Landover Hills Chronicle

Official Halloween Trick or Treating Hours

October 31, 2005

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Letter From the Mayor

The Landover Hills Day 60th Anniversary celebration activities held on Saturday, September 10, 2005 were a huge success and the weather was beautiful! Although, letters have gone out thanking those persons who participated for their participation; I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Town of Landover Hills, to again express appreciation and thanks to each and everyone who participated in the Landover Hills Day 60th Anniversary celebration activities. Congressman Albert R. Wynn, County Executive Jack B. Johnson, Ms. Sharon Pinder, representative of Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Senator Gwendolyn Britt, Delegates Rosetta Parker and Victor R. Ramirez, Mayor Andrew C. Hanko, City of New Carrollton, Councilmember David Anderson, City of New Carrollton, Mayor Lillian Beverly, Town of North Brentwood, Councilmember Eric C. Olson, City of College Park, Pastor David Griesemer, Landover Hills Baptist Church, Pastor Frederick T. Hedt, Ascension Lutheran Church, Rev. Dr. Henry P. Davis III, Pastor First Baptist Church of Highland Park, Mr. Obie Pinckney, County Executive's Office, Mr. Ken Laureys, Office of Community Relations, Prince George's County, Mr. Randall Levitt, of the Nellis Corporation, the Ascension Puppeteers, the Filipino Dance group and the Legendary Orioles and the list goes on.

The Landover Hills Day 60th Anniversary committee worked very hard in planning the Anniversary celebration; chaired by Ms. Kathy Tavel, Town Manager, other members of the committee are: Mrs. Joyce L. Walker, First Lady, Vice Mayor Jeannette Ripley, Councilmember Sara Washington, Councilmember Michael Thompson, Mrs. Sheila Skinner, Mrs. Fran Motta, Mrs. Mary Pilkerton, Ms. Nickisha Shell, Mr. C. Arthur Blair, Mrs. Teresa Blair and Mayor Lee P. Walker.

The Landover Hills Day 60th Anniversary Committee played a major role in the success of the anniversary celebration.

A word of thanks also goes out to the Landover Hills Public Works Department for their help in setting up and cleaning up after the event, to Police Chief Henry Norris Jr., Ms. Juanita Hood and the entire Landover Hills Police Department. Also Ms. Shirley Weatherspoon, receptionist.

There is a new restaurant in Town, Tacos 5, Mexican restaurant officially opened on Friday, September 2, 2005. The Mayor of Landover Hills participated in the opening ceremonies by cutting the ribbon. Ms. Kathy Tavel, Town Manager and husband Michael Tavel also participated in the ceremony, The restaurant is on the corner of 72nd Avenue and Annapolis Road (Route 450). The food is superb!

During the Town Meeting on Monday, September 19, 2005, Mr. Randall Levitt, Principal and CEO of the Nellis Corporation gave a presentation regarding development of the Capital Plaza Mall area, which is presently being demolished to make way for future development.

The next Town Meeting will take place on Monday, October 17, 2005. The time of the meeting is 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Town Meetings

Monday, Oct.17, 2005 @ 7pm

Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, 7 pm

Council Workshops

Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, 7 p.m.*

Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, 7 p.m.

Neighborhood News


Our sympathies are extended to the Snowden Family of 72nd Avenue on the September 26, 2005, death of John Snowden, husband of Rhoda V. Snowden. He is also survived by his children Kenneth, William and Marsha, nine grandchildren, nine great grand children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends.


Students- Do you Need Community Service Hours?


If you are a student in Middle School or High School in need of community service hours, please call or e-mail Town Hall. We are compiling a list of students for future projects and would love your help!

Cable Channel 71


For information about the Town, upcoming meetings and local announcements be sure to tune into Channel 71. Pictures of the 60th Anniversary are now up and running.

Ward 3 Council Seat Vacant

The Mayor and Council are seeking qualified applicants to fill the Ward 3 Council seat vacated by Richard Shipp on August 15th.

To be qualified for this position, you must 1) have resided in Ward 3 for one year prior to the appointment, and 2) be registered to vote.

