Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter August 2000

Letter From the Mayor


On Tuesday, August 1, 2000, the Town of Landover Hills held its third annual "National Night Out" joining numerous Towns and cities around the nation that were simultaneously holding "National Night Out" activities. The Town of Landover Hills "National Night Out" was a successful event, in spite of the rain, which did not dampen the spirit of participants. On the sight of rain many of the activities were brought into Town Hall where "National Night Out" activities continued.

As mentioned before, the purpose of the "National Night Out" is to show community and neighborhood concern and solidarity against crime and those persons who engage in criminal activities. Of course, it is understood that the fight against crime is not a one night effort, but a continuos activity on the part of all concerned citizens.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make the Town of Landover Hills "National Night Out" a successful event; including the Town of Landover Hills Police Chief Henry Norris and the Landover Hills Police Department, Town Manager Kathy Tavel and Administrative Assistant Juanita Hood, Town Councilmember William Kley, Town of Landover Hills Public Works staff member Mr. Robert Frazier and the Town Public Works Department. A special thanks to Shauna and Annie Hood, Amanda and Emily Tavel, Billy and Donald Norris, the Landover Hills Fire Department, the Prince George's County Emergency Services Team, Maryland National Capital Park Police and the representative from the Stephanie Roper Foundation.

All residents are again reminded to continue being alert and concerned about crime or criminal activity, by reporting any suspicious activity to the Police.

Welcome to the Town of Landover Hills Police Department Andrew Gue, who is currently being orientated to the Police Department. Best wishes are extended to Officer Gue.

As Fall approaches and brings to an end the summer vacation period, many persons who took summer vacations will be returning and students will be returning to school. I hope that the vacation period was enjoyable for everyone. Best wishes to all students who will be returning to school and advancing to another level.

The upcoming Town of Landover Hills Town Meeting will be held on Monday, August 21, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.. Everyone's participation is invited.

                                                                                                            Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Council WorkshopsTuesday, Sept. 5,, 2000 @ 7 pm*

Monday, October 2, 2000 @ 7pm

Town Meetings

Monday August 21, 2000 @ 7:30pm

Monday Sept. 18 ,2000 @ 7:30pm

Please note date change due to Labor 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.

Upcoming Events

Landover Hills Reunion- A reunion for former and current residents of Landover Hills to get together is being organized by Sharon Carr. The date for the reunion is September 16, 2000 from noon until 5 at the Old Landover Hills Elementary School (New Hope Academy). For more information write to : Sharon Carr,

PO Box 303, Brentwood, MD 20722 .


Web page address is:

Neighborhood News


Congratulations to the following BYO Track and Basketball Club's track members for advancing to the USA Track and Field Associated Junior Olympics in Raleigh, NC.

Evan Gaines- member of the (age9-10) Boys 4x100 relay team.

Terrell Hale- Member of the (ages 9-10) boys 4x100 relay Team and 100 meter

Folashada Omisanami (ages 9-10) girls shot put

The ages 9-10 boys 4x100 Relay team placed Third and will advance to the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Buffalo, NY July 25-30, 2000.

Folashada Omisanmi placed Fourth in the Girl's ages 9-10 Shot Put.


Our sympathies are offered to former Mayor Andrew P. Gravatt and his family on the sudden death of his father Andrew B. Gravatt on Monday, July 24, 2000.


Our condolences go out to the family of Jane Good of 71st Avenue who passed away suddenly on August 5th. She leaves behind her husband Robert and children Arthur, Sharon and Tracy as well as her extended family and friends.


Congratulations to former resident Jackie McCann on the birth of her first grandchild. Jacob Joseph McCann was born to her son Joe and his wife Lori on July 19, 2000. Jacob weighed in at 5 lbs 11 oz. and 18 inches long. Best wishes to the new Mom and Dad as well!


Get Well Wishes to Mrs. Louise Holloway of Varnum St. who recently came home from the hospital.


