|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||September 2001|
Letter From the Mayor
As a result of concerns regarding the safety of pedestrians; in addition
to the appearance and other conditions along Annapolis Road (Route 450),,
which is a state road, particularly the portion nearest the Town of Landover
Hills; a special meeting was held at Town Hall on Thursday, August 23,
2001. Present at this meeting was the District Engineer Mr. Charlie Watkins
and other officials from the State Highway Administration, in addition
to the Mayor of the Town of Landover Hills, the Town Manager and Police
Chief. There was a lively discussion concerning the need for better lighting
along Route 450, particularly at the intersection of 72nd Avenue
and Route 450, where there have been a number of accidents. Other matters
discussed included the need to enhance the entire Route 450 corridor; similar
to what has been done on Landover Road and what is currently being done
along Kenilworth Avenue. Although, the intersection of Route 450 and Route
410 is not within the boundaries of the Town of Landover Hills, but impacts
upon Landover Hills' residents as well as everyone else who must pass that
intersection; the matters of traffic signals for West bound motorists at
that intersection was again discussed; which included the need to move
the traffic light and signs approximately twelve to fifteen inches to the
left, so that the motorists turning left and those continuing Westbound
would not be confused. We were informed that this matter would be looked
into, and that other concerns would be addressed; additionally, it was
stated that the Town of Landover Hills and other areas along the Route
450 corridor are included in a plan to upgrade Route 450, similar to the
work that has been done on Landover Road and the work that is currently
being done on Kenilworth Avenue. It was further stated that construction
should be completed within the next two years.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town of Landover
Hills residents who have made positive comments about the two bus shelters
that were installed, approximately two years ago along the eastbound side
of Route 450. These residents have expressed how pleased they are to have
a bus shelter to sit down in; particularly on days of inclement weather.
After the bus shelters were installed, a few residents expressed concern
about the shelters being too close to the curbside and sometimes interfering
with the range of vision when a left turn onto Route 450 is made. As a
result of this concern, the company that installed the shelters were asked
to move the shelters back, The shelters were moved back approximately three
feet. After the shelters were moved, the Mayor measured the distance from
the curbside to the shelters on the eastbound side of Route 459, in addition
to the shelters on the westbound side of Route 450, which were installed
approximately twenty years ago and found that all of the shelters were
about equal distance from the curbside. As a final point, it is suggested
that extra care be used when making a left turn onto Route 450.
Congratulations to this year's Town of Landover Hills Mayor's Scholarship
recipients, Wayne Churaman and Sean Jefferson. Keep up the good work!
Also a special word of thanks to the Landover Hills Mayor's Scholarship
committee members who review applications and select scholarship recipients.
Councilmembers Terry A.B. Wilson, Michael Thompson and Ms. Juanita Hood,
The upcoming Town Meeting will be held on Monday, September 17, 2001. The active participation of residents as always is welcome.
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Code Enforcement Reminder
If you received a notice to paint your house or remove a dead tree from
your property, please make sure you check your compliance date. Some of
the notices have about thirty days left to complete either painting or
removing a dead tree. If you go past the due date and you have not requested
an extension you will be issued a municipal infraction. A municipal infraction
will cost you additional money.
If you did not receive a letter about painting or a dead tree, but you notice that this needs to be done on your property, we are still issuing violation notices. So please, beat us to it. Correct the problem before it is pointed out to you. Fall is a good time of year to get things done before winter sets in and damage from fallen trees or untreated surfaces occurs.
Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 @ 7p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 2001 @ 7 pm
Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 @ 7:30
Monday, Oct. 15, 2001 @ 7:30
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.
The 24th Annual University Park
Children's Co-op Sale will offer gently used Fall/Winter clothing,
outerwear, toys, books, furniture and equipment for babies, children and
teens on Saturday,
October 14, from 10 am to 1 pm at Riverdale Presbyterian
Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Road, University Park, MD. High quality items
at great prices! (No checks please).
