The problems occurring are fights, trash left at the locations and boisterous and foul language. We would like to urge as many parents or guardians to wait with their children or young adults at these bus stops and we believe that there will be a great reduction in the number of complaints. We will have Landover Hills Police Officers also stopping at the bus stops in an effort to alleviate some or all of these complaints. We would also like to urge our residents to attend the monthly town meeting which is every third Monday at 7:00pm. We wish you well in March and hope to see you at the town meeting.