Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter FEBRUARY 2000

                        Letter From the Mayor

In last month's Landover Hills Chronicle newsletter, the importance of everyone participating in the Census 2000 count was emphasized; what was not mentioned was that because of a large undercount in the last census count, Prince George's County lost two hundred million dollars, between 1990 and the year 2000. Therefore, I again stress the importance of everyone doing their part by participating in the Census 2000 count.

February has been designated as Afro-American History month. In recognition of Afro-American History month, there is an interesting display in the Landover Hills Town Hall about the Afro-American Civil War soldier; by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

The month of March has been designated as Municipal Government month. During the month of March, the important role that Municipal Government plays in the lives of residents is emphasized. During the month of March Town Meeting on Monday, March 20, 2000, at 7:30 p.m.; residents who have made contributions to the Town of Landover Hills will be acknowledged.

Landover Hills Police Officer Corporal Francis A. Borelli, Jr. has resigned from the Police Department effective as of January 22, 2000. Corporal Borelli who has been a member of the Landover Hills Police Department for more than seven years has decided to continue his law enforcement career in the private sector. Best wishes are extended to Corporal Borelli in all of his future endeavors.

Two years ago Mayor George D. Denny of the Town of Brentwood, Maryland wrote an outstanding book about the Cities and Towns in Prince George's County, Maryland called "Proud Past, Promising Future". The Town of Landover Hills was featured in this book. The Maryland Municipal League is currently in the process of completing a similar book about the cities and towns in the entire state of Maryland. This book will be distributed to all of the schools, municipalities and other organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The Town of Landover Hills will also be featured in this book. I will be one of the primary persons facilitating the distribution of the book throughout Prince George's County.

A word about the plowing of snow during snow storms. All residents who have driveways are asked to cooperate with the Town's Public Works Department by moving their automobiles into their driveway; in order to better facilitate snow removal.

Congratulations to Rowanna Swamy, Sean D. Jefferson and Wayne A. Churaman. These Town of Landover Hills young people were selected by the Town of Landover Hills Mayors Scholarship Committee as Scholarship recipients. Best wishes are extended to these young people. Keep up the good work.

Don't forget to attend our upcoming Town Meeting on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at 7:30 pm. Mayor Jack Gullo, President of the Maryland Municipal League will be our guest.

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar
Council Workshops
Monday, March 6, 2000 @ 7pm

Monday, April 3, 2000 @ 7pm

Town Meetings

Tuesday*, February 22,2000@7:30

Monday, March 20, 2000 @ 7:30

* Please note date change.

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.

Workshop Notes

Census 2000- Mayor Walker stated that he had attended a Census 2000 meeting last week where it was stressed that Towns needed to do their part to ensure that everyone is counted. Because of a large undercount in the 1990 Census, Prince George's County lost over 200 million dollars. Town Manager Kathy Tavel stated that she had met with a representative from the Census and was given information on a Partnership Grant. The Partnership Grant is to be used to promote Census awareness. So far a banner and possibly t-shirts may be obtained through this grant.

Bus Shelters- Due to the snowy weather, construction on the bus shelters has been delayed. The problem of clearing the bus stop area in the park was discussed. Because of the distance of the bus stop from the street, the Town will consider the purchase of a snow blower in the near future.

MML Education Committee- Mayor Walker inquired as to whether the Town Hall would be available for a meeting of the MML Education Committee on February 23, 2000 at 7 p.m. He was told that the meeting area was available.

MML President- Mayor Walker reminded the Council that Mayor Gullo, President of the Maryland Municipal League would be speaking at the February Council meeting.

Senatorial Scholarships

Students who reside in the 22nd Legislative District (that's Landover Hills) are encouraged to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship from the office of state Senator Paul G. Pinsky.

The scholarships are awarded yearly to undergraduates, including incoming Freshman, and graduate students. Criteria for selection is based on financial need and/or academic achievement.

Scholarships are awarded for four years or until the recipient completes his or her degree, whatever comes first. A Senatorial Scholarship cannot be held jointly with an Educational Assistance Grant.

Applications are available from Sen. Pinsky's office at 301-858-3155. Applicants must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline for submitting an application is April 15, 2000.


Birth Certificate Copies Available at Beltsville MVA

Customers can now receive copies of their birth certificates at the Beltsville MVA office. The copies, which are available for a $10 fee, have the official state seal imprinted on them. Customers are asked to bring a photo I.D. of themselves for verification purposes. For more information, customers may call 301-210-5734. The Beltsville MVA is located at 11760 Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) in Prince George's County.

Landover Hills Web Page

The Town of Landover Hills' web page is now being updated on a regular basis with new additions weekly. Upcoming events, past newsletters, historical photos and general information on the Town are all available through the website.. I would like to thank

Mr. Mike Walker of Taylor Terrace for the wonderful old photos he has provided to the Town and his assistance in touching them up and sending them to me. The web site address is:

Income Tax Information

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 share.

Upcoming Events

George Washington Musicale; Feb. 20,2000, Montpellier Mansion

9401 Montpelier Dr., Laurel. 3pm Free. Reservations required. 301-953-5020.

Chesapeake Underground, Feb. 24, 2000, Multimedia presentation documenting connections between the Chesapeake Bay and Underground Railroad. Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Oxon Hill. 7pm. Free. 301-839-2400.

Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course, Feb. 26 & 27. Patuxent Rover Park, 1600 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. 10 am- 3 pm. Free. (Mar. 25 & 26, Apr. 8 & 9). Reservations required. 301-627-6074.

