Landover Hills Chronicle

Letter From the Mayor

The Maryland Municipal League which represents the Town of Landover Hills in addition to 156 other municipal governments and two special taxing districts; a nonpartisan association controlled and maintained by Town and City governments, held its annual convention in Ocean City, Maryland from June 26-29, 2005. The Mayor, First Lady, Vice Mayor and Town Manager represented the Town of Landover Hills at this convention. There were a number of beneficial educational and information workshops held with such diverse subjects as : Housing and Community Revitalization Initiatives, Financing Capital Projects, The Benefits of Mutual Aid Agreements with Neighboring Jurisdictions to a name a few. Information obtained from the convention will be utilized to enhance the Town of Landover Hills, inclusive of providing information to the owners of the Landover Hills Shopping Center, as has been done in the past.

A word of thanks to Councilmembers Michael Thompson and Sara Washington for their participation and service on the Town of Landover Hills Mayor's Scholarship Committee.

The Landover Hills Day/ 60th Anniversary Committee met on Friday, July 1, 2005; the next meeting will be on Thursday, July 14, 2005, at 7 p.m. All persons who agreed to work on the committee for this great upcoming event are asked to be present at the upcoming meeting; your important participation is needed.

The Town of Landover Hills revised Community Survey is enclosed in this newsletter and is currently being circulated throughout the Town, by the Mayor, Councilmembers and members of the Town of Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Committee. It is requested that all copies of the survey be submitted to Town Hall by or before, July 22, 2005. A box will be made available at Town Hall for submission of Neighborhood Watch surveys.

A word of thanks to all members of the Town of Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Committee for their efforts in promoting the Neighborhood Watch Program.

The next Town Meeting will be on Monday, July 18, 2005 at 7:30 p.m., your participation is invited.

Mayor Lee P. Walker


Town Council Calendar

Town Meetings

Monday, July 18, 2005 @ 7pm

Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, 7 pm

Council Workshops

Monday, July 11, 2005, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, 7 p.m.


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.

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The Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department served the Town in case of fire. Many of the men from Town joined the Volunteer Bladensburg Unit, attended the training classes, received certificates and became volunteer firemen. From this group an auxiliary fire department was organized in Landover Hills. Phil McCrary was the first chief of this unit. Dave Holloway taught a new class in basic firefighting. The auxiliary unit became the nucleus of a permanent fire department for the Town and surrounding area. They used the Office of Civilian Defense unit and practiced in their spare time. By October of 1945 it was decided the time had come to organize a fire department in Landover Hills. Invitations were sent to all homes inviting men interested in firefighting to join. They met in private homes and elected E.W. Houston as temporary treasurer. Plans were made and a constitution and by-laws were written and adopted. By January 1948 the department was formally organized. Their only piece of equipment was the OCD pumper. The officers of this newly organized unit were: Administration Officers: President E.W. Houston; Vice President, Clarence Pendleton, Secretary-Treasurer, J. F.X. Mayhew; Trustees, Glen D. Culbert, Andrew Willioner and William Zundel. Operation Officers were: Chief, HenryPepin and upon his resignation Clarence H. Cramer; Assistant Chief, J.F.X. Mayhew; First Captain, Walter K. Hill; Second Captain, Claernce E. Taylor; First Lieutenant, John F. Corkill; Second Lieutenant, Clarence Pendleton; Sergent, Charles Burton, Chief Engineer, Daniel Rauch, Jr.; Assistant Engineers, Daniel Rauch, Sr., Glen D. Culbert, William W. Fox, William H. Sessums and Ben E. Harris.

60th Anniversary


The Town of Landover Hills is in the process of planning its 60th Anniversary activities for September 10, 2005. Anyone in Town who belongs to an organization that would like to participate in the parade, have an information table, be a food vendor or provide entertainment, please contact Kathy at Town Hall at 301-773-6401.

Congratulations to all of Landover Hills' graduates. Have a safe summer!

Upcoming Events

National Night Out

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 2, 2005. The Town of Landover Hills will once again participate in National Night Out. This is a nationwide event to bring citizens together to meet their neighbors, law enforcement agencies and public officials to show unification against criminal acts in their town. Please join us from 6:00 pm until 8:00 p.m. at the Landover Hills Town Hall parking lot. Hope to see everyone there!

"Planning a Bright Future for our Main Street, Route 450" The next ARIBA meeting will be Friday, August 5th at 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church. Visit ARIBA's website:

Landover Hills Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the Landover Hills Town Hall, 6904 Taylor Street, Landover Hills.


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.

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

The Talking Badge

Chief Henry Norris

National Night Out - The Town of Landover Hills will once again participate in this nationwide event on Tuesday, August 2, 2005. This event helps to bring neighbors out to meet each other, their local government officials and police department personnel. Together we will send the message that the Town of Landover Hills is united in telling criminals that crime will not be tolerated in the Town. Please join us by turning on your porch light and coming down to the Town Hall located at 6904 Taylor Street on Tuesday, August 4, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. We will have displays, music, refreshments and games. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vacation Time - Summer is fast approaching and many of you will be going on vacation. When you leave for vacation whether it's a short trip or a lengthy one, please call the police department at 301-773-6400 to request a house check while you are away. We would like you to phone us at least a day or two before you leave, preferably Monday through Friday when the administrative office is open. When you telephone please provide the following information:

1) Name and address

2) phone number that you can be reached at while away

3) Emergency contact person

4) Date that you will leave and return

5) Which lights will be left on and which are on timers

6) Will anyone be going on your property while you are away?

7) Will any vehicles be left at the house?

You should also make sure someone will be picking up your mail and newspapers or arrange to have the mail held and the paper stopped while you are

Bicycles - Parents, we have issued numerous helmets to local children, but we are not seeing the children wearing their helmet. Please remember that the parents are the responsible parties for making sure that their children are wearing a bicycle helmet. 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.

Unregistered vehicles and vehicles with temporary tags

In numerous articles of the Chronicle we have advised residents about having unregistered vehicles in their yards and on the street. If you have an unregistered vehicle on the street with no tags, suspended tags or expired tags, it will be towed immediately. This means to get your car out of impound you will have to come to the police station and show proof of ownership (we do not accept signed over titles), proof of identification (driver's license or identification with a photograph), a $50.00 administrative fee and a $200.00 parking citation for an abandoned vehicle. After you get your vehicle release, you will then pay the impound lot a $125.00 fee for the tow and $35.00 each day for storage (starting after the first hour of impound).

If you have an unregistered vehicle in your yard, you will receive a violation notice. Thirty to forty-five days after your notice, you will receive a municipal infraction which carries a fine of $200.00. If you do not tag the vehicle and pay the infraction you will be taken to court where the request to have the vehicle removed and to double the fine will be given to the judge. Untagged, junked vehicles on properties in the Town are an eyesore and will not be tolerated.


LH Decals

Have you gotten your LH decal for your vehicles? The decals will be made available to any resident living within the incorporated area of the Town of Landover Hills. The decal will not give you special parking privileges, but it does help the police by indicating that the vehicle belongs to a Landover Hills resident. If your vehicle is ever stolen, this reflective decal will help the vehicle stand out at night for identification by the police.

The decals are absolutely free! All you need to do is to bring all your vehicle registrations to the police department. We ask that you place the decal either on your rear bumper or on your back windshield in the lower left corner. For further information call: 301-773-6400.