Community Connections Newsletter

Prince George\’s Proud:
An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks

Dear Prince Georgians:

We are excited to share that our Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department recently hosted the inaugural “Camp Embers” Program. Camp Embers is a two-day camp for young women ages 14 to 18 that introduces them to the fire and emergency medical services profession. Less than 10% of firefighters nationwide are women, and in Prince George’s County, we are working to change that.

The Camp Embers program was designed not only to show young women across our County what it takes to join our Fire/EMS Department, but to also inspire and empower young women leaders. These young women had the opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to be a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), or paramedic, and perform some of the special tasks that make the Fire/EMS Department an exciting and fulfilling place to work. I was excited to join our Fire/EMS Department for the final day of the program and help present certificates of completion to all of the participants in this inaugural program.

Firefighters and EMTs are the first responders that our residents count on every day. When our residents have a fire or medical emergency, they rely on the swift response of our Fire/EMS Department. There is currently a nationwide shortage of firefighters, which is why we allocated $261 million to our Fire/EMS Department in the FY 2024 budget, an increase of more than 8% over last year. This will fund three recruit classes for a total of 96 new firefighters.

We want to thank Chief Tiffany Green and our entire Fire/EMS Department for working to create this amazing new program. We also want to thank each of the participants for taking part in the first edition of Camp Embers. By volunteering to participate in this program, they have already shown that they have what it takes to make a positive impact in Prince George’s County.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks
Prince George’s County Executive

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Proud to Be Around Prince George\’s

Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference

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County Executive Alsobrooks recently attended the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Summer Conference. Prince George’s County is home to 27 municipalities who have consistently been strong partners in supporting residents across our County, and we are proud to work in collaboration with our municipal partners to create pride in our communities and build economic opportunity for our families. We look forward to our continued partnership with MML, the Prince George’s County Municipal Association, and our municipalities to serve Prince Georgians.

Celebrating Dr. Monica Goldson

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County Executive Alsobrooks had a wonderful evening honoring Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) CEO Dr. Monica Goldson at her retirement celebration on Friday, June 23. Dr. Goldson has spent 32 years in our school system, rising through the ranks from teacher to CEO. Throughout her career, she has worked to ensure that greatness could continue to grow now and in the future in Prince George’s County. County Executive Alsobrooks was proud to present Dr. Goldson with an official proclamation to thank her for all she has done for our community.

County News For You

Board and Commission Appointments

Our office officially welcomed several community members that were appointed to Prince George’s County Boards and Commissions after they were confirmed by the County Council. We are Prince George’s Proud of these individuals and thank them for their willingness to serve our community.

Commission for Veterans

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Pictured: Mr. James Childs, Jr., Mr. Kenneth Hafford, Mr. Henry W. Harris, Ms. Kimberly V. Lewis, Esq., Mr. Darrell C. Odom. Sr., Ms. Ethel L. Sligh, Ms. Lisa L. Williams
Not Pictured: Dr. Gerald D. George

Commission for Women

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Pictured: Ms. Jatnna Gomez, Ms. Cherie Brown Jackson, Ms. Deidre N. Jackson, Ms. Amira O’Neal

Agricultural Resources Advisory Committee

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Pictured: Ms. Jennifer S. Cross, Ms. Cheryl Abrams Davis

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

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Pictured: Mr. W. Marshall Knight, II, Ms. Cherice M. Shannon, Mr. Layton F. Wilson
Not Pictured: Ms. Regina Nadir Mille

Commission on Fathers, Men & Boys

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Pictured: Mr. Ishaq M. Majeed, Mr. Manuel Pascual, Mr. Frederick J. Rogers, Mr. Anthony B. Tilghman, Mr. Robert F. Windley

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

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Pictured: Ms. Regina Y. Speed-Bost, Mr. Mark J. Smith

PGPD Summer Crime Initiative

The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) recently rolled out their summer crime initiative, which involves strategically deploying officers to address issues like youth violence, carjackings, and illegal guns. PGPD is also focusing heavily on community engagement and providing opportunities for our youth. To learn more about PGPD’s efforts this summer, view the press conference here.

Rent Stabilization Virtual Sessions

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The County continues to host virtual sessions for residents to learn more about rent stabilization policies and its impacts on both landlords and tenants across the country. The second session is Wednesday, July 12, at 5:30 PM and will discuss the impact on tenants. Register for the second session here. The third session is Thursday, July 13, at 5:30 PM and will discuss the impact on landlords and developers. Register for the third session here.

