Community Connections, May 20

An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks

Dear Prince Georgians:

We are Prince George’s Proud to celebrate National Public Works Week! Public works professionals help maintain a community’s strength by providing services that are vital to our public health. This week, I want to sincerely thank all our Department of Public Works & Transportation employees who have gone above and beyond to serve our residents in the midst of a pandemic. I’m encouraging all residents to recognize and thank these employees who work hard every day to help improve our quality of life.

In addition, we also want to recognize this week as National EMS Week, a week where we celebrate the contributions of our EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our community. During this pandemic we have witnessed our EMS personnel go above and beyond the call of duty. This week, we take the opportunity to say thank you to our frontline heroes who have helped save lives every day. Thank you to our EMS personnel for your dedicated commitment and service to our community, especially during this pandemic.

Recently, we also celebrated National Police Week – a time where we honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of officers who have been taken away from us too soon and offer our deepest condolences to the families they leave behind. I want to encourage you to please keep the families of these officers in prayer. While we work hard to bring about transformative change with police reform, we must recognize the police officers who put their lives on the line every day. We want to thank the men and women of our Police Department who continue working hard to serve our community.

I want to thank all the Prince George’s County Government employees who have kept our government running and continue to provide programs and services for our residents over the past year. Thank you for being steadfast and consistent in embracing our residents during this pandemic.

Finally, I want to provide an important update on our police reform efforts. This past year, we have witnessed and participated in a national social justice movement. In July 2020, I convened a diverse group of public officials and community advocates to form a Police Reform Work Group. Following six months of dedicated listening, research, and collaboration, the Work Group presented 50 reform recommendations, 46 of which I accepted.

We are now in the process of implementing these reforms and we are committed to ensuring that you know about the changes we are making. I invite you to check in regularly to learn and stay current on the progress of our reforms. You can read the Work Group’s full report and track progress in real time at mypgc.us/policereform.

While we have status updates on reform implementations, we will provide a timeline for implementation in the near future. I am Prince George’s Proud of the hard work that went into police reform in our County, and I look forward to achieving transformative change – and making Prince George’s County a model for the nation – together.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive


COVID-19 Updates

Register for Your Vaccine Today

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Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an easy way to protect yourself and the people around you. Join the millions of people have received the COVID-19 vaccine with no lasting or serious side effects. To register for your vaccine at local clinics, state sites, or pharmacies, click here.


Additional Library Branches Open for Computer Use and Limited Browsing

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The Prince George\’s County Memorial Library System has reopened 13 branches for indoor computer use and limited browsing. These services, in addition to curbside, are currently available by appointment or walk-up (based on space availability). Branches open for limited services are: 

Accokeek, Beltsville, Bowie, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hillcrest Heights, Laurel, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, South Bowie, Spauldings, and Upper Marlboro

The Baden and Hyattsville branches continue with curbside service only. The Bladensburg Branch Library will reopen for curbside service on Tuesday, May 25, at its temporary location (6527 Annapolis Road, Landover, MD, 20874). The temporary Hyattsville Branch Library will be closed beginning at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 29, in preparation for relocation to the new branch building. Stay tuned for an announcement about the grand opening in summer 2021. Click here to schedule a library appointment.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Funding Still Available

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There is still plenty of funding available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which can provide rent relief and/or utility payments to tenants in Prince George’s County. To learn more and apply, click here.


Stand Up & Deliver

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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. 

Friday, May 21 at 12:30 PM (Meals)

  • Seat Pleasant Elementary School – 6411 G Street, Seat Pleasant, MD
  • Faith Temple No. 2 Free Will Baptist Church – 211 Maryland Park Drive, Capitol Heights, MD

Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 AM (Meals)

  • Love AME Church at Capitol Heights Elementary School – 601 Suffolk Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD
  • First Baptist Church of Highland Park – 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, 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.


County News For You

Bike to Work Day 2021

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Join the Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) to celebrate “National Bike to Work Day” on Friday, May 21, 2021. “National Bike to Work Day” is the perfect opportunity to ditch your car and get some fresh air while enjoying all Prince George’s County has to offer. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of “Bike to Work Day” in our region and DPW&T is celebrating the occasion with 10 pit stops throughout the County. Participants will receive important bike safety, mobility and resource information during this grab-n-go style event.

