Wednesday, July 1, 2020

UPDATE: CM Monique Anderson-Walker on CB-48-2020 - Property Tax Increase? ZOOM Town Hall

UPDATE: -"The Council will hold a [virtual] public hearing for each of these proposed measures on July 21, 2020, prior to a final vote."

District 8 Neighbors,

Many of you have asked for the LINK to view "Let's Talk About CB-48-2020 - Property Tax Increase?  ZOOM Town Hall", that my colleagues Council Member Jolene Ivey, District 5, Council Member Tom Dernoga, District 1, and I hosted last night. The three of us voted NO on this charter amendment that could raise your property tax.

I am including four links below for your convenience, 1) ZOOM Town Hall; 2) the PowerPoint shared at the Town Hall and supporting materials; 3) Link to Bill with the June 23rd Committee of the Whole Meeting and our voting; and 4) NBC News story.

I encourage you to watch the Town Hall and hear our perspectives, why we voted NO, and the Q&A with the constituents. It is important for you to watch to discern and decide how this may impact you personally so that you can make your decision. Knowledge is Power and it is vital to share with others.  So, please share with other Prince Georgians, so that they too will be educated on CB-48-2020 before the FINAL VOTE on July 21st.

Link to Town Hall:

Link to PowerPoint slides shared during Town Hall and supporting documents for your reference:  HERE

Link to CB-48-2020 Bill and Committee of Whole Meeting: HERE

Link to NBC News 7/1 Coverage:  Here 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fort Washington Is 14th Best Suburb for Retirees

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14. Fort Washington, Maryland
Percentage of households collecting Social Security: 37.7%
Median home listing price: $322,450
Housing in Fort Washington is much more affordable than in its neighboring urban center, Washington, D.C., where the median home price is $553,600 and it’s tough for anyone to be able to buy. The cost of living is also 40% less in Fort Washington than in the nation’s capital. Retirees who love to golf are in luck — Fort Washington is home to the National Golf Club, the east coast’s only Ted Robinson Signature Course.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Juneteenth March in our Neighborhood

Friday, May 22, 2020

Please Clean Up After Your Dog!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Walter Coulther, October 26, 1941 - April 28, 2020

(Click on the image for Walter's obituary)
From his son, Walter:
I am certainly not one who posts much if any on Facebook but today I wanted to share the passing of my father, Walter John Coulther this past Tuesday. I think of all the many talented and influential people I have had the good fortune to come in contact throughout my life but my father was and will be the only hero I have ever known. He was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1941 and was the youngest boy with two older sisters. Unfortunately, his oldest sister had serious health issues and most of the focus growing up was taking care of her health. He eventually graduated from Washington Lee High School in Virginia and had aspirations of joining the military. However, he eventually owned and operated Parkinson’s Florist located in Arlington, Virginia for approximately twenty (20) years. Ultimately, he ended up selling the flower shop and going to work for various silk flower wholesalers. He also was a franchiser co-owner of Golden Skillet Fried Chicken restaurants in Forestville, Maryland and Washington DC. The final part of his career was working as a salesman for CRI, Inc. He was one of their first salespeople and the company has grown considerably since he first began working there in 1980’s. Finally, he operated a fresh flower stand at the oldest farmer’s market in the country located in Old Town, Alexandria. Each and every Saturday morning he would arrive at the market and proceed to provide quality locally grown fresh flowers to his many customers that he acquired over the 15 plus years he operated the market. He even continued to operate his flower stand at the market into his early 70’s.

My father enjoyed playing golf, bridge, fishing and being a part of the Tantallon community. He purchased his home in Tantallon in 1971 and later became a lifetime member of Tantallon Country Club. This was probably one of his two greatest decision he made during his life. Anyone who had the privilege of growing up in the Tantallon/Fort Washington region of Prince George’s County can attest to the many wonderful people and memories of this community. However, the best decision my father ever made was marrying my beloved mother, Donna Maria Morris. They were married for over forty (40) until she passed away in 2010. My mother was everything to my father and there is not a word in the English strong enough to describe how much what she meant to him.

