Landover Hills Chronicle
LANDOVER HILLS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2005

Town Hall will be closed on

Monday, January 17, 2005 in observance of ML King Day
and
Monday, February 21, 2005 for the Presidents Day Holiday.

Letter From the Mayor


 


On Thursday, December 30, 2004, there was a meeting at the State Highway Administration (SHA) District 3 office, located at 9300 Kenilworth Avenue; the purpose of the meeting was to discuss municipal concerns regarding SHA projects. There were a number of municipalities represented at this meeting. The Mayor of the Town of Landover Hills was also in attendance. It was pointed out that a major concern of the Town of Landover Hills at this time, involves Route 450 median road enhancement. Mr. Pedersen, SHA Administrator, stated that the District Engineer, Mr. Charlie Watkins would be working with the Town of Landover Hills regarding this matter.
 

During the Town Council Workshop on Monday, January 3, 2005, the proposed Veteran's Memorial Project was discussed, two possible sites for the location of the Veteran's Memorial are under consideration. Anyone wishing to participate in this project should call Town Hall at 301-773-6401.
 

Landover Hills Day was also discussed during the Council Workshop. As mentioned in a prior edition of the Chronicle Newsletter, on April 15, 2005, the Town will commemorate its 60th year of establishment as a Town. Some of the areas discussed included a parade through the Town, food, entertainment, clean-up committees, involvement of the local churches, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and art exhibits were also discussed.
 

Dates under consideration for Landover Hills Day are May 7th and May 14th, 2005. Anyone who wishes to help or participate in Landover Hills Day activities should call Town Hall.
 

The next Town Meeting will be on Monday, January 24, 2005 , at 7:30 p.m.; the changed date is due to observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 17, 2005.
 

Mayor Lee. P. Walker
 



Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, February 7, 2005, 7 pm

Monday, March 7, 2005. 7 pm
 

Town Meetings*

Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, 7:30 pm



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.


Holiday House Decorating Contest Winners


Each year the Town holds an informal house decorating contest. This year because of the large amount of beautifully decorated houses, the judges had a very difficult time making their decision.
 

MOST TRADITIONAL

7009 Allison Street
 

MOST CREATIVE

4401 71st Avenue
 

BEST OVERALL

7001 Taylor Terrace
 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

7100, 7103, 7006, 7017 Taylor St.

6911, 7122 Varnum Street

7405 Buchanan Street

4112,4110 Beall Street

4111 Fairfax Street

4207 70th Avenue

4203,4205,4118 71st Avenue

4407,4406,3802,3901 72nd Ave.
 

A special thanks to all the residents who helped light up the holiday nights!!!!!
 


Upcoming Events


Saturday Morning at the Movies

The Publick Playhouse began as a movie theatre in the 1950's. This season, the big screen's back along with weekend entertainment for children ages 7 to 12. Saturday Morning at the Movies, modeled after New York's Radio City, includes a half hour of great, live entertainment. Musicians, magicians and comical clowns will start the show, followed by a hit full- length family movie. Mark your calendar and save Saturday mornings for laughter and cheers! Tickets $5
 

Daddy Day Care

February 12, 10 am

Entertainment: Mark Lohr's Suitcase Circus
 

Lilo and Stitch

March 12, 10 am

Entertainment: Eric Redman's Magik
 

The Publick Playhouse,5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Information: 301-277-1711.
 

Chesapeake Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Saturday, Jan 22, 8 am- 5pm, Sunday, Jan. 23, 8 am- 3 pm Calling all anglers, sailors and hunters! Browse and shop from more than 200 vendors, selling everything from boats to fishing items. All ages welcome. Call for admission information. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro. Information 301-952-7999, www.showplacearena.com
 

Winter Kinder Crafts, Tues. Jan 25, 3-4:30 pm. Children (ages 3-6) are invited to drop in for hot chocolate and to make winter crafts. An adult must accompany children. Reservations required by Jan. 21st. Fee: $2.00. Goodluck Community Center, 8601 Goodluck Rd., Lanham. For more information, please call 301-552-1093.


Trash Pick-up Schedule

Tuesdays:

PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection
 

Wednesdays: Bulk Trash 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.
 

Yard Waste Pick-up

Beginning the week of January 15th, yard waste will be picked up on regular trash days. Separate yard waste pick-up (Wednesdays) will resume after April 15th, 2005. See Bates Trash Removal insert for more information.
 


Snow
On December 18, 2000, the Mayor and Council passed an Emergency Ordinance concerning street parking during snow storms. Below are the "highlights" of that Ordinance.

Ordinance O-03-00

An Ordinance regulating temporary parking after a snowfall so that vehicles must be parked on one side of the street or as directed by Town personnel and further providing the authority to close streets temporarily for emergencies or construction.

Section 9802-Street Parking Regulations

Whenever snow has accumulated in the streets of the town to a depth of one (1) inch or more, the following procedures apply to all vehicles parked or left to stand on the streets of the town.
 