DPW&T, along with the Department of Parks and Recreation of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and the Prince George’s Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Community Advisory Group, will participate in “National Bike to Work Day” by hosting the Upper Marlboro Pit Stop on Friday, May 21, 2021, from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM, at the Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center. To register, click here. For information on COVID-19 precautions being taken during the event, click here.


Cicadas are Coming to Prince George’s County

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Prince George’s County and most of Maryland are bracing for the emergence of the Brood X cicadas! These harmless bugs have been burrowing in the soil for the past 17 years, and with our recent warm weather, the conditions are just right for them to make an appearance soon (if you haven’t begun seeing them already).

According to the National Weather Service, the cicadas have not come out in full force due to May temperatures being cooler than usual. However, with the recent string of warmer temperatures (upper 70s and low 80s), the insects could begin singing soon. Did you know that the sound of cicadas’ singing can reach 80-100 decibels, which is similar to lawnmowers or motorcycles?

While these insects do not bite, the sheer volume of them can be unsettling for some. Do not avoid normal activities, but instead shift your routines to sunrise and sunset over the next four to six weeks, as the cicadas are less active during these times. Most importantly, avoid using pesticides. Not only will they not work to stop cicadas, but you could cause harm to wildlife and other beneficial insects, like bees and butterflies.

Check out DoE’s most recent Tuesday Tip and click here to read an article from the University of Maryland that tells you everything you need to know about cicadas.


Waste Collection Schedule for Memorial Day

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Prince George’s County will observe the Memorial Day Holiday, a day that recognizes military men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country, on Monday, May 31. Yard trim and organic collections will be suspended on May 31 and will resume on Monday, June 7. Trash and recycling collections remain on a regular schedule and have no changes. For more information, contact environment.mypgc.us.


We’re Turning Food Scraps Into Compost

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Prince George’s County owns the largest municipal organics composting operation of its kind on the East Coast. A recent waste study indicated organics comprised nearly 50% of the materials disposed of in the landfill annually, with 24% of that being food scraps. To realize our waste diversion and source reduction goals, the County is providing residents with a unique opportunity to divert, for composting, organic materials including food, food-soiled paper, uncoated paper plates and bags, paper towels and napkins, coffee grounds, tea bags and loose tea, paper ice cream containers, eggshells, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and bones, seafood and shellfish, bread, pasta, and grains, in addition to yard trim, via curbside collection.

Phase I of the expansion to the Food Scraps Composting program is underway.  This first phase sought 3,000 participants in targeted service areas that have Friday trash and recycling collection services. Participants will have food scraps collected on Mondays as part of the overall “Organics” collection services, including yard trim. 

Do not miss this opportunity to become a part of this unique program to propel Prince George’s County forward in meeting its waste diversion and source reduction goals! To learn more about food scrap composting or the Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility, visit mypgc.us/compost.


DPIE Works to Charge Up Electric Car Power Stations

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DPIE has refined permitting and licensing procedures related to installation of electric vehicle power stations such as this one recently placed in Greenbelt.

Energy experts advocate for broader availability and use of electric-powered vehicles to protect the environment and the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) is doing its part by assisting companies to construct vehicle charging stations.

DPIE recently worked with PEPCO, BG&E and SMECO to refine the permitting and inspections processes for installation of electric vehicle charging stations. One such station recently began operating in Greenbelt, and additional stations are being planned and constructed in other locations around the County.

Electric-powered vehicles are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric vehicle power stations under consideration in the County range from high-capacity to charge a fleet of vehicles such as Amazon delivery trucks, to mid-size charging stations and stand-alone charging stations in parking lots. DPIE has also conferred with partners interested in installing charging stations in residential settings.

As the agency looks towards the future, DPIE will continue to collaborate with residents and business partners on projects that provide the best stewardship of our environment.


