Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter September 2002

Letter From the Mayor

On Tuesday, September 10, 2002, the Primary Election will take place. Although, not many voters generally come out to participate in the voting process on Primary Election day, it is especially important that residents come out to vote in this Primary Election. By the time this newsletter reaches you, the Primary Election possibly will be over, however, I hope that everyone will have voted for the candidates of their choice.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2002, the Town of Landover Hills experienced a great loss in the accidental death of Mr. John G. "Gil" Robeson. Mr. Robeson will be greatly missed particularly for his spiritually uplifting church newsletter, that he faithfully brought to Town Hall every month for distribution to the public.

Mr. Robeson was fatally injured in an automobile accident at the same intersection (Annapolis Road and 72nd Avenue) that we have been concerned about for years. There was one other fatal accident at this intersection a short while ago and a number of persons have been injured by speeding motorists at this intersection. Letters have been written by the Mayor to the agency responsible for this state road. The local head of this agency has been asked to come out on two occasions and the seriousness of the situation was explained to them. However, there has been no action by the agency to alleviate the problem. Other actions are planned by the Mayor and Council in addition to the Town Chief of Police that will involve the Governor of the state. It is indeed unfortunate that lives have to be lost before necessary action is taken to resolve the serious nature of the problem.

The next Town Meeting will be held on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.

Mayor Lee P. Walker

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, October 7, 2002, 7 pm

Monday, November 4, 2002 7 pm

Town Meetings

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

Monday, October 21, 2002 7:30 pm


Upcoming Events

Blood Pressure Management, Monday Sept. 16, 11am. The Prince George's County Health Dept. presents a FREE blood pressure management program. Topics include cardiovascular health, blood pressure management, fitness, nutrition, and medication. Ages 60 & up. Langley Park Senior Center. 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville. 301-408-4343.

Eastern Arabian Horse Show, Saturday, Sept. 21 & Sunday, Sept. 22, 8pm. Attend a FREE Arabian horse show. The Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave. Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7999

Conservation Club, Saturday, September 21, 9am - 3 pm

This is a perfect opportunity for those interested in nature to complete their high school service hours. Work with Park Rangers on conservation projects throughout the county. Reservations required. Park Ranger Office, 14955 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro. For more information, call 301-627-7755.

Dinner and A Movie, Saturday, September 28, 7 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic basket, a blanket and watch a FREE movie outdoors. Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham. 301-552-1093

Spinal Test & Body Fat Analysis, Monday, Sept. 30 7-9 pm. A sport and spine physician will perform FREE computerized tests. Ages 18 and up. Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover. 301-583-2560

Neighborhood News

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of John "Gil" Robeson, age 80, who died on August 28, 2002. Mr. Robeson was a wonderful man who touched countless lives in the greater Landover Hills community. He will be greatly missed . He was the husband of the late Norma Jean Robeson. He leaves behind his children, 11 grand children and 14 great grand children.

Many thanks to Andy Holloway and Mike Herr for getting the lights at the front entrance to Town working once again. Your civic mindedness is greatly appreciated!!!

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.


It is very important that every household in Landover Hills recycles. When residents make a habit of recycling, it saves the Town money in tipping fees. Every bottle, can and newspaper adds weight to the biweekly trash pick-up. The Town pays per ton to dump at the landfill. Recycling saves you, the taxpayer, money and will in turn keep the annual charge you pay for trash removal from increasing. If you need a recycling bin, please call:



Fall Reminders

The Talking Badge
Chief Henry G. Norris

By the time you read this article, school will have been open for at least a week. It is starting to get cooler and soon the clocks will be turned back. Parents, if you have a child walking to school, I would suggest that you walk them to school several days to see the route they will be taking and also so that you can give them some pointers. You can make sure that the route they will be taking is one that you approve of and if for some unknown reason they are late, you will know what route to check for them..

Make sure that your children have some reflective striping on their book bags if they are going to cross any streets to aid in visibility to motorists and others. When they cross any streets, use any existing crosswalks. If it happens to be dark when they walk to school, a flashlight would be helpful and try to walk with other children. If you are a child that is waiting at an existing bus stop, please try to stand on any sidewalks if available. Parents make sure your child knows their bus stop and bus number. Explain to your child that they need to sit in the seat at all times, facing front, and keeping the level of noise down so that the bus driver can concentrate If your bus stop has a patrol assigned to your bus stop, please listen to them as they are there to assist in your safety. As a reminder to motorists, please watch out for children as they cross streets and gather at school bus stops. Motorists should also be aware of school busses and to watch for the yellow flashing lights which indicate that the busses are going to stop as soon as the lights change to red. Also be mindful of the speed limits in school zones as most are posted at 15 miles per hour.

To our neighborhood children:

I hope your summer was as pleasant as you had planned and you are now "LOOKING FORWARD" to another school year. As a suggestion, if your last year in school wasn't as successful as you wanted it to be, now is the time to plan on what you should do differently to make it a more productive year.

REMEMBER... YOU ARE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS AND YOUR SUCCESS IN SCHOOL. Your Parents and Teachers are there to instruct and guide you along the way, but it is up to you to take advantage of the opportunity that is available to you. Don't look to others that would lead you away from your goals and don't place the blame for failing on others. Count on yourself and those that really care about you and want to see you succeed. Sometimes it may not seem easy and you may have to really work hard to achieve your goals. Rewards do come with hard work; so work hard and you can be the best at whatever you really want to be.

I would like to thank the residents that read their August newsletter and phoned the police to report suspicious activity. We were advised of a car parked for a long period of time which turned out to be a stolen vehicle and we were advised of some suspicious people loitering at an elderly woman's home. Please continue to watch out for each other. Remember if you need the police immediately for an emergency, dial 911. If you need the police to write a report or for activity that is not an emergency call 301-333-4000. This number is for the Prince George's County Police Department Communications. Our officers are dispatched by P.G. County Police radio. This is the fastest way to get the police to respond to your call. If you need to leave a message, get a copy of a report or have a non-emergency question, etc. during business hours, call 301-773-6400. After business hours these type of messages will be returned when the officer checks in during his patrol time.