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TOWN MEETING MINUTES

Town Minues


Bladensburg Community Recreation Center -After School Program

The Bladensburg Community Recreation Center. located at 4700 57th Avenue, Bladensburg Maryland, is sponsoring an after school program. There are various fitness and activity programs. For more call 301-277-2124 or click this link to download the attached PDF.


Town Resident’s Budget Survey for FY 2015

Town Resident’s Budget Survey for FY 2015: Please click the link to take the survey.
If you have comment you may call or write John Moss, Town Administrator at (301) 927-7048 or email of jmoss@bladensburg.net. Comments may also be dropped off or sent to the Town Hall located at 4229 Edmonston Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710


Growing Your Own Food @ Autumn Woods


Northrop Grumman offers scholarships to area students

Virginia-based aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman is encouraging prospective engineering students in Prince George’s County to submit applications for a $10,000 college scholarship.

The 11th annual Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars competition will award $240,000 in scholarships to one high school senior in each Maryland county and Baltimore city. The $10,000 scholarships will be awarded in four annual $2,500 installments, officials said.

Applicants must plan to enroll in an engineering program in college, as well as have a minimum SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a GPA of at least 3.5.

For more information or to apply, visit www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Community/Pages/EngScholars.aspx. The application deadline is March 31.


Town of Bladensburg Request for Proposal: Town Lease Space

The Town of Bladensburg is seeking to lease space in one of its office buildings situated at Edmonston Road (Edmonston and Tilden Roads). Space available is 1,578 sq. ft., currently configured as open space. Space will be shared with one other Town Office. Space stated is available for tenant and may be viewed by appointment. Although the Town is completely open to opportunities and proposals, the preferred tenant will serve the larger Bladensburg community in the areas of:

youth educational and/ or support initiatives or programing
Senior citizen support and recreation initiatives or programing
Sustainable practices or educational programing for the residents of the Town of Bladensburg

Space Description: The space is currently open ( approximately 1,578 sq. ft.) but can be configured for office space through the use of cubical or modular spacers. The location has numerous electrical outlets and is well illuminated with natural lighting and overhead lighting. The location is served by two (2) bathrooms and also possess an alarm for security of the building during non-use hours. The leasee will be responsible for the installation of telephone and internet lines. The lease rate will be at the local market rate

Selection: Proposal will be reviewed by the Town administrative officers for suitability and compatibility with the Town goals and functions. There are no appeals to the selection process.

Submission: Proposal may be sent to John Moss, Town Administrator Marked ATTENTION LEASE PROPOSAL to the following: Mail: Town of Bladensburg, 4229 Edmonston Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710 Email: jmoss@bladensburg.net

All proposal must be received by the close of business (5:00 pm) on Wednesday April 3, 2013. Questions may be directed to Mr. John Moss at 301-927-7048.


Doing Business with the Town of Bladensburg: Sustainble (Green) Puchasing/ Procurment

The Town of Bladensburg developed and adopted a Green Purchasing Policy in April of 2011 (4-2011) and updated the policy in September 2012, adopting Green Purchasing Policy (9-2012) as a result of our ongoing commitment to minimize impacts on human health and the natural environment. It was and is our intent to reduce the negative effect on humans and the environment, when economically feasible, by actively pursuing environmentally preferred products i.e. raw material, manufacturing, packaging, use, reuse, operation, maintenance and disposal products. Our Green Purchasing Manager, Director of Public Works/Code Enforcement Director coordinates with federal, state and local agencies as well as other stakeholders regarding, permits, retrofit design, environmentally preferable purchasing, sustainability, bio retention, and other environmental construction and installation issues to ensure compliance with this policy. Please see the attached as PDF copy of the Town Procurement Policy:Green Purchasing Policy 9-2012 FULL


AVAILABE SCHOLARSHIPS

Even if you do not have a college-aged child at home,

please share this with someone who does, pass this scholarship information

on to anyone and everyone that comes to mind.

Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews,

friends with children etc.


2013 Annual College and Career Preparatory Conference on Saturday January 26th from 9:00 am – 3:00pm at Charles H. Flowers High School

2013 Annual College and Career Preparatory Conference on Saturday January 26th from 9:00 am – 3:00pm at Charles H. Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale MD, 20774.


Tragedy in Newtown

On behalf of the Town of Bladensburg Mayor and Council, and the entire Town of Bladensburg community, we offer our condolences for the loss of Newton’s children. Although the horror of this day seems so unbearable and our hearts break at the thought of these heinous actions, we ask each resident to stand with the Mayor and Council to lock arms and unite as one community, to render support to the community of Newtown where we can and offer our prayers often. We give great thanks to those who ushered the children to safety and believe that their heroic actions prevented further loss. It is to these American ideals of strength and courage we give accolades and will assist us in rising from this unfathomable incident, but never allowing us to forget the terrible loss of America’ children we had to ensure this day.

