Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter September 2000

Letter From the Mayor

    Now that schools are open, a number of schools are having fundraisers to help defray the cost of various school programs. The fundraisers in many instances entail students selling candy items to relatives, friends and associates. The schools in most, if not all instances encourage students not to solicit door to door; however, since school began a number of students have been found soliciting door to door; which is not only a safety hazard for children, but also is in violation of Town ordinances regarding soliciting door to door without Town authorization. Letters are being sent to area schools requesting that teachers and administrators reiterate to students that there should be no door to door solicitation. I am sure that we all want to be supportive of all area schools, however, we want to ensure that solicitation for support is carried out in the proper manner. Additionally, it is also requested that parents, who have the primary responsibility in this matter, urge their children not to go door to door soliciting, but should confine their solicitation for support of the school fundraising project to relatives, friends and associates. Also, parents please encourage your children not to hold meetings in front of resident's homes or in the streets; school buildings, homes of students (with parent's permission) or other facilities, such as libraries or other public facilities should be considered as meeting sites.

    The distribution of the Maryland Municipal League's (MML) book about the Cities and Towns within the state of Maryland will commence this month. All of the municipalities and a number of elected officials who participated at the MML convention in Ocean City this past June, received copies of the book. Additional copies of the MML book will be distributed by municipalities to the public and private schools in their specific areas. Arrangements have been made for books to be picked up from the Prince George's Community College, by participating municipalities commencing this month.

    The Mayor and Council are currently considering a project regarding the disposition of a number of HUD homes that have been vacant for some time. The primary purpose of this project is to dispose of the HUD houses which in some instances have become eyesores; through restoration, so that those houses can be made available to prospective homeowners.

    Over the past several months there has been concern about public safety, in the Landover Hills vicinity, which includes the surrounding areas outside of the Town of Landover Hills boundaries. As a result of this concern, a community meeting will be held at the Town of Landover Hills Town Hall on Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone concerned about public safety issues are invited to participate in this meeting. Public Safety officials and Law Enforcement officials are also being invited to participate. Don't miss this important meeting. We intend to take a big bite out of crime in this vicinity, on an ongoing basis.

    The next regularly scheduled Town Meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 2000 at 7:30 p.m., come out, be informed and participate.

                                                                                                        Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops
Monday, October 2, 2000 @ 7pm

Monday, November 6, 2000 @ 7pm

Town Meetings

Monday Sept. 18 ,2000 @ 7:30pm

Monday, Oct. 16, 2000 @ 7:30 pm

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

Auditors- Town Manager Kathy Tavel stated that the auditors had started the annual audit on September 5th. The audit was expected to be completed within a week to 10 days.

On a similar note, the annual audit by Injured Worker's Insurance Fund is scheduled for September 8th. This audit is done annual to calculate the premium for the upcoming year.

HUD Houses- Mayor Walker shared some information that he had received about the various HUD programs concerning vacant HUD houses. The Town is currently looking into participating in one or more of these programs.

State Flag- it was mentioned that the State Flag at the entrance to Town was faded and needed to be replaced. Mrs. Tavel stated that a new one would be ordered.

Upcoming Events

AirFair 2000, Sat. and Sun. Sept. 23 & 24, 9am- 5 pm- Enjoy displays of historic and modern aircraft, music, vendors, airplane and helicopter rides, children's activities, and an exciting air show at 2 pm. Have an envelope or postcard canceled with a special airmail cancellation. The admission fee includes a free visit to the two year old College Park Aviation Museum. Parking is free. All ages welcome.

College Park Aviation Museum and Airport, 1909 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Fee: $2/adults, $1/Seniors (60 and over), $1/children ages 2-18

Information: 301-927-1909

Journey Into Jug Bay's Past, Sunday, September 24, 2-4 pm. Take a pontoon boat tour up the Patuxent River and see three historic features and river wildlife. All ages welcome.

Billingsley House Museum, Upper Marlboro. Call for directions. Reservations required. Limited to the first 18 registrants. Fee: $5/person.

Information: 301-627-0730

Capital Challenge Horse Show

Come enjoy an A- rated hunter and jumper horse show with over a 1000 horses.

All ages welcome.

The Show Place Arena/ Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro. FREE

Information: 301-952-7999

Town Hall Closings

Town Hall offices will be closed on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2000 so that the building can be used for voting. Trash pick-up will be unaffected.

Town Hall will also be closed on Friday, November 10, 2000 for the Veteran's Day holiday. There will be no trash pick up on that day.

Town Hall Closed Trash Pick up

Election Day     11/7    Yes

Veteran's Day 11/10     No


September Birthday Wishes

Robert Meli 9/1

Wayne Merrill 9/1

Dianne Pierson 9/1

Ronald Richardson 9/3

Mary Felker 9/6

Raymond Baum 9/8

Everette Pitsenbarger 9/9

Emma McDermott 9/16

Mary Britt 9/24

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.

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.

The Talking Badge

By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.

    Most of our vacations are over and it's back to school for most of us. Since school has been out and if you remember last month's newsletter, there are several items of importance that I want to bring to your attention.

    First, in reference to several Break-ins that we had experienced, we were able to obtain information that resulted in approximately 11-12 arrests for various crimes to include Breaking & Entering, Robbery, Auto Theft, and other minor crimes. Of the arrests made, a majority of the arrests were made on juvenile offenders and some adults. Some of the crimes solved included areas of the County such as Bowie, and Beltsville. A lot of the Break-ins occurred during school hours were by juveniles skipping school. With the start of a new school year, we are asking residents, parents and business owners to assist yourselves and your police department to stop some of the crimes being committed by notifying your police department if you see anyone of school age or who you think is of school age walking around during school hours. We also ask parents to keep a closer check on your children to make sure that they are indeed going to school

    The second item I want to address is we have made an arrest on a female who was going to residents homes with a story that she had a child with asthma and that she needed a prescription for him but did not have money for it. Most of the residents that she went to were senior residents. In any case, most of the residents were trying to be helpful, but they were being conned by someone who apparently has been conning residents for some time. Cpl. Rackey of your Police department was able to gather information which ended in the arrest of this person for numerous charges to include Robbery, Breaking & Entering, Grand Theft and Theft. She was incarcerated in the County Detention Center under a high bond awaiting trial. This is another situation where you as residents, parents, and business owners can assist your Police Department by being our eyes and ears and contact us when and if you have anyone come to your door with some scheme to obtain money or sell something. They have to have a town permit to solicit or to go door to door.

    These are some of the items that are discussed at your town meetings of which there are very few residents in attendance. We would like to see more residents at the town meetings as some of the items that are discussed are items that change the way some things are done in your town and are paid for with your tax money.

    Also, for your information, the Mattel Dare police cars are in for any residents that didn't pre-order and wish to purchase them, may do so by coming to the town hall . The cost is 5.00 per car.