Landover Hills Chronicle

Letter From the Mayor

The annual "National Night Out", held on Tuesday, August 3, 2004, was a huge success. A special word of thanks to each and every one who came out and participated in the "National Night Out" activities, including all of the residents, Senator Gwendolyn Britt, Mr. Ken Laurey, representing County Executive Jack Johnson, members of the Prince George's County Aviation Section, Lieutenant J. Terrence Griffith and Deputy Wendy Stommel (K-9 Officer) representing the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, the Disc Jockey, Bruce Conley, Vice Mayor Jeannette Ripley, Councilmembers Mike Thompson, who served up the hot dogs and beverages, Roderick Kennedy and Gary Rowe, Public Works Staff members Leo Benjamin and James Ford, town receptionist Shirley Weatherspoon, and of course Landover Hills Police Chief Henry Norris and the Landover Hills Police Department, including Town Manager Kathy Tavel and Administrative Assistant Juanita Hood and their families; and again everyone else whose name was not mentioned.

A spin off from the "National Night Out" activities include rejuvenation of the Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Program. Any resident interested in participating in this very worthwhile program, please contact the Landover Hills Police Department at 301-773-6400, or sign up at the next Town Meeting on Monday, August 16, 2004.

As a follow up to the ongoing saga of the infamous Stardust Inn situation, as mentioned in last month's Chronicle Newsletter; at the Prince George's County Liquor Board Hearing on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, the Liquor Board upheld its former reversed decision of March 23rd; permitting the Stardust Inn a stay in the revocation of its liquor license for an uncertain period of time. The Liquor Board upheld their position in spite of a recommendation that the Liquor Board impose conditions with the stay.

The community including all concerned parties have made it clear that they will not relent in this matter, until there has been a satisfactory resolution of the situation.

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004 7 pm

Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, 7 pm

Town Meetings*

Monday, August 16 ,2004, 7:30 p

Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, 7:30 p


Neighborhood News

The Town is looking for "Neighborhood News" to put in the Town's newsletter, Cable Station and Web Page. If you would like to submit an item please call 301-773-6401 or e-mail the town at Suggested items are birth announcements, graduations, birthdays, death notices, family members in the military, anniversaries etc.

Upcoming Events

Prince George's County Fair, Thursday, September 9th through Sunday, September 12th. Celebrating 162 years! Contests, displays, Amusement rides and much more. For more information. Visit:

Anacostia River Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 11, 1-4 pm. Ride in our boats or stalk the shoreline while helping to pull junk and litter from the river. Time worked can count towards community service requirements for students. All ages welcome. FREE participation and use of the park's boats. Location: Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

Port Towns Day, Saturday, September 25, 12-5pm Annual festival of the Port Towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, and Cottage City offers food, games, music, and handicraft vendors. Admission is FREE. Also: free pontoon boat tours, free boat rentals, free kayak lessons. Bladensburg Waterfront Park


Trash Pick-up Schedule


PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection


Bulk Trash pick-up

Yard Waste Pick-up


Town Household waste collection


Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should be directed to 301-952-7630.

The Talking Badge

Chief Henry Norris


The bad guys are winning because they stick together. In our Town and towns across America, the good guys are so busy working and going through their daily lives, that sometimes they forget about the little things. One of those little things is not knowing your neighbor. Not so long ago, it was a practice to walk outside and have a conversation with your neighbor, and neighbors watched out for each other. Today, in most families, work has taken the place of really knowing your neighbors, and alarm systems have taken the place of watching out for each other.

In today's society, the average person has a family, a home and is concerned for the welfare of both. We would like to know our neighbors, we would like to watch out for each other, but, where do we find the time and how do we go about it.

On August 3rd our Town participated in National Night Out. This is an event each year which focuses on gathering residents, community officials and members of the police department together to meet each other and to gain ideas on how to better protect their families, their homes, have fun, and show that the good guys do stick together.

Another way that the good guys can stick together and win is Neighborhood Watch. Now we know you will immediately think, Oh no! I don't have time for meetings, patrols, etc. But we have come up with a different approach that will not involve a commitment of time. Here we go!

First, we would like to have a meet and greet to get to know your neighbor and have some refreshments. We will let you know when the date will be. Second, we will be sponsoring crime prevention tips each month that will be in the form of either a short presentation at the Town Hall, or on the Town's cable channel, or in the newsletter. We would like to know what topics you would be interested in. Please call our station at 301-773-6400 and let us know.


We would like thank all of the residents that joined us on August 3rd. This was our largest crowd so far with approximately 200 in attendance. If you didn't make it to Night Out, you missed "Air One", the Prince George's County Police Department's helicopter which landed next to the Town Hall. You missed the Prince George'sCounty Sheriff's Department which included their bomb dog and handler and having your child's fingerprints taken. You also missed games, door prizes, good music, tons of fun, finding out how fast you can throw a baseball, your bike being registered, your face being painted, receiving a bike helmet, and a gun lock, or great crime prevention literature. You also missed representatives from the Victim's Rights Advocacy and the Sexual Assault Center. Hope to see you next year!!


1) School will be starting soon, watch out for our children and the school buses.

2) Parking of unregistered, suspended, unlicensed, partially dismantled or in an inoperative condition vehicle is classified as an abandoned auto according to State, County and Landover Hills Ordinances. The parking fine is now $200.00 plus your vehicle will be impounded immediately which incurs additional impoundment costs.

3) Storage of unregistered, suspended, unlicensed, partially dismantled or in an inoperative condition vehicles on private property is prohibited. The fine is now $200.00.