Landover Hills Chronicle
LANDOVER HILLS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2006

Town Hall offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of the President's Day Holiday



 


Letter From the Mayor


 


Now that the holidays are over and we are in a brand new year, I hope that everyone had enjoyable holidays. It is now time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move forward, because there is much to be accomplished in this new year of 2006.
 

On Thursday, January 26, 2006, there will be a very important meeting of Council-manic District 3, which includes the Town of Landover Hills and a number of other areas. This meeting will be held at Landover Hills Town Hall.
 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss development at Capital Plaza, which includes a new

Wal-Mart store. This meeting is being called by District 3 County Councilmember Thomas R. Hendershot.
 

Ms. Rhoda Washington, Wal-Mart's District Manager will have an Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to present Wal-Mart's plans. Also, Mr. Randall Levitt from the Nellis Corporation, owners of Capital Plaza will be available to discuss plans for Capital Plaza.
 

At 7:30 p.m., Councilmember Hendershot will hold an informal discussion to address any questions or concerns related to the development plans. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how your community will be impacted by the Capital Plaza development.
 

This meeting is scheduled for residents of District 3 living near Capital Plaza, the municipalities of Landover Hills and New Carrollton, District 3 Civic Associations and members of the Annapolis Road Inner Beltway Alliance (ARIBA).
 

For further information call County Councilmember Thomas R. Hendershot's office at 301-952-3060.
 

Every year around this time an update is provided of your Town Government for the benefit of new residents and everyone else.
 

At the present time all three Wards in the Town of Landover Hills are represented by Councilmembers. We welcome back former Councilmember William Kley, who was recently appointed by the Town Council to complete the remaining term of former Councilmember Gary Rowe and the latest addition to the Town Council, Councilmember Robert Bullock, who will complete the remaining term of former Councilmember Richard Shipp. Former Councilmember Rowe and Shipp relocated due to employment reasons.
 

Please study the map in this edition of the Chronicle and know your Ward and who your Councilmembers are. Any concerns that you have should first be brought to the attention of your respective Councilmembers.
 

At the last Town Meeting there was a presentation given by Mr. Kevin L. Egypt and associates regarding an apprenticeship training; wherein persons accepted unto the program would be paid while they are learning and guaranteed a job after they complete their studies; and tracked for three years after completing their studies to assure their success. Persons who successfully complete the program can receive college credits and assistance for those who wish to pursue a college degree.
 

Town residents who are high school seniors or recent high school graduates are encouraged to apply. Recruiting is no taking place and will end in February 2006. Those persons who are interested are urged to call Town Hall for further information at 301-773-6401.
 

The next Town Meeting will take place on Monday, January 23, 2006, due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 16, 2006.
 

All are invited to attend and participate in the upcoming Town Meeting.
 

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar
 

Town Meetings

Monday, Jan 23, 2006@ 7:30p
 

Council Workshops

Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 @ 7pm

Monday, March 6, 2006 @ 7pm



 

ARIBA


ARIBA, the Annapolis Road Inner Beltway Alliance has been meeting at the Hanko Building in New Carrollton and will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of the month. Visit ARIBA's website for more information:

http://www.ariba450.org


Upcoming Events


Rosa Remembered, Saturday, February 4, 2006, Join the Colours Performing Arts Program, the Northwestern High School Vocal and Instrumental Program and the Gateway CDC as we remember Rosa Parks and her amazing influence on the world.

6:00 p.m.- 10 p.m. Tickets; $8.00 per adult & $5.00 per child. (Proceeds to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, the NHS Music Program, and the Colours Arts in Education Program) For more info call 301-454-8388
 

Children's African American Heritage Celebration, Sunday, February 12, 1 p.m. History comes alive as costumed interpreters provide a glimpse of life at historic Riversdale and share folk tales. Ages 5-12 Fee: $3/adults,$2 seniors & groups of 10 or more, $1/ages 5-18, FREE/ages 4 & under. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. Info: 301-864-0420.
 

Winter Olympic Ice Skating Special, Saturdays, February 18 & 25, 1:30-3:30 pm. Test your skills on the ice and see if you're the next Olympic gold medalist. All ages welcome. Fee: $2 (Fee includes skate rental) Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Info: 301-277-3717
 

Greenberg Train Show, Saturday, February 25, 10 am-4pm & Sunday, February 26, 10am-4pm. If you like trains, you will like this show. See layouts in many different gauges, purchase supplies, books and of course, trains. Call for admission information. The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Info: 301-952-7999.


Neighborhood News


 


Our sympathies are extended to the Richardson Family of 72nd Avenue on the loss of William Richardson, age 76, on December 28, 2005. Husband of Jean Richardson, father of Ronald and Jerry of Landover Hills, Billie Jean Verdel of Hagerstown, Maryland, Jacklyn Laroche of Bel Air, Maryland and Peggy Richardson of Annapolis, Maryland. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and one-great grandchild as well as his little daschund, Charlie. A Memorial Service will be held on February 11, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Bowie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis Maryland 21401.


