Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas in April Fundraiser - Dec. 10

Christmas In April will receive 15% of all sales from drive thru, dine in or to go orders.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Flooding Issues in South Prince George's County

(Click on the image for the Nov 22, 2019 briefing)

(Click on the image for the Nov 22, 2019 briefing)

Country Drainage Retrofit Has Silenced Sump Pumps in Horizon Estates
  • Residents wish adequate drainage was installed before their homes were built.
  • Homes were built over underground streams and surface water from higher ground added to the flooding.
  • For "New Homes", see HB 219 (2019) - Prince George’s County – New Homes – Drainage Defects and its Fiscal and Policy Note. This bill, signed into law by Gov. Hogan, takes effect October 1, 2020.
  • A meeting with Councilman Sydney Sydney Harrison, DPIE, DoE and DPW&T is scheduled for Friday, November 22, 2019, 7pm at the District VIi Police Station, to discuss drainage issues in Southern Prince George's County.
  • The communities that initiated this event are compiling a list of drainage issues to be provided in advance to county government reps. The list has columns for address, name/email/phone, problem, and current status (what's been done so far. I would include 311 service request number). Given in advance, this information will help get you a response at the meeting. If you want your problem addressed at the meeting, you can send this information to me at Ron
  • The following post has a link to a sound clip by Angela Alsobrooks on Healthy Communities that speaks to flooding issues in south county. You should hear what she says.
County Agencies and Representatives Who Attended the Nov 22 Meeting:
Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE)
1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 500, Largo, Maryland 20774
Moses Fadiran, Section Head of Sustainable Initiatives Division (301) 833-5768
Alfred Dasi (301) 833 3312
Dawn Hawkins                   
Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE)
9400 Peppercorn Court, Largo, Maryland 20774
Rey de Guzman
Denny Brittingham 240-508-9619  
Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T)
8400 D’Arcy Road, Forestville, Maryland 20747 
Gwendolyn Clerkly, Deputy Director,
Vernon L. Stinnett, Jr., Associate Director, Office of Highway Maintenance Office (301) 499-8523, Cell (301) 602-1292, Fax (301) 499-8525
Michael Snyder, Chief, Storm Drain Maintenance Division 301-499-8556

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Passing of Tom McCaskill

Dear Neighbors,
We are sad to report the passing of Tom McCaskill, a former resident of Swan Creek Rd. Please keep Tom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

From The
Thomas B. McCaskill, 81, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
Tom was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Lee County, to the late Clinton and Audrey McKenzie McCaskill. A graduate of Carthage High School, he received an Associate of Arts degree from Wingate Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in engineering mathematics (honors) from NC State.
Tom’s professional life included 42 years as a mathematician and research physicist for the Space Applications Branch of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He was selected to participate in the NRL Edison Memorial Training Program and completed all required courses for a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Maryland. He was reclassified as a research physicist. As an NRL scientist, he made key contributions to the design of GPS. Tom received five NRL Research Publication Awards, one patent.
Tom was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a member of the Institute of Navigation. He was selected by the Institute of Navigation to serve as a Congressional Fellow and in 2005, he became a candidate for U.S. senator in the Maryland primary election with the campaign motto: “GPS Saves Lives.”
In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his infant daughter, Helen Elizabeth McCaskill. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Jane Latham; sons, Scot Alexander McCaskill, Latham Glenn McCaskill and his wife, Felicia Kantis, David Thomas McCaskill and his wife, Lisa Sypula; two grandchildren, Carver Kade McCaskill and Matthew Thomas McCaskill; and his five siblings, Robert Hugh Martin McCaskill, Frances Elizabeth McCaskill Ward, Lydia Alice McCaskill Parker, James Clinton McCaskill and John Worthy McCaskill.
Tom will be remembered by his personal and professional friends from Washington, D.C., and his dear family and friends in North Carolina and surrounding states.
The family will receive friends from 4–7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Union Presbyterian Church, 2000 Union Church Road, Cameron, with the Rev. Dr. R. Shane Owens officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the interment in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 898, Carthage, NC 28327.

McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tantallon News

Important: The November 20 meeting of the Tantallon Citizens Association will be held at Harmony Hall in the Silesia Room starting promptly at 7 PM. Two of our recent porch pirate victims will give you a first hand account of how they helped our police bring the culprits to justice. Police detectives will give us their view as well. It should be very interesting to hear and an important lesson for all of us to learn.