Surfing a Century in Song, Fri. March 24 & Sat. March 25 at 8pm. Starring the Bowie Knights of Harmony (Barbershop Chorus). Bowie State University Auditorium, Jericho Park Rd. Bowie, Md. For ticket info call 301-249-6491.

University Park Children's Clothing Co-op; 23nd Annual Children's Gently Worn Clothing Sale, April 1, 2000, 10am to 1pm at Riverdale Presbyterian Church located at 6513 Queens Chapel Rd. In University Park. 23


Neighborhood News

Gregory Gray formerly of Varnum Street, passed away on January 6, 2000. Deepest sympathies to his parents Chuck and Bonnie Gray and family.

Get Well Wishes are extended to Mrs. Dorothy Barrow and Mrs. Louise Holloway.

February Birthday Wishes to:

Chief Henry Norris 2/3

Robert Hagen 2/5

Emily Tavel 2/6

Nancy Smith 2/7

Bobbi Takemori 2/13

Richard Holloway 2/14

Miriam Herrel 2/15

Christopher Koch 2/16

Richard Hough 2/26

Best Wishes to former Councilmember Paul Pierson who was deployed to Bosnia with his Maryland National Guard unit on February 8th. Mr. Pierson will be stationed in Bosnia as part of the Peacekeeping mission for the next 9 months. We wish him luck and most of all a safe stay overseas.

If you have a birthday, anniversary or any "event" you would like mentioned in the Newsletter, please call us at 301-773-6401.


Census Forms

Census forms will be mailed to every residence in Town on approximately the 15th of March. All forms must be returned to theCensus Bureau by April 1, 2000.

Public Works

Service Schedule


Grass and yard waste collection


P.G. County recycling collections

Town Household waste collection


Town Household waste collection

Bulk Trash:

First and Third Wednesday's of the month

Town Hall Closings
Town Hall will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2000 in observance of Presidents's Day. There will be NO yeard waster pick up that day.
Town Hall offices will be closed on Tuesday, March 7, 2000 so that the building can be used for voting in the Presidential Primary Election. Trash pick-up will not be affected.

The Talking Badge

The Landover Hills Police Department would like to extend their best regards to Corporal Borelli who resigned his position with the department at the end of January. Corporal Borelli has been with the Landover Hills Police Department since 1993. He has left the department to pursue a new career in the private sector. We all wish him the best with his new career and all of his future endeavors.

The weather has brought us quite a mixed bag this winter, beautiful snow, icy trees that sparkled like diamonds, two broken snow plows and not so long ago, several warm days. The groundhog saw his shadow this year which means we are forecasted to have six more weeks of winter. The possibility of more snow during the next six weeks is very probable and we would like to pass on a few reminders.

If you have a driveway, please place your vehicles in the driveway, not on the street.

2) If the date is an even numbered date, place your vehicle on the even number side of the street. If the date is an odd numbered date, place your vehicle on the odd side of the street. This will allow each side of the street to be plowed and salted.

When shoveling snow, please do not throw the snow in the street, especially if the plow has already been through.

4) Don't forget to shovel the sidewalk in front of your property. School children and pedestrians forced to walk in the street during snow storms are at a high risk of being hit by a car that cannot stop during a slide.

Please remember to check with elderly neighbors to see if you can shovel their sidewalk or driveway or make a run to the store for them.

The Landover Hills Police Department has several recovered bicycles in the property locker. If your bike was lost or stolen and you can identify the bike, please call the department at 301-773-6400. You must provide a description of the bike and proof of ownership.

How many of you kiss your children goodnight before they go to bed? How many of you kiss your children goodbye when they go to school? How many of you K.I.S.S. your children when you put them in the car? K.I.S.S. stands for Kids in Safety Seats and it is a Maryland State law. All children the age of four and younger who are forty pounds and below must be in a child safety seat. Any child over the age of four and forty pounds and who is sixteen years old and younger must be restrained by a seat belt (seated anywhere in the car).

Did you know that every 14 seconds, someone in America is injured in a traffic accident and every 12 minutes, someone in America is killed in a traffic accident. Did you know that child safety seats are the most effective occupant protection device used in a motor vehicle and when used correctly they are 71 percent effective in reducing fatalities in children age five and younger.

To increase awareness of the need and requirement for child passenger safety, the Lieutenant Governor , the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the Maryland SAFE KIDS Coalition, the Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use, Maryland Kids in Safety Seats and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association are kicking off National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, February 13 - 19, 2000. Please help us do our part by placing your child in a safety seat or restrained by a seat belt. This is the best K.I.S.S. you can give them!


New Hope Academy and Pre-School

New Hope Academy and Preschool has open registration for Elementary, Middle and High School and for Preschool for the September 2000 academic year. You may also pre-register for the Summer Camp program.

New Hope Academy and Preschool was founded in 1990 by parents concerned with their children's education. New Hope is a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational independent school where your child is encouraged to learn and grow in a safe, moral environment. New Hope does not teach religion but rather emphasizes character development based on family values universal to people of all faiths.

New Hope is fully certified by the Maryland State Department of Education. Located on an eight acre campus, this spacious former public elementary school houses a computer lab, science lab, foreign language studio, woodworking shop, art studio, professional quality dance studio and program and gymnasium.

New Hope graduates have advanced to academic institutions such as the Magnet Science and Technology and Japanese programs at Roosevelt High, honors programs at DeMatha High and Bowie High, St. Anselms and the Fine Arts Magnet program at Suitland High.

New Hope is located at 7009 Varnum St. in Landover Hills, MD just off Route 450.

Please call 301-459-7311 to receive an information packet and to schedule a tour of New Hope Academy with Principal Joy Morrow.