May is Foster Care Awareness Month

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services is waiting for someone like you to help change a child’s life. Foster parents aren’t replacements—they’re extra support for children and their families in need. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, call 301-909-2300. To watch the Foster Care Awareness Month video, click here


State Plan on Aging Virtual Town Halls

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The Department of Family Services, Aging and Disabilities Services Division, is encouraging County residents to attend one of the upcoming State Plan on Aging Virtual Town Halls, hosted by the Maryland Department of Aging. The Virtual Town Halls are designed to provide an opportunity for residents to offer comments on the 2022-2025 draft State Plan on Aging. Click here or call 410-767-4170 to register for a Virtual Town Hall.


Employ Prince George’s Programs

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KEYS Program – Employers Partner with Us The Knowledge Equals Youth Success (KEYS) Program serves young adults ages 18-24 who are disconnected from educational and employment opportunities. Employ Prince George’s partners with local organizations to provide career opportunities for young adults who face significant barriers to employment. To learn more about how your organization can invest in the County’s youth, contact Denise Higgs at DMHiggs@co.pg.md.us or call 301-618-8422. 

Virtual Veterans Kiosk  

Take advantage of this unique service of the Veterans Employment Program. Join the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) every Monday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, to speak to a veteran who can connect you with information about registering into MWE employment opportunities, resume and application help, benefits, trainings and more. Click here to join the meeting.

Inquire Within Coaching Services

The Inquire Within Coaching Services is a series of virtual workshops, launched by the American Job Center, that help attendees build confidence and identify skills to help them navigate through changes. Attendees will learn to adjust their mindsets and reframe their circumstances in efforts to build confidence in their potential for achievement. Workshops are held on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM, Thursdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM. For more information, click here.

Free Certified & Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training Program

Employ Prince George’s, Inc. has announced a free Certified and Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program for English Language Learners residing in the Riverdale area. The program, offered by the Capital Area Healthcare Alliance, will provide eligible Prince George’s County residents with free training to gain employment in the CNA and GNA career field. Participants must attend one information session, held every Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, before joining the program. To register for the training program, click here.

Navigate the Federal Hiring Process Learn how to navigate the federal hiring process, find and apply for federal jobs and create a federal resume. Participants will also learn how to utilize USAJobs.gov and view vacancy announcements during this free workshop. Hear from Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists, Shirley Garner and Timothy Walter, every fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. To join the Zoom meeting, click here

Career Readiness Workshops

The following is a list of Employ Prince George’s Education, Training and Assessments Department Career Readiness Workshops:

  • Resumes That Represent – Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Interviews That Impress – Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Soft Skills That Sell – Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

To register, visit www.employpgedge.com, create an account and click “Live Meetings.”

55+ Workshop 

Our 55+ Older Work Program Coordinator is here to support you! The American Jobs Center Largo is launching direct services to support the unique needs and interests of 55+ job seekers. Information sessions are held every Tuesday from 1:00 PM – 3:00PM. Register at mwejobs.maryland.gov to attend an information session.


Spotlight On Prince George\’s

Fire Chief Recognized During Urban One Honors

We are Prince George’s Proud that our very own Fire Chief Tiffany Green was recognized during the 2021 Urban One Honors program. Fire Chief Green was named a “Hometown Shero” under this year’s Urban One Honors theme, “Women Leading the Change.” Click here to read the article.


9-Year-Old Prince George’s County Native Stars in New Amazon Series and Film with Kevin Hart

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Check out this great story about 9-year-old actress and Prince George’s County native Melody Hurd. Melody currently stars in the Amazon Prime series “Them” and will co-star alongside comedian Kevin Hart in an upcoming film, “Fatherhood,” on Netflix. Congratulations Melody on all your success! Click here to see Melody Hurd’s interview on Good Day DC.


Travel Blog Highlights Prince George’s County Best Attractions

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Recently, travel bloggers Malerie Yolen Cohen and Sandra Foyt highlighted some of Prince George’s County’s best attractions in their travel blog Getaway Mavens. The posts showcase Brandywine’s legacy wine trail, Upper Marlboro’s historic museums, the 10 best attractions in Greater College Park, and more. Click here to read more about the vast array of experiences for visitors highlighted in the Getaway Mavens travel blog.

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