Town Offices will be closed on Monday January 15, 2018 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday January 16 at 9am.

-Residential Trash WILL BE collected as usual on Monday Jan 15.

-Bulk Trash and Yard Waste will be collected on Tuesday Jan 16

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15.

Dangerously low temperatures are in the forecast for the Upper Marlboro area, and the Town encourages individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures and winter weather.

“Subfreezing temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don’t take the proper precautions,”  FEMA advises “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and take steps now to stay safe, whether traveling or at home, during times of extreme cold temperatures.”

During cold weather, you should take the following precautions:Image result for extreme cold weather

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;
  • Dress in layers and keep dry;
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance;
  • Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
  • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.
  • If you are told to stay off the roads, stay home. If you must drive, don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and stay on main roads.

The Town is working with the Prince George’s County Emergency Management to possibly establish a warming center for the Upper Marlboro/Croom area.

You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at //www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

 

Information provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

As New Year’s Eve approaches the Upper Marlboro Police Department ask residents to follow the below safety tips to ensure a Safe & Happy New Year:Image result for New Years eve clip art

Plan a Ride in Advance:
On average, driving accidents rise during the holidays, so it’s crucial to have a safe ride on a night when so many people are out and about. Don’t assume you’ll be able to hail a cab. Know your options in advance and decide whether you’ll take public transportation, use a ridesharing service or carpool with your friends.

Plan for Guests’ Safety:
If you’re hosting a party, you’ll want to be sure your guests get home safely. One option might be to hire a driver for the evening to provide people a way to get home.

Don’t Use Fireworks or Firearms:
Discharging a firearm or setting off fireworks is illegal within the County.

Make a Plan with your Kids:
Set a reasonable curfew with your kids for their New Year’s Eve festivities. If they’re old enough to drive, be sure they understand the dangers of driving on the holiday. Encourage them to stay in one location instead of hopping from party to party.

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Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday January 1st, 2017 in observance of the New Year’s Holiday.

Monday Jan 1– Offices Closed, NO Residential Trash, Yard Waste ,or Bulk Trash Collection

Tuesday Jan 2– Offices OPEN at 9am. Residential Trash, Yard Waste ,or Bulk Trash Collected

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The Board of Commissioners and Town Staff wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Below is the Town’s Schedule for the Christmas Holiday: 

Friday Dec 22- Offices Close Early at 1pm

Monday Dec 25- Offices Closed NO Residential Trash, Yard Waste, or Bulk Trash Collected

Tuesday Dec 26- Offices Open 9am.  Residential Trash, Yard Waste, or Bulk Trash Collected

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.

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  • 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

 

 

Mobilitie has approached the Town with a request to install two cell phone antennas within Town limits to improve cell phone coverage. These antennas will be installed on existing utility/power poles. Residents are asked to provide comments/feedback to the Board of Commissioners/Town Hall PRIOR to the December 12, 2017 Town Meeting. The company will be mailing out notices to properties near the proposed sites. The Board will vote to approve/deny the Utility Work Permit at the December Town Meeting. Questions regarding the poles can be directed to Laura O’Dell, Permitting manager for Mobilitie at lodell@mobilitie.com or media@mobilitie.com

Rectory Lane & Wilson Lane: Will be installed on an existing Pepco power/telephone pole.

Water Street & Judges Drive: Will be installed on an existing Pepco power/telephone pole.

Rectory Ln Sprint Antenna Plans 11-15.17

Water St Sprint Antenna Plans 11-15-17

 

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An example of a possible design of the cell antenna installed on existing utility pole.

Questions/Concerns? Contact Town Hall at Info@UpperMarlboroMD.gov or 301-627-6905

Town Offices will be closing at 1pm on Wednesday Nov 22, and remain CLOSED on Thursday Nov 23 and Friday Nov 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will re-open on Monday Nov 27.

Recycling WILL be collected on FRIDAY Nov 24.

The Board of Commissioners and Staff of the Town of Upper Marlboro wish all residents a Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

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  • 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!

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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 

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.