1. On one-way streets or on streets with a median separating the travel lanes, vehicles must be at the right curb facing in the direction of travel in that lane.
 

2. On all streets other than those listed in sub-section one (1), vehicles must be parked on the odd- numbered side of the street.
 

3. Vehicles shall otherwise be parked or left as directed by the police or public works personnel.
 

Trailers, included boat and trailer and travel trailers must not be on any street unless the owner/lessor of the trailer is a resident of the town and can demonstrate that they have no off-street parking on the property in which the owner/lessee resides.
 

The provisions of this subsection 9802 (d) shall be effective without notification and shall remain in effect until the street is plowed; provided however that when snow shall accumulate to a depth of one inch or more after 11 p.m., the provisions of the sub-title 9802 (d) shall not be effective until 7 a.m. on the day following and shall remain in effect until the street is plowed.
 


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


Energy Assistance for Eligible Maryland Residents


Low income Maryland residents may be eligible to receive a discount on a portion of the naturalgas they use through a new Residential Essential Service (RES) pilot program. The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) assists eligible customers in paying winter heating bills through grants based on family size and income. Washington Gas has received permission from the Maryland Public Service Commission to administer this program through April 2005. For more information contact the Maryland Department of Human Resources Energy Hotline at 1-800-352-1446 or visit the program's website at www.dhr.state.md.us/meap.


The Talking Badge

Chief Henry G. Norris


 


Defensive Winter Driving and Safety Tips
 

Defensive driving is "driving to save lives, time and money in spite of conditions around you and the actions of others." As defensive drivers there are two things we can control: they are ourselves and the vehicle we drive. There are other things we cannot control. These include: light, road, traffic, weather and other driver conditions.
 

Preventable Collisions - is one in which the driver fails to do everything reasonable to avoid it.

The National Safety Council's DDC Collision Prevention Formula is made up of three life saving steps. 1.Recognize the Hazard - What is causing me to lose control? 2.Understand the Defense - requires only that we control ourselves and our vehicles. We should choose the safest defense that reduces the risk of a collision and lowers the chance of losing control. 3. Act Correctly and in Time - means we will need to act just before the situation gets out of hand.
 

Winterizing Cars - have your mechanic test your brakes, battery, exhaust system, fluid levels, add anti-freeze, and switch to winter-weight oil. Make sure your tires can handle the snow. Carry emergency tools: sand, salt, shovel, snow-scraper/brush, booster cables, blankets and a flashlight.
 

What to Do if We Skid: let up on the accelerator and turn the car in the direction that you want the front wheels to go. Use gentle, steady motions when turning the wheel. Turning too much or too fast can worsen the situation.
 

Anti-Lock Brakes and Stopping Distance- Do not pump anti-lock brakes. They are designed to do the pumping for you to prevent wheel lockup.
 

Three-Second and Three-Second Plus Rule to follow safely. It requires use of a stationary marker such as a post or sign. When the bumper of the vehicle in front of us passes the fixed marker, we count 1,001, 1,002, 1,003. If our front bumper gets to that stationary marker before 1003, we're following too closely. In adverse conditions add another second.
 

Weather Hazards - cause reduced visibility, vehicle traction and steering control. Ask yourself, is it absolutely necessary to drive or continue to drive. We need to make sure our windshield wipers are in good condition and windshield wiper fluid is kept full. IT IS A STATE LAW THAT YOU MUST USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS WHEN YOUR WIPERS ARE ON.
 

Slow Down - in some conditions, even going the legal speed limit is too fast.
 

If we all use common sense and we watch out for the driver that is not using common sense, we can arrive alive!! Reminder - Do not leave your vehicle running to warm it up. People are watching and looking for an opportunity to take your car.
 

REMINDER !!!!!!!!!

Storage of Inoperable / Unregistered Vehicles

It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow to be parked, or to store or allow to be stored any vehicles of any kind and description which is inoperable, dismantled, wrecked or not bearing current license plates upon residentially-zoned property or any other property not zoned for such storage within the corporate limits of the Town of Landover Hills for a period of time longer than forty-eight (48) hours after such vehicles became inoperative, dismantled, wrecked, or without current license plates, unless said vehicle is stored and in an enclosed garage.

The fine for storage of inoperable/unregistered vehicles is $200.00 (two hundred dollars).
 

ABANDONED VEHICLES

Abandoned vehicle means any motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer,

A. That is partially dismantled or inoperable and left unattended on public property or a public right of way for more than forty-eight (48) hours;

B. That is illegally on public property or a public right of way;

C. That is on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property;

D. That is on public property or a public right of way; and

(1) is not displaying currently valid registration plates; or

(2) is displaying registration plates of another vehicle.

The fine for parking an abandoned vehicle is $200.00 (two hundred dollars).