Landover Hills Chronicle

Landover Hills Newsletter May 2000


Letter From the Mayor


As a result of some concerns raised regarding the bus shelters obstructing the view of oncoming traffic, the Culver Amherst Company, constructors of the bus shelters was contacted regarding moving the bus shelters back from their original location. An extension to the concrete pads was added and the shelters were moved back more than two and one half feet from the original locations; seats have also been added to the shelters. Additional protection will also be added to the sides of the shelters and lighting will be included to illuminate the shelters during evening hours. These features will add to the safety and comfort of all who use the bus shelters.

On several occasions in the past, attempts have been made to rejuvenate the Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Program. During a period of time when there were concerns about some public safety issues in Town, participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program increased; residents came out to meetings and voiced their concerns about problems that were in existence during that point in time. The problems were solved and participation in the Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Program diminished.

At the present time, concerns about public safety have again been raised. As a result of these concerns another call for participation in the Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Program is going out. Participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program is not just coming out to meetings, it is a matter of knowing your neighbors and watching out for your neighbors; by reporting to the police any strange occurances; such as suspicious cars parked in Town for extended periods of time, or persons driving or walking through Town watching certain houses , or any other suspicious activity, including car alarms going off. Be a good neighbor, get involved in the Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Program. A meeting is being planned and will be announced in an upcoming addition of the Chronicle.

The Mayor's Scholarship program is continuing to progress, a scholarship fundraiser dinner/dance was held at the La Fountain Bleu facility on Annapolis Road on Friday, April 21, 2000. Young people who are residents of the Town of Landover Hills are encouraged to participate int his scholarship program. The following is the criteria:

The Housing Seminar mentioned in last month's Chronicle is picking up steam and will take place on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will be a participant in the seminar, and will be providing valuable information about various programs available to persons interested in purchasing a house. Landover Hills Town Councilmember Mike Thompson, has invited the participation of the BB&T bank to discuss mortgage leans and other services. As previously stated, there will be something available at this seminar for everyone, both potential homeowners as well as persons who already own homes. "Don't miss this Housing Seminar".

Don't forget to come out to the upcoming Town Meeting on Monday, May 15, 2000, at 7:30 pm. Your participation is always welcome.

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Tax Rate Hearing
May 15, 2000
7:30 p.m.
The proposed tax rate and trash fee will remain the
same for the 2000-2001 budget year.

Town Council Calendar

Council WorkshopsMonday, June 5, 2000 @ 7 pm

Monday, July 3, 2000 @ 7pm

Town Meetings

Monday May 15, 2000 @ 7:30pm

Monday, June 19, 2000 @ 7:30pm

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.

Town Hall Closing
Town Hall offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2000 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be NO YARD WASTE PICK-UP ON THIS DAY.

Workshop Notes

Bus Shelters- Mayor Walker stated that additional concrete had been added to the existing pads of both shelters to allow moving them back away from the curb. Seats and lighting would be installed shortly. He stated that the bus shelters would be moved back within a few days.

Red Light Camera Contracts- Town Attorney Richard Colaresi asked the Mayor and Council to authorize the Mayor to sign agreements between the Town and all the parties involved in establishing the Red Light Camera program.

Councilmember Kley made a motion to permit the negotiated agreements to be signed by the Mayor and held by the attorney until SHA approval. Councilmember Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion was passed.

2001 Budget

The Mayor and Council reviewed the proposed 2000/2001 budget. The first reading of the new budget will be at the May 15, 2000 Town Council meeting.

Upcoming Events

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for the June 3, 2000, Bowie Baysox game at 7:30 p.m.. Ticket prices are $6.00 per ticket for box seats and $4.00 per ticket for general admission. Fireworks follow the game! Bring or mail money to Town of Landover Hills, 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills, Maryland 20784.

May 20-26, 2000- National Public Works Week, Baltimore Public Works Museum, Baltimore City. All visitors during this weeks are allowed free admission to the museum. Enjoy the educational and interactive programs available, and video presentations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Contact Vincent Pompa 301-396-1509.