August Birthday Wishes to:

Patricia Mukendi 8/1
Dorothy Holloway 8/1
Chief Roberts (LHFD) 8/2
William Scally 8/6
George Catlett 8/9
Terry Wilson 8/11
Donald Moyer 8/15
James Pilkerton 8/16
Roderick Kennedy 8/17
Sunhild Kennedy 8/18
Gary Unger 8/19
John Robeson 8/24
Robin Whistler 8/24
E. Jean Richardson 8/24
Lee P. Walker 8/25
Erica McDermott 8/26

Top Banana Home Delivered Groceries

is a non-profit organization that serves as a resource to assist homebound and elderly residents in several Maryland counties. Most elderly and homebound residents could function if they could just get to the grocery store. Top Banana will take their orders over the phone and deliver them to the door for a very small fee. This novel idea began when the founder Jean Guiffre started bringing groceries to her mother and elderly neighbors that could not get to the grocery store. She found that her mother and friends managed their homes but going to the store was almost impossible. If you know a senior or homebound person that could use this service please call the Town Hall for a brochure. Our number is 301-773-6401.

Code Enforcement

If you received a property standards violation notice for peeling paint please remember that your August 31, 2000 deadline is fast approaching. If you waited until this month to paint we are sure that the rain is causing a problem. If you need an extension, call the Town Hall at 301-773-6401 to request additional time. If you don't request an extension and the August 31st deadline arrives and your house, trim, shed, etc. is not painted then you may be subject to a fine. Please don't let this happen to you. If you were cited for your shed needing paint but you notice that the house needs paint also, please paint it. This will save you from getting another violation notice and we will be most appreciative.

Dead Trees

Do you have a dead tree on your property? You may not know it but, according to the Town Ordinances this tree must be removed. If you don't you are in violation of Town Ordinances which makes you subject to a municipal infraction which imposes a fine. Dead trees are a danger to your home, car, your neighbor's home etc.

Town Hall Closing

Town Hall will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2000 in observance of Labor Day. There will be NO YARD WASTEPICKUP that day. The normally scheduled Council Workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 5th.

Behind The Badge

By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.

Here we are, into August and I guess you've had enough rain for awhile. There are several items that I think our residents should be made aware of.

1. There have been several youths that have stopped at the Town Hall to report that they have had their bicycles stolen. These youths live just outside the Town limits but we took the report anyway. The interesting item of information is that neither of the bicycles had been registered (which is free) and at least one of them has not been reported stolen. One of the bicycles was taken from the football field on Warner Ave., and the other from his yard. We have identified the juvenile that was in possession of one of the bicycles and charges will be made at a later date. The other bicycle has been seen in the town of Landover Hills and it was being ridden by another juvenile. We would like to let the town residents know that if you or your child has a bicycle, you should bring it to the town hall and we will gladly register it for you. This doesn't keep your bicycle from being stolen but it helps in the recovery process if we have the description with the serial number. You should instruct your children to take better care of their bicycles when they are away from home and also when at home, it shouldn't be left lying near the street where it can be stolen.

2. There were several Break-in's which occurred during school hours on Allison Street of which arrests have been made and most of the persons involved were school age juveniles. What's wrong with this is that the juveniles should have been in school. The parents should have known whether they were in school or if not, then they should have been with a responsible person to care for them. We are coming into contact with numerous school age children who are skipping school and giving reasons that their parents are aware that they are not in school. The Law states that parents have the responsibility to insure that their children are in school and the law also states that missing the bus, oversleeping or staying home because they are tired are not legitimate excuses to not attend school. We would also like to tell you, the parents, that you should know where your children are and what they are doing. I know that you do not want them to end up in jail for breaking into houses. Since I arrived here in Landover Hills as your Police Chief, we have arrested at least 35 youths and young adults for Breaking and Entering, assault, robbery and gun violations. We need your help to make sure that Landover Hills is the place you want to raise your children and be able to live without fear that someone might break into your house or commit any other crimes against you or a member of your family. We would like for you as residents to assist your police department in that if you see anyone that you think should be in School during School hours, please call us to report it so we can make sure that nothing is wrong. If you see anyone or any vehicle that looks strange or out of place, please call so we can check it out. If we have this cooperation from the Town residents, we will be better able to keep Landover Hills as one of the best neighborhoods to live in. If you have any questions or information that will assist us, please call your police department at 301-773-6400 We would also like to invite you to attend the Landover Hills Town Meetings which are listed in your town paper, or the third Monday of the month. What's discussed, is items that should be of interest to you as a resident.