Dear Prince Georgians:
Earlier this week, we hosted the official groundbreaking ceremony for our Health Department’s new Health Center in Greenbelt, marking yet another important step forward in our efforts to expand access to healthcare for our residents. This new 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art public health facility will replace the aging Cheverly Health Center and will offer expanded services to our residents and improve the health of our community overall.
Prince Georgians across our County depend on our current public health facility in Cheverly for vaccinations, STI testing and treatment, and other important services that have a direct impact on health. The clinic also monitors and analyzes public health developments. However, the aging clinic is too small to continue accommodating our community’s needs.
This new health center is a significant milestone for our County Health Department and for our Administration’s strategy to improve the health of all Prince Georgians. From the very beginning of this Administration, in 2019, County government leaders, agency personnel, and community leaders came together to develop our Proud Priorities and Promises Portfolio. These priorities represent our commitment to building and maintaining a 21st century County Government infrastructure that improves the quality of life for Prince Georgians. I am proud to say that of the 176 Proud Priorities and Promises we made to our residents, 164 of them are either completed or ongoing.
One of our overall Proud Priorities is Healthy Communities, and when it comes to the health of this community, we not only committed the funding for this new public health facility, but we have also taken steps to expand access to care for all Prince Georgians. The COVID-19 pandemic was hard on health departments across the country, which is why we have made investments in our Health Department to help expand staffing so we can meet residents’ needs. It was clear that Prince Georgians needed greater access to behavioral and mental health resources, so we invested $20 million in the Luminis Behavioral Health Facility that opened last year, helping us further close the gap on behavioral health care.
In just a few months, we are also opening the Dyer Care Center, an important crisis stabilization center. The Dyer Care Center is an outpatient facility that provides our residents mental and behavioral healthcare and helps those suffering from substance abuse issues. In addition, we provided additional resources to help train, recruit, and equip our mobile crisis response team to respond to residents experiencing mental health emergencies and provide them with the resources and care they need.
When I first came into office, I knew that one of the challenges our residents face is a lack of access to care that matches what other communities have in our region and State. For example, our residents suffer from worse cancer outcomes than many other Marylanders. One reason for this is a lack of access to care close to home, which is why we secured $67 million from the State of Maryland for a new cancer center. Once that new cancer center opens, Prince Georgians will have better cancer outcomes.
This administration and our partners have shown, time and time again, that investments like these are possible when we work together and choose priorities that promote the health and wellbeing of residents. This new County Health Center will provide needed capacity for our Health Department and the care our residents deserve.
We want to thank all of our partners and all of the public servants who helped make this new public health center possible through their tireless efforts. Looking forward, we are going to keep fighting for additional healthcare resources. We are going to keep offering Prince Georgians new opportunities to receive care close to home, and we are going to build the kind of healthcare infrastructure this community deserves.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive
Proud to Be Around Prince George\’s
Prince George’s Goes Pink: Survivor’s Lounge
County Executive Alsobrooks had a wonderful time at the first Prince George’s Goes Pink Survivor’s Lounge on Friday, October 13! She enjoyed an intimate evening of fellowship with survivors and individuals who are currently fighting breast cancer. The goal of this event was not only to raise awareness and education, but also to lift spirits. Nobody should have to fight this battle alone, and we want to thank all those who joined us at the event and allowed us the opportunity to embrace and surround them with love and appreciation. We also want to thank our Office of Stakeholder Engagement and Affairs, as well as all of our community partners/sponsors, who helped to make this event a success.
Clyopatra Winery Grand Opening
On Saturday, October 14, County Executive Alsobrooks attending the grand opening of Clyopatra Winery & Vineyard in Laurel. We are Prince George’s Proud to be home to the first winery opened by an African in the United States and want to congratulate Ms. Ifeoma C. Onyia on achieving her dream of opening her very own winery. We will continue to help our local, small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses grow and thrive in Prince George’s County.
