|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|Landover Hills Newsletter||January 2003|
Letter From the Mayor
Now that the holidays have passed I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable
holiday. Best wishes are extended to everyone for a happy, productive and
prosperous New Year.
For a number of years it has been a tradition for residents of the Town
of Landover Hills and the Bellmead community to participate in the annual
holiday house decorating contest. Judges from the Town of Landover Hills
and the Bellmead community join together to select winners in the following
three categories: Most traditional, most creative and best overall. Judges
from the Town of Landover Hills judge houses in the Bellmead Community
and judges from the Bellmead community judge houses in the Town of Landover
Mrs. Walker and I had an opportunity to ride along with the judges from
Bellmead to view many of the resident's houses who participated in the
house decoration contest.
It was good to see all of the fine house decorations of many of the
residents who participated in the contest. The final results are in this
edition of the Landover Hills Chronicle.
On Monday, January 6, 2002, during the Town Council workshop session,
members of the Town Council and I hosted legislators of the new 47th
district; who came out to Landover Hills to learn of the Town's areas of
concern. There was a good exchange of information and questions regarding
matters of concern in the Town of Landover Hills. We convey our thanks
to Senator-elect Gwendolyn Britt, Delegates-elect Rosetta Parker and Doyle
Niemann, in addition to central committee member Amber Waller, for their
visit to the Town of Landover Hills.
Construction on the Landover Hills Neighborhood playground that young
people so patiently await the opening of, will be completed as soon as
the weather permits. Funds for construction of the Landover Hills Neighborhood
Playground were obtained through a grant from the Department of Natural
Resources Program Open Space. A word of thanks to our Town Manager, Mrs.
Kathy Tavel, for her work on this project.
The upcoming Town Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at 7:30
All residents are welcome to come out and participate.
Mayor Lee P. Walker
Town Council Calendar
Monday, February 3, 2003, 7 pm
Monday, March 3, 2003, 7 pm
Tues. Jan 21,2003 7:30 pm
Tues. Feb. 18, 2003, 7:30 pm
* Note: Both the January and February Town Meetings will be held on Tuesdays due to the holidays.
The next town election will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. One Council
seat from each Ward will be up for election as well as the seat of Mayor.
All positions elected in 2003, shall serve a four year term which will
end in 2007.
Anyone who is currently registered with the Board of Election Supervisors
of Prince George's County and whose registration displays a Landover Hills
address shall be eligible to vote in the Town election. Mail-in voter registration
forms may be obtained at the Landover Hills Town Hall. Absentee ballots
may be requested in writing. Absentee ballots must be received at the Landover
Hills Town Hall, 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills, MD 20784, no later
than Monday, May 12, 2003 at 4 p.m.
Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Mayor must have resided
in the Town for at least one year (1) year immediately preceding their
election and shall be a qualified voter of the Town.
Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Council member must have
resided in their Ward for at least one year immediately preceding their
election and shall be qualified voters of the Town. They must maintain
residence in the Ward they represent during their entire term of office.
Declaration of Candidacy
Any person wishing to be a candidate for an elected office must submit
to the Town Manager not less than forty-five (45) days nor more than ninety
(90) days prior to the election a petition under oath in support of his/her
candidacy setting forth the following:
1. The candidate is a registered voter of the Town.
2. The candidate will have attained the required age (21) for the office
he/she is seeking on or before the Election Day.
3. The candidate has been a resident of the Town (or Ward if running
for Councilmember) for one year immediately preceding the date of
4. The Ward in which the candidate resides and the number of years he/she
resided in that ward.
5. The name of the office sought.
Petitions can be picked up at Town Hall.
2003 Election Calendar
February 13, 2003- the first day that candidacy petitions may
be submitted to the Town Manager
March 28, 2003- last day candidacy petitions may be submitted
to the Town Manager
April 14, 2003- last day to register to vote for the May 13,
May 12, 2003- last day absentee ballots will be accepted.
May 13, 2003- Election Day
Town Hall will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2003 and Monday, February
17, 2003 for the ML King and President's Day holidays. There will be NO
YARD WASTE PICK-UP ON MONDAY JAN 20TH AND FEB 17th.