Finally, I would describe my father as salesman at heart who loved traveling throughout Mid-Atlantic region including the entire State of Virginia. He had the spirit of an entrepreneur and was always looking for the “next big thing” to market. He was a avid Redskins fan who enjoyed NHL playoff hockey and was happy to the Washington Capitals finally win the Stanley Cup. He also enjoyed baseball rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and later the Washington Nationals. He would tell me as a kid that he was scared of G. Gordon Liddy and to never to mess with that man. He loved following the career of Fred Funk. However, his all favorite golfer was Jack Nicklaus followed by Chi Chi Rodriquez then Fred Couples and Tom Kite. His perfect day would be up at 5 o’clock to sell flowers at the market. After the market, he would return home to shower and head up to the club for “Swingers” golf. After golf, he would end his day with a steak on the outside grill, salad and baked potato with my mother. Depending on the time of year, he would either have a gin and tonic or glass of wine with dinner. He would then kiss my mother goodnight and say to himself what a great it was. Well dad here is to an eternity of perfect days, thank you for the lifetime of memories and being the hero of dad you always were, Rest in Peace

On Monday, April 28, 2020; the beloved husband of the late Donna Coulther; father of Walter J. Coulther, Jr. and Christopher G. Coulther; grandfather of Olivia, Camryn and Kylie Coulther. A private visitation will be held at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, Oxon Hill, MD. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be offered St. Mary's Catholic Church of Piscataway, Clinton MD. Interment church cemetery.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Update: Too few employees, tests and masks: How covid-19 spread through Maryland nursing homes.

(Click on the image for Rebecca Tan and Rachel Chason' Washington Post report) 

Caitlin Evans can pinpoint the first day she and other nurses believe they exposed residents of Sagepoint Senior Living center to the novel coronavirus.
The 26-year-old nurse spent half an hour on March 27 preparing a man with a bad cough to go to a hospital for a medical procedure.
Neither she nor other nurses who helped him to the ambulance wore masks or other protective gear. Despite their pleas, they said, managers told them that such protections were unnecessary.
Former and current employees at Sagepoint and six other nursing homes in Maryland say the virus spread rapidly as their facilities struggled with shortages of staff, testing and personal protective equipment. At several nursing homes, employees said, managers played down the severity of outbreaks and did not provide masks and gowns until patients had tested positive.

Update: From WJLA see Md. nursing home with most virus deaths fined $10K a day for failure to protect residents
A Charles County nursing home with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home facilities in Maryland is being fined $10,000 a day for failing to protect residents and staff from the spread of the coronavirus, according to a letter from Maryland's Office of Health Care Quality.
The Office of Health Care Quality conducted a survey at Sagepoint Senior Living Services between April 21 and May 6 and it was determined that the facility didn't comply with state regulations including failure to obtain critical lab results on time, failure to use appropriate hygiene, failure to appropriately use personal protection equipment, and failure to cohort residents with suspected or known COVID-19, according to the Maryland State Department of Health.

Voting by Mail Video Overview

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"Check out this video to learn more about how voting by mail works for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election! If you have any questions, you can contact us at 1-800-222-8683, visit our website at, or email us at Thank you!" 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Miller Farms Fights for Business

(Click on the image for the WUSA9 report)
That's Adam Miller behind the mask.
There's a previous post here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Bagging Trash

Following the tips above can help us minimize the spread of germs in waste collection. Remember that plastic gloves, face masks, and facial tissues should be placed in the trash, not recycling. Please remember to securely tie trash bags before putting in your bin.
[Thanks to Brittani Garner, PGC Department of Environment, for passing this on.]
Stay safe and stay healthy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Bored at Home? Take 5 Minutes to Fill Out Your Census Questionnaire

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Updated: What's Going on at Giant: Community Planning Meeting - March 25, 2020

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A recording of the meeting is at