Grand Opening of the Sky Bridge at Town Center in Largo
County Executive Alsobrooks had a wonderful time joining local officials and community leaders at the Grand Opening of the Sky Bridge at Town Center in Largo on Wednesday, October 18. The Sky Bridge is an exciting new place for our seniors to live, offering independent and assisted living, as well as memory care housing. The County is especially proud to welcome this senior community to Largo, where significant investments have been made as a part of the County Executive’s signature Blue Line Corridor project.
Indian Community Business Roundtable
On Tuesday, October 24, County Executive Alsobrooks had a wonderful time connecting with our Indian business community at our Indian Community Business Roundtable, hosted by our Office of Multicultural Affairs. This is the sixth business roundtable we have hosted to connect with business owners from our immigrant communities. We look forward to opportunities to further connect with our business community as we work to ensure that our County is inclusive to all. We want to thank our Office of Multicultural Affairs and our County agencies for putting together a great presentation, as well as all of the business owners who participated in this important discussion.
AAREP DC 18th Annual Gala
County Executive Alsobrooks attended the African American Real Estate Professionals of District of Columbia’s (AAREP DC) 18th Annual Gala on Tuesday, October 24. This event provided an opportunity to recognize all that AAREP DC has achieved in its 18 years, and we were Prince George’s Proud to join them as they celebrated achievement in real estate in our region. We want to wish them many more years of success in all they will continue to do in the future.
Median Beautification Program
Last week, the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) announced its new median beautification program. This new program is a key part of our overall efforts to beautify Prince George’s County. We have planted trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses in 10 County medians to help beautify neighborhoods, with another 8 medians in the pipeline. We have invested tens of millions of dollars into programs across government to beautify our County and we have made significant progress in our efforts. We know that when we invest in our environment, we create an even more pleasant place to call home. Thank you, Prince Georgians and our County Government agencies, for all your hard work in helping to make our beautification initiatives a success. Together, we can make this County clean and green for generations to come.
Fall Growing Green with Pride 2023 Recap
Our Fall 2023 Growing Green with Pride Day was a huge success! The Department of Public Works and Transportation, Department of the Environment, and Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement want to thank the more than 3,600 Prince Georgians who volunteered to help beautify our County by picking up litter along our roadways and planting flowers and trees in our neighborhoods. Together, we were able to clean up 24.5 tons, or 49,000 pounds, of litter, as well as install 260 trees, 320 shrubs, 2,600 flowering perennials/ornamental grasses, and 10,000 spring flowering bulbs.
Keeping our County clean and beautiful is a community effort, and we want to thank all of our residents who showed up and showed out last weekend! We will continue to do our part to ensure that our County is healthy, clean, and beautiful, and encourage all Prince Georgians to join us in our efforts.
DPW&T Beautification Accomplishments
The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is responsible for ensuring that Prince George’s County has a safe and healthy infrastructure. They help remove snow and ice from County-maintained roadways, upgrade traffic signals, maintain our stormwater management facilities, and play a critical role in our beautification efforts. They assist in our litter collection efforts, having collected 925 tons between September 2022 and January 2023, and they help us to keep our streets clean, sweeping 1,285 miles. DPW&T does so much to improve the overall quality of life for Prince Georgians, and we want to thank them for their efforts to support our community.
Thanks for Attending the 9th Annual Green Summit
The Department of the Environment (DoE) recently hosted its 9th annual signature event, the Green Summit, in collaboration with the Low Impact Development (LID) Center, the City of Hyattsville, and other community partners. The day-long event hosted a free reusable bag distribution, pet adoptions, park clean-up, electric vehicle (EV) demonstrations, wildlife ambassadors, food trucks, face painters, and many family-friendly activities thanks to the 50 exhibitors who participated in the summit! Participants were offered sustainable tips, environmentally friendly solutions to everyday problems, educational resources, and ways to become environmental stewards. If you attended the summit, you are encouraged to take a brief survey to give your feedback and help DoE make future events better.
DoE Beautification Accomplishments
The Department of the Environment (DoE) works tirelessly to ensure that we have a healthy, beautiful, and sustainable County. Their programs and services play a crucial role in our efforts to keep our County clean and beautiful. They have made significant progress this year, removing 28 tons of litter through their community clean-up events, launching a new bulky trash system, planting 600 trees, and so much more! We want to thank them for all they do to ensure Prince George’s County continues to thrive.
