Click on links below to read the approved meeting minutes from the November 14, 2017 Regular Town Meeting, the November 21, 2017 Special Town Forum and the November 28, 2017 Board Work Session.

November 14, 2017 Regular Town Meeting: TM-minutes_111417_Apprvd

November 21, 2017 Special Town Forum “Community Redevelopment”: STF-minutes_112117_Apprvd

November 28, 2017 Board Work Session: WS-minutes_112817_Apprvd

December 2017 Emergency Preparedness Tip

provided by the Greater Upper Marlboro CERT Team

An emergency can happen at anytime and anyplace. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.

 Know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Tasks

  • Know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Call 911 instead of trying to take an injured or ill person to the hospital yourself. It seems like waiting for an ambulance will make it take longer to get help, but ambulance crews can start providing care as soon as they arrive. They can get the patient to hospital quickly, legally, and more safely.
    1. Stay on the line with 911 and follow emergency instructions.
    2. Stay calm and try to keep the patient calm.
    3. Don’t move a patient who was injured in an automobile accident or fall, or who was found unconscious.
    4. If the patient is cold, cover them with a blanket.
    5. Don’t give an injured person anything to eat or drink (unless instructed by the 911 dispatcher).
    6. Have someone watch for the ambulance and show the crew how to get to the patient. (This is especially important in an apartment or office building, or if your address is hard to see from the street).
  • Make or buy first aid kits for your home and car. Ready-made first aid kits are available at most department stores or your local American Red Cross chapter. These kits come in a variety of sizes and prices. You can also make your own kit from supplies you probably already have around the house.Some items that should be included in a basic first aid kit are:
    • Adhesive Tape
    • Gauze Pads & Roller Gauze (assorted sizes)
    • Antiseptic Ointment
    • Hand Sanitizer (liquid or wipes)
    • Band-Aids (assorted sizes)
    • Plastic Bags
    • Blanket
    • Scissors and Tweezers
    • Cold Pack
    • Small Flashlight and Extra Batteries
    • Disposable Gloves
    • Triangular Bandage
  • Take training in first aid, CPR, AED, or pet first aid. Helping others in a medical emergency isn’t as hard to learn as you might think. Knowing how to apply a bandage, identify the signs and symptoms of shock, perform CPR or use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can save a life.First responders may not be on the scene for five minutes or more. It is up to individuals like you to be ready to help someone who is injured. The person whose life you save may be someone that you love.Many American Red Cross chapters now offer training in pet first aid. Training may also be available through your local humane society, kennel club, or pet store. Check with your veterinarian to see what special items you may need to include in a first aid kit for your pets. If you travel with your pet, or if they are service or hunting animals, you may want to make a travel-sized pet first aid kit as well.Contact your local fire department or American Red Cross chapter to learn what first aid classes are available in your area. Ask your employer if they will sponsor a class for your workplace, or take a class with your family or on your own. Many classes are offered free of charge. Courses may also be offered at your place of worship, school, or community organization. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training also includes first aid training.

More information visit: http://do1thing.com/topics/first-aid

 

 

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

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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:

IF YOU’RE TRAVELING

  • 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.

IF YOU’RE OUT FOR THE EVENING

  • 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.

IF A STRANGER COMES TO THE DOOR, BEWARE.

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.

TAKE A HOLIDAY INVENTORY

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.

CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY

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.

 

REPORTING CRIME

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 

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

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Gingerbread House Contest and Show

Get ready for the 18th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show sponsored by Darnall’s Chance House Museum! Entries will be on display from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 10, 2017.

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CONTEST DIVISIONS 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 ”

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.

 

Click on links below to read the approved meeting minutes from the September 2017 Regular Town Meeting & Board Work Session:

September 12, 2017 Town Meeting: TM-minutes_091217_Apprvd

September 26, 2017 Board Work Session: WS-minutes_092617_Apprvd

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

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