Both Main & Church Streets have been reopened to traffic as of 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Overnight, a sidewall along a private parking lot off of the 14600 block of Main Street collapsed, causing structural damage to the building. Main & Church Streets will be closed as of 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 until further notice, while police and fire personnel conduct emergency safety measures.

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Holiday Recycle Pick-up Schedule

Normally, the Town’s recycling service picks up every Thursday. Below, are the adjustments made to the schedule, due to this year’s observed holidays . . .

  • Household Recycling will be picked-up FRIDAY (the day after Thanksgiving Day) November 28, 2014
  • Household Recycling will be picked-up FRIDAY (the day after Christmas Day) December 26, 2014
  • Household Recycling will be picked-up FRIDAY (the day after New Years Day) January 2, 2015

Main Street will be closed between Water Street and Pratt Street on Monday, December 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for the 12th Inaugural Ceremony of the Prince George’s County Executive and the Prince George’s County Council.

Every November, since 1993, Maryland’s cities and towns have celebrated Municipal Government Works (MGW) month in an effort to promote citizens’ awareness and interest in their community government.

To quote renowned public servant Ray Remy . . . “Consider this: Many city residents cannot identify any of their locally elected officials . . . Municipal elections often have voter turnout rates that are half those of state and national elections despite the fact that one vote in a mayoral race has far more impact than a single vote in a state or national contest. And, all too often, citizens are awakened from their apathy and impelled to vote only when an issue directly affects them, often enacting public policy in an atmosphere of emotion and animosity rather than decision based on meaningful debate,”

He goes on to say, “Local government also distinguishes our democracy from all others . . . through the lack of hierarchy found in other levels of government, and by the extent of agreement on basic values among citizens required to make community decisions. As the level of government closest to the people, local government offers its citizens the best opportunity to be heard and to influence the course of our communities. But self-governance is inherently dependent on the awareness of citizens and the level of commitment they have to participating in government.”

To participate in MGW month, the Town of Upper Marlboro flies the MGW flag throughout November and conducts a presentation on Municipal Government at an area school. But, what we mostly want (and need) is your input. We are hoping our residents know we are here for them, working hard to ensure Town operations run smoothly.

Each year, 4th grade students throughout Maryland are invited to participate in the “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” statewide essay contest. Eleven students will receive $100 each and get a seat at the Contest Awards Ceremony at the State Capitol in Annapolis!

Teachers and Parents: This contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics / social studies knowledge.

For more information about the contest, visit the Maryland Municipal League (MML) website at: http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?nid=168

Or call Paula or Sharon at: 410-268-5514

Our next monthly Board of Commissioners Work Session will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at the Town Hall starting at 9:15 a.m.  The meeting agenda consists of current business items up for Board discussion. The meeting is open to the public, and time is allotted at the end of the agenda for visitors wanting to participate.

The TUMHC Quarterly Meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014 has been canceled due to an unforeseen emergency. We will post the next meeting date on the Town Website when that information becomes available.

The Town’s Historical Committee (TUMHC) will be holding its quarterly meeting on Saturday, November 15 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Town Hall conference room. At this meeting, the new slate of Board Officers for the 2014-2016 term will be announced.

Residents of the Town and surrounding area are welcome to attend. The TUMHC is always looking for new members and volunteers to help out with events, research and archiving our Town’s rich history. You don’t have to be a researcher or a historian to join in on the fun!

Visit their website at: www.tumhc.com/ where you can see photos, maps and documents from the Town’s Archives.

 

Fall is here and temperatures are definitely dropping—and, winter is around the corner. The Prince George’s County Police Department is once again partnering with the One Warm Coat Organization to collect coats for those in need in our community. The District II COPS Unit is leading the department’s effort this year. We are seeking clean, gently used coats and jackets. All sizes, colors and shapes are welcome. Last year, the department collected 699 coats and we’d love to get even more this year! Our collection effort will end on Monday, November 24, 2014.

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them free of charge to people in need. More than 1,000,000 coats have been collected since 1992. Collection boxes are set up at locations throughout Prince George’s County including at the six PGPD district stations. Please refer to the One Warm Coat Website: www.onewarmcoat.org for more information or contact Corporal Mercer at: jrmercer1@co.pg.md.us

For more information, contact:
Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710