Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter April 2003

2003 Election Calendar

May 12, 2003- last day absentee ballots will be accepted.

May 13, 2003- Election Day

Letter From the Mayor

It appears that we are now experiencing a break in the weather and there are some signs of Spring; a welcomed change from the snow and wintry days that we have had over the past months.

Now that spring-like weather is on the horizon, many residents will be engaged in Spring clean-up activities. As residents go about their clean up activities, we ask that the Public Works Service Schedule regarding collection days be followed. Your cooperation regarding this matter would be appreciated.

A word of thanks to all residents who came out to our Town Meeting last month, and participated during the utility company's representatives presentations; and the question and answer period discussions that followed. The information provided was both interesting and informative.

It is requested that all Town Residents come out and participate in the Town of Landover Hills election that will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Come out and exercise your civic responsibility by participating and voting for the candidate of your choice.

The next Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come out and participate.

Mayor Lee P. Walker

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, May 5, 2003, 7 pm

Monday, June 2, 2003. 7 pm

Town Meetings*

Tues. April 21, 2003, 7:30 pm

Tues. May 19, 2003, 7:30 pm

Town Elections

The next Town election will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. One Council seat from each Ward will be up for election as well as the seat of Mayor. All positions elected in 2003, shall serve a four year term which will end in 2007.

Anyone who is currently registered with the Board of Election Supervisors of Prince George's County and whose registration displays a Landover Hills address shall be eligible to vote in the Town election. Absentee ballots may be requested in writing. Absentee ballots must be received at the Landover Hills Town Hall, 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills, MD 20784, no later than Monday, May 12, 2003 at 4 p.m.

2003 Election Candidates


Lee P. Walker Incumbent


Ward 1

Jeannette Ripley Incumbent

Sheila Skinner

Ward 2

Gary Rowe


Ward 3

Richard Shipp Incumbent


Upcoming Events

.Landover Hills Annual Easter Egg Hunt- Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 10:30 am. (Arrive approximately 15 minutes before hunt begins). Prizes for gold and silver egg. All ages welcome. Rain or shine (hunt is outdoors, so dress appropriately). Raffle. Town Hall, 6904 Taylor St., Landover Hills.301-773-6401.


Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration on the Anacostia River

Join our watershed Neighbors to Cleanup the Anacostia River!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2003

8:30- noon

Clean up at four sites along the river.

Event participation and use of boats is FREE. For more information, call 301-779-0371.

Free Mulch Giveaway

In conjunction with the launch of Prince George's County Executive Johnson's Liveable Communities Task Force, the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) will give away free mulch to county citizens on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday April 27, 2003.

Mulch will be available for pickup from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Western Branch Facility located at 6601 S.E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro. Free mulch is restricted to non-commercial vehicles, 3/4 ton maximum weight. A skid loader will be available to load mulch into pickup trucks. Residents who do not have a pickup truck should bring their own containers and loading tools. Last year, nearly 450 vehicles drove off with a total of 1,190 cubic yards of mulch.

Residents may also tour the Facility's Visitors Center to learn about the composting process and other recycling programs. For additional tour information, contact the Waste Reduction Section at 301-883-5045.

Code Enforcement

Last month we asked that you start looking around your yards for code violations. On March 23, 2003 the first code enforcement inspection was conducted throughout the Town. There were fifty-six code violations issued for numerous infractions. We did not send notices for sheds that have collapsed roofs from the snowfall in order to give the property owners a chance to have them repaired since the weather has been bad.

If you received a violation notice or letter, you must correct the violation by the due date or you will be given a municipal infraction which is a fine of $50.00. If you are issued a municipal infraction, you not only have to pay a fine but if the violation is not corrected you will be sent a date to appear in court. We do not want to take the action of issuing municipal infractions or going to court, but there are residents who are not complying when they receive a notice. We need your help. We like to work with our residents whenever there are problems not fine them and take them to court.

Don't forget if you have a rental property or live in a rental house, you must call to make arrangements to have a rental inspection during the months of May and June.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources, Waste Management Division has a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. The drop off site is located at the Brown Station Road Landfill, 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro. The drop off site is open every Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All items are disposed of in an environmentally safe and responsible manner.

Types of Household items Accepted

Fire extinguishers, cleaning products, insecticides, photographic chemicals, computer monitors, televisions, fuels, household batteries, car batteries, pesticides, propane tanks, varnishes and stains, oil based paints, automotive fluids, acids, fertilizer and herbicides, driveway sealer, and swimming pool chemicals.

Tips for Reducing Household Hazardous Waste

For more information, call the Prince George's County Waste Reduction Section at 301-883-5045.

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.


