Landover Hills Chronicle

Letter From the Mayor

The month of April 2005, has been designated as Municipal Government Works Month. In promotion of Municipal Government Works Month the Town of Landover Hills will fly the Municipal Government Works flag during the month of April. In recognition of the residents of the Town of Landover Hills who have supported and participated in the programs and activities of the Town; there will be a Citizen's Appreciation Award ceremony during the regularly scheduled Town Meeting on Monday, April 18, 2005, at 7:30 p.m.

A definite date has been set for the Landover Hills Day ceremonies in recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the Town of Landover Hills. The Landover Hills Day activities will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2005; with an alternate rain date of September 17, 2005. All Landover Hills residents are encouraged to participate in the Landover Hills Day activities. The Landover Hills Day activities will commence with a parade through the Town of Landover Hills. Any group who would like to participate in the Landover Hills activities are asked to call Town Hall at 301-773-6401

The Town of Landover Hills Mayor's Scholarship Program will be awarding scholarships to applicants selected by the Scholarship Committee. The deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2005. Applications can picked up at Town Hall. All young people who are high school graduates or will graduate this year are encouraged to take advantage of this scholarship program.

Best Wishes are extended to all upcoming graduates.

Mayor Lee. P. Walker

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, May 2, 2005, 7 pm

Monday, June 6, 2005. 7 pm

Town Meetings

Monday, April 18, 2005, 7:30 pm

Monday, May 16, 2005, 7 pm

Meeting Guest

Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson will be attending the April 18, 2005 Town Meeting. Sheriff Jackson will explain the role of the Sheriff's Department in Prince George's County and answer questions.

Town Elections

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.


2005 Election Calendar

April 11, 2005- last day to register to vote in the May 10, 2005 election.

May 9, 2005- last day absentee ballots will be accepted.

May 10, 2005- Election Day


The following candidates have submitted petitions to be included on the May 10, 2005 ballot.

Ward 1

Terry Wilson

Ward 2

Roderick Kennedy

Ward 3

Michael Thompson

Landover Hills' 60th Anniversary

The Town of Landover Hills will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on September 10, 2005. 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.

Part 3

December 7, 1941, was a dark day for the Town, the country and the world. No one could anticipate the problems they would be faced with as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our full scale involvement in World War II. Many of the town's young people were called to serve in our nation's armed services and some were sent to distant battlefields. Shortages affected every phase of life. Shortages of building supplies slowed down the completion of homes in the town and forced the builder to make many changes in the design of the homes. A school for the town became a distant dream. Heating systems were changed from oil to coal. Gasoline was rationed and car pools organized. Public transportation was sought and limited service was granted by Greyhound. Scrap metal and fats were saved and donated for recycling. Trash and garbage collected was contracted on an individual basis. This soon became unsatisfactory and finally a contract was obtained to have the collection done on a town-wide basis.

The Civilian Defense Agency assisted in organizing and training air raid wardens who were fingerprinted by the FBI. The agency assisted in getting an Office of Civilian Defense pumper, arm bands, helmets and other things needed for use by the wardens. Four large bells were purchased and erected in the Town to be used as air raid signals. Signals were relayed from the Bladensburg fire station to the chief wardens in the Zundel home. Dorothy Zundel was the daytime warden and husband Bill served the night shift. The signals were conveyed to the wardens throughout the town who were responsible for going out and pulling the ropes to ring the bells. Practice blackouts were conducted, the first one in March 1942.

Later the Citizens Association conducted a house-to-house campaign to collect funds to buy sirens to replace the bells. Sirens were purchased and two were placed in the lower part of town and one was placed on the Zundel's roof. Practice blackouts and drills were held until the end of the war. The volunteers received recognition for their service from the President of the United States and also from the Civilian Defense Agency.

More next month!


Upcoming Events

BBQ Chicken Dinner, Sponsored by the Cottage City Fire Company Saturday, April 23, 2005, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $5.00 a plate includes: ½ BBQ Chicken, Roll, and a choice of 2 sides. Baked Beans, macaroni & Cheese, Salad, Coleslaw, Green Beans, Chips, Iced Tea or Lemonade. Hot Dogs, Sodas, and Baked Goods will also be available. Picnic Tables will be set up so bring your friends and family!. Music and Fun!

Bunker Hill Fire Station, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland.

Children's Bingo, May 14, 2005, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children's Games- $5 a book. All winners will receive a prize.

Adult games- single sheets sold for $1.00 a game. Each adult game will be split 50/50. Last game is winner take all. Food and drinks sold during bingo. Pizza, fries, juice, etc. Cottage City Fire Company, 3716 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, Md.


Trash Pick-up Schedule


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

Is back to Wednesday.


Free Mulch Giveaway for County Residents

Sponsored by the Prince George's Department of Environmental Resources in commemoration of Earth Day.

When: April 23 & 24, 2005

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Western Branch Composting Facility, 6601 S.E. Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro (from Crain Highway (Rte 301), proceed on Maude Savoy Brown Road to facility).

A Bobcat loader will be available to load mulch into pickup trucks. Residents transporting the mulch by car should bring their own containers and pitchforks.

Restrictions: Prince George's County residents only. Only non-commercial vehicles, 3/4 ton maximum weight. Residents are invited to stop by and tour the exhibit at the new Visitors Center. For more information, call 301-883-5045.


Firefighters Wanted


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.