Be Part of It, Proud of It
Are you passionate about keeping our County clean and green? Check out the Part of It, Proud of It website here and download and share our videos and tiles on social media to encourage your friends to practice green behavior as well! Don’t forget to tag #PGCPartofitProudofit!
County News For You
2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
Calling all veterans in Prince George’s County! The Office of the County Executive is hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 8, at 11:30 AM at Martin’s Crosswinds. The keynote speaker is Col. Todd Randolph, who serves as the base commander of Joint Base Andrews. We encourage our veterans and their families to attend this special event. Register to attend here.
Board and Commission Appointments
We are Prince George’s Proud to congratulate several individuals who were recently appointed to County Boards and Commissions. We know that all of these individuals will do an outstanding job serving our residents in their respective roles. Please join us in congratulating the following Prince Georgians:
Revenue Authority Board
Ms. Necole M. Parker
Commission for Individuals with Disabilities
Mr. Kelvin Adefehinti, Ms. Joi L. Bannister, Mr. William R. Brownlee, Mr. Miguel A. Capers, Mr. Toyin J. Fasakin, Ms. Doris L. Jones, Ms. Natalie G. Mitchell, Ms. Amber L. Woods
Advisory Committee on Aging
Mrs. Gwendolyn A. Drummond
County Government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Friday, November 10, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Curbside collections of yard trim, food scraps, trash, and recycling will remain on a regular schedule for residents receiving County-provided services. There are NO changes due to the holiday. For more information on waste collection services, visit the Department of the Environment website here.
Go Green and Compost Your Pumpkins
It’s that time of year again! Compost your pumpkin and natural decorations like dried corn, hay, and straw with your curbside organic collections on Mondays starting in November.
Place items curbside by 6:00 AM on Mondays for pickup. Pumpkins, dried corn, hay, straw, and compostable decorations must be placed in a paper lawn/leaf bag OR the provided 32-gallon green wheeled cart with food scraps.
Pumpkins must be free of inorganic material such as candles, wax, artificial lighting, loose decorations and other non-bio-degradable materials.
Residents may also drop off pumpkins and other yard trim at the Public Convenience Center on Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro during operating hours.
Learn more information on the Department of the Environment (DoE) here.
7th Annual Stuff-A-Truck Holiday Food Distribution
The Office of Community Relations (OCR) is hosting its 7th Annual Stuff-A-Truck Holiday Food Distribution on Saturday, November 18, at 10:00 AM at Six Flags of America. This event promises to be a day filled with compassion, teamwork, and giving back to those who may be experiencing food insecurity. To participate, you must register by Friday, November 3, and arrive at Six Flags America before 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 18, to receive your Thanksgiving food basket. Register to receive a food basket here. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCR Partners with IKEA for Halloween Fair
This Halloween, the Office of Community Relations (OCR) is Prince George’s Proud to join IKEA in College Park to celebrate and promote literacy under the motto “This Halloween, remember to scream out loud and READ out loud.\” In addition to a few tricks and lots of treats, OCR will give out children\’s books (in English and Spanish) to residents who visit the IKEA in College Park on Tuesday, October 31, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Join OCR staff and the IKEA team, donned in costume, as they spread Halloween joy and encourage a love for reading.
Trot for a Turkey to Help Families in Need
For more than 30 years, visitors to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Winter Festival of Lights have been dazzled by twinkling light displays as they drive through Watkins Regional Park. This year, register to walk or run through the almost 3-mile course and see the dazzling displays up close during Trot for a Turkey on Saturday, November 18, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Your registration fee will provide a family in need with a holiday turkey. Registration is now open here.
Take Charge of Your Type 2 Diabetes Today
Are you living with Type 2 diabetes? Now is your time to take control of your health with the Living Well Diabetes Self-Management Virtual Program. Offered by the County Health Department, this free program provides essential knowledge and tools to support adults living with diabetes in effectively managing their condition and reducing complications. This six-week virtual class, led by trained leaders, will be held on Mondays starting November 6, from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM. Late registration is available until November 13, so don\’t wait to sign up and take control of your health! Interested individuals and caretakers are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. To register, please contact the Health Department at 301-856-9465 or email email@example.com.