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

Letter From A Concerned Resident

To all my Friends and Neighbors: Following the triple murder at the Stardust Inn and Go-Go Nightclub on April 8, I am truly concerned about my community safety and future. Landover Hills and its neighbors are threatened by having a strip bar so close. This trouble spot will get worse, I can predict, and I want to see it closed. We live in a neighborhood of family homes and apartments. Many families with children call this area home. The Stardust Nightclub is one block away from my church, Ascension Lutheran, and two blocks from Saint Mary's Catholic Church. Both of these have elementary schools and have served our community for 50 years or more. Also close by is Landover Hills Baptist Church. It does not seem at all appropriate to have this strip club so close to all of these. The Stardust is open every day just in time for what they call "the sexiest and best-tasting lunch in town." It sounds like they are advertising nude strippers at lunchtime. While community shopping, banking, fast food restaurants and offices are all within the same block of the Stardust, this business has no place among these in our neighborhood, period.

It does not serve the community well to allow this strip joint to remain, but to allow a nightclub to stay open where the murders of three patrons has occurred is unthinkable. This business with a licentious reputation now promotes dangerous elements too close to our homes. I understand the Stardust is planning to move to the renovated Denny's restaurant building one block away. If this would be a time for license hearings or a time for citizen feedback, our neighborhood needs to present some opinions to licensing boards and civic leaders. We need to use any opportunity to let the owners of the Stardust know that they do not operate in the best interests of the neighborhood.

Here are some names of County officials who can address our concerns. Please contact all of them and see what the power of a whole community can do when it works together!

BOARD OF [LIQUOR] LICENSE COMMISSIONERS Franklin D. Jackson, Esq., Chair; Vacancy, Administrator County Service Building: 5012 Rhode Island Ave., Room 204, Hyattsville, MD 20781

(301) 699-2770; fax: (301) 985-3548

COUNTY EXECUTIVE Jack B.Johnson (D), County Executive County Administration Building, Room 5032 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 - 3070 (301) 952-4131, e-mail:

OFFICE OF BUSINESS & REGULATORY AFFAIRS Appointed by County Executive Sandra F. Peaches, Executive Director County Administration Building, Room 1177 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 - 3070 (301) 952-4825

POLICE DEPARTMENT Appointed by County Executive: Gerald M. Wilson, Chief 7600 Barlowe Road, Landover, MD 20785 (301) 772-4740

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3 County Administration Building; 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, 2nd Floor, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (301) 952-3060; (301) 952-4904 (fax) Councilman Thomas R. Hendershot: Carol B. White, Legislative Aide: Janice E. Hall, Constituent Services: Patti McGowan, Administrative Aide:

The Talking Badge

Chief Henry G. Norris

There is an emergency what are you going to do (Part II)?

Last month I spoke to you about preparing for an emergency and we will continue this month. Remember, this is not to alarm you but to make you an informed, prepared citizen. This year we have been exposed to a new term "Shelter In Place". Shelter in Place: is one way to protect yourself. If you are told to Shelter-in-Place, do the following:

1) Immediately go inside. Bring pets inside also.

2) Close and lock all windows and doors. Stay calm. Stay off the telephone.

3) Turn off heating and cooling systems.

4) Go to an interior room with no or few windows. Place a towel at the bottom of the door just as you would to keep smoke out of a room.

5) Turn on a radio to a local EAS station (Emergency Alert System) for information and directions. Stay tuned to the station until you are given instructions that the emergency is over.

6) If told to protect breathing, cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth, if possible.

7) After the emergency is over, you will be instructed to air out your house.

Prepare to Evacuate: When informed of this, you should do the following:

1) Stay calm. Stay off the telephone.

2) Turn your radio or television to the local EAS station for emergency instructions.

3) Pack only what you need. Gather critical medicines, appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, portable radio, flashlight, and spare batteries, check book, credit cards and other essential items.

4) Lock your house.

5) If you have children in school, they will be taken to a reception center for the school. You may pick them up after the all clear.

6) PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN SHELTERS. Special pet shelter accommodations will be made available.

7) You may return home as soon as the emergency is declared over, and have been instructed to return.

Evacuation: means leaving the area that is affected by the potential hazard. Sometimes a chemical accident, such as an overturned tanker truck, will force people from their homes for health and safety reasons. If you are asked to evacuate, here's what to do:

1) Remain calm.

2) Listen carefully to the instructions you are given and be sure you are in an area that is being evacuated.

3) If told to evacuate, do so!

4) Do not use the phone except to dial 911 in a life-threatening situation.

5) Take your Disaster Supply Kit with you.

6) DO NOT go to your children's school. If they are in the evacuation area they will be taken care of. They will probably be gone by the time you get there.

7) Close and lock windows and doors.

8) Turn off all fans, heating and cooling units.

9) Bring pets inside and leave food and water for them. Remember pets ARE NOT allowed in emergency shelters!

10) Keep vehicle windows and vents closed while evacuating.

11) Follow instructions of emergency personnel along evacuation routes.

12) Stay tuned to radio and television for further instructions from emergency officials.