|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||November 2000|
Letter From the Mayor
A good time was had by all who attended the annual Landover Hills Halloween
party on Friday, October 27, 2000. Thanks to Town Manager Kathy Tavel,
and Administrative Assistant Juanita Hood, who played a major role in coordinating
activities; also Councilmembers William Kley and Mike Thompson in addition
to Vice Mayor Jeannette Ripley who participated in activities, Corporal
Peter Jensen and Officer Andrew Gue of the Landover Hills Police Department;
Mr. Robert Frazier and other Landover Hills Public Works staff members,
and everyone else who participated in this activity.
The Public Safety Forum held on Wednesday, October 18, 2000, at Town
Hall was a successful event. Invited guests who made presentations during
the Forum were Judges Julie B. Weatherly and Dwight D. Jackson of the Circuit
Court of Maryland, Prince George's County Councilmember Thomas R. Hendershot,
Captain Tanner and Lieutenant Danz of the Maryland State Police, Lieutenant
Colonel Charles A. Pollock and Captain Roberto Hylton, of the Prince George's
County Police, Mr. George Catloth of the Maryland National Capital Park
and Planning Commission; and a presentation by Landover Hills Police Chief,
Henry Norris, Jr.
Very beneficial information was provided regarding the Circuit Court's
Juvenile Justice System, methods of combating crime, including a local
vicinity community center where wholesome activities could be made
available for all area residents.
Several days after the Public Safety Forum, I talked with Town Residents
who informed me that they were looking forward to attending the Public
Safety Forum, however, they received the "Landover Hills Chronicle" after
the event was over. Upon checking into the matter I found that the Chronicle
was late reaching residents because of a problem in the Postal System.
I talked with a Postal official who assured me that the problem would be
corrected. Aside from this matter the Public Safety Forum was a very successful
The next Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 20, 2000, come
out and participate.
Mayor Lee P. Walker
NO TRASH PICK-UP ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH !
Town Council Calendar
Council WorkshopsMonday, December 4, 2000 @ 7 pm
Tuesday, January 2, 2000 @ 7 pm*
Monday Nov. 20 ,2000 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, Dec. 18, 2000 @7:30 pm
*Note: Meeting date is on a Tuesday due to the New Years Day Holiday.
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.
Auditors- Mr. Jim Lindsey from the auditing
firm of Lindsey & Salita gave a presentation to the Mayor and Council
on the recently completed AnnualTown audit. He stated that the Town received
a clean opinion which is the highest opinion given.
Personnel Rules- The Mayor and Council
reviewed the changes to the proposed Personnel Rules made by the Town Attorney
in conjunction with the Town Manager and Police Chief. The Mayor and Council
continue to review the Personnel Rules and hope to have them ready by the
beginning of the year.
RedLight Camera Update- Town Attorney
Richard Colaresi brought the Mayor and Council up to date on the progress
on the red Light Camera installation. He discussed the various options
of paying for the installation. The Mayor and Council agreed to contract
with the installer, DJR, for installation.
A motion was by Vice Mayor Jeannette Ripley to authorize the Mayor
to sign the contract with DJR for the installation of Red Light Cameras
in the amount of $40, 000 - $44,000.Councilmember Roderick Kennedy seconded
the motion. All voted aye and the motion was carried. The approximate date
for installation of the cameras is January 1st.
Road Work- Town Manager Tavel stated the road work in Town had begun. The work that is scheduled to be completed is as follows:
Any work not completed due to a change in weather will be finished next year.
U.S. Navy Commodores-
Nov. 29 @ the Inn and Conference Center, University
of Maryland. 8 p.m. Free
Community College Concert- December 11 @ 8 pm. Featuring the music
of students and concert choir in a special holiday performance. PG Community
College, Largo FREE. For more info call 301-322-0955.
Candlelight Tours- Dec. 1-3-Marietta House Museum, Glenn Dale. Decorations
from Civil War, federal and late Victorian eras, live music, storyteller,
Civil War Santa and light refreshments. ($) 6-8:30 p.m. 301-464-5291.
Holiday Tea- December 7 & 28; Belair Mansion, Bowie- 4 p.m. ($)
Town Hall Closings
Town Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. There will be NO TRASH PICK-UP ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24.
November Birthday Wishes
Walter Churaman 11/1
Althea Bullock 11/4
Herbert Bullock 11/9
Akram Grooms 11/13
Jack Mitchell 11/18
Chiofa Schick 11/22
Annette Schomisch 11/23
Rhonda Grooms 11/23
Ronald Muklevene 11/27
Robert Gonsalves 11/29
Halloween PartyCostume Contest
1st Place Samantha Twinam
2nd Place Lamar Contreras
3rd Place Riah Proctor
1st Place Amber Twinam
2nd Place Brian Owens
3rd Place Tie Robert Proctor
1st Place Jason Rogers
2nd Place Kevin Walker
3rd Place Tashea Plummer
Ages 17 and over
Tie for First Place
Laura Hood and Annie Hood
The next Town election will be held on Tuesday May 8, 2001. One Council seat from each Ward will be up for election. Petitions will be available after February 7, 2001. More detailed information will be in the January newsletter.
Deck the Halls
Annual Holiday House Decorating Contest
This year the Holiday House Decorating Contest will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2000 beginning at 7 pm. The 3 categories will be Best Overall, Most Creative and Most Traditional.
The Talking Badge
The holiday season is now upon us and I know that all of you will
begin preparations for Thanksgiving. Also, the Christmas season is just
around the corner and I know that this means a lot of shopping and leaving
your home unattended for long periods of time.
During this time, criminals will be looking to take advantage of
those who fail to protect their property.
Try to keep the following tips in mind during the up and coming holiday
1. When leaving your home, either visiting, shopping or going away,
be sure to lock all doors and windows. If you plan to be out of town for
the holidays, plan to have someone pick up your mail and newspapers. Take
steps to make your home look "lived in" while you are away and notify the
Town Police to keep a check on your residence. Place either lights or a
radio on a timer while you are out. Don't give someone the chance to go
shopping in your residence while you are gone.
2. While shopping, try to park your vehicle in a lighted area as
close to busy entrances as possible. Be sure to close the windows and lock
the doors. If you have packages or valuables, please keep these items in
the trunk. Do not leave any valuable items out in the open. If you see
someone suspicious hanging around your vehicle, don't approach. Go to a
phone and call the police or the shopping center security. When approaching
your vehicle, have your keys ready and once in your vehicle, lock the doors.
3. While shopping in stores, minimize the appearance of carrying
a lot of cash. Suspects will watch for persons that appear to be carrying
large sums of money. If you must carry a purse, keep it close to you. Do
not leave it in a shopping cart as you travel around in a store. If possible,
shop with a friend or relative since there is safety in numbers. Remember,
you are there to have a good time and not be a victim.
4. Finally, be aware of things around you. Appear confident and alert
about your surroundings and do not let yourself be distracted.
Above all, don't let fear replace the joy of the holidays and holiday shopping..It can be a wonderful time of the year. Remember, your police department will do everything possible to assist with a safe, prosperous and protected Holiday Season.