Mayor Walter L. James, Town of Bladensburg


CRIME PREVENTION TIPS FOR OCTOBER-NOVEMBER

Holiday fraud—How not to be scammed

This holiday season the FBI and the Town of Bladensburg Police Department reminds shoppers that cyber criminals aggressively create new ways to steal money and personal information. Please download the PDF for the full tips to keep your family safe and aware.


Community Preparation Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy

The Town of Bladensburg, along with State and County officials, have been tracking the progress of the impending storm scheduled to have an impact on our region as early as late afternoon Sunday. Current weather advisory’s as of this time are for high gusts of winds and rain between four and eight inches of rain in mid-Atlantic states. The Town and other officials have prepared their workforces, vehicles, and necessary for the storm. Additionally, PEPCO has already staffed up repair crews in the event of the storm will have significant impact upon the system.
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Lt. Governor Brown Announces Domestic Violence Program Adopted by Prince George’s Law Enforcement

Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today joined Congresswoman Donna Edwards, state and local officials and representatives from law enforcement and domestic violence victims’ advocacy groups to announce that all 30 local law enforcement agencies in Prince George’s County (to include the Town of Bladensburg) will adopt use of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence’s nationally recognized Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in an effort to protect and assist victims of domestic violence. The program will be implemented in coordination with the Family Crisis Center Inc. of Prince George’s county, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV).


Way2GoMaryland to Hold Free College-PrepEvent for Prince George’s County Families

The University System of Maryland’s (USM’s) Way2GoMaryland campaign invites Prince George’s County middle and high school students (6th-10th grades) to a free event to learn more about preparing and paying for college. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, at University of Maryland University College’s Inn and Conference Center located at Adelphi and University Boulevard, Adelphi, MD. Free parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the conference center. Way2GoMaryland is USM’s campaign to encourage more students and their parents/guardians to begin preparing for college early. At the December event, participants will hear from university students about their college preparation experiences and attend an information fair with admissions representatives from USM universities. Breakout sessions will focus on paying for college, high-school coursework, and college majors. The December 1 program is scheduled to get under way at 10 am and to end by 1 pm. On-site registration will begin at 9 am, though participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register by visiting the Way2GoMaryland site at: http://way2gomaryland.org/event/way2go-prince-georges-county. Online registration is open through November 28. Call-in registration is available through November 28 at 301.445.2756.


Anti- Bullying Training in the Town of Bladensburg

The National Crime Prevention Council reports 52 percent of students say they see bullying at least once a week at school. Clifford Thomas says the bullying needs to stop—so he’s tackling the issue head-on. He’s leading an anti-bullying summer camp in Bladensburg with the hope that he can create a safer environment for children. “I’ve [...]


Online College Catalogs …..a Host of Schools to Attend Online!

Have you been crawling through thousands of college catalogs to find an appropriate online school to attend? Recently, a comprehensive directory of all college program has been compiled that you can take online apart from the more well known online schools. Many of our students didnot even know that their local colleges offer many online programs until this database was built!

This database will be updated yearly and will always remain free and open. Higher education for all students is a passion of mine, and passing knowledge to what types of programs exist out there in hopes that students will find a higher education program that excites them is our goal. I hope that your school, counselors, advisors, parents and students will find it useful. Please see this link at: www.onlineschools.org/guides/Maryland and http://www.onlinecourses.com/


Notice of the Change in Trash Collection

As of August 15, 2012, the Town of Bladensburg has gone to once a week trash collection. Please select link for more information.


Town of Bladensburg Job Fair

The Town of Bladensburg will host a job fair in conjunction with HIREPOWER on Saturday September 29th , 2012 at the Bladensburg Community Recreation Center 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710 from 8:30 to 1:00 pm

Please click the link to download a flyer:


National Night Out

The Town of Bladensburg is hosting its 40th National Night Out! The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012, from 5:00 pm -2 8:00 pm at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. This years NNO 2012 will be: moon bounce, obstacle course, water slide, dance contest, water balloon toss, make your own police car craft station, voter registration, crime prevention table, soccer speed kick (radar gun will be used to detect speed of kicked soccer balls), snow cones, $5 funnel cakes, Buffalo Wild Wings sample tent, Water, Chips, Hot Dogs…just to name a few.

