June 18 Community Connections

An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks

Dear Prince Georgians:

On June 19, our country will celebrate and officially recognize the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, Juneteenth, as a federal holiday. ​Juneteenth is the annual recognition of the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to issue an order that freed 250,000 enslaved African Americans who were unaware their freedom had already been granted by the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation almost two and half years earlier.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is also a reminder of how justice and freedom have always been delayed for people of color. That is why we must continue to fight for equality and racial justice, as there is still more work to do. Juneteenth allows us an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come and commit ourselves to the continued work ahead.

I want to encourage you to participate in some of the Juneteenth celebrations happening around the County. Learn more about some of the in-person and hybrid events surrounding Juneteenth below, and continue to be purveyors of truth and freedom in our communities. Have a proud and happy Juneteenth!

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to wish all the fathers, father figures and mentoring organizations for young males a Happy Father’s Day. Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence fathers have in society. Fathers are such a critical part of our community, and on Sunday we honor you and the impact you have in Prince George’s County.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive


COVID-19 Updates

M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation Reopens More Facilities

Parks and Recreation Reopens

The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to welcome back patrons to drop in and enjoy the gymnasium and fitness rooms in 45 community centers for free. Patrons who sign up for a one-year fitness membership between June 14-27 will be eligible to win a prize. Three winners will be chosen. Starting June 28, fees and memberships for fitness rooms will be reinstated.

Other amenities reopening include the Publick Playhouse (for art exhibitions only), Oxon Hill Manor, Billingsley House, Mount Calvert, Ridgely Rosenwald School, Abraham Hall, Dorsey Chapel (all by appointment only). To learn more, visit pgparks.com.


Who Can Receive the COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine

Who can receive a COVID-19 vaccine? All Marylanders age 12 and older! Getting the vaccine protects you, your loved ones, and your community. Learn more at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.


Stand Up & Deliver

Stand Up & Deliver

We are continuing to work hard to address food insecurity in our County, and we want to provide information on upcoming distribution locations for our Stand Up & Deliver program. 

Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Glassmanor Elementary School – 1011 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD

Friday, June 25 at 12:30 PM (Groceries)

  • Victory Grace Center at Port Towns Elementary School – 4351 58th Place, Bladensburg, MD

Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Kingdom Fellowship @ High Point High School – 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD
  • Ebenezer Church of God – 7550 Buchanan Street, Landover Hills, MD
  • New Home Baptist Church – 8320 Landover Road, Landover, MD

Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Templeton Elementary School – 6001 Carters Lane, Riverdale, MD 
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School – 6120 Riggs Road, Chillum, MD

Additional food distribution locations can be found on our website by clicking here. This map is updated regularly. If you are able to make a contribution to our Stand Up & Deliver program, please click here to donate.


Beautification Initiatives

Adopt-A-Stream Program

Adopt-A-Stream Program

Have you heard of Prince George’s County’s Adopt-A-Stream program? This Litter Reduction program encourages county residents, business, civic organizations and academic institutions to adopt a segment of a stream to enhance the aesthetics, remove pollutants and improve the habitat and water quality for the surrounding environment and wildlife. To learn more, click here.


Don’t Be A Litterbug!

litter

Remember to dispose of litter in its proper container and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. We can all do our part to keep Prince George’s County clean and beautiful. Learn more at www.PGCproud.com.


PGCLitterTRAK

PGC Liter Track

PGCLitterTRAK is a smartphone application, developed by the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE), designed to assist County residents, community organizations and businesses report trash and debris collected during individual and group clean-up events. To learn more, click here.


County News For You

Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience

Summer Passport

Beginning Monday, June 21, 2021, registration will open for the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience, a new initiative that gives youth ages 12 to 18 throughout the County a variety of safe and fun activities to choose from this summer. The program costs just $20 for all who participate. Those who participate will receive a “Passport,” program t-shirt, program bracelet, and at least 2 opportunities for fun this summer. County residents will be able to view a full list of opportunities and register at pgcsummerpassportexp.eventbrite.com on Monday, June 21 (link will go live on Monday).


Juneteenth Hybrid Festival by M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation

Juneteenth

The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce its 2021 event schedule for Juneteenth, a hybrid festival featuring virtual and in-person activities that include:

Friday, June 18 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (In Person): Juneteenth Celebration Kits Handout Drive-through

  • Juneteenth celebration kits will be available for individuals to take home and plan their own celebrations. Kits include games, activity books, and historical information on Juneteenth. Limit of 2 Kits per vehicle.
  • Drive-through locations are Montpelier Arts Center, Ridgeley Rosenwald School, and Oxon Hill Manor.

Saturday, June 19, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Virtual): Footprints and Roots

  • Footprints and Roots is organized by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Prince George’s County Chapter.
  • The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Dale Green, School of Architecture and Planning (Historic Preservation), Morgan State University.

Saturday, June 19, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Virtual): Juneteenth DJ Battle

  • The livestream Juneteenth DJ Battle will feature DJ 2Tone Jones and DJ Miss H.E.R.

Saturday, June 19, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (In Person): Juneteenth Mini Celebrations

  • Juneteenth Mini Celebrations will include music, history activities, and arts activities.
  • Celebrations will also include stepping workshops led by Step Afrika! and art activities led by Creative Suitland and Words Beats & Life.
  • Venue locations include Montpelier Arts Center, Ridgeley Rosenwald School, and Oxon Hill Manor.

