|Landover Hills Chronicle|
|LANDOVER HILLS NEWSLETTER||FEBRUARY 2005|
Town Hall will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2005 for the Presidents Day Holiday.
The month of February has been designated as African American History
Month, a time set aside to again highlight some of the contributions of
African Americans to American history. This will be done by indicating
the names of some of the African American inventors and their inventions;
which are in many instances items that we utilize everyday. It would be
beneficial to reflect upon what life would be like if we did not have these
items in our life.
Walter Sammons = the comb
Lydia O. Newman = the brush
Madam C. J. Walker = the straightening comb and hot curlers
Sarah Boone = ironing board
Thomas W. Stewart = the map
Lloyd P. Ray = dust pan
George T. Samon = clothes dryer
John Love = pencil sharpener
William Purvis + fountain pen
Lee Burridge = type writing machine
W.A Lovette = the advanced printing press
Jan E. Matzelinger = shoe lasting machine
John Burr = lawn mower
Richard Spikes = automatic gear shift
Joseph Gammel = the supercharge system for internal combustion engines
Garret A. Morgan = traffic signals
John Standard = the refrigerator
Alice Parker = the heating furnace
Frederick Jones = air conditioner
Elbert R. Robinson = electric trolley
Alexander Miles = the elevator
Philly Downing = the mailbox
William Barry = postmarking and canceling machine
During last months Town Meeting it was pointed out that there is a need
to re-energize the Town of Landover Hills' Neighborhood Watch program,
as a result of reported criminal activity; therefore, Neighborhood Watch
meetings will soon be announced.
The next Town Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at 7:30 p.m.
Mayor Lee. P. Walker
Town Council Calendar
Monday, March 7, 2005, 7 pm
Monday, April 4, 2005. 7 pm
Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 7:30 pm
Monday, April 18, 2005, 7 pm
The next town election will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2005. One Council
seat from each Ward will be up for election. All positions elected in 2005,
shall serve a four year term which will end in 2009.
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. Mail-in voter registration
forms may be obtained at the Landover Hills Town Hall. 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 9, 2005 at 4 p.m.
Any candidate wishing to run for the office of Council member must have
resided in their Ward for at least one year immediately preceding their
election and shall be qualified voters of the Town. They must maintain
residence in the Ward they represent during their entire term of office.
Declaration of Candidacy
Any person wishing to be a candidate for an elected office must submit
to the Town Manager not less than forty-five (45) days nor more than ninety
(90) days prior to the election a petition under oath in support of his/her
candidacy setting forth the following:
1. The candidate is a registered voter of the Town.
2. The candidate will have attained the required age (21) for the office
he/she is seeking on or before the Election Day.
3. The candidate has been a resident of the Town (or Ward if running
for Councilmember) for one year immediately preceding the date of
4. The Ward in which the candidate resides and the number of years he/she
resided in that ward.
5. The name of the office sought.
Petitions can be picked up at Town Hall. Petitions no longer
require signatures from residents in the candidate's ward.
2005 Election Calendar
February 9, 2005- the first day that candidacy petitions may
be submitted to the Town Manager
March 28, 2005- last day candidacy petitions may be submitted
to the Town Manager
April 11, 2005- last day to register to vote for the May 10,
May 9, 2005- last day absentee ballots will be accepted.
May 10, 2005- Election Day
When filing your income tax forms, please indicate that you reside in
the Town of Landover Hills. Your subdivision number 1726, should appear
on the forms. This allows the State of Maryland to share local income taxes
with local governments. Your efforts will not increase your
tax obligations but will ensure that Landover Hills receives its appropriate
The Town of Landover Hills will celebrate its 60th Anniversary
this year. While a date and plans for a celebration have not yet been finalized,
it was thought that giving both old and new residents a glimpse into the
history of the Town would give everyone a greater appreciation of the Town's
journey throughout the years.
Rural Prince George's County entered a period of growth and expansion
that began in the 1920's. "Street-car suburbs" developed in such places
as Brentwood, Mount Rainier, and Seat Pleasant. Hyattsville and
Bladensburg, also on the streetcar line, gained several thousand new residents.