WSSC Water: Get Current

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WSSC Water’s Get Current program has been extended! The amnesty program is for residents who are behind on their water bill and has been extended through July 31. For more information about the program, visit the WSSC Water website here.  

Sandbag Distribution

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The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is hosting another free sandbag distribution on Saturday, July 15, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at three locations across the County. Residents who live in unincorporated areas of the County can receive free sandbags to help protect their homes from flooding during periods of heavy rain. For more information, visit the DPW&T website here.

Office of Veterans Affairs: An Evening with the Bowie Baysox

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Prince George’s County veterans are invited to join our Office of Veteran Affairs for an evening of food, fun, and baseball with the Bowie Baysox on Thursday, July 20, at the Bowie Baysox Stadium. The first 200 veterans are invited to reserve free tickets while supplies last. Attendees will be able to meet the liaisons from the Office of Veteran Affairs and mingle with fellow veterans. The evening will begin with a happy hour and live music at 5:30 PM and the game begins at 6:35 PM. Parking is free. Register for tickets here.

PGCPS’ Hiring Palooza

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Prince George\’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is hosting a Hiring Palooza on Wednesday, July 12, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro. This in-person event is a great way for candidates to connect with principals and human resources, submit a resume, and learn about careers with PGCPS. Register to participate here.

PGCPS Seeks Educators to Join New Middle School Team

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Prince George\’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will soon welcome Sonia Sotomayor Middle School in Adelphi as the newest addition to PGCPS! Opening in Fall 2023, PGCPS is seeking motivated educators who believe all children can achieve greatness, regardless of their circumstances. We invite educators to join a team that is focused on building a learning community of inclusion, equity, and engagement. The Sonia Sotomayor Middle School team hopes to foster a community of care where everyone feels appreciated and supported to ensure all students become socially responsible lifelong learners.

Interested educators are invited to attend Interview Day on Tuesday, July 11, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Mary Harris \”Mother\” Jones Elementary School in Adelphi. Register to participate here

Men’s Health Month and 1st Annual L.E.V.E.R. Awards

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June is Men’s Health Month, and this year the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (DSS) hosted the 1st Annual Leadership, Empowerment, Valor, Endurance and Reverence (L.E.V.E.R.) Awards. In its first year, the L.E.V.E.R. Awards celebrated and highlighted the transformational work of nearly a dozen men who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Mr. Rodney Adams
Mr. Anthony Alston
Mr. Philip Deans
Mr. Ian Eccles
Mr. John Harrison
Mr. Dave Huber
Mr. Ignatius Iwuala
Mr. Walter Jackson
Mr. Wymond Satterwhite
Mr. James Thomas
Mr. Eugene Scheneeberg, Speaker/Community Partner Awardee

Pictured: Gloria Brown Burnett, DSS Director, Dr. Sanmi Areola, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health, Human Services, and Education, and all of the honorees.

Family Investment Appreciation Month

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June is Family Investment Appreciation Month at the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (DSS). Throughout the month, DSS celebrated its Family Investment Division for their commitment to ensuring that adults and families throughout Prince George’s County receive the support and assistance they need to thrive and be well. The Division was also celebrated for the following achievements:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – DSS served an average of 101,630 individuals each month and $163 million in benefits issued.
  • Summer SNAP – DSS was able to serve a total of 10,833 Prince George’s County children, a 94% increase from prior years.
  • Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship Program (PA2E) – In February 2023, nine Prince George’s County businesses received up to $10,000 each in startup funds through Capital Grant funds for their businesses.
  • Emergency Assistance to Families with Children (EAFC) – To date, DSS has assisted 298 families in resolving their evictions and issued a total of $899,389 in financial assistance.
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) – As of December 2022, Prince George’s Health Connect achieved a total of 221,381 cumulative enrollments in Medicaid and 21,200 in Qualified Health Plan (QHP), the most in the State.

To culminate the month, Family Investment Division leadership celebrated its staff with a “Family Reunion,” bringing together all staff over a two-day period to fellowship with fun and games. DSS thanks the FID team for its commitment to excellence during Family Investment Appreciation Month and throughout the year.

Ribbon Cutting for Homes at Oxon Hill

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On Wednesday, June 14, the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) team joined affordable housing developer Homes for America, the Housing Authority of Prince George’s County, the Foundation Development Group, the Maryland DHCD team, elected officials, and residents to celebrate the opening of Homes at Oxon Hill in Oxon Hill.

