Landover Hills Chronicle

Letter From the Mayor

As a result of letters of concern regarding the Prince George's County Liquor Board of Commissioners failure to notify the parties of record about the reversal of its March 23rd decision suspending the Stardust Inn's Liquor, a hearing called by the Liquor License Board of Commissioners was scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. The outcome of the hearing will be included in the next edition of the Chronicle Newsletter.

Congratulations to Maria Churaman, Lauren Walker, David C. Freeland, Jr., and Wayne Churaman. These young people are all recipients of the Town of Landover Hills Mayor's Scholarship Award. They will be going on to further their education at institutions of higher learning. Wayne Churaman, one of the original Town of Landover Hills Mayor's Scholarship recipients will soon be graduating from the University of Maryland, with a degree in engineering. Best Wishes to all scholarship recipients for your continued success.

A special word of thanks to Councilmembers Terry A.B. Wilson and Michael Thompson for their fine work with the scholarship program.

The Landover Hills Community and Learning Center Coalition is continuing to move forward. The Coalition held a meeting at the Town of Landover Hills Town Hall on Sunday, July 11, 2004. Ms. Kitty Wojick, who works for the federal government, gave a presentation on grants. A word of thanks to Councilmembers Michael Thompson and Gary Rowe for their work with the Coalition.

Each year the State of Maryland is apportioned National Recreation Trails Program funds through the Federal Surface Transportation Equity Act for disbursement to qualifying projects. These funds, administered by the Maryland State Highway Administration, have made it possible for communities across the state to develop, improve and maintain trails in order to provide access to Maryland's awesome natural and recreational resources.

On Wednesday, July 14, 2004, the Mayor met with a representative of the State Highway Administration program to explore the possibility of including the wooded area adjoining Town Hall in the National Recreational Trail Program.

On Wednesday, June 30, 2004, a Farewell Repast was held for Pastor Cammie Reed, of the Christ United Methodist Church. The farewell repast was organized by Town Resident Mrs. Sheila Skinner. A special word of thanks to Mrs. Skinner for organizing this event and also to Councilmember Terry Wilson for her participation. Best wishes are extended to Pastor Cammie Reed.

Mayor Lee P. Walker

Town Council Calendar

Council Workshops

Monday, August 2, 2004. 7 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004 7 pm

Town Meetings*

Monday, August 16 ,2004, 7:30 p

Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, 7:30 p

Neighborhood News


A Landover Hills resident of 45 years, Clara Ponoski, died of pancreatic cancer on June 1, 2004 at the Villa Rosa Nursing Home. She was 80. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a Sunshine Lady for the Senior Citizens Club. She worked at the S&M Gift Shop at Capital Plaza in the early 70's. Later she devoted her life to her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, John Ponoski, Jr., who died in 1997. She was the beloved mother of Linda McStowe of Lanham, Sandra Ponoski and Marie Schaeffer of Hyattsville, and Patricia Puleo of Mitchellville. She loved her 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. To all her neighbors and friends, she wished you love, peace and happy memories!

Congratulations to David C. Freeland Jr. David graduated from Fairmont Heights High School on June 11, 2004 and will be attending Prince George's Community College this Fall. He is also a recipient of the Landover Hills Mayors Scholarship.

Happy Anniversary to David and Yvonne Freeland who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on July 12th.

Happy Birthday Wishes to Yvonne Freeland who will celebrate her birthday on July 27th!

The Town is looking for "Neighborhood News" to put in the Town's newsletter, Cable Station and Web Page. If you would like to submit an item please call 301-773-6401 or e-mail the town at Suggested items are birth announcements, graduations, birthdays, death notices, family members in the military, anniversaries etc.

Upcoming Events

Tabernacle of Praise Ministries located at 7100 Chesapeake Rd. Suite 101, Landover Hills, MD will be hosting a FREE vacation bible school and summer enrichment program for ages 6-18. Register Now! Call 301-459-6858. Space is limited.

Open House- July 17th from 2pm - 5 pm

Vacation Bible School (July 19-23) Monday-Friday, 1pm-7pm

Enrichment Program (July 26-August 20) Monday-Friday, 1pm- 7pm

History Weekend at Home, Saturday, July 24 & Sunday, July 25, 11 am - 4 pm.

Enjoy a weekend of 19th century games and hands-on activities. Tour historic Marietta House, home of Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall. The Prince George's County History Consortium sponsors this FREE program. Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale. Information: 301-464-5291.