Neighborhood News


Congratulations to Casey Frankin, of Webster Street, on her acceptance to UMBC. Casey will be graduating from Eleanor Roosevelt High School on May 31st with an overall grade point average of 4.0!

Congratulations to JoAnn and Frank Fisher of 72nd Avenue on the birth of their daughter Lee Ann Marie Fisher on March 24, 2000. Lee weighed in at 6lbs 10oz.

Our sympathies are extended to former Varnum Street residents James and Carolyn Lusby on the loss of their son Russell at the age of 14. Russell is also survived by his brothers Jimmy, Bobby and Jesse.

Get well soon wishes are extended to John Seaton of 71st Avenue and Trudie Kley of 70th Avenue. We hope you both are feeling better soon.

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


May Birthday Wishes to:

Eric Smith 5/8

Katrina Davis 5/11

Andrew Holloway 5/13

Norman Turner 5/14

Mike Rackey 5/17

David Britt 5/20

Bill Kley 5/20

Juanita Hood 5/22

Robert Holbrook 5/23

Silvia Over 5/23

Arthur West 5/25

Brian Fong 5/27

Joyce Walker 5/31

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


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 or furnaces. Payment must be made in advance of removal.

The Talking Badge

What is D.A.R.E.?

D.A.R.E., an acronym which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, California, originating as a cooperative effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD). The LAUSD health education specialists wrote the curriculum to be presented to the students in their local schools by uniformed police officers as the instructors.

The D.A.R.E. program started with (10) Los Angeles Police Officers and, as of 1996, has grown to more than 15,000 worldwide. The D.A.R.E. program has been successfully received in all 50 states in the U.S., and in 31 other countries and U.S. Territories.

The D.A.R.E. program is a 17- week course, taught one day each week by uniformed police officers, and targets students of 5th-and 6th grade age. The officer's street experience and authoritative position bring credibility to the program. D.A.R.E. Teaches kids how to be assertive and to deal with peer pressure by saying "no" effectively. Children learn and gain self-confidence by acting out different problem situations. Children are taught to:

  1. Keep their bodies healthy.
  2. Control their feelings when angry or under stress.
  3. Decide whether to take a risk.
  4. Respond positively when a friend pressures them to use alcohol or illegal drugs.
  5. Respond when they see people on television using alcohol or drugs.
  6. Recognize forms of influence from peers, parents, and the media.

The class also makes suggestions for alternative activities to drugs.

The Landover Hills D.A.R.E. Program

The Landover Hills D.A.R.E. program started in the 1997-98 school year with (1) officer teaching at the Cooper Lane Academy, St. Mary's Catholic School, and the Ascension Lutheran School. The cost for this program is paid for by the Town of Landover Hills since a number of the students are residents of the Town of Landover Hills. Most D.A.R.E. programs are sponsored by donations from local community service organizations. These donations allow the program to provide T-shirts, and certificates for graduation and other merchandise incentives in the classroom. If any residents in Landover Hills wish to make a donation or have any organization that wishes to make a donation to the Landover Hills D.A.R.E. program, it would be greatly appreciated as this is a worthwhile program. Our D.A.R.E. officer is Police Officer Mike Renfro and he is the officer that drives the Landover Hills Police Department D.A.R.E. police vehicle. Many of you have probably seen officer Renfro's D.A.R.E. car and this is the same car that Mattel and D.A.R.E. America have decided to put a Matchbox size replica of the Landover Hills Police Departments D.A.R.E. vehicle into production and will be out in May of this year. If anyone would like to purchase one of these vehicles, they can be pre-ordered at the Landover Hills Police Department. If anyone has any questions pertaining to the D.A.R.E. program, you may contact Officer Renfro at 301-773-6400 or questions about any drug problems.

Involvement is the key

The success of the D.A.R.E. program is the responsibility of Police, Schools, and parents. The D.A.R.E. officers change and guide young minds on a daily basis, helping children grow into responsible adults. Our drug problem is not a school problem, it's a community problem.

