Special Town Forum

Learn About the Town of Upper Marlboro’s
Redevelopment Program . . .

Trinity Church Parrish Hall
14515 Church Street • Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Tuesday, November 21, 2017  •  7:00 p.m.

The Town is seeking input from Residents, Commercial Property Owners and Businesses. Topics of discussion will include: Economic Development; Building Renovations; Bike & Pedestrian Trails; Pocket Parks; ADA Sidewalks; Solar Upgrades; “Green” Parking Lots; etc.

No R.S.V.P. required

click here to view FLYER . . . 2017 Redevelopment Town Meeting_Flyer_FN

Questions? . . . call Town Hall at: 301-627-6905

Click on the link below to read the approved meeting minutes from the October 2017 Regular Town Meeting . . .

October 10, 2017 Town Meeting:  TM-minutes_101017_Apprvd

Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts. Stores, malls and downtown streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts, trying to get everything done. It’s enough to make a crook giddy with holiday joy. Here are some tips to help celebrate safely this holiday season:


  • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in the driveway from time to time.
  • Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone.


  • Turn on lights and the radio or TV so it looks like somebody’s home.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

IF YOU’RE SHOPPINGImage result for holiday car thefts

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts or cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Only carry a minimal amount of credit cards when out shopping.
  • Do not carry your Social Security Card or PIN numbers in your wallet or purse, leave these items in a secure place at home.
  • Taking the extra time to close your purse and keep it with you while shopping or in public places will reduce the opportunity for thieves to take wallets and other valuables.
  • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
  • When possible walk to your car with someone or ask a store employee to walk with you to your car especially after dark.


Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. And it’s not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others’ generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there’s no charity involved. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will he used. If you aren’t satisfied, don’t give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.

Last but not least, don’t let holiday stress get the best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together with family, friends, and neighbors. And think about reaching out in the spirit of the season and helping someone who’s less fortunate or lonely.

Do your part to make the holidays a safe and happy time for everybody — except criminals.


The holidays are a good time to update — or create — your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file. Make sure things like TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders. sports equipment, jewelry, silver, computers, home office equipment, and power tools are on the list. Remember to check it twice!

AFTER YOU’VE OPENED THE GIFTSImage result for trash boxes at curb

Burglars know that many households have new, and oftentimes expensive items in their homes following the December holidays — especially items such as new computers and peripherals, stereo components, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment.

In too many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other garbage. Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items in the alley or other recycling pick-up locations for several days at a time.

Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can. (In many cases, especially with computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future.) Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside – in a garage, for example — until the evening before your regular recycling pick-up.

Some burglars actually look inside garbage/recycling cans for evidence of holiday gifts. And, of course, if you see someone suspicious casing your street or alley, call 9-1-1. If you see a burglary in progress, call 9-1-1.


Image result for dui checkpointThe holiday season is a time of celebration and revelry. Drinking and driving is a danger to everyone on the road. Remember that the risk isn’t worth it — if you choose to drink alcohol at a party, don’t drive. Take a cab, use public transportation or a designated driver. Have fun, but remember to celebrate responsibly.



Individuals who are victims of purse / wallet theft or credit card theft should make a police report and contact their credit card companies to cancel the card and contact the three major credit reporting bureaus to place a fraud alert on the cards.


These Crime Prevention Tips provided by the National Crime Prevention Council 1000 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. 13th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 

Your Hometown News . . .



Click on link below for the November 2017 issue of the Landings newsletter…


The Board of Town Commissioners will hold their monthly Regular Town Meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall—14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

The meeting is open to the public, and time is allotted for public comment. Please contact Town Hall with any questions or concerns Info@UpperMarlboroMD.gov or 301-627-6905.

Meeting Agenda: TM-agenda_111417

Gingerbread House Contest and Show

Get ready to pre-heat the oven, pull out the cookie sheet and pastry bag, and enter the 18th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show sponsored by Darnall’s Chance House Museum!

Deadline for Entry: Friday, November 10, 2017


Adult Division: individual adult; age 17 years & up

Child Division: individual child; age 8- 16 years

Family Division: group of 3-7 people with 1 adult; 1 child minimum; no age requirement

The Gingerbread House Committee will award the following prize money and ribbons:

Adult Division Prizes

Child & Family Division Prizes

1st Place Adult Division – $100 1st Place Child Division – $75
2nd Place Adult Division – $75 2nd Place Child Division – $50
3rd Place Adult Division – $50 3rd Place Child Division – $25

In addition to prize money, the Darnall’s Chance Gingerbread Committee will award ribbons for 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place in each division.

Viewer’s Choice Awards

The Viewer’s Choice Awards are selected by viewer voting and each winning entry will receive $200.

2015 Adult Winner Reindeer Barn 2015 Child Winner Gingerbread House 2013 Adult Winner Reindeer Barn
2016 Adult Division
Anita Guit
Viewer’s Choice Award

“Grandma’s House”

2016 Child Division
Emmet Frederick
Viewer’s Choice Award

“Sankety Head Lighthouse”

2016 Family Division
Malenab Family
Viewer’s Choice Award

“Sesame Street ”

The Town of Upper Marlboro Police Department wishes everyone a Happy Halloween and encourages Trick-or Treaters to follow the below tips to ensure a safe Halloween night! If you need assistance while Trick or Treating don’t hesitate to call 911!



Old Marlboro Pike Traffic Report
Week of 10/16/17-10/22/17

Overall traffic speed violations are down from three weeks ago thanks to UMPD presence and the driver feedback speed sign along Old Marlboro Pike (MD 725). The Speed Limit on Old Marlboro Pike is 25 MPH.

Quick Overview:

-37,121 vehicles traveled into Town using Old Marlboro Pike.
-28 MPH was the average speed of drivers.
-Speed violations reduced to 75% average.


The Great Jack O’ Lantern Campfire

Bask in the warmth of a Fall campfire, roast marshmallows, and enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Listen to haunted Halloween tales, and see a dazzling display of hand-carved illuminated jack o’ lanterns at Darnall’s Chance!

Saturday October 21, 2017 7pm-8:30pm

No reservations required.
Ages:All ages are welcomeImage result for jack o lantern clip art

Location: Darnall’s Chance House Museum
14800 Governor Oden Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Contact: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544

Rain date: Sunday, October 23 at 6 pm.

The Board of Commissioners for the Town of Upper Marlboro will hold their regular monthly Board Work Session on Tuesday October 24, 2017 starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Upper Marlboro Town Hall 14211 School Lane Upper Marlboro MD 20772. The meeting is open to public observation, however public comment is at the discretion of the Board.

Meeting Agenda: -Pending- check back later this week!

All meetings are subject to closure in accordance with the State Open Meetings Act—House Bill 217.