Original March 24, 2020 post:
  • The "Fort Washington Village" reference in the above flyer is the area in and around Livingston Square (Giant Supermarket).
  • The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Prince George’s County Planning Department will be the presenters on our virtual meeting. They will be sharing a PowerPoint during their presentation.
  • You can attend the March 25th meeting via your laptop, tablet, or phone on our Join.Me site. We can accommodate 250 on this platform and if you would like to participate, I encourage you to visit to bookmark it before the meeting. If dialing in by phone, Dial +1.202.602.1295 and the Conference ID is 890-089-222 #

Here’s what you need to know if you get laid off in Maryland during coronavirus pandemic

(Click on the image for Scott Dance's Baltimore Sun report)

Who can file for unemployment?
The system is for people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, that includes those laid off because of loss of business or production tied to the outbreak.
It does not include people who can’t work because they are sick. However, some people who have been ordered by a doctor or public health official to isolate themselves may be eligible for unemployment benefits, according to the state labor department.
Legislation the General Assembly approved last week also makes people eligible for benefits if they have to leave their jobs to avoid risk of coronavirus exposure or to care for an infected family member. Hogan signed the measure into law Thursday, and it took effect immediately.
And state Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson said Monday that people can file for unemployment if their workplace is closed because of social distancing orders, even if they haven’t been formally laid off from their jobs.
Both part-time and full-time workers can be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Get to know your Government - Call Series Starting Tomorrow

What's the 311? Get to know your Government, dial-in for this 4-week series every Thursday beginning March 26, 2020, at 10 am and 6 pm.

  • Phone Number: 301-883-6600
  • Access Code: 991934

This week updates from your Department of the Environment, Office of Community Relations & 311, Census 2020, County Executive Alsobrooks and more!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Del. Kris Valderrama's Letter on Covid-19

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Fellow District 26 Residents,
"As our state continues to be impacted by the Covid-19 virus, I wanted to share recent information which may be useful to you and your family. I will continue to share helpful information periodically so that you can stay on top of the latest, rapidly changing situation. Please disseminate the information to your networks."

Friday, March 20, 2020

You Can Practice Social Distancing and Still Vote!

Vote because:
  • It's your right.
  • It's your duty.
  • It's your child's future.
  • Maryland’s primary election will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Early voting will be conducted from May 21st through May 28th.
  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is May 26, 2020 if the voter wants to receive the ballot by mail, or May 29, 2020 if the voter wants to receive the ballot electronically.  Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
  • Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You don't need a reason to vote by absentee ballot. It's another way to vote if you don't want to or can't go to an early voting center or your polling place.
  • Click here to find out if you are registered to vote. You can also update your information online.
  • Click here to request an absentee ballot

Thursday, March 12, 2020

County Council to Consider Regulation of Pesticides

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CB-008-2020 will be heard in the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (TIEE) Committee on March 26th @ 10 am. You can voice your opinion of the bill by signing up to speak at the hearing. See

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

All meetings in the District VII Community Room will be cancelled until further notice

To err on the side of caution due to the senior population of District VII and COVID- 19 concerns,
all meetings in the District VII Community Room will be cancelled until further notice.
We regret any inconveniences that this may cause.  Please notify your respective members.
Thank You

Major J. Mitchell #1558
Prince George’s County Police Department
Commander, District VII
11108 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, Maryland 20744

Monday, March 9, 2020

A Community Forum: Demystifying Dementia

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  • Hear from professionals on the various dimensions of dementia, an increasing health challenge in our communities.  Learn how you can help demystify this disease and help make your community one that is informed, supportive and respectful of persons living with the disease, their family members and care providers.
  • Gather information and learn what resources are available to support a Dementia Friendly Community and receive answers to your most pressing questions and concerns about Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.  Invite a neighbor or friend to hear from a physician, caregiver, first responders and others during this enlightening forum. 

Meeting on Economic Development - March 21

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Circulator Is Coming to Council District 8

(Click on the image for Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker's video)

Starts March 16