Anacostia River Canoe Tour, Wednesday, July 28, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Join a park naturalist to paddle down the river and look for wildlife. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets provided. Reservations required. All ages welcome. (Children 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult.) Fee: $10/canoe. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg. For more information, please call 301-779-0371.

Trash Pick-up Schedule


PG County recycling collections.

Town Household waste collection


Bulk Trash pick-up

Yard Waste Pick-up


Town Household waste collection


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

The Solution to Stormwater Pollution A homeowners guide to healthy habits for clean water.

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water.

By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!

Vehicle and Garage

Check your car, boat, motorcycle, and other machinery and equipment for leaks and spills. Make repairs as soon as possible. Clean up spilled fluids with an absorbent material like kitty litter or sand and don't rinse the spills into a nearby storm drain. Remember to properly dispose of absorbent material.

Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating service stations. Don't dump these chemicals down the storm drain or dispose of them in your trash.

Lawn and Garden

Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. When use is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts. Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain; otherwise, chemicals will be washed into your local stream.

Select native plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Native plants require less water, fertilizer and pesticides.

Sweep up yard debris, rather than hosing-down area. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.

Don't over water your lawn. Water during the cool times of the day and don't let water run off into the storm drain.

Cover piles of dirt and mulch being used in landscaping projects to prevent these pollutants from blowing or washing off your yard and into local waterbodies. Vegetate bare spots in your yard to prevent soil erosion.

Home Repairs and Improvement

Before beginning an outdoor project locate the nearest storm drains and protect them from debris and other material.

Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris such as concrete and mortar.

Use hazardous substances like paints, solvents and cleaners in the smallest amounts possible, and follow the directions on the label. Clean up spills immediately, and dispose of the waste safely. Store substances properly to avoid leaks and spills.

Purchase and use non-toxic and biodegradable, recycled and recyclable products whenever possible.

Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Filter and reuse paint thinner when using oil based paints. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program, or donate unused paint to local organizations.

Reduce the amount of paved areaand increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Use native plants in your landscaping to reduce the need for watering during dry periods. Consider directing downspouts away from paved surfaces onto lawns and other measures to increase infiltration and reduce polluted runoff.

The Talking Badge

Chief Henry Norris

The subject this month is a subject that we have written about numerous times. I feel it is very important to bring it to your attention once more, because it will now cost you a lot more money if you get caught!!!

Storage of Inoperable / Unregistered Vehicles

It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow to be parked, or to store or allow to be stored any vehicles of any kind and description which is inoperable, dismantled, wrecked or not bearing current license plates upon residentially-zoned property or any other property not zoned for such storage within the corporate limits of the Town of Landover Hills for a period of time longer than forty-eight (48) hours after such vehicles became inoperative, dismantled, wrecked, or without current license plates, unless said vehicle is stored and in an enclosed garage.

Beginning August 1, 2004, the fine for storage of inoperable/unregistered vehicles has increased to $200.00 (two hundred dollars).


Abandoned vehicle means any motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer,

A. That is partially dismantled or inoperable and left unattended on public property or a public right of way for more than forty-eight (48) hours;

B. That is illegally on public property or a public right of way;

C. That is on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property;

D. That is on public property or a public right of way; and

(1) is not displaying currently valid registration plates; or

(2) is displaying registration plates of another vehicle.

The fine for parking an abandoned vehicle has increased from $100.00 to $200.00 (two hundred dollars).

Motor Scooters and Mopeds

There are numerous places selling motor scooters and they are advising their customers that they are street legal. We have recently impounded two motor scooters because they were not street legal. Please read the following if you are anticipating purchasing one of these vehicles.

1.A motor scooter must have a seat for the driver,

2.A motor scooter must have a "step thru" chassis,

3.A motor scooter must have an engine size of 50cc or less,

4.A motor scooter must have an automatic transmission

5.A motor scooter must have a white headlight in the front and a red reflector or light to the rear,

6.A motor scooter may not travel at speeds in excess of 30 mph

7.A motor scooter may not travel on roadways whose posted maximum speed limit is more than 50 mph

8.A motor scooter must use bike lanes or paved shoulders when on the highway, except for passing

9.A motor scooter may not use bike or pedestrian paths.

The driver of a motor scooter or a moped must have a valid driver's license or moped license issued by MVA. If the scooter or moped is built for two people and the passenger is under the age of 16, they must wear a helmet.

If the motor scooter looks like a small motorcycle because it does not have a step thru chassis, it is treated as a motorcycle and must be registered, with tags and wear helmet to drive on the street.

Call the police department if you have any questions before you drive it on the street.


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.