To watch the virtual events, follow the Department on Facebook (@pgparks). To learn more and register, visit http://www.pgparks.com/Juneteenth.


Public Climate Action Plan Meeting June 24

Climate

Please join the Department of the Environment (DoE) for the next public virtual community meeting for the County’s Climate Action Plan on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Click here to register or visit mypgc.us/climateactionplan.

On record, 2020 was the hottest summer in Prince George’s County and this summer we could see an increase of record-breaking temperatures. With more frequent and intense storm events, climate change will exacerbate flooding countywide. These 100-year-events are becoming everyday issues.

This is an opportunity for you, as members of our community, to give your input and influence the focus of the County’s Climate Action Plan. Together we can implement community-wide actions to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to learn more and register for the next public virtual meeting.  

For meeting or process questions, contact Mary Abe at mabe@co.pg.md.us.


No Changes to Juneteenth Day Holiday Waste Collection

Juneteenth Waist Collection

County Government offices, except for public safety agencies, will be closed on Friday, June 18th, in observance of the Juneteenth Day holiday. Curbside collection of yard trim/organics, trash, and recycling will remain on regular schedule this week for residents receiving County provided services. There are NO changes due to the Juneteenth Day Holiday. For more information on waste collection services, visit environment.mypgc.us.


Tinkers Creek Watershed Community Meeting June 29

Watershed

The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE) will host a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, June 29 at 7:00 PM, to provide ideas for residents to help protects streams in their community. DoE developed a watershed study for the Tinkers Creek watershed under a grant from the State of Maryland. Residents will also learn about a few DoE programs to help them protect their streams. Registration is free and open to all members of the public. To access the meeting link on June 29th, click here. Participants can also access the meeting by:

  • Teams Meeting Phone: 1-213-357-2812
  • Phone Conference ID: 260 122 671#

June is Flood Awareness Month

Flood Awareness Month

As floods become more frequent and severe with climate change, protecting your home becomes even more crucial. Assess your risk and make sure you’re prepared for the worst this Flood Awareness Month! Learn more by clicking the flyer below or visiting environment.mypgc.us


Community Relations Celebrates End of School Year at Brandywine Elementary

Community Relations

On Monday, June 14, 311 On the Go! team members partnered with the Community Support Systems, Inc. organization to celebrate the end of the school year for students at Brandywine Elementary. As part of The Office of Community Relations’ 100 Events of Summer, 311 On the Go! team members cheered on students via a drive-thru parade of students and parents. With the assistance of Principal Eunique Hunter-Blake, students received gifts, school supplies and treats. Parents also received information regarding PGC311. 


Cancel HIV Campaign

Forty years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first reports of what became known as HIV/AIDS.  It was considered a death sentence. That same year the Maryland Department of Health identified the first known case of HIV, a Prince George’s County resident. Although science and technology have come a long way since 1981, the stigma around HIV has not.

The County Health Department has launched its 2021 Cancel HIV awareness campaign featuring County residents, local HIV advocates, and experts in television, radio, and digital commercials and sponsored segments. The campaign centers on a community call to action to know your HIV status through HIV testing, treating the infection rapidly, preventing HIV transmission using proven prevention tools like the daily PrEP pill, and responding quickly to detect potential HIV outbreaks.

The Cancel HIV campaign was borne after its role in a bold national initiative consisting of 48 targeted jurisdictions whose goal was to reduce new infections and change the stigma surrounding HIV. Overcoming the stigma was also featured in a WUSA-TV segment this month. The view the video, click here.

The County Health Department encourages you to take action to cancel the HIV epidemic, get tested and know your status. For more information, and to learn about PrEP and other tools that can prevent HIV transmission, visit health.mypgc.us/EndingHIV.


Office of Human Rights

Human Rights

We are proud to announce that the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission is officially renamed the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights. The name better reflects the agency’s mission to embrace diversity and pursue justice in Prince George’s County. The Office of Human Rights is committed to eradicating discrimination wherever it occurs and ensuring Prince George’s County is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all who live, work, and play here. The Office of Human Rights rigorously investigates charges of discrimination, fights human trafficking, oversees immigration defense, manages the County’s Language Access Program, and provides a robust outreach program aimed at building positive community. To learn more about what we do, click here.


Spotlight On Prince George’s

2021 State of the County Address

state

On Wednesday, June 9, County Executive Alsobrooks gave her 2021 State of the County Address, discussing how she is working hard to ensure greatness continues to grow in Prince George’s County. The day before, the Prince George’s Forward Task Force released their final report with 29 recommendations that will help our County prosper for generations to come. Check out this Maryland Matters article with highlights from both the State of the County Address and the Forward Task Force.


County High School Senior Wins Garden State Film Festival

Prince George’s County high school senior Maya Jai Pinson won a 2021 Garden State Film Festival award for her movie “I’m Ready.” We want to congratulate Maya on all her success, as she is proving that greatness continues to grow in Prince George’s. Click here to watch her story on WJLA.


Prince George’s County Makes House Calls for COVID Vaccinations

On Wednesday, June 16, we held a pop-up vaccination clinic at Southview Apartments in Oxon Hill, part of our larger strategy to bring COVID-19 vaccines directly to residents in our Vaccine Equity Team’s priority zip codes. We are continuing to work hard to make getting vaccinated as easy as possible. Learn more about our efforts in a recent Washington Informer article.