This new construction, senior apartment building has 162 one- and two-bedroom units, and includes amenities such as a fitness room, a community room with a kitchen, in-unit washer/dryer, and more. The County provided $1.5 million in HOME funds and a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) towards the financing for Homes at Oxon Hill. It was developed on previously vacant land owned by the Housing Authority of Prince George’s County.

For leasing information for Homes at Oxon Hill, email Humphries Management at Marketing@hrehllc.com.

OCR Helps Seniors Be “Forever Fit”

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Did you know that one out of every four older adults, 65 years and older, will live past the age of 90?  The Office of Community Relations (OCR) is on a quest to help seniors stay active by implementing a new initiative, “Forever Fit.” With this initiative, OCR is meeting seniors in their community and providing health-related information, as well as conducting exercise sessions to help them stay active with the hopes that they will be able to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.

OCR recently enjoyed meeting the wonderful seniors in the Woodlawn Community and looks forward to meeting others as they reach out to various older adult communities throughout the County. OCR is Prince George’s Proud to help our seniors be “Forever Fit.”

Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

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Hot weather safety is important for us all and is especially crucial to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities of our beloved pets. Animals are more susceptible to heatstroke and dehydration. The Prince George’s County Animal Control Ordinance Section 3-180, titled \”Animal Cruelty and Neglect,\” says all domestic animals except livestock are prohibited from being kept outdoors when the heat index is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, as determined by the National Weather Service.

Here are a few precautions you can take to keep your pet safe and cool during the heat of summer.

  • Overheating can kill an animal, so never leave your pet alone in a car, even with open windows. It is against the law in the State of Maryland to leave a pet in an unattended vehicle, even if the air conditioning is running.
  • Protect pets from heat and sun with plenty of fresh, cold water. Tree shade and tarps are good options that don\’t obstruct airflow. A doghouse can trap heat and may make it worse for a dog.
  • When the temperature and humidity are very high, be careful of your pet’s paw pads lingering on hot asphalt as it can quickly burn them.
  • Exercise your pet in the cool of the early morning or evening. If you’re planning outdoor activities with your pet, remember to carry extra water and a container for your pet to drink from.
  • If you notice overheating in your pets, such as excessive panting, difficulty breathing, and increased heart and respiratory rate, get help from your veterinarian immediately.
  • Any person who inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon the animal may be charged by the provisions of Subsection (b). View a copy of the Animal Control Ordinance here.

To report an animal experiencing neglect or cruelty in Prince George\’s County, contact the Animal Services Division at 301-780-7200, and select “1” for animal-related emergencies. For more information on how to keep your pet healthy and safe in weather conditions, visit the Department of the Environment website here.

One\’s Trash is Another\’s Treasure

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Donate lightly used items to a local charity, donation center, or thrift store. It’s in your hands! To learn more information, visit the Department of the Environment website here.

What Are You Calling Trash?

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Prince George’s County has three services each week for trash, recycling, and yard trim pickup, now with food scrap collection! Our environmentally friendly programs are a national model that makes our County cleaner and greener. To learn more about composting, visit the Department of the Environment website here.  

Scoop That Poop

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Scoop that poop! Pet waste spreads disease, contaminates our water and soil, and is no fun to step on in the park. Keep our County clean. To learn more, visit the Department of the Environment website here.

Spotlight On Prince George\’s

Prince George’s County Awarded $25 Million RAISE Grant

Prince George’s County, through a regional partnership, was recently awarded another Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding will support massive investments in the regional paved trail network across underserved communities. Check out this article to learn more about the grant and the impact it will have on residents in our County and across our region.

Prince George’s County Government Welcomes First LGBTQIA+ Liaison

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Photo Courtesy of NBC4

We are excited to welcome our first-ever LGBTQIA+ Liaison, Mr. Antonio Driver, to Prince George’s County Government. County Executive Alsobrooks created this position to ensure the County could better serve and represent the LGBTQIA+ community. Check out this story to learn more about Mr. Driver and what he hopes to accomplish in this role.

Prince George’s Proud Recognition

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We are Prince George’s Proud to recognize Kang Quintus, actor, director, and producer on the premiere of the movie NGANÙ. Our Director of Multicultural Affairs and African Diaspora Liaison recently presented him with a citation from the County Executive acknowledging his artistic talent, visionary leadership, and trailblazing contributions to the movie industry. Please join us in congratulating Mr. Quintus and wishing him continued success in his future endeavors.

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