If you have an interest in drainage problems you should attend a meeting with Councilman Sydney Sydney Harrison, DPIE, DoE and DPW&T on Friday, November 22, 2019, 7pm, at the District VII Police Station.
The communities that initiated this event are compiling a list of drainage issues to be provided in advance to county government reps. The list has columns for address, name/email/phone, problem, and current status (what's been done so far. I would include 311 service request number). Given in advance, this information will help get you a response at the meeting. If you want your problem addressed at the meeting, you can send this information to me at Ron

  • Community Conversation with County Executive Alsobrooks – Dec. 17
  • Country Drainage Retrofit Has Silenced Sump Pumps in Horizon Estates (Expect to hear what the county is doing from the County Executive on Dec. 17 as she did on Oct. 30)
On the District VII Citizens Advisory Council Blog,
  • PGPD Fugitive Unit Locates & Arrests Suspect Wanted for Fatal Stabbing Outside of Restaurant
  • People are calling an Omaha boulder a “hero” for taking out SUVs. This also has a deadly serious message.
  • Community Crime Report: November 6-12, 2019
On WTOP: Woman mauled by 2 American Pit Bull Terriers in Fort Washington
A woman is in critical condition after two of her dogs attacked her in Fort Washington, Maryland, Wednesday night.
The dogs were American Pit Bull Terriers, according to the Prince George’s County Animal Services Division.
“The young lady who was attacked by the dogs was the owner of the dogs,” said Rodney Taylor, chief of the animal services division.

Calling All Block Captains. We [District VII Police] are requesting a meeting with all block captains in District VII for the communities that participate in Neighborhood Watch. Commander Major Mitchell would like to meet and discuss strategies regarding the prevention of package thefts in our area. The meeting is on Nov. 19, 7 PM at the District VII Police Station. If you are interested please send me an email: . Thank you, Cpl. Blackwell #3216

From The National Golf Club:
Dear Members,
 It is with great pleasure to announce that National Golf Club is under new ownership.  Please allow me to introduce Mulugeta Tasfakiros as our new owner.  Mr. Tasfakiros is excited to be a part of NGC and is looking forward to moving the Club to the next level.  Over the next few weeks/month there will be many improvements made to the facilities and the grounds. 
As for staff, the new General Manger will be Jim Butler (formerly NGC Membership Director), the new Superintendent will be Bart Miller, Christine Kuhn will continue as the Catering Director, Charles Palangdao will be our Operations Manager, and Gustavo Berrantes will be our Chef.  We are excited for the future of NGC and my hope is you will join us in that same excitement.
Thank you,
The Team at National
Upcoming Events
December 7th - Toys For Tots Charity Tournament
December 14th – The Annual Member Holiday Party
January 1st – The Annual Mike Miller Tournament

Community Conversation with County Executive Alsobrooks - Dec 17

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Community Conversation (10/30/19)

Links to audio clips from the first Community Conversation of the fall held at Eleanor Roosevelt High School on October 30, 2019:

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Thank You Tantallon Cleanup Volunteers!

  • Thank you to our volunteers for our annual fall clean-up!  We worked along Fort Washington Road to pick up trash and trim the crape myrtle trees planted in previous years.  There is still more to do, but we were able to clear out quite a bit of debris as well. 
  • Volunteers were Patti Holcomb, Sabrina Lemieux, Deb Raw, Diane Miceli, Kim Vu, German Cruz, Javier Samayoa, Allette Hannon, Jo Ann Davis, Eunice Theobalds, and Tony Mitchell.
  • The picture above is of one of the areas we worked on.  
Jamie Crist

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Updated: MD 210 Improvements (MD 228 to Kerby Hill/Livingston) Ranked 18th Project in State

(Click on the image for the Draft CTP. Rankings are on page APP‐A‐1)
  • The Prince George’s County Council will welcome Maryland Department of Transportation representatives to the County on Friday, November 1, 2019, for the annual statewide Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) Tour. The public meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. in the County Administration Building, Council Committee Room 2027, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
  • Council Member Todd M. Turner (D) – District 4, encourages Prince Georgians to attend Friday’s public meeting with officials, residents and stakeholders, for updates on state highway, transportation and transit issues impacting Prince George’s County, “The Consolidated Transportation Program Tour offers a wonderful opportunity to hear directly from state officials concerning highway and transportation projects impacting Prince George’s County residents and provide feedback on the County’s transportation priorities. We look forward to an insightful meeting and dialogue.”
  • Video of the public meeting is here.
  • Each year, MDOT representatives visit with Prince George’s County, as part of its tour of all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, to meet and share the Draft Consolidated Transportation Program, the state’s six-year capital budget for transportation projects.
  • The current Prince George's County transportation priority projects list is here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Update: Does Giant Plan Something Like This for Livingston Square?