Please do not be left out. Come and join us and meet your neighbors and your community’s Police officers.

Please click the link her to see flyer for more.


Summer Writing Institute for Teens

Prose, Poetry, Praise: Defining Leadership in Literature This free workshop is great preparation for students preparing to take the PSAT or SAT in the fall. Date: Monday, August 20 through Friday, August 24, 2012 Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Place: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune NABWH NCNW Records-Photograph Collection [...]


Town Council Meeting Halted Due to Emergency

On Monday July 9, 2012 at approximately 6:55 pm the Town of Bladensburg Police Department was notified of a suspect package that was at the nearby at the Post office, directly across the street from Town Hall. A postal patron examined the parcel and reported he heard “ticking” from the box.

Pursuant to all safety protocols, the area was sequestered and buildings in direct line-of-site of the package, to include the Town Hall, were directed to be evacuated. The Televised Town meeting was immediately suspended to remove all persons away from a potential blast. Prince George’s County Fire Department and Postal inspectors responded. After a fully investigation of the device, the bomb squad determined the case contained a typewriter and was of no threat. Due to the extenuating emergency circumstances, the Town’s televised meeting was postponed. A future meeting has not yet been scheduled, but will be posted when known.

For more information, please call Town Hall at (301) 927-7048


FREE 5 Week Basic Skills/GEDClasses

When:      Every Tuesday and Thursday Beginning July 17th 6:00 P.M.—7:30 P.M. When:     RSVP by July 15, 2012 (Space is limited!) Where: Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center, Autumn Woods Apt., 6001Logan Way, #A5, Bladensburg, MD 20710 Interested?  Contact: Today’s Dream @ 301-769-6931


Free Summer Meals for Teens and Youth

Maryland
Since November 2008, the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, a partnership of Share Our Strength and Gov. Martin O’Malley and other stakeholder, has been working to increase participation in the state’s School Breakfast, Summer Meals, At Risk Afterschool Meals, SNAP and WIC Programs.

Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland
Lead Partners: the Office of Governor Martin O’Malley and the Governor’s Office for Children
Lead Sponsor: Weight Watchers, Walmart, Kaiser Permanente and Sodexo Foundation
Launched: November 2008

Please click on link for more…….


Town of Bladensburg Storm Recovery Update: Donations Sought (SHELTER CLOSED)

Efforts continue for the recovery of the Town of Bladensburg from the micro-burst it suffered on Friday night, June 21st, 2012. As the County assesses damages and determines whether it meets the threshold for a Declaration of Emergency in order to receive federal assistance, it requests all residents impacted in the Towns of Bladensburg and Cheverly as well as any nearby areas of this microburst to call the Emergency Operations Hotline at 301-583-2230 in order for them to inspect structural damage. Please note, the County is looking for residents with structural damage only in areas within the vicinity of the microburst.

The Prince George’s County’s Department of Environmental Resources has inspected 126 structures, deeming 21 to be unsafe and uninhabitable. Residents cannot return to these structures until repairs are completed. The Prince George’s County Office of Family Services, Department of Social Service, and the American Red Cross has closed the shelter at Bladensburg High School, 4200 57th Avenue. as all families have been placed. Any resident needing assistance, information or shelter, should call the Prince George’s County Emergency Operations Hotline at 301-583-2230.

Financial contributions can be made through a special fund established for those impacted. The fund will assist with food replacement, housing assistance, emergency assistance clothing and emergency housing assistance. The Finance Office of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will accept the donations at: 805 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. Please make checks or money orders payable to: Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and note in the memo section “Bladensburg Microburst Lay Fund”).


TOWN OF BLADENSBURG SUFFERS SEVERE WEATHER AND DAMAGE

At about 8:10 pm the Town of Bladensburg was struck by severe weather; determined to be a micro-burst in the area around 52nd Street and Newton Street. Damage from strong winds, some as high as 64 mph, reportedly occurred in Bladensburg area as nearly an inch of rain fell. Although no fatalities occurred, the storm damaged 15 apartment buildings, 1 house and caused structural damage on Newtown Street. Some roofs were ripped off and trees damaged other structures. There were only a couple of minor injuries. Residents have been housed in a temporary shelter at Rodgers Heights Elementary. Saturday afternoon residents are expected to be moved to Bladensburg High School.

The Office of Emergency Management is working with apartment complex management and the American Red Cross for relief and shelter. Firefighters searched 28 multi-family apartment buildings to ensure everyone was evacuated and to inspect damage. Firefighters and Town Officials returned Saturday morning to the impacted area and continued their search for additional damage.

