Landover Hills Chronicle
Landover Hills Newsletter August 2001

Letter From the Mayor

    Included in last month's edition of the Chronicle was a map of the Town of Landover Hills. The purpose of this map was to acquaint new Town residents with the Wards in Town, and the names of the Town Council representatives who represent each Ward. Since the names of Town Councilmembers representing each Ward were not included on the map and the Ward boundaries were not clearly defined; another map with the correct information is included in this edition of the Chronicle.

    Several years ago, a Landover Hills Handbook was developed. Many changes have taken place since the distribution of this handbook; therefore an updated Town of Landover Hills Handbook will be developed for distribution to all Homeowners.

    Groups of enterprising young people in Town have developed a grass cutting service, to be made available for residents, including senior citizens, who might need someone to cut their grass. Any resident that wishes to have their grass cut may call Town Hall to obtain the names and telephone numbers of these young people.

    The next Town meeting will be held on Monday, August 20, 2001 at 7:30 pm. The participation of Town residents as always is invited.

                                                                Mayor Lee P. Walker

Upcoming Meetings

Council Workshops

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001 @ 7p.m.*

Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 @ 7p.m.

Town Meetings

Monday, Aug. 20, 2001 @ 7:30

Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 @ 7:30

* Note meeting day change. The Sept. Council Workshop will be held on Tuesday evening due to the Labor Day holiday.

If you have a disability and require any aid, services or removal of barriers in order to fully participate in a Town of Landover Hills meeting or event please call Town Hall @ 301-773-6401.

Upcoming Events

Recreation Swim Hours; Ellen Linson Swimming Pool, 5211 paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Mondays-Sundays, 11:30 am - 6pm. Adults $4/ Children 17 and under $3

Prince George's County Fair, Sept 4-9 will be held at the Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro.

Landover Hills Baptist Church's Community Day will be held on September 8, 2001 from 11:00 am to 3 pm, in the Landover Hills Baptist Church's parking lot located on Buchanan St.

Activities will include free blood pressure readings, balloon animals, face painting, fire prevention booth, community safety booth and much more.

Neighborhood News

Former Landover Hills resident, Joe Harris extends his heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported him in the 2001 Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. This year his efforts raised $3062.50. Congratulations Joe!

Reminder!! During hot weather check on elderly neighbors and make sure that pets have shelter and plenty of water.

August Birthday Wishes

Destiny Karis 8/1

Dorothy Holloway 8/1

Patricia Mukendi 8/1

William Scally 8/6

George Catlett 8/9

Terry Wilson 8/11

Clarence Ellis 8/14

Donald Moyer 8/15

James Pilkerton 8/16

Alexander Perera 8/17

Roderick Kennedy 8/17

Sunhild Kennedy 8/18

Gary Unger 8/19

Lawrence Shaffner 8/20

Mary Buckus 8/23

John Robeson 8/24

Robin Whistler 8/24

E. Jean Richardson 8/24

Lee P. Walker 8/25

Erica McDermott 8/26

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.

Summer Storms

Over the last few weeks we have had some nasty summer storms that have caused considerable damage to many trees in the Town.

When putting out limbs and branches for the public works department to pick up please either place them in trash cans or tie them in bundles no longer than 3 feet. Branches and limbs any longer can jam the trash truck.

The County dump located on Brown Station Rd. In Upper Marlboro is now open free to the public every Sunday. (No commercial vehicles).

Mosquitos/West Nile Virus/Dead Birds

The Asian Tiger Mosquitos that are plaguing this area can carry West Nile Virus. It is up to everyone to eliminate all water sources to prevent breeding. One sign that West Nile Virus may be in an area is the discovery of dead birds, especially crows and starlings. If you should find a dead bird that has no visible signs of injury, please call 1-866-866-2769. This a hotline number set up by the State of Maryland. They will direct you on what to do with the bird.

The Talking Badge

By Chief Henry G. Norris Jr.

"Watch Your Car"

Make your car tough to steal!

A vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. Auto theft is big business! If auto theft were legalized and incorporated, it would rank 56th among the Fortune 500 companies.

Your vehicle is one of the largest investments you make. New vehicles are not the only target for car thieves. Older model vehicles are also very desirable. Thieves look for vehicles that can be resold quickly or stripped for parts. In most cases, a vehicle's parts are worth two to three times the value of the vehicle.

No vehicle or anti-theft device is 100% theft-proof, and discouraging thieves is not an easy task. A thief's greatest enemy is time. The more difficult your car is to steal, the longer it takes to be stolen. The more time a thief has to spend stealing your car, the greater the chance of detection. By making your car a tougher target, the thief will probably move on to a vehicle that is easier to steal.

"WATCH YOUR CAR" is a national vehicle theft prevention program. It is a voluntary vehicle registration designed to deter auto theft and assist in the apprehension of auto thieves. Vehicle owners sign an agreement stating their vehicle is not normally used between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. If a police officer observes the vehicle being driven anywhere in the United States during these hours, they may stop the vehicle and verify it is being operated by the vehicle owner, or a person designated by the owner.

The registration process consists of the completion of a registration/waiver form and taking it to your local participating police department or Maryland State Police Barrack. A police officer will then affix "WATCH YOUR CAR" decals in the proper place on the vehicle's windshield and rear window. The decals serve to notify police officers across the nation that the vehicle is registered with the "WATCH YOUR CAR" program. Information from the registration form will be entered into a centralized database accessible by law enforcement officers on a 24 hour basis.


Vehicle owners wishing to participate in the program must present their vehicle and the following documents to register their vehicle;

Photo identification (driver's license, ID card, etc.); and Maryland current vehicle registration or copy of vehicle title.

The vehicle owner verifies the completed information and signs the registration/waiver form. The registering police agency/officer must then physically inspect the vehicle to verify the accuracy of the information on the registration/waiver form.


Upon registration the decals will be properly placed on the vehicle, according to the 'WATCH YOUR CAR" program guidelines.

If you would like to register your vehicle with the "WATCH YOUR CAR" program, please call the Landover Hills Police Department at 301-773-6400.

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.