Sunday, February 17, 2019

Updated! February Meetings & Events of Interest (from IHHAAC)

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Energy Choices

(Click on the image for the Maryland Public Service Commission video)
Other views on energy choices:

County Senior Resource Guide

(Click on the image to download the 44 page guide.)
The guide includes:
  • A Senior Transportation Guide
  • A Listing of Subsidized, Affordable Senior Housing
  • An Overview of Senior Program and Services
  • A Listing of Support Groups
  • Recreational Opportunities, and more.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Prince George's Vying for Amazon HQ2 Again After NYC Pullout

(Click on image for Tracee Wilkins' News4 report)
"Prince George's County wasn't picked last year as one of two Amazon HQ2 sites. But after Amazon announced Thursday that they decided against moving to New York City, Prince George's decided to give it another go."

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Gov. Hogan Exits Talks for New Redskins Stadium in Prince George's County

(Click on the image for Drew Wilder's News4 report)
"By Associated Press, February 13 at 9:17 AM 
OXON HILL, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.
Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.
Hogan’s decision and Virginia’s disinterest leaves Redskins owner Daniel Snyder with one suitor — the District of Columbia. His first choice is Washington’s RFK Stadium site, but he now has fewer bargaining chips.
The Redskins can’t leave FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, until September 2027."

Note, at the Feb 11, 2019 MD 210 Safety Meeting, Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker emphasized that we should pay attention to development plans for the Oxon Cove property and make sure what gets developed is what citizens want.

And the media is asking, what do citizens want?

Public Input Wanted for Shaping the Future of the Fort Washington Marina - Feb 27


The National Park Service (NPS) will use ideas and feedback gathered from the workshop to develop a long-term competitive lease opportunity for the marina. The current concession contract ends in November 2019. A competitive lease opportunity will be advertised this summer and will go into effect in November 2019.
The public is also welcome to submit comments via email to fortwashmarina@nps.gov through March 3, 2019.
Fort Washington Marina is situated in Piscataway Park, national park land that preserves the Mt. Vernon viewshed. Its location on Piscataway Creek provides access to the Potomac River. The marina consists of a single boat launch ramp and five floating docks with 200 boat slips, a fuel dock, two pump-out stations and other visitor amenities. Fort Washington Marina is roughly 5-miles from National Harbor via boat.
Visit go.nps.gov/fortwashmarina for updates and additional information on the meeting and this project. If this workshop needs to be rescheduled, notice will be posted online.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Prince George's Auto Insurance Rates Highest in the Area

(Click on the image for Susan Hogan's News4 report)
Average rates:
  • D.C.-  $1,496
  • US -    $1,470
  • MD -   $1,327
  • VA -      $918

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tree Care Services

(Click on the image for the Washington Consumers' Checkbook report)
"Our ratings of area tree care services will help you find professionals who provide sound advice and high-quality work. But before hiring any company, obtain competitive bids from several. For tree removal jobs, we found big price differences—from $1,675 to $4,250 on one job for which a Checkbook undercover shopper got prices from tree care services.
It’s pretty easy to collect proposals from companies. Typically, you don’t have to be home when bidders are looking at the job—but do include a thorough description of the work in a written contract that specifies who cleans up afterward, hauls away debris and wood, and removes the stump. What is not specified in writing is very unlikely to get done.
Also, check whether a company’s liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance are currently in effect. Ask to see certificates of insurance, and call the company’s insurance carrier to verify. This is a serious concern because high-powered equipment, heavy branches and trunks, lofty heights, and proximity to power lines make tree work dangerous."
[Checkbook advice is free to access. Access to their ratings requires a subscription but libraries carry the publication.]

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Md. bill would loosen restrictions on donations for Prince George’s candidates

(Click on the image for Rachel Chason's Washington Post Report)
"The bill being pushed in the General Assembly would repeal statutes prohibiting developers with pending projects in Prince George’s from donating to county executives or slates including them."

dereck.davis@house.state.md.us

Tantallon is represented in Annapolis by:
veronica.turner@house.state.md.us
kris.valderrama@house.state.md.us
jay.walker@house.state.md.us
obie.patterson@senate.state.md.us

Friday, January 18, 2019

Passing of Richard (Dick) Krueger

(Click on Dick's picture for his obituary on the Kalas website)
From Dick's son, Jay:
"As many of you may already know, Dick has been struggling to recover since falling and breaking his hip on November 30th. Early January 15, he passed peacefully in his sleep in the hospital after having been surrounded by family. While saddened by his passing, the family is comforted in our belief that he is in a better place and has joined his wife and our beloved mother.
The funeral will be Friday, January 25 at Kalas Funeral Home in Oxon Hill. Viewing will be at 10 AM with a service following at 11 AM and eulogy and reception afterwards. A formal announcement will follow.
Thank you for the thoughts, prayers and support."