D.A.R.E. may not save all the children from horrors of drug abuse, but it certainly matters to those we can save that we show our care, our concern, and our support. What better thing can be said of any of us than that we made a positive difference in the life of another The following story best describes how the D.A.R.E. program can make a difference:

A man observed a boy walking ahead of him on the beach. The boy was picking up and throwing things into the ocean. As the man came closer, he saw that the boy was throwing back into the water starfish washed up on the beach by the high tide. The man approached the boy and inquired as to why he was doing this because the beach was covered with thousands of starfish. The boy told him that the starfish would die if they stayed on the beach. The man stated that there was no way that he could save them all, so what did it matter? The boy looked at the man as he threw another starfish into the ocean and said, "it matters to this one."

Code Enforcement

We hope that you read last month's article in the Landover Hills Chronicle concerning code enforcement. It will tell you most of the problems that we find on properties throughout the Town.

April/May 2000 Violations

7000 blk. Allison St. Grass notice, accumulation of refuse and debris, fence in disrepair

7000 blk. Allison St. Paint around windows and fascia board.

7100 blk. Allison St. Shed needs to be torn down, paint on trim of house

6900 blk. Annapolis Rd. Storage of inoperable vehicle

6900 blk. Annapolis Rd. Paint on garage/shed

7100 blk. Annapolis Rd. Storage of inoperable vehicle

4100 blk. Beall St. Grass notice, paint on trim of house

4100 blk. Beall St. Grass notice, storage of inoperable vehicle

4100 blk. Beall St. Storage of inoperable vehicle, storage of brush

4100 blk. Fairfax St. Storage of inoperable vehicle

7000 blk. Taylor St. Paint on trim of house

7000 blk. Taylor St. Paint on trim of house, accumulation of brush, debris

7000 blk. Taylor Terr. Paint on trim/porch of house

6900 blk. Varnum St. Paint on windows and door

6900 blk. Varnum St. Paint on porch and around windows

7000 blk. Varnum St. Paint around windows

7000 blk. Varnum St. Paint on house and around windows

7100 blk. Varnum St. Paint on porch

7200 blk. Varnum St. Storage of inoperable vehicle

7100 blk. Webster St. Paint on shed

7100 blk. Webster St. Paint on porch

4600 blk. 69th Ave. Paint around windows

3800 blk. 70th Ave. Accumulation of debris, fence in disrepair

3800 blk. 70th Ave. Storage of inoperable vehicle

4000 blk. 70th Ave. Paint on porch area

4000 blk. 70th Ave. Paint on porch, windows and shutters

4100 blk. 70th Ave. Storage of inoperable vehicle

4100 blk. 70th Ave. Paint on porch area

4100 blk. 70th Ave. Storage of inoperable vehicle

4200 blk. 70th Ave. Overgrown shrubbery

3800 blk. 71st Ave. Paint on back porch and shed

3800 blk. 71st Ave. Paint on trim of house

3900 blk. 71st Ave. Tall grass

4200 blk. 71st Ave. Exterior property used for open storage

4200 blk. 71st Ave. Parking on unimproved driveway

4200 blk. 71st Ave. Overgrown shrubbery

4200 blk. 71st Ave. Paint on garage, storage of unregistered vehicle

4400 blk. 71st Ave. Storage of unregistered vehicle

4100 blk. 72nd Ave. Storage of unregistered vehicle

4200 blk. 72nd Ave. Storage of unregistered vehicle

4200 blk. 72nd Ave. Grass notice

4200 blk. 72nd Ave. Storage of unregistered vehicle

4400 blk. 72nd Ave. Paint on windows

4400 blk. 72nd Ave. Grass notice

4400 blk. 72nd Ave. Storage of unregistered vehicle

4400 blk. 72nd Ave. Storage of unregistered vehicle

4600 blk. 72nd Ave. Paint on side of house

4600 blk. 72nd Ave. Paint on porch

4600 blk. 72nd Ave. Paint on porch

Grass Notices

This is a reminder that only one grass warning will be given during any one calendar year. All subsequent violations will be issued a $25.00 municipal infraction.