This is an exciting opportunity for our veterans.  Thoroughbred Placement Resources, a non-profit focused on the retraining, placement and rescue of retired racehorses, is proud to announce a new facet of their program: Heroes for Horses.  Through this new endeavor, TPR hopes to provide a place for veterans and retired racehorses to join forces together in rehabilitation.  For the horses this means loving and caring individuals to provide assistance as they transition into new careers. For the veterans this means learning and connecting with a very special breed, as well as the unparalleled therapeutic benefits of simply being around horses.

Heroes for Horses will strive to provide Veterans who participate with the following:

  • Education on the language of Horses
  • How-to’s of horse care including, but not limited to, barn maintenance, “horsey” terminology, practical ground handling skills and grooming principals.
  • Opportunity to increase confidence through regular handling of horses
  • Active participation in the rehabilitation and training for Retired Racehorses
  • Referrals to Therapeutic Riding if requested by any Veteran

While this program is in early stages of formation, TPR is excited to share the launch date as April 26, 2015 12pm-5pm when we will open our barn doors to the community. I would like to invite you to our open house where we will be happy to provide you with more information on how to get involved, a tour of the barn, and a chance for you to see some of the training process in person.
Our farm is located at 1310 Molly Berry Road, Upper Marlboro MD.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I hope to see you there!


Jessica Davis

U.S. Army Veteran

202-679-4342 cell

The next monthly Board of Commissioners Work Session will be held on Tuesday,April 28 at the Town Hall starting at 9:15 a.m.  The meeting agenda consists of current business items up for Board discussion.

Work Sessions are open to the public, however, public participation is at the discretion of the Board of Commissioners.

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT is giving away FREE MULCH to County citizen’s, residents and employees.
SATURDAY, April 25  •  8 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
The quality of the mulch is good.
The mulch is primarily derived from the Christmas trees collected after the holiday that have been shredded at our facility. However, the mulch may contain foreign debris, such as small pieces of plastic. Anyone who decides
to participate in the giveaway must willingly accept the mulch “as is.” A skid loader is available to load mulch into pickup trucks, or residents may bring their own containers and tools.
SOURCE REDUCTION TIPS: Use mulch to suppress weed growth and provide nutrients. Grass Cycle: Use a mulching mower to finely shred your mowed grass and leave it on the lawn. Start a backyard compost pile.
This event is restricted to non-commercial vehicles, 3/4 ton maximum weight. Learn to reduce water usage, prevent soil erosion and reduce the use of herbicides in your home gardens by applying mulch.
Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility
6601 SE Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD
(From Crain Highway, proceed on Maude Savoy Brown Road and follow the signs to the Visitors Center)

Residents say new Upper Marlboro Town Hall too pricey

Renovation and addition estimated at $1.23 million

by Kirsten Petersen / Staff writer

proposed-THImage courtesy of Manns Woodward Studios

A sketch by White Marsh-based Manns Woodward Studios shows the view of a redesigned Town Hall from the approach to School Lane.


Upper Marlboro residents say they’re reeling from sticker shock after seeing plans for a $1.23 million Town Hall renovation and addition, a project that could cost nearly twice as much as town officials want to spend.

Sketches of a 4,200-square-foot Town Hall were presented by Rob Manns, the principal architect of White Marsh-based Manns Woodward Studios, during the Upper Marlboro town meeting April 13. The plans suggest converting the current Town Hall to the police department and building an addition with offices and a meeting room that would seat 40.

Steve Sonnett, president of the Upper Marlboro board of commissioners, said a renovation is necessary because the current building is energy inefficient and does not have enough office space for town business. He added that the Town Hall, which is approximately 1,677 square feet, is too small to entice town organizations or out-of-town groups to hold events there, Sonnett said.

“If we had a little bit better space we could start generating more interest by the community,” Sonnett said. “They would have a place to meet and integrate themselves into the sense of being part of the town.”

Sonnett said the building would cost $1,236,239 while soft costs such as design, engineering and furniture, would be $325,899. The board of commissioners is targeting a total cost under $700,000.

“We all were sitting there dumbfounded. When you talk about over a million dollars, we’re not that big,” said resident Linda Pennoyer. “I would absolutely love a bigger Town Hall, but if that means that kind of money, I would hold the meetings in my living room.”

This was the third plan offered by Manns Woodward Studios and Upper Marlboro-based Petro Design/Build Group. The board of commissioners have rejected larger, more modern designs in the past six months to cut the cost and find the best fit for the town.