Holiday Decoration Winners
 

Best Overall

7001 Taylor Terrace

Most Creative

4203 71st Ave.

3901 72nd Ave

Most Traditional

7009 Allison Street

4122 Fairfax Street
 

A great big thank you to our winners and everyone who decorated for making our holidays brighter!



 

Cable Channel 71
 

Channel 71 is temporarily off the air. Once we locate the problem, it will be back up and running!


Snow

Winter is here and already we've had our first snow. There are a few things that residents need to remember.
 

1. The first and most important is to get as many cars as possible off the street, so that the plows can clear as wide a path as possible.
 

2. On one-way streets all cars should be parked on the right side of the roadway.
 

3. On all other streets cars should park on the odd side.
 

4. Keeping cars parked on

one side of the road will allow the plows to plow to the curb. Once this plowing is complete, vehicle owners should move their cars to the opposite side of the street so plowing can be completed.
 

5. When shoveling walkways and driveways, DO NOT throw the snow back into the street. The plows will just come along and pile it back up.
 

Rest assured we will do our best to keep the streets cleared and ice free. When the plows are out during a snow, please remember that they do not have the maneuverability or stopping ability of a regular car, so please stay out of their way.
 

Drive carefully and have a safe winter!


Take Control of Home Heating Costs

Here are a few steps you can take to reduce your energy use and save on your heating bill:
 

Maryland residents who need help in paying their heating and electric bills may qualify for assistance through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). The program is administered by the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs.
 

For residents who are qualified and are accepted into the program the state will assist them in paying their energy bills by making direct payments to their utility or fuel supplier. To determine if you qualify, contact:

Prince George's County

Dept. of Social Services

425 Brightseat Road, Landover

301-909-6300 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Building Permits Reminder


If you are planning to build an addition, install a driveway, build a shed or any other construction project at your home, be sure to get your County building permit and Landover Hills building permit before beginning. The County's Permits & Review Division is located in Inglewood Centre 3, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Largo, Maryland. Their phone number is: 301-883-5900.


Trash Pick-up Schedule

Tuesdays:

PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection
 

Wednesdays: Bulk Trash pick-up and yard waste.*
 

Fridays:

Town Household waste collection
 

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

Yard Waste

Beginning the week of January 15th, yard waste pick-up on Wednesdays will be discontinued until April15th. From January 15th to April 15th, yard waste will be picked up with regular trash pick-up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bulk trash will remain on its normal Wednesday schedule.


LH Decals


Have you gotten your LH decal for your vehicles? The decals will be made available to any resident living within the incorporated area of the Town of Landover Hills. The decal will not give you special parking privileges, but it does help the police by indicating that the vehicle belongs to a Landover Hills resident. If your vehicle is ever stolen, this reflective decal will help the vehicle stand out at night for identification by the police.

The decals are absolutely free! All you need to do is to bring all your vehicle registrations to the police department. We ask that you place the decal either on your rear bumper or on your back windshield in the lower left corner. For further information call: 301-773-6400.


The Talking Badge

by Chief Henry Norris


Can I warm up my car in the morning?

Yes if you stay with your vehicle. You cannot start your car and leave it unattended to warm up. There are people out there looking for this so they can steal your car. It's against the law to start your car and leave it unattended on the roadway.
 

Cold weather tips.

If you go on a trip, you should carry extra clothing, blankets, small shovel, cellular phone, and a piece of cardboard with "Call Police" to display in your car window in case you breakdown. At home, insure that you have adequate insulation around your pipes that may be exposed to the cold air which could cause them to burst. Remember kerosene heaters should be used in a well ventilated room and away from furniture and drapes. Please keep a check on your senior neighbors to insure that they have adequate heat and sidewalks are shoveled. If they need help during daytime hours call 301-773-6400 or during evening hours call 301-333-4000.
 

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.
 

Bicycle Helmets

A lot of children received bicycles as gifts over the holidays. Children under the age of sixteen must wear a helmet while riding on a bicycle, scooter or using in-line skates. Remember, if you are a Town resident and you need a bicycle helmet, the Landover Hills Police Department will give you a helmet for your child. We ask that the parent accompany the child to receive the helmet and to have their bicycle registered.
 

Loose Dogs. We have recently had several loose dog complaints. Your dog must be kept on a leash or behind a fence. If the dog can get out of the yard and wanders up and down the street, even though it may go back home, it is considered a dog at large. You may know your animal but no one else does. Only the dog knows if it will bite someone or jump on them, knocking them down. If your dog is at large, we will contact you if possible. If you cannot be reached, animal control will be contacted to pick the dog up and issue citations to the owners.
 


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