A microburst is a small, very intense downdraft that descends to the ground resulting in a strong wind divergence. Microbursts are capable of producing winds of more than 100 mph causing significant damage. The life span of a microburst is around 5-15 minutes.

Prince George’s County residents are encouraged to call 301-583-2230 for information.


The Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department will host a PURSE BINGO August 4th, 2012

The Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department will host a PURSE BINGO August 4th, 2012
Doors open at 4:30 pm with bingo staring at 5:30 pm

Advance tickets can be purchased from:

Paula Ayers 240-882-7503

Crystal Ayers 301-254-4257

Val Cherrico 301-927-0437

Kristal Machado 240-604-8487

Proceeds will go to the DC Burn Foundation in honor of

Kevin O’Toole and Ethan Sorrell


TOWN OF BLADENSBURG SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The Town of Bladensburg has taken the opportunity to collect scholarship information so that our youngest residents can make benefit of financial incentives and opportunities to obtain a college education. You may find out more about each opportunity by touching the hyperlink witch will take you to the appropriate site to allow you to access form and additional information. You may also contact Town Hall at 301-927-7048 to obtain a hard-copy of this list.

CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF.

(Once downloaded then mouse-over and click on the desired link to obtain forms or additonal information)


ADOPED TOWN BUDGET FY 2013

The Town of Bladensburg recently adopted the FY 2013 Budget. Please download the document to review it.

If you have comment you may call or write John Moss, Town Administrator at (301) 927-7048 or email of jmoss@bladensburg.net. Comments may also be dropped off or sent to the Town Hall located at 4229 Edmonston Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710

Please see the link for more.


Port Town Rain Gardens

The Port Towns Commemorative Rain Garden project is a unique effort to create a series of linked foundations for celebration and restoration across the Port Town communities. This project is intended to highlight the commitment that Bladensburg and the other Port Town communities have made to the sustainable restoration and protection of the Anacostia River. Each rain garden will include design elements and construction infrastructure that demonstrate green streets elements, promote green jobs, help understand the water quality benefits, and provide educational opportunities.

We invite public comment and feedback. Please direct your response to Mr. John Moss, Town Administrator at 301-927-7048 or by e-mail at jmoss@bladensburg.net.

Please click the link to see the attached PDF document for more.


Bully Prevention Summer Camp Sponsored by MNCPPC August 13-17, 2012 Call: 301-277-1224

Bully Prevention Summer Camp Sponsored by MNCPPC starting August 13 through August 17, 2012
Click link or call:301-277-1224 for more.


Prince George’s Municipal Collaboration Receives Additional MEA EmPOWER Funds

The Town of Bladensburg was awarded $100,000 in January to coordinate energy efficiency retrofits for low to moderate income homeowners in 10 municipalities in Prince George’s County. To date the Collaboration has partnered with Edge Energy, Green reVisions, and End Time Harvest Ministries to retrofit 16 houses. MEA announced today that they are impressed with the efficiency of this project and are doubling the funding.

Town of Bladensburg Mayor, Walter L. James, said “We are pleased to be coordinating this great effort on behalf of many of our Municipal partners and thrilled to help homeowners throughout the County to save money on their energy bills.” The Town of Bladensburg has coordinated other successful municipal collaborations in the past. This collaboration includes: the Towns of Bladensburg, Brentwood, Cottage City, Colmar Manor, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Glen Arden, Landover Hills, and the Cities of Mount Rainier and Seat Pleasant.

Homeowner Dottie Fratturelli, who benefitted from the program, stated “I felt a difference in the house as soon as the work was completed!” She went on to say that she “was very grateful for this program because she could not afford the retrofits.” Edge Energy fixed gas leaks, installed attic insulation, caulking/weather-stripping, CFL bulbs, and a new energy star refrigerator for Ms. Fratturelli.

“The Maryland Energy Administration was able to reallocate funding to empower more homeowners in Prince George’s County through this project,” Malcolm Woolf, MEA Director, stated. “A 10% return on investment through energy savings compels homeowners to complete these energy assessments, especially due to the increased comfort that they will enjoy in their homes. MEA looks forward to further residential energy savings investments in Prince George’s County.”

Lisa Lincoln, CEO of Green reVisions, is the Project Director and she says the program is now accepting new applications for this increased funding. “If you live in one of the municipalities that is part of this collaboration, please contact your Town Administrator for more information.”

These energy efficiency retrofits are estimated to save homeowners an average of $620 per year on their energy bills. Jason Dispenza, President of Edge Energy, said “Working with the Town of Bladensburg and the Maryland Energy Administration’s EmPOWER Community Program has been a pleasure and shown us all the value of a well-managed neighborhood weatherization program. Many homeowners are receiving weatherization services which are improving their family’s comfort, air-quality, safety, and saving them money on their energy bills.”