Manns said the third plan was a savings of more than $800,000 from the previous design, which featured a larger facility and meeting room, but he said town officials will need to “do their homework” to cut down further on expenditures and soft costs.

“If they want to spend $700,000 I think it’s feasible for them to do something but it’s not going to get them to satisfy the initial goals we established,” Manns said.

Resident Brian Callicott said he was “flabbergasted” by the cost and said it would overwhelm the town’s budget. Renovating the current building sounded more appealing than constructing an addition, although he said more meeting space could benefit Upper Marlboro down the road.

“We have plenty of space to do normal things, but for the future I think it would be kind of nice to have a space where we can handle those types of events,” Callicott said.

Sonnett said the board of commissioners may look at completing the renovation and addition in stages to make the project more affordable. Infrastructure needs, such as widening the town’s narrow sidewalks and roads, may take precedence over the Town Hall effort.

“We’re not operating in the red, but it would seem inappropriate to put a lot of money into a Town Hall and not fund these other needs,” Sonnett said.

Click on the link below to read the approved minutes from the March 2015 Town Meeting . . .


The TUMHC will be holding an Archiving & Planning Session this Saturday, April 18, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Town Hall, 14211 School Lane Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Residents of the Town and surrounding area are encouraged to bring items of historical interest to be scanned for the Town’s archives. The group will also be discussing and formulating plans for its summer events and activities.  Guests & volunteers are invited to share their ideas about what kind of venue should be developed to replace the annual Marlborough Day Festival. Visit online at:  The meeting is open to the public.

This is a full-time, experience-only position as a municipal police officer with a full service, community-oriented police department. The officer in this position conducts law enforcement and peacekeeping activities, establishes strong involvement with the community using problem solving skills to address issues of concern, and, is responsible for crime prevention and repression, traffic law enforcement, protective patrol services, arbitration in neighborhood and family disputes, apprehension and arrest (or citation or warning) of criminal law violators and recovery of stolen property.

Work is performed in accordance applicable statutory law, case law, accreditation standards and department policy. Work involves an element of personal danger and, as a majority of the work is performed without the presence of a supervisor, candidates must be able to make decisions and act independently without direct supervision, and must exercise discretion and professional judgment when making enforcement decisions during use of force situations and in encountering emergencies. Assignments and special instructions are received from superior officers, who review work methods and results through personal observations, inspections, reports and discussions.

Starting salary $37,000 per year plus benefits. Benefits include healthcare co-op and retirement plan through the State of Maryland, and take-home car after probationary period. Candidate MUST be MPTC certified. EOE.  Please submit resume to: Chief of Police/Town of Upper Marlboro, P.O. Box 280, Upper Marlboro, MD 20773, or, email to: Qualified applicants can pick-up applications at Town Hall on weekdays. 9 am to 5 pm (closed weekends & holidays) 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Town Meeting– new date!: Monday, April 13th, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. At the top of the agenda, the design firm “Abraham/Petro Design” will be presenting their designs for the proposed Town Hall Renovation & New Addition project. Other items on the agenda include discussion on the upcoming FY2016 Town Operating Budget and FY2015 Year-End Detailed Budget adjustments.  Regular monthly Town Meetings are typically on the second Tuesday of each month—this meeting was rescheduled due to work-schedule conflicts.  This meeting is open to public participation.


Click on the link below to see the April 2015 issue of the Landings newsletter . . .


Do you have an old photograph taken in Upper Marlboro before 1945? If you do, then Darnall’s Chance House Museum wants to see it! The photograph can be of anything or anyone from Upper Marlboro’s past – a building, special event, tobacco warehouse, fishing boat, farm, family picture – you name it. The only criteria is the photograph was taken in the Upper Marlboro vicinity before the end of World War II and has never been published in a book or newspaper or housed in a public archive/library.  All the photographs gathered for this contest will be given to the Town of Upper Marlboro Historical Committee for inclusion in their archives.  Five winning photographs will receive $75 each. All entries will be on public display at the museum on Fridays & Sundays between June 1 and June 30 during tour hours. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Colonial Picnic on June 13th.  Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015.  For questions, call Darnall’s Chance House Museum at 301-952-8010 or email Or, go online to:

Open the PDF flyer to read the Contest Rules (page 2):  Upper Marlboro Photo Contest PDF