Clusters of homes were also built along the railroad at Landover, Ardmore
and Lanham stops. Then, in the 1930's and 1940's, widespread automobile
ownership made suburban development possible in areas beyond the reach
of streetcar and railroad lines. Defense Highway, the main thoroughfare,
played an important part in the development of this quiet land.
Just a narrow tree-lined country road, Defense Highway (Annapolis
Road) was even then very old. During colonial days, it had been the main
road between Bladensburg (founded 1742) and Annapolis. At the time of the
war of 1812, troop reinforcements, intended to assist in the defense of
the new capital of Washington, were marched along this road. The battle
that took place at Bladensburg on August 24, 1814 was of
course unsuccessful and the British soldiers burned the uncompleted Capitol
For the next 100 years, the highway remained an unpaved country road
winding through fields of tobacco, corn and wheat and through the region's
thick forests. After World War I, however, the Federal Government decided
that the majors roads leading to Washington should be paved so troops and
military equipment could be easily transported in case of another war.
The Federal Government helped fund the paving of the road in the 1920's.
It became known as Defense Highway.
Today Defense Highway is six lanes wide. It is often called Annapolis
Road. It's official designation is Maryland Route 450. Until John Hanson
Highway was built in the 1950's, it was U.S. 50.
In 1940 Dorothy and Monroe Warren, owners of 148 acres of wooded
farm land along Defense Highway, planned the subdivision to be known as
Landover Hills. Their property was located midway between Bladensburg and
Lanham, lying southeast of Defense Highway and extending to the Pennsylvania
Railroad tracks. The builder was Meadowbrook, Inc. with Monroe Warren
as president of the corporation.
Landover Hills was one of the first modern suburban developments along Defense Highway. It once stood alone out in the country.
Black Artists Showcase, Tuesday, February 22,
6:30- 8:30 pm- Do you enjoy watching dancing, acting, or mime?
Are you inspired by singing or poetry? Then attend performances that will
entertain and inspire you. Registration recommended by Feb. 20. All
ages welcome. Fee $5/person, FREE/ages 6 & under- Prince George's Sports
& Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover. Info: 301-583-2582:
Diversity Career Job Fair: 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
opportunity to learn about exciting career opportunities that may brighten your future at this FREE job fair!
Prince George's Community College, Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Road,
Largo. Information: 301-454-1411
African Art Show & Expo
Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People of all ages will enjoy face painting, craft activities, African Art vendors, craft vendors, food and more! Free admission. Nominal fees for food and some activities. Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. Information: 301-333-6561
PG County recycling collections.
Town Household waste collection
Wednesdays: Bulk Trash pick-up
Town Household waste collection
Any questions or concerns regarding recycling pick-ups in Town should be directed to 301-952-7630.
Yard Waste Pick-up
Beginning the week of January 15th, yard waste will be picked
up on regular trash days. Separate yard waste pick-up (Wednesdays) will
resume after April 15th, 2005.
Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site
Drop off your old paints, insecticides and other hazardous materials on
Feb 20th and February 27th
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3500 Brown Station Road (use White House Road entrance) Upper Marlboro.
Call 301-883-5045 for more information.
YOU can be part of a team that saves lives everyday
Volunteer for the Landover Hills Fire Department to become an
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Firefighter.
The Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Dept., is a division of Prince George's
County Fire Dept., is looking for dedicated volunteers in the community,
young and old, to help us with our vital mission.
Free Training * Live-in Program* Tax Benefits Retirement Plan* Experience
of a lifetime
To find out more
Daytime call Nancy at 301-583-1914
After 6 pm call Tom at 240-832-8689
or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislative District 47 Senatorial Scholarship
Students who reside in the 47th Legislative District are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the office of Senator Gwendolyn Britt. The scholarships are awarded yearly to undergraduate and graduate students. Criteria for selection are based on financial need and/or academic achievement. Scholarships are awarded for four years, or until the recipient completes his or her degree, whichever comes first. Applications are available from Senator Britt's office by calling 301-858-3745 or Gwendolyn_Britt@senate.state.md.us
Applicants must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) in order to be considered for a Senatorial Scholarship. Completed
applications must be returned to Sen. Britt's office as soon as possible
and no later than May 2, 2005, in order to be considered for a Senatorial