Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter November 2002
Letter From the Mayor

As a result of the capture of persons suspected of terrorizing our metropolitan region in addition to other parts of the country, as snipers; the children and parents in Town who desired to carry on with the usual Halloween activities, were able to do so. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families and friends who lost loved ones as a result of this great tragedy.

During the Town of Landover Hills regularly scheduled Town Council Workshop session on Monday, November 4, 2002; a new Police Officer Cedric Whitaker, was sworn in by the Mayor, and welcomed to the Landover Hills Police Department.

Congratulations to those persons who fulfilled their civic responsibility by coming out on Tuesday, November 5, 2002, the General Election Day, and voting for the candidates of their choice.

During the Town of Landover Hills Town Meeting on Monday, October 21, 2002, the Mayor and Council selected from photographs taken by the Mayor, the type of Veteran's Memorial that will be constructed; in memory of all Veteran's, particularly those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy in this country.

The next Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 18, 2002. As always residents are invited to come out and participate.

Mayor Lee P. Walker

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, December 2, 2002, 7 pm

Monday, January 6, 2002, 7 pm

Town Meetings

Monday, Nov.18, 7:30 pm

Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, 7:30 pm


Town Hall Closings


Town Hall will be closed Thursday November 28,2002 and Friday November 29,2002 for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be NO TRASH PICK-UP ON FRIDAY, NOV. 29TH !!!

Upcoming Events


Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 10 am at the Landover Hills Town Hall. Continental Breakfast, Visit with Santa and a surprise activity. Admission is $1.00 per person. Reservations are required. Please call 301-773-6401 for more information and to place your reservation.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale
Saturday, December 7, 2002,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early Bird Special 9-10 am. Hosted by Christ United Methodist Church, 69th Ave. And Annapolis Rd. Vendor space available for $15, please call Dorothy Wallace at 301-459-5564 for more info.

Santa is Coming!
Saturday, December 7, 2002
11a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and have your picture taken with Santa. Christ United Methodist Church, 69th Ave. & Annapolis Rd.

Share Food Program

Christ United Methodist Church is a host site. Call to get the menu in English or Spanish. All orders are $15.00. To place an order, call Tammy Reynolds at 301-577-4933 or Church Office at 301-773-5589.

Fruit Sale
Christ United Methodist Church is taking orders for grapefruits and navel oranges coming directly from Texas or Florida. Fruits will be picked the same day as shipment. Orders will be taken until December 7th. To order, please call 301-773-5589.

College Park Aviation Museum presents How Things Fly,December 1st at 1 p.m. Join pilot and aviation expert Harry Kraemer as he uses simple experiments to explain the mysteries of flight! Free with regular museum admission.

Neighborhood News
Our condolences go out to the Pilkerton families of 71st and 72nd Avenues on the loss of James Richard Pilkerton Sr. Mr. Pilkerton, age 81, died on November 1, 2002 of severe injuries sustained in a car accident on October 2, 2002. Mr. Pilkerton, a retired Metropolitan DC Police Officer is survived by his children James Pilkerton Jr. (Nancy) and Deborah Rose Pilkerton, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Our sympathies also go out to the Trapp family of Varnum Street on the loss of William G. Trapp Sr., age 92. Mr. Trapp was the husband of the late Dorothy Trapp. Mr. and Mrs. Trapp were one of the original home owners in Landover Hills and had resided in Town for over 60 years. Mr. Trapp is survived by his son William G./ Trapp Jr., daughters Rebecca Scarlot and Dorothy Stokes, 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Public Works Service Schedule

Grass and yard waste collection.


PG 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. Payment must be made in advance of removal.

Fall Reminders

Leaves are to be bagged and put curbside for Monday pick-up.

Do not rake leaves in the street or gutters.

While you are raking your yard, take a few minutes and rake the leaves along the curb in front of your house. This will prevent storm drains from getting clogged with leaves and overflowing during heavy rains.

The Talking Badge

Chief Henry G. Norris

Trick or Treat night was relatively quiet and very few young children were out. There was one reported incident regarding a vandalism to an auto. The only problem encountered was at approximately 8:15 p.m. there were large groups of children of mixed ages still Trick or Treating. Some of the residents who still had their lights on were probably very much surprised and a little scared when these groups all approached the house at the same time. Most of these groups were not in any type of costume other than some had a mask on. I would like to ask the parents of children who go out on Halloween Night, "Do you know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing?" Imagine if you were one of the residents that had over twenty-five people converge on your home at one time and no one was an adult! Some of the problems I noted on Halloween Night are:

  1. Children, including teenagers, out trick or treating and not in costume.

  3. Children trick or treating without adult supervision.
  4. Children without flashlights.

  6. Children without reflective material on dark clothing/costumes.

We are nearing Thanksgiving and it's one of the busiest traveling seasons of the year. It is also a time for us to give thanks for being able to live as we do in this Country. Please be careful during the Thanksgiving Holiday season and drive safely and cautiously if you are traveling. Remember your neighbors this time of year especially our senior citizens and many who live alone. Reach out to these residents and invite them to your home.

As you know, the Town has two red light cameras on Annapolis Road and many of you have received a citation for making a right turn on red. The law allows you to make a right turn on a red signal if you come to a complete stop at the white line prior to making your right turn. If you do not stop but instead you slow down and continue around the corner, the camera will catch you. If you stop completely at the white line and then proceed to make your turn, the camera will not activate.

I would like to remind residents that you must stop completely at stop signs. There are still many of you who are using stop signs as a yield instead of coming to a complete stop. Also, the speed limit in the Town is twenty-five miles per hour and in some areas, fifteen. Please be mindful of the speed limits throughout the Town. When you park on the street you must park with the passenger side of the vehicle, the right side, to the curb. If you park with the left side (driver's side) to the curb you will get a citation for parking left wheels to the curb. This does not apply on one-way streets.

Please join our department in welcoming our newest officer, Cedric Whitaker. Officer Whitaker was sworn in on Monday, November 4, 2002. Officer Whitaker is a very welcome addition to the Landover Hills Police Department.

If you need the police for an emergency, dial 911. Our officers are dispatched by Prince George's County Communications. If you are trying to make a report, dial 301-333-4000 and tell them you wish to make a report. If you want to call Hyattsville's District 1 Station, then dial 301-699-2630 for any questions or information you may need, as Hyattsville's District I station is the station which handles the area of Landover Hills. To reach the Landover Hills Police Department, dial 301-773-6400.

Important Phone Numbers


County Numbers

PG County Info 301-350-9700

Animal Control 301-499-8311

PG Public Schools 301-952-6000

Parks & Recreation 301-699-2407

PG Libraries 301-699-3500

PG Comm. College 301-366-6000

Social Services 301-209-5500

Transportation/Traffic 301-883-5700

PG Hospital Ctr. 301-618-2000

Household Hazardous

Waste Information 301-952-5326

Hotline Numbers

Emerg. Food Asst. 301-909-6393

Emergency Shelter 301-864-7140

Alcoholics Anon. 202-966-9115

Missing Children 800-843-5678

National Runaway 800-231-6946

Poison Control 800-492-2414

Suicide Prevention 301-322-2606

Abuse/Assault 301-808-5624

Sexual Assault 301-618-3154

AIDS Info. 800-342-2437

Classified Ads

The Town of Landover Hills is now accepting paid advertisements from local businesses. The cost of a 2"x 3" (1/3 column) ad is twenty dollars ($20.00) per publication. If you are interested in placing an ad, please call Town hall @ 301-773-6401, Monday through Friday, nine to five.


Have a great holiday!