If you are interested in filling this position until the 2007 election, please write a letter expressing your interest and qualifications to the Mayor and Council, addressed to the Town Hall. The Mayor and Council will make an appointment after reviewing the letters of interest. If you need some clarification as to what Ward you reside in, please contact Town Hall at 301-773-6401.


Upcoming Events


Sponsored by University Park Children's Clothing Co-op. Fall and Winter gently worn quality infant to teen sizes clothing. Plus toys, books, baby equipment and kid's sports equipment. Excellent Prices! Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Road, University Park.


Over 140 Colleges and Universities in attendance, as well as Vocational Schools, Lending Institutions, Expert from US Department of Education and Maryland Higher Education Commission. Sponsored byCongressman Albert R. Wynn, 4th Congressional District of Maryland.

THE CITY OF GLENARDEN COLLEGE FAIR, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2005, 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Finding the right college just became a lot easier. Attend the City of Glenarden's College Fair. Come and learn about your option. College representatives will be on hand to answer your questions about what their institutions have to offer. James R. Cousins, Jr. Municipal Center, 8600 Glenarden Parkway, Glenarden, Maryland 20706. For more information, contact Rita Lanham at 301-773-2100.

TWO DAY CRAFT SHOW, 13TH ANNUAL CRAFT CELEBRATION, NOVEMBER 19-20, 2005. 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. St. Mark's Elementary School Gymnasium, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, Maryland. Crafters and artisans from Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia will show and sell their handmade creations. Danish* Lunch served* Refreshments* Raffles every 30 minutes* Bake Sale*Plenty of Shopping.


Trash Pick-up Schedule


PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection

Wednesdays: Bulk Trash pick-up


Town Household waste collection


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

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

LHVFD Hall Rental


The Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Social Hall is available for business luncheons, buffets, banquets, christenings, showers, reunions and birthdays. Catering is available for your special event. For more information call Nancy at 301-583-1914, pager 301-4542562 or e-mail

Blood Pressure Screening

In an effort to promote the County Livable Communities Initiatives, the Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Department is conducting Blood Pressure Screening for the public.

In addition to the daily assistance they provide, they will be setting aside one Saturday per month, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to encourage citizens and residents to come to the fire station and have their blood pressure taken and recorded by members of the Fire/EMS Department. Every third Saturday of the month will be dedicated toconducting blood pressure screening between the aforementioned hours.

A screening card will be completed and given to each citizen so they may maintain a record of their blood pressure. Additionally, personnel will provide citizens with a survey card to obtain feedback so changes can be made as necessary.

Personnel will not provide opinions or advice regarding medical issues. They will simply record the information for you and refer you to your primary care physician. If a citizen is in need of immediate medical care, all proper medical protocols will be taken.

Anyone having questions may contact Chief Roberts at 301-773-1447 or the Advanced Emergency Medical Services (AEMS) at 301-583-1860

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.

Now Enrolling

New Covenant Christian Academy

A faith building ministry dedicated to building faith, character and excellence in Kingdom Kids is now enrolling students for the 2005-2006 school year grades K- 6th. New Covenant Christian Academy offers P.E., Music, Foreign Language, Computers, small class sizes with two teachers in each class, before and after care, after school activities and more. New Covenant Christian Academy is a Christ-centered school using the ABEKA Curriculum. Students are given an opportunity to experience the classroom on the outside by participating in various field trips thought the school year. New Covenant Christian Academy has been educating students since 1996 and received its accreditation in July 2003 (ORUEF/ICCA). New Covenant Christian Academy is also a member of ACSI. Enroll today and give your child the best of what God has to offer.

Also Enrolling

New Covenant Kiddies Daycare


The New Covenant Kiddies Daycare is a warm, loving environment, designed to give you and your baby the love and support you need. New Covenant Kiddies Daycare is sensitive to the individual and developmental needs of each child.New Covenant Kiddies Daycare is designed for children 6 weeks to 3 years of age. We offer potty training and also use the ABEKA Curriculum. New Covenant Kiddies Daycare has been nurturing children and their families since 1996. Enroll today and give your baby the very best start.

New Covenant Christian Academy and Kiddies Daycare are located at 3805 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor, Maryland. For information please call 301-277-2596.