Buffalo Soldier- Thursday, Jan. 23, 10 am & 12 noon.
This is the story of the segregated African American troops who served
our country. It is told through the eyes of Jones Morgan, a 109 year old
Buffalo Soldier. The Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. Tickets:
$7/person. Info: 301-277-1710.
Boating Safety Course, Sat. Jan. 25 & Sat., Jan. 26,
10 am- 3 pm The Maryland Boating Safety Course is required for powerboat
operators. The two day course requires eight hours of classroom work and
includes a final exam. Reservations required. Ages 12 & up. Patuxent
River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd. Upper Marlboro. Fee $25 (Payment required
in advance). Info: 301-627-6074.
School's Out! Ice Skating,
Thursday, Jan. 30, 12 noon-2pm.
Ice Skate on your day off from school. Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint
Branch Parkway, College Park. $3/person. Info: 301-277-3717.
Winter Concert Band Showcase
Jan. 31, 7-9 pm.
Area High School bands will compete in a winter showcase competition
at the Publick Playhouse. All ages welcome. Bladensburg Community Center,
4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Tickets $5/adults, $3/students.
Teens Interested in Yard Work and Shoveling Snow
From time to time the Town Hall receives calls from residents asking if we know of any teens who are available to rake leaves, mow lawns and shovel snow. The Town is in the process of compiling a list that can be given to residents looking for assistance in these areas. It will be up to residents to contact interested teens. If you are a Landover Hills teen between the ages of 12 and 17, and want to be included on the list call Town Hall at 301-773-6401.
On December 21, 2002, the Holiday House Decorating Contest was held.
The winners are:
3901 72nd Avenue
4104 72nd Avenue
4406 72nd Avenue
Thank you to the judges from Bellmead, Mr. Martin Fonjong and Mr. Antonio
Douglas and to all of you who brightened our nights during the holiday
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
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.
Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should
be directed to 301-952-7630. Prince George's County is responsible for
recycling pick-ups. If you need a new recycling bucket, the truck missed
your house or any other complaints, please call the above number.
Winter Energy costs can place a burden on household budgets. This winter
season, Washington Gas is distributing energy information to customers
on its Web site (www.washingtongas.com), at all area Giant Food stores
and public libraries. This information includes useful and practical information
about efficient use of energy, budget management and energy assistance
programs. If you need more information call Washington Gas at 703-750-1000.
Energy Saving Tips
The Talking Badge
Chief Henry G. Norris
I want to wish all of our residents a Happy New Year. As we start the year of 2003 I would like to remind you of some safety tips for your vehicle.
Auto Theft is a problem that has been plaguing this country for many
years. To help control this problem, the Bureau of Justice Assistance developed
the "Watch Your Car Program". This program is a national vehicle theft
prevention program. It is a voluntary vehicle registration designed to
deter auto theft and assist in the apprehension of auto thieves. Vehicle
owners sign an agreement stating their vehicle is not normally used between
the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am. If a police officer observes the vehicle
being driven anywhere in the United States during these hours, they may
stop the vehicle and verify it is being operated by the vehicle owner,
or a person designated by the owner. The registration process consists
of the completion of a registration/waiver form and taking it to your local
participating police department. A police officer or staff member will
then affix "Watch Your Car" decals in the proper place on the vehicle's
windshield and rear window. The decals serve to notify police officers
across the nation that the vehicle is registered with the "Watch Your Car"
program. The information from the registration form will be entered into
a centralized database accessible by law enforcement officers on a 24 hour
We want you to make your car tough to steal. To help you do this, we
want to encourage you to use the "Layered Approach" to protection.
Layer 1: Common Sense Tips
PG County Information
PG Public Schools
Parks & Recreation
PG Comm. College
PG Hospital Ctr.
Emergency Food Asst.
The Town of Landover Hills is now accepting paid advertisements from local businesses. The cost of a 2"x 3" (1/3 column) ad is twenty dollars ($20.00) per publication. If you are interested in placing an ad, please call Town hall @ 301-773-6401, Monday through Friday, nine to five.