(Click on the image for a video clip)
  • Click here for pictures of the interior.
  • A related clip is "What's next for the Owings Mills Mall".
  • Attend Council Member Anderson-Walker's Transforming Communities meeting on Oct 29 to get the answer. The flyer is posted below.
  • Giant was a NO SHOW at the Transforming Communities meeting. Monique Anderson-Walker said that was an indication of Giant's disrespect of our community.

They're Called Leaves for a Reason!

(Click on the image for Ellen Paul's article in Greater Greater Washington)
  • Leave those leaves on the ground. Yes, get them off the sidewalk and steps, where they are slippery when wet. Get them away from the door so you won’t track them into the house. Get them off the storm drains. Otherwise, let them be.
  • But won’t leaves kill the lawn, you may ask? That’s an old myth. Research done at Michigan State University from 2003 to 2009 used mulched leaf litter on the campus lawns. The researchers found that that leaving the leaves on your yard in such a manner not only does your lawn no harm, but it can actually impede weed growth.
  • So long as you are mowing the lawn, the leaves get mulched in the bargain. Both the grass clippings – which help the chopped-up leaves to decay – and the leaves will actually benefit the lawn. Of course, your lawn guy disputes that. Leaving the leaves cuts into his revenue. Thank the lawn guy for his advice. Leave the leaves.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I’ve only just a minute

I’ve only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.​
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it,​
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,​
But it’s up to me to use it.​
I must suffer if I lose it,​
Give an account if I abuse it,​
Just a tiny little minute,​
But eternity is in it.​
-Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

The late Rep. Elijah Eugene Cummings recited this poem during his first day on the House floor on April 26, 1996.
On that day he said his mission is to empower people to realize the power is within them, that they too can do the things they want to do.

Thanks to Lester Holt for this insight into a great human being.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Dispose Unused or Expired Prescription Medications in the District VII Lobby - Oct 26

If you don’t properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one. 
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—and the home medicine cabinet.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tantallon Home Has a Barn in its History

(Click on the image for Kathy Orton's Washington Post article)
“If you look at Fort Washington, it’s on the river,” he said. “The fort is a national park, and it’s less than a mile down the road. I’m an outdoors person. We like to run, cycle and hike. I didn’t know this existed. I didn’t know you could have miles of hiking trails within a mile of your house and still be 25 minutes from D.C.”

Friday, October 11, 2019

Country’s largest community solar project opens in Fort Washington

(Click on the image for Jessica Ricks' Sentinel report)
  • The 6.6-megawatt community solar project, located at the intersection of Tucker Road and Palmer Road, was initially announced last year. The project broke ground on Nov. 30, and although it was expected to have opened in March, the project finally got up and running this week.
  • As part of the Pepco service territory, the project will serve 1,200 subscribers making it what its owners believe to be the largest residential community solar project in the country.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ron Haney to be Interred at Arlington National Cemetery - Dec. 6th

Ron’s interment with full military honors isn scheduled for December 6 at 11:00 AM at Arlington National Cemetery. It’s recommended you arrive at the cemetery between 10 and 10:15.
Please check for more information.
From the TCA Newsletter:

Ronald Haney, 69, of Arrow Park Drive died on July 8, 2019 from injuries sustained in a fall while repairing the roof of his home. A native of Michigan, he served in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band for thirty years in the tuba section. Ron was a well-established freelance tubist in the DC area, who played in every type of ensemble from Oktoberfest and Dixieland combos to classical orchestras and chamber ensembles. An active member of the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, Ron was a frequent and willing volunteer, always available to help in any capacity. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara; they met/married while both were serving in “The President’s Own.”

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October Meetings and Events curated by Sarah Cavitt, Indian Head Highway Area Action Council (IHHAAC)

Reduced Cost for Dog Adoptions in October

(Click on the image for the County's flyer)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Police Thanksgiving Dinner

Dear Neighbors,

To express our thanks to the guardians of our community, the District VII Citizens Advisory Council is once again sponsoring a Thanksgiving appreciation meal for the police officers at District VII on Friday, November 15th.
Our community was very generous in providing support to this event last year and this year I again reach out to you for tax deductible donation.
Please make checks out to District VII Citizens Advisory Council and send them to Treasurer (Ron Weiss) at 12511 Haxall Ct., Fort Washington, MD 20744. I’ll provide our 501 (c) (3) EIN to you at your request.
You are welcome to visit District VII on Nov. 15 to personally thank the men and women who keep us safe.

Thank you.
Ron Weiss