Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter December 2000

Letter From the Mayor

It's that time of year again, the most joyous holiday season of the year.

Many residents will be visiting relatives and friends during the holiday season; remember to take necessary precautions in safeguarding your home while you are away.

Thus far, we have not experienced the much predicted snow that has been mentioned throughout the various media. However, when and if the snow does arrive, the cooperation of all Town residents will be needed to ensure that automobiles are parked in a manner that will not prevent snow removal equipment from getting through streets. Your cooperation in this matter is needed and would be appreciated.

Most of the leaves have fallen from trees, your cooperation in discarding of leaves is needed to insure that Town procedures are followed; regarding bagging of leaves and placing them along the curbside for pick up on the appropriate day (Monday mornings). Curbs should also be kept clear of leaves. Your cooperation in this matter would also be appreciated.

A Town election for several seats on the Town Council will soon be coming up. The election will be held on the 2nd Tuesday in May (May 8, 2001). Anyone interested in running for a seat on the Town Council may do so by following the procedures as outlined in our Town Charter. Further information can be obtained by contacting Town Hall.

On behalf of the Town of Landover Hills Council and staff, I extend best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season.

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Council WorkshopsTuesday, January 2, 2001 @ 7 pm*

Monday, February 5, 2001 @ 7 pm

Town Meetings

Monday, Dec. 18, 2000 @7:30 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001 @7:30 pm*

*Note: Meeting dates are on Tuesdays due to the New Years Day Holiday and Martin Luther King 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.


Workshop Notes

Personnel Rules- The Mayor and Council reviewed changes made to the proposed Personnel Rules. A final draft will be prepared for the December 18th Town Council Meeting at which time a Resolution will be read formally adopting the new Personnel Policy.

FEMA Snow re-imbursement check- Town Manager Tavel stated that the Town had received a check from FEMA partially re-imbursing the Town for monies expended during last years snow storm. The check for $3735.46 will be used this year for snow removal expenses.

Snow Emergency Plan- The Mayor and Council discussed implementing a Snow Emergency Plan to help cope with what has been forecast as a snowier than usual winter season.

Because of the many narrow streets in the Town and the difficulty the plow encounters when cars are parked on both sides on the narrow streets, the Council will vote on a Snow Emergency Plan at the December 18th Council Meeting. If passed, this Ordinance will become effective immediately and would mandate that cars are parked OFF the street where possible and on one side of the street when not possible. This would allow the plow to clear as much of the roadway as possible during major snows. If passed, residents will receive detailed information.

Upcoming Events

Annual Holiday House Decorating Contest

This year the Holiday House Decorating Contest will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2000 beginning at 7 pm. The 3 categories will be Best Overall, Most Creative and Most Traditional.

Winter Evenings, Riversdale Mansion Riverdale. December 28 and Dec. 29th. See how the Calverts spent evenings by candlelight during holidays. Music and light refreshments. 7-9 p.m. ($) 301-864-0420.

Herbert Wells Ice Rink- located at 5211 paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD offers public skating. Admission is $5.00 adults, per session, per day. Children $4.00 per session, per day. (301-277-3717)

Ice & Easy Days, Friday December 26th through December 20th . Wells Ice Rink offers a beginner ice skating lesson, arts and crafts, practice time and lots of fun. Available for ages 6-12. The hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm with before and after care hours available for an extra fee. The cost is $25 per day.



Town Hall Closings

Town Hall will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1st for Christmas and New Year's Day. There will be NO YARD WASTE PICK-UP ON THESE MONDAYS.


December Birthday Wishes

Gloria DeFreece 12/1

Trudie Kley 12/1

Arthur Hawkins 12/2

Hans Gordon 12/5

Jennifer Tavel 12/5

Rochelle Lida 12/8

Joe Williams 12/8

Mary Ellen Schick 12/11

Frances Motta 12/12

Joyce Muckelvene 12/12

Pete Jensen 12/12

Sallie Echols 12/15

James D. Britt 12/17

Deborah Pilkerton 12/17

Olive Bryant 12/21

Aileen O'Reilly 12/27

Nancy Pilkerton 12/29


Neighborhood News

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mrs. Aileen O'Reilly who will turn 100 years old on

December 27th !!!



The next Town election will be held on Tuesday May 8, 2001. One Council seat from each Ward will be up for election. Petitions will be available after February 7, 2001. More detailed information will be in the January newsletter.


The Talking Badge

Chief Henry Norris

The holiday season is once again upon us and we will probably spend the next few weeks shopping and celebrating the Christmas and New Year's holidays. It is a wonderful time of the year, yet at the same time, it can place us in unfortunate circumstances. As we shop for gifts, etc., other less scrupulous persons are on the look-out for persons to make victims of their criminal acts., Being aware and alert to that fact can prevent you from becoming their next victim. A few simple safeguards sand precautions will give you added safety and enjoyment during the holiday season. Try to keep the following in mind:


When leaving your home, either visiting, shopping, or going away, be sure to lock all doors and windows. If you plan to be out of town for the holidays, arrange for someone to pick up your mail and newspaper. Take steps to make your home look lived-in while you are away and request your Police Department to keep a house check on your address while out of town.


While shopping, try to park your car in a lighted area as close to busy entrances as possible. Be sure to lock the doors, close all the windows and do not leave articles that you have purchased in the interior of the car. Try to limit your shopping where you can go home and not have to leave packages in the vehicle. If you have to , put them in the trunk, but be mindful that there are persons that are watching shoppers for this habit. When returning to your vehicle, look for anything or anyone suspicious hanging around. Most shopping areas have security that will either walk you to your vehicle or watch as you return to your vehicle. Have your car keys in your hand and upon entering your vehicle, lock the doors immediately.


While shopping in stores, minimize the appearance of carrying a lot of cash. Suspects are watching for this and you could become a victim. Conceal your credit card numbers from individuals and keep the carbon copies if applicable. If you must carry a purse, try to keep it under your arm and under your coat. Try to shop with other friends rather than shop alone.

Finally, don't overburden yourself with packages as you must be able to react to situations as they develop. Above all, don't let fear replace the joys of the holiday seasons as it is truly a wonderful time of the year!! THE MEMBERS OF THE LANDOVER HILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT WISH ALL OF YOU A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Also, during the holiday season and this winter season, we would like to let you know that the National Weather Service has predicted that we will be having a nasty winter weather season and with that comes Snow, Slippery Streets and more problems for drivers to deal with. We at the Landover Hills Police Dept. are asking for some assistance from residents that may have 4x4 vehicles and drivers who would like to help the Police Dept during very bad weather conditions as the police vehicles have a hard time driving on the streets in Landover Hills during slippery conditions. If you would like to assist the Police Dept., please call so that we can have a list of persons to call if assistance is needed..

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!