Jump-start your child’s future by enrolling in a Career and Technical Education program! Students can choose from dozens of in-demand career paths where high skill commands high wages. Earn a high school diploma, get industry certified or licensed – and earn college credits with NO student debt!
Applications are now being accepted for a limited time for students in grades 8 through 10, now through Friday, December 15. Program spaces are limited so be sure to apply early. Apply here.
The Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement (DPIE) is encouraging small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in the DPIE Connect program. DPIE Connect will bring agency experts together with entrepreneurs aspiring to open businesses in a one-hour Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting. Staff from DPIE’s Permitting and Licensing Division, Building Plan Review Division, Inspections Division, and Business Development Section (BDS) will participate. Topics of discussion will include application requirements, permits, licenses, inspections, fees, and plan review code-related questions covering building/structural, electrical, mechanical, fire and life safety, health, and ADA accessibility.
The scope of projects applicable for DPIE Connect include:
- Projects requesting straight U&O — no construction
- Projects with change of occupancy — no construction
- Projects with interior alterations not exceeding 3,000 sq. ft. in area
- Projects not more than one story in height
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which includes zoning, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will not participate. However, depending on your project, you may be required to obtain approvals and/or permits from these agencies and DPIE’s Site/Road Plan Review Division. DPIE recommends that you submit an information request to M-NCPPC to receive zoning approval for your proposed use.
To schedule a meeting, complete the \”DPIE Connect — Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting\” form and send the completed form, with any photos or videos, to DPIEconnect@co.pg.md.us.
Learn more information on the DPIE website here.
OCR\’s Bridging Our Future Fridays
The Office of Community Relations (OCR) recently closed out an initiative that celebrated our dedicated public school teachers. Each Friday in September, OCR staff recognized educators for their outstanding contributions to the education of our youth. OCR’s Bridging Our Future Fridays honorees were:
Patuxent Elementary School
Ms. Desiree Gordon, Educator
Ms. Henina Bunch, Principal
Chesapeake Math and IT South
Ms. Leah Jones, Educator
Mr. Ronald Miller, Principal
Greenbelt Middle School
Ms. Stacy Cain, Educator
Mr. Marcellus Clement, Principal
College Park Academy
Ms. Jasmine Chung, Educator
Mr. Steven Baker, Middle School Principal
Bridging Our Future Fridays is a by-product of OCR’s Class Act Project. On average educators spend approximately $500 of their own money to buy supplies to successfully educate our students in Prince George’s County. Class Act aims to provide teachers and schools with resources that aid in our students’ quality education. Since its launch in March 2023, the Class Act Project has gifted over 600 teachers with over 50,000 supplies. This winter, the Class Act Project is scheduled to unveil several new products. Stay tuned to find out if OCR will soon be in a classroom near you!
Business Fraud Prevention Seminar
Calling all business owners! Join the Prince George’s Police Department and University of Maryland for a Business Fraud Prevention Seminar on Friday, November 3, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Marriott Hotel in Adelphi. This free seminar will provide business owners with essential information on how to prevent fraud. We encourage business owners to attend this important discussion. Learn more information and register here.
The First Baptist Church of Glenarden, in collaboration with Zion Church and the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD), will host the annual Gift Cards for Guns Program on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro.
This anonymous gun buyback program is part of an ongoing community-wide initiative to remove guns from the streets. In exchange for each weapon, donors will receive a gift card. Gift card amounts are based on the type of gun. Shotguns and rifles can be traded in for $75, handguns for $125, and automatic or semi-automatic guns for $175.