Upper Marlboro Antiques Show, Sept. 21-23,
Marlboro Tobacco Market, 15251 Route 725, Old Marlboro Pike,
from 10 am to 6 pm. Browse authentic antiques and collectibles from 106
dealers, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, plus food and free parking.
For more information, call 301-888-9123.
Port Towns Day, Sept. 22, 4601 Annapolis
Road, Bladensburg, held at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, from 11 am
to 5 pm. The event features food, music, games, rides and boat rides. Call
Kinderfest, Sept. 30. Will be held
from noon to 5 pm at Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins park Drive, Upper
Marlboro. Enjoy live entertainment, hayrides and games. For more information,
Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Sharon Unger,
of Varnum Street, who unexpectedly passed away Friday, August 31, 2001.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Gary and their children.
Sharon touched the hearts of many and will be missed by all.
September Birthday Wishes
Wayne Merrill 9/1
Robert Meli 9/1
Dianne Pierson 9/1
Cecilia Gonsalves 9/2
Ronald Richardson 9/3
Richard Barrett 9/3
Billie Wilson 9/5
Richard Shipp 9/5
Mary Felker 9/6
Raymond Baum 9/8
Steven Skinner 9/12
Carolynn Keefe 9/13
Robert Ripley 9/13
Barbara Grandison 9/14
Emma McDermott 9/16
Malcolm Gonsalves 9/20
Alois Weinmann 9/20
Allan Johnson 9/24
Mary Britt 9/24
George Abrams 9/26
William Bernhard 9/26
Rosemary Gonsalves 9/29
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.
Mosquitos/West Nile Virus/Dead Birds
The Asian Tiger Mosquitos that are plaguing this area can carry West
Nile Virus. It is up to everyone to eliminate all water sources to prevent
breeding. One sign that West Nile Virus may be in an area is the discovery
of dead birds, especially crows and starlings. If you should find a dead
bird that has no visible signs of injury, please call 1-866-866-2769.
This a hotline number set up by the State of Maryland. They will direct
you on what to do with the bird.
The Talking Badge
By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.
By the time you read this article, school will have been open for at
least a week. It is starting to get cooler and soon the clocks will be
turned back. And to add to this, there will be more children walking to
schools that used to ride the busses. For you parents, if you have a child
walking to school for the first time, I would suggest that you walk them
to school several days to see the route they will be taking and also so
that you can give them some pointers. You can make sure that the route
they will be taking is one that you approve of and if for some unknown
reason they are late, you will know what route to check for them.
Make sure that your children have some reflective striping on their
book bags if they are going to cross any streets to aid in visibility to
motorists and others. When they cross any streets, use any existing crosswalks.
If it happens to be dark when they walk to school, a flashlight would be
helpful and try to walk with other children. If you are a child that is
waiting at an existing bus stop, please try to stand on any sidewalks if
available. If your bus stop has a patrol assigned to your bus stop, please
listen to them as they are there to assist in your safety. As a reminder
to motorists, please watch out for children as they again begin crossing
streets and gathering at school bus stops. Motorists should also be aware
of school busses and to watch for the yellow flashing lights which indicate
that the busses are going to stop as soon as the lights change to red.
Also be mindful of the speed limits in school zones as most are posted
at 15 miles per hour.
To our neighborhood children:
I hope your summer was as pleasant as you had planned and you are now "LOOKING FORWARD" to another school year. As a suggestion, if your last year in school wasn't as successful as you wanted it to be, now is the time to plan on what you should do differently to make it a more productive year.
REMEMBER... YOU ARE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
AND YOUR SUCCESS IN SCHOOL. Your Parents and Teachers are there to instruct
and guide you along the way, but it is up to you to take advantage of the
opportunity that is available to you. Don't look to others that would lead
you away from your goals and don't place the blame for failing on others.
Count on yourself and those that really care about you and want to see
you succeed. Sometimes it may not seem easy and you may have to really
work hard to achieve your goals. Rewards do come with hard work; so work
hard and you can be the best at whatever you really want to be.