Government

County to kids: Wait to skate

January 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Note to Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission: If you build it, they will come. Nine years after a St. Jerome middle-schooler started a petition, the American Ramp Company finished installing Melrose Skate Park in early December. It marked the end of the first [read more]

County finds unexpected place to make cuts

January 10, 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t: Queens Chapel Town Center before (top) and after Prince George’s County Department of Public Works clear-cut 35 trees. Only about half of them were on the County right-of-way, with the rest split between city- and state-managed roads. BY CHRIS CURRIE [read more]

City Council considers a staff shakeup

January 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — The Hyattsville City Council discussed a plan at its January 3 meeting to reorganize the way the city staff operates. Presented by Communications Manager Abby Sandel, the plan suggested creating a new Department of Community Services. It would include various departments and [read more]

Hyattsville wins sustainability status

December 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — Hyattsville has been named a sustainable community (one of only five) in the state of Maryland. This designation gives the city government, residents, and businesses access to special state funding, such as from the Community Legacy program, State Highway Administration [read more]

Police chief ushers in speed cameras

December 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — Speed cameras will probably be installed in the city by March or April, depending on council actions and approval, says Police Chief Douglas Holland. At its December 5 meeting, city council members reviewed a proposal by Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., which has other [read more]

Newest city officer won police academy award

November 11, 2011

David Chanthavong, who recently joined Hyattsville’s police department, addressed the city council on October 24, soon after receiving the Outstanding Student Officer Award from the Prince George’s Community College Municipal Police Academy. I am 25 years old. I was born in Thailand but my [read more]

From the Editor: Can we really listen to each other?

November 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — I attend many city council meetings for my job. They can be interesting and they can be tedious. And sometimes I find them distressing because of the tension I see in the members’ exchanges with each other. I’m not talking about healthy disagreements over issues. I’m [read more]

Stakeholders discuss how to revitalize East-West corridor

November 11, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On November 1, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed County Executive Rushern Baker’s signature initiative, the $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund. It was designed to attract and spur development in the county over the next five years. Having [read more]
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