It's hard to believe that Dick is no longer with us after giving so much of his 90 years to the betterment of Tantallon and Prince George's County. We can't forget the years he spent keeping our country safe. A friend to so many of us, he will be sorely missed.
For those who did not know Dick, among many of his significant and unique accomplishments is the District VII Police Station that he spent over 20 years fighting for. There are many others like that.
Ron
Dick's passing was noted during the January 15, 2019 meeting of the County Council. Got to 3:55 of the county video.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Federal Government Shutdown Assistance

(Click on the image for a link to the County links to Federal assistance)

Thanks to Del. Walker for this information:
  • Visit www.PGCPS.org for information on free lunch for students.
  • Visit www.MNCPPC.org for information on free childcare and free usage of the facilities.
  • Late fess will be waived for utility payments and/or no shut off notices issued.  Please visit your utility company website for information and/or to ensure you qualify.
  • Navy Federal Credit Union and Bank of America have some available assistance.  Please contact a local branch for details.
  • Check your local churches and food pantries for assistance. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Update on Livingston Square Shopping Center Site Development

Thanks to Indian Head Highway Area Action Council (IHHAAC) President Sarah Cavitt:

Hello Ms. Cavitt – thank you for your inquiry into the status of the redevelopment of the Giant Store at Livingston Square.  We have made significant progress over the past few months, and received conceptual site plan approval from the County a few weeks ago.  We are currently in the process of finalizing our entitlements for final site plan approval from the County, as well as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District.  From there, we will be able to apply for our building permit for the redevelopment of the Giant store.
While it is our hope to break ground in early- to mid-2019, the exact timing depends on the receipt of our final approvals from the above-referenced organizations.  We thank you, along with our other neighbors, for your continued patience with this process.
Best regards, Ben Hoskins

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Button offers instant gratification for those plagued by airplane noise

(Click on the image for Lori Aratani's Washington Post report)
  • "Barbara Deckert has a new weapon in the war against airplane noise — and she’s not afraid to use it.
    Every time a plane flies over her suburban Maryland home, rattling her windows and setting her teeth on edge, she presses a small white button and feels a tiny sense of triumph.
    That’s because with one click, Deckert has done what could have taken her hours to do a few months ago — she has filed a noise complaint with officials at the Maryland Aviation Administration.
    Thanks to the ingenuity of a software engineer from Southern California, Deckert and hundreds of others with similar beefs, and the Airnoise button, have an easy way to register their annoyance with the jets that fly over their homes.
    “It’s a fabulous tool,” Deckert said. “Clicking that button is really psychologically satisfying.”"
  • A Tantallon neighbor who has one of these buttons notes, "Others in this area who are bothered by the airplane traffic might be interested."

Friday, December 28, 2018

Meet the members of the Prince George’s County Council

(Click in the image for Rachel Chason's Washington Post report)
The Washington Post asked every council member: What’s your priority for 2019? What’s the biggest problem in Prince George’s, and what are you doing to fix it? What’s your favorite spot or thing to do in your district?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Not a Surprise: At Many Stores, the Sale Price Isn't Special

(Click on the image for the Washington Consumers' Checkbook report)
"Checkbook tracked prices of big-ticket items sold at major retailers for 10 months and found disturbing pricing policies at 17 of the 19 we studied. At these stores, many sale prices—even those that advertise big savings—are bogus discounts, with the same price called a sale price more than half the time. And at some stores the fake sales never end: For several chains Checkbook found most items we tracked were offered at a false discount every week or almost every week we checked. In other words, the "regular price" listed on all those price tags is seldom, if ever, actually the price customers pay."

Monday, December 24, 2018

Tired of Looking at Eyesores Like This? Here's What to Do:

From IHHAAC:

The problem is two-fold. For some communities with no overhead wires, the issue is the
boxes in many yards that become unsightly and hazardous. For those communities with
overhead wires, the issue is the left-over wires and conduits left hanging and askew. In
researching the issue, here is what we learned.
  • The Cable Commission meets monthly at 6 pm in Largo. (Apparently the meetings seldom last longer than an hour.)
  • There are five Commissioners. Some changes may be made during 2019 since the Commissioners’ terms coincide with the County Executive’s term. The meetings are streamed live and archived on the Prince George’s County Community You Tube channel.
  • The staff maintains the records and files the complaints with the companies.
  • The email to be used is: CableCommission@co.pg.md.us
  • The Cable Coordinator is Ms. Gina Okolo.
  • There is no specific complaint form to file. However, the staff suggests when possible, we submit the following information:
  1. A picture of the issue,
  2. The specific address of the issue,
  3. The pole number if there is one, and
  4. If the issue is a new one, the date the work was done.
  5. If there are several problems, they should be submitted together.
  6. The cable companies will then determine which of them is responsible.
  7. They are required to report back to the Cable Commission, who will provide feedback to the complainant.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Please Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

State report: Marylanders overpaying by nearly $55 million for electricity, gas from using third-party suppliers

(Click on the image for Ethan McLeod's Baltimore Fishbowl report)

  • We’re nearly two decades out from the moment Maryland lawmakers decided to deregulate the state’s energy markets in hopes of boosting competition and driving down prices for consumers. A first-of-its-kind, state-commissioned report confirms what some observers already figured: Many Marylanders are getting swindled on their rates by third-party suppliers.
  • The report, published this week by the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel, concludes that based on the advertised rates of third-party electricity and gas suppliers—ones that aren’t the main provider for a coverage area, such as BGE here in Central Maryland, or Pepco in the D.C. area—consumers are paying roughly $54.9 million more for their energy than if they simply went with their assigned utility’s supply.
  • That loss comprises $34.1 million in residential electricity expenses, and $20.7 million in residential gas expenses. Broken down among the 438,020 households who’ve signed up with third-party suppliers, that translates to about $169.38 per year.