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Prince George’s County Police Department’s
The Prince George’s County Police Department’s (PGPD) Community First Division, through the PAL Mentorship and Explorer Program, is hosting its second “Spread the Warmth Annual Coat Drive” now through Friday, November 17. PGPD’s goal is to distribute winter coats to elementary school-aged youth within Prince George’s County. To accomplish this goal, PGPD needs your help and is encouraging residents to donate new coats. Donations are being accepted at all eight PGPD Division Stations:
5000 Rhode Island Avenue ∙ Hyattsville, MD 20781
601 Crain Highway ∙ Upper Marlboro, MD 20715
7600 Barlowe Road ∙ Landover, MD 20715
5135 Indian Head Highway ∙ Oxon Hill, MD 20745
6707 Groveton Drive ∙ Clinton, MD 20735
4321 Sellman Road ∙ Beltsville, MD 20705
11108 Fort Washington Road ∙ Fort Washington, MD 20744
8803 Police Plaza ∙ Upper Marlboro, MD 20744
*use 8905 Presidential Parkway for GPS
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Our Latino Affairs Liaison, Samantha Howard, spoke at Community Crisis Services, Inc.’s (CSSI) Community C.A.R.E (Combating Abuse. Raising Empathy) Domestic Violence event on Wednesday, October 18. Samantha shed light on the critical issue of domestic violence within undocumented communities and discussed the unique challenges undocumented survivors face when escaping domestic violence. Her speech highlighted the importance of fostering an environment of trust, support, and intentionality to encourage undocumented survivors to come forward and seek help. Samantha stressed the significance of understanding the specific barriers these survivors encounter and provided insights on how we can better support and empower them. We want to be intentional in our efforts to support all survivors, regardless of immigration status.
Hispanic Health Access Roundtable
Our Latino Affairs Liaison, Samantha Howard, recently attended the Hispanic Health Access Roundtable organized by Maryland Health Connection (MHC), where she participated in a dialogue around the urgent need to expand medical coverage in the Hispanic/Latino community. Panelists addressed important inquiries regarding healthcare within the Hispanic/Latino community and shared valuable information about the Healthy Babies Equity Act. The Healthy Babies Equity Act, which went into effect in July, allows non-citizen pregnant individuals of any immigration status to have access to Medicaid coverage. To date, approximately 3,700 women have enrolled! MHC and its collaborative partners are dedicated to guaranteeing fair and all-encompassing healthcare for everyone. Read more about the act on the MHC website here or the MDH website here.
Spotlight On Prince George\’s
Bowie Native Named First Woman and Youngest Director of Football Operations at North Carolina A&T State University
Photo Courtesy of N.C. A&T State University
We want to congratulate Jordyn Foster, a Bowie native, who recently became the first woman and youngest-ever Director of Football Operations at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC! We are Prince George’s Proud of Jordyn’s accomplishments! Check out this article to learn more about Jordyn and her new role.
Three PGCPS Elementary Schools on 2022-2023 America’s Healthiest Schools List
We are Prince George’s Proud that three Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) were recently recognized on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s list of America’s Healthiest Schools for the 2022-2023 school year. Please join us in congratulating Springhill Lake Elementary School in Greenbelt, Robert R. Gray Elementary School in Capitol Heights, and Bond Mill Elementary School in Laurel on this amazing recognition. Check out this article to learn more about the work that these schools have done to promote a healthy environment for students.
Office of Community Relations Receives Service to the Citizen: Champions of Change Award
The Office of Community Relations (OCR) was recently recognized by the Service to the Citizen: Champions of Change Program. OCR received the Service to the Citizen Award for implementing technology that positively impacts the residents of Prince George’s County. The newly launched PGC311 system comprises a customer relations management tool that the PGC311 Call Center and agency team members utilize to log each request for the delivery of service. It includes the PGC311 Online Service Request Portal as well as the new PGC311 Mobile App.
Since the launch of this new system, the PGC311 Call Center has handled over 322,000 calls with an average speed of answer of ten seconds. Over 140,000 service requests have been logged into this system from residents calling the Call Center and submitting service requests via the online portal and mobile app. This new technology, which incorporates artificial intelligence, is helping Prince George’s County Government become more efficient in addressing resident concerns.
The award also recognized the important work by the 311 On the Go! team, which is charged with bridging the gap between County Government and our residents. This team listens to residents’ concerns and submits service requests while engaging residents in their own community. OCR is dedicated to assisting residents with the delivery of government services and building further trust in government.
Learn more about OCR’s award here.