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

Early Voting Starts April 16

Closest Early Voting:

  • Accokeek VFD, 16111 Livingston Rd, Accokeek
  • Southern Regional Rec. and Tech. Center, 7007 Bock Rd. Fort Washington

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

DPW&T Drainage Work on Swan Creek Rd at Arrow Park Dr.

DPW&T replaced the existing pipe that started with a headwall between 109 and 111 Swan Creek Road.  We upgraded from an 18” Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP) to an 18” High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe.  The pipe runs south-southeast under Swan Creek Rd. to a new manhole in the Right-of-Way (ROW) in front of 12201 Arrow Park Dr and turns there and runs south to the existing ROW inlet at property line between 12201 and 12209 Arrow Park Dr. The existing CMP had eroded and collapsed.

An example of a headwall:

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Briefing Answers Many DPIE Related Questions

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Topics include:
  • Code violations
  • Short-Term Rentals (AirBnB)
  • Nuisance Abatement Board (Rx for troublesome neighbors)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

We're Getting a Fort Washington Middle School

(Click on the image for the Board of Education Action Summary)
[Originally posted on June 27, 2019]

At the June 6, 2019 Board of Education meeting, the board voted to approve option 1 of the Action Summary to address overcrowding at Accokeek Academy.  This means that Potomac Landing will become a K-8 with 240 elementary students and an addition will be built for 400 middle school students by 2023. Potomac Landing 6th graders will start staying at Potomac Landing in 2020.
A briefing given at Accokeek Academy on March 19 is here. School CEO Dr. Goldson said that the money for option 1 was already secured.
Thanks to Phil VanWiltenburg for the information.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Neighborhood Concerned About Ground Shifting Under Homes

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Residents of a Fort Washington, Maryland, neighborhood say their houses are moving. They say their yards are transforming into ditches and in some cases rolling down hill. The problem involves a shifting retaining wall and impacts several houses on two streets — Asbury Drive and Hallwood Place.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Everybody Can Be Great

(Illustration based on photo by Charles Kelly/Associated Press)

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TCA General Membership Meetings

Meetings are held in the District VII Police Station on Fort Washington Rd. and start at 7:00 pm.
This year's meetings are scheduled on Feb 26, May 27, and Sep 23.
We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Senior Call Check Program - Someone You Know Might Need This

(Click on the image for Michelle Murillo's WTOP report)
Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment. This could be an adult child, a neighbor, or another loved one. The alternate will then be encouraged to check on the older adult program participant. The failure of the participant and alternate to answer may result in a Welfare Check by local law enforcement.

Any Maryland resident who is 65 years of age or older who has a landline phone or cell phone (TTY is available). The participant and alternates should not have automated call blocking technology (or they should disable that phone feature for this program).

There are 3 ways to apply. See

Thursday, December 26, 2019

National Golf Club Is Under New Ownership

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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