The Talking Badge

by Chief Henry Norris

Please, remember, when you are driving on the road in the morning and afternoon, watch out for school children. Here are a few school bus safety reminders.

For motorists:

  1. Maryland State Law forbids the passing of a stopped school bus while its lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended.
  2. Stay alert. Watch for children playing and gathering at bus stops. It would be very helpful if one or more parents would visit the bus stops occasionally as these are your children and sometimes just having a parent around, it helps to keep the children conduct themselves in a more orderly manner.
SLOW DOWN!!!! Watch for children walking in the street.

For children riding the bus:

  1. Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
  2. Make sure the driver can see you.
  3. Be aware of the street traffic around you. Not all drivers follow the rules.

Teen Driving - changes in the Maryland Law

Learner's Permits - Changes effective October 1, 2005

1) The learner's permit must be held for at least six (6) months before the driver is eligible for a provisional license.

2) the learner's permit driver must complete a minimum of sixty (60) hours of driving practice with someone at least age twenty-one (21) who has held a license for (3) three years or more.

3) A minimum of ten (10) of the 60 practice hours must occur at night. The nighttime practice driving can occur 30 minutes before sunset, but no erlier, or 30 minutes after sunrise, no later to qualify as nighttime practice.

4) Learner's permit holders under 18 may not use any wireless communication device, including a cell phone, while driving, with the exception of a 911 emergency call. Violations may result in the suspension of one's driving privilege for up to 90 days.

Provisional License - changes effective October 1, 2005

1) Minimum age is 16 years and 3 months

2) During the first 5 months (151 days) of the provisional period, drivers under the age of eighteen (18) may not carry passengers who are minors (under eighteen), unless they are accompanied by a qualified supervising driver or the passengers are direct family members. Direct family members can be a spouse, daughter, son, stepdaughter, stepson, sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother, of the provisional license holder, or a relative of the license holder who lives at the same address. Violations may result in the suspension of one's driving privilege.

3) Drivers under the age of eighteen (18) may not use any wireless communication devices, with the exception of an emergency 911 call. Violations may result in the suspension of one's driving privilege for up to 90 days.

4) Driver's must hold the provisional license for eighteen (18) consecutive months with no moving violations. Any violations or Probation Before Judgement (PBJ) rulings will mean the eighteen month period must be restarted.

5) Provisional drivers are ineligible for a "Probation Before Judgement" (PBJ) ruling from the court if the defendant has previously received a PBJ.

Converting to a full driver's license - changes effective October 1, 2005

1) A driver must be a least age seventeen (17) years and nine (9) months.

Redlight Cameras - Right on Red

We have been issuing numerous tickets for making an improper right turn on a red traffic light. This number includes numerous residents of Landover Hills.

The State of Maryland gives you permission to make a right turn on a red traffic light after you come to a complete stop at the white line on the ground or if there is no white line, the beginning of the crosswalk.

We are finding that motorists are slowing down, and proceeding around the corner. THEY ARE NOT COMING TO A COMPLETE STOP. You must come to a complete stop at the white line and then make your right turn. This means that all forward motion of the car has stopped. If you slow down and round the corner or even stop on the corner, YOU JUST RAN A RED LIGHT AND WE HAVE YOUR PICTURE.

This practice is not only illegal but it is very dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists that may not know your intentions.


Does your car have one of the following problems? 1) unregistered / no tags/ tags that belong to another vehicle, 2) suspended or expired tags, or 3) inoperable/ partially dismantled. Per the State, County and Town of Landover Hills definitions and laws you have an abandoned auto. If it is parked on the street, it will be impounded and will be issued a parking citation in the amount of $200.00 which must be paid along with the $50.00 administrative fee before you can obtain your vehicle release. You will then be responsible for the towing and storage charges when you go to the impound lot.

If the vehicle is in your yard, you will receive a municipal infraction which has a fine of $200.00 and the case will be remanded to court if the vehicle is not removed and the fine is not paid. If you have received warnings about other vehicles, you are considered a repeat offender and will be charged $400.00. This is a per vehicle charge.

Town Hall offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day and Thurs. Nov. 24 and Fri. Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.