|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||June 2002|
Letter From the Mayor
Several months ago there was mention in the Landover Hills Chronicle
Newsletter of a plan by the Mayor and Council to erect a Veterans Memorial
in the Town of Landover Hills. In commemoration of Veteran residents who
resided and or still reside in the Town of Landover Hills, and who served
our nation in the various branches of service; some making the ultimate
sacrifice for this nation.
It was also pointed out in a prior edition of the Chronicle, that the
Mayor was working with a designated committee consisting of Councilmember
Roderick Kennedy and Richard Shipp, on the project. During this month there
will be a review of pictures taken of other Veteran memorials erected in
other places, after which the Mayor and Council will select a particular
Anyone who wishes to offer their help in this project may call Landover
Hills Town Hall at 301-773-6401.
The Landover Hills Police Department is to be commended for their work
in bringing about the apprehension of car thieves and carjackers who have
been operating in the Landover Hills vicinity. At last report one of the
criminals was apprehended by the long arm of the law in Tacoma Washington.
Many police jurisdictions coordinated with the Landover Hills Police Department,
in bringing about the capture of these criminals.
On Saturday, June 15, 2002, starting at 3:00 p.m., the Friends of Mayor
Lee P. Walker, committee will be sponsoring a "Landover Hills International
Community Day", in the park adjacent to the Landover Hills Municipal
Building. Mayor Walker is a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates
representing the newly created 47th Legislative District.
Residents and others are invited to come out and participate, there
will be free food and beverages. Residents are asked to bring their favorite
food and wear traditional attire. There will be activities for children
and adults. Don't miss this fine affair. In case of rain, the alternate
date will be Sunday,, June 16, 2002.
The next scheduled Town Meeting will be on Monday, June 17, 2002. At
7:30 p.m. Your participation is invited.
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Town Council Calendar
Monday, July 1, 2002, 7 pm
Monday, August 5, 2002, 7 pm
Monday, June 17, 2002, 7:30 pm
Monday, July 15, 2002, 7:30 pm
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 at 301-773-6401.
Mother's Morning Out at Christ Methodist
Church (69th Avenue and Annapolis Rd.) will have a summer fun
program in July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am- 1pm for
children 2 -6 years old. For registration and information, please call
Mrs. Tamai at 301-350-1155 or Mrs. Woodworth at 301-322-5281.
Ascension Vacation Bible School July 22-26
Time: 6:30- 9:00 pm
Place: Ascension Lutheran Church
On site registration in the Narthex
Nightly opening and closing in the sanctuary.
Who: Children entering pre-K through 8th grade. Adult Bible study offered by Pastor Hedt.
Cost:$5.00 per attendee for a T-shirt.
Congratulations to all of the Town's graduating Seniors! For those who would like to be mentioned individually, please call Town Hall.
It has been observed that many residents, especially newcomers to Landover
Hills, have been cutting down mature trees. While raking leaves in the
Fall is a task that few of us enjoy, the benefits of trees in a community
far out weigh any drawbacks. Below are some reasons.
1. Trees conserve energy in the summer and save you money. Properly
planted trees can cut your air-conditioning costs by 15-35%.
2. Trees help clean the air. Trees produce the oxygen we breathe, and
remove air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration,
and by retaining particulates.
3. Trees bring songbirds close by. Birdsong will fill the air as trees
provide nesting sites, food and cover for countless species.
4. Trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15% or more.
Studies of comparable houses with and without trees place a markedly higher
value on those whose yards are sheltered by trees.
5. Trees help clean our rivers and streams. Trees hold the soil in place
and reduce polluted runoff into our waterways.
6. Trees conserve energy in the winter. Trees can slow cold winter winds,
and can cut your heating costs 10-20%.
7. Trees fight global warming. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,
the major contributor to the threat of global warming. Trees planted near
our homes and in our communities moderate temperatures and reduce the need
for air conditioning and heating produced by fossil fuels, a major source
of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide.
8. Trees make your home, and your neighborhood, more beautiful. Trees
mark the changing seasons, and add grace and seasonal color. Trees make
a house feel like a home.
9. Trees are fun! Planting and caring for trees can be a great family
and community building activity.
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.
By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.
When Do I Begin Teaching My Child about Personal Safety?
Parents often wonder at what age they can begin teaching their children
about personal safety. While it would be convenient if there were a determined
age, "one size" doesn't fit everybody. A child's ability to comprehend
and practice safety skills is determined by the child's age and educational
and developmental levels. It is also important that parents realize children
need to model, rehearse, and practice new skills to incorporate them into
their daily lives. A parent may think that by telling their child about
personal safety, the child will assimilate that information into a practice
of the skills.
"I've never known of a child who, when you tell them something one time,
you never have to repeat it," stated Nancy A. McBride, the National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) director of prevention education.
"Children need repetition and reinforcement to acquire new skills, and
parents are in a great position to work with their children in a calm,
Another important element for skill acquisition is reassurance. In today's
world children are very aware of dangers and tragedies. Because that awareness
already exists, it is self-defeating to use fear as a teaching tool, as
fear tends to paralyze, not empower. Children who are taught safety concepts
are better prepared to handle and protect themselves if self-confidence
is part of what they are being taught. Communication and active listening
are other vital components to success. If parents approach personal child
safety in an open manner, children will be more likely to come to them
with problems or concerns in their lives.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a signature
Knowing My 8 Rules for Safety,
which is a good
place for parents to begin teaching personal safety skills. The rules are
simple, are concise, and provide encouragement and options for children
who need an adult's help.
Lastly, parental and adult supervision is tantamount to a child's protection
and safety. Children cannot be criticized or blamed for making the wrong
safety choices if they are not old enough or skilled enough to make those
choices. "The responsibility for a young child's safety rests squarely
on the trusted adults in that child's life," stated McBride. "Parents need
to do their due diligence and check out adults who have access to their
children, and children are never too old for a parent's or trusted adult's
The more involvement a parent takes in his or her child's life, the
less likely it is that the child will seek that attention from a less savory
and possibly dangerous source. There are no quick fixes or gimmicks that
take place of adult supervision and concern. It's up to all of us to ensure
our children's safety and protection.
Knowing My 8 Rules for Safety