GEEK SQUAD SUMMER CAMP

This is a great opportunity for students to get experience with cutting-edge technology. Register ASAP before the camp fills up! Please circulate widely and let me know if you need any hard copy flyers.

WHAT? Hardware & Software Technology Camp – See attached flyer for more details

WHEN? Mon. June 11 & Tuesday, June 12

TIME? 10AM – 5PM

WHO CAN REGISTER? Any student 9-18 years of age WHERE? Elizabeth Seton High School

5715 Emerson St.

Bladensburg, MD 20710

COST? $35 – lunch and T-shirt provided

Once you register, you will receive an invoice by email to pay online through PayPal.

Payment must be received in order for your child to participate.

CLICK LINK FOR MORE…..


Formula 2040 MNCPPC

“Be a part of the equation—help plan the future
of parks and recreation in Prince George’s County”


Crime Prevention News and Information

Crime Prevention News and Information
This section contains news from our police liaison or local news regarding crime prevention in the Town of Bladensburg. Please click on the weblink for more.


Maryland Milestones…

Maryland Milestones, a program established in 2012 by ATHA Inc., highlight the many firsts and uniques which have occurred in the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. This program brings information about these milestones to the public and makes connections between the history, culture, and nature of the region. Additionally, the Maryland Milestones program emphasizes the importance that travel, trade, and communication have played in the region – through turnpikes, highways, parkways, aviation, telegraphs, and train travel. In Spring 2012 look for the formal rollout of this program with new signage, milestone markers, and interpretive program trails.

For more information please see: http://www.marylandmilestones.org/


The Undaunted……The Battle of Bladensburg War of 1812

Reenactors at Riversdale Annual Battle of Bladensburg (MNCPPC)The Battle of Bladensburg Task Force is committed to telling the story of the military actions and civilian life that preceded, surrounded, and followed the Battle of Bladensburg on August 24, 1814. Through a Visitor Center, walking and bike tours, sites, events and signage, the Task Force is working with partners across the area to ensure visitors and the community understands that without the Battle of Bladensburg and Prince George’s County, the Star Spangled Banner and the success at Baltimore would not have occurred. The Battle of Bladensburg / War of 1812 Commemoration will occur over 2012-2014 with multiple events, activities, and sites. Come and visit and experience the history!

Visit a partner site – Bladensburg Archaeology – for a detailed video about the battle history!


Bostwick May Festival

Take a step back in time to the eve of the War of 1812 with 1800s music- Caribbean drums, gospel choir and classical songs – children’s games, farm animals, 1800s trade and craft demonstrations, food – old time favorites, bar-b-que and Native American food – and heirloom plant and craft sale. Browse the May Basket competition entries, take a springtime walk and let the kids play.

Sunday, May 6, 1-4p
48th Street, Bladensburg, MD
Admission: FREE
301-927-7048 for more information


What Is YOUR Carbon Foot Print?

The average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year from personal transportation, home energy use and from the energy used to produce all of the products and services we consume. Calculate your personal impact to see how much CO2 you produce each year.


School Scholarships 2012

The Town of Bladensburg has taken the opportunity to collect scholarship information so that our youngest residents can make benefit of financial incentives and opportunities to obtain a college education. You may find out more about each opportunity by touching the hyperlink witch will take you to the appropriate site to allow you to access form and additional information. You may also contact Town Hall at 301-927-7048 to obtain a hard-copy of this list.

Once downloaded, CLICK TO FOLLOW LINK.


Cinco de Mayo 2012

Come to the Town of Bladenburg Cinco de Mayo event, Satruday May 5th, 2012 from 12:00 pm to7:00 pm. Food and fun for all!!!! For more information please call Town Hall at 301-927-7048.


Town of Bladensburg Green Street Update

4 million dollars fiscal support for the planning and engineering of the Town of Bladensburg Green Street.


Bladensburg Archaeology Project

Tour the Magruder House Archeological Dig Saturday May 9th Come discover Bladensburg’s history! The Cultural Resources Section of the Maryland State Highway Administration will be giving tours of an archeological excavation at the Magruder House. This dwelling dates to 1742 and may have played a significant role in the War of 1812 Battle of Bladensburg. [...]


Port Towns Bus Service Commences

The Towns of Bladensburg and Colmar Manor have teamed together to offer their senior citizens and physically and/or mentally challenged residents a new bus service. This service is available immediately.


A Cleaner Greener Community

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