Benefits Include:

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

LHVFD Hall Rental

The Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Social Hall is available for business luncheons, buffets, banquets, christenings, showers, reunions and birthdays. Catering is available for your special event. For more information call Nancy at 301-583-1914, pager 301-4542562 or e-mail

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

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 Scholarship.

The Talking Badge

Chief Henry Norris

Welcome Spring!! Please remember that when the weather becomes warm you will see an increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Parents, please remind your children to watch out for vehicles. If they see a vehicle approaching get out of the street. Please remind them to use the sidewalks and the rules of the road for bicycle riding. Children under the age of 16 years old must wear a bicycle helmet when riding their bikes, using in-line skates or riding on a skateboard. The police department does have helmets for any Landover Hills child that does not have one. To get a bicycle helmet, please call the police station at 301-773-6400 to arrange for a time to bring your child to the station to register their bike and to be fitted for a helmet.

Identity Theft - We've all heard about it but somehow we think it only happens to other people. Not true! We have had several cases of identity theft right here in the Town. The following information is taken from the Computer Crime Law Bulletin.

Identity theft is a dual crime involving at lest two sets of victims: the business community and the person whose identity was used to commit the crime. Identity theft counselors deal with people who are angry and tired of fighting a seemingly endless battle on their own. Frequently they are considered guilty until they prove their innocence to credit card and bank fraud investigators, collection agencies and law enforcement.

According to the Federal Trade Commission identity theft victims should:

  1. Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit file. The fraud alert requests creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or making changes to existing accounts.
  2. Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
  3. File a police report. Get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors.
  4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. They maintain a database of identity theft cases which is used by law enforcement for investigations.

The Landover Hills Police Department has information booklets in English and Spanish concerning Identity Theft and what to do if you are a victim.

Operation ID - is a program that has proven to be effective in reducing burglary in communities where it has been implemented. OPERATION IDENTIFICATION has three parts: 1) marking all your easily stolen valuables so that they can be identified as yours, 2) making a list of your valuables to include brand names, make, model, serial numbers, etc. 3) displaying a sticker which tells burglars that you are participating in Operation Identification.

The Landover Hills Police Department has two engravers that you may sign out to use to mark your valuables. We also have pamphlets which will aid you in recording your property. When you have completed this task we will give you the decals to place in your windows to show that you participate in OPERATION IDENTIFICATION. Please call 301-773-6400 if you would like to participate. The time it takes to do this may prove to be well worth the effort in the future!!

House Numbers - What would happen if you call 911 because of an emergency and the emergency personnel cannot find you because your house numbers are not visible? The Mayor and Town Council have passed an ordinance which mandates that all house numbers must be at least four inches in height, and must be of a contrasting color to the background they are affixed to. Please make sure they are visible from the street. The fine for not having house numbers is $50.00

Reminders - The fine for storing a vehicle that is either inoperable, does not have current tags, wrecked or dismantled on private property is $200.00 and possibly a visit to the court house. Any vehicle that is inoperable, wrecked, dismantled, displaying tags that belong on another vehicle, expired or suspended tags and is parked on a residential street will be impounded immediately. This will be a fine of $200.00, an impound fee of $125.00, an administrative fee of $50.00 and storage fees of $35.00 per day, which begins one hour after impound. Can you afford this?

Calls to the police department:

If you need the police, and it is an emergency dial 911. If you need to see the police to make a report call 301-333-4000 and a police officer will be dispatched. Our department is dispatched by Prince George's County Police Department's radio. REMEMBER the Landover Hills tip line is 301-341-9883.

Report Calls - March 2005

3/1/05 1735 Vehicle Impound7000 blk Annapolis Rd

3/2/05 1500 AccidentAllison St & 71st Ave

3/2/05 1925 Field Observation4200 blk 71st Avenue

3/4/05 1010 Theft Over7000 blk Annapolis Rd

3/5/05 1330 Theft Under7000 blk Annapolis Rd

3/8/05 1517 Vehicle Impound7000 blk Annapolis Rd

3/9/05 1700 Vehicle Impound7400 blk Annapolis Rd

3/9/05 1810 Vehicle Impound6900 blk Annapolis Rd

3/11/05 1140 Property damage3800 blk 70th Avenue

3/14/05 1045 Vandalism7100 blk Taylor Street

3/14/05 1342 Misc. Incident

4100 blk 71st Avenue

3/15/05 2300 Rec. Stolen Auto6700 blk Parkwood Street

3/16/05 1730 Field Observation4200 blk 70th Avenue

3/16/05 0630 Accident Shepherd St & 70th Avenue

3/21/05 0855 Vandalism

7000 blk Annapolis Road

3/21/05 1534 Vehicle Impound6900 blk Annapolis Road

3/22/05 1139 Warrant Serv/

Vehicle Impound7300 blk Annapolis Road

3/24/05 2100 Attempt Auto Theft

7300 blk Annapolis Road

3/25/05 2010 Vehicle Impound6900 blk Annapolis Road

3/29/05 0735 Warrant Service /

Vehicle Impound 6900 blk Annapolis Road

3/29/05 1200 Vehicle Impound6900 blk Annapolis Road

3/29/05 1310 Vehicle Impound6900 blk Annapolis Road

3/29/05 1620 Property Damage4400 blk 71st Avenue

3/29/05 1650 Injured Person

Annapolis Road & 71st Ave

3/30/05 0820 Vehicle Impound6900 blk Annapolis Road


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.