Fire department conducts ladder truck training at WSSC lot during unusually warm January day.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Local suspect was one of four arrested during two day federal immigration enforcement operation targeting fugitive illegal immigrants with history of sex offenses.
The US Department of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has released details surrounding last week's arrest of an illegal immigrant living in the Hyattsville area. The raid, which was documented on a video posted to the US Army's Defense Video and Imagery Distribution video sharing website DVIDSHUB.net, was part of a larger push last week by federal immigration officials in Maryland to apprehend and deport fugitive illegal immigrants with previous convictions for sexual offenses. The raids, dubbed Operation SOAR (which stands for Sex Offender Alien Removal) saw ICE agents arrest four fugitive illegal immigrants in Maryland. The raids were coordinated by agents from ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is responsible for …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
DeMatha graduate filming fantasy web video series in Bowie.
Hikers walking the paths of Whitemarsh Park last September had the chance to encounter something other than the usual flora and fauna of the area—they found themselves in a fantasy world. What would warrior nuns, ambitious kings and a kidnapping plot designed to halt a war be doing in one of Bowie’s parks? It's all part of a special fantasy web series from the mind of filmmaker Francis Abbey. Abbey, a 35-year-old former Bowie resident thought the lush grounds of Whitemarsh Park were the perfect spot to shoot his current project, The Broken Continent. “It’s kind of a really well-kept secret,” said Abbey, a Dematha High School grad who now lives in Hyattsville. “Behind the playhouse is a wonderful series of trails.” With the city’s …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Washington Post profiles school's innovative day-care facility for children of high school students, which boasts a 95 percent graduation rate.
Did you know that Northwestern High School is one of two Prince George's County schools with a day care facility for the children of its students? A report published in The Washington Post yesterday profiled the school's Early Head Start day care program, which boasts a 95 percent graduation rate. According to The Post, there are only a handful of such high-school-based day care programs in the country. Maxine Thompson Burroughs, who oversees Northwestern's day care program, said the facility allowed girls to get an education who might otherwise have withdrawn from classes to care for their children. “A lot of people think we are enabling pregnancy,” said Maxine Thompson-Burroughs, who operates the Early Head Start program at Northwestern…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Work on two infrastructure projects set to begin over the next week.
The city of Hyattsville is starting work on two infrastructure projects over the next few days. First, repairs to the street surface on the 3100 block of Rosemary Lane are set to begin today, Jan. 10, weather permitting. Workers will be milling and patching potholes at selected locations on that block, according to an announcement posted to the city's website. Then, next week, contractors will be working at King Park on Gallatin Street next week to replace an aging retaining wall. In November, the Hyattsville City Council approved an $18,500 contract wth NZI Construction to demolish the existing wooden retaining wall at the rear of the park and replace it with a new concrete one. The work will begin on Monday, Jan. 14.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Hyattsville, University Park want county to review signaling at Adelphi Road and Wells Parkway
Do you have a hard time making a left turn across Adelphi Road when it's busy? How about walking across it when pedestrians have the right of way? Elected officials in Hyattsville and University Park want the county to re-evaluate the signaling at one intersection along the busy north-south thoroughfare which straddles the border between the two communities. In response to complaints from area residents, officials from the city of Hyattsville and the town of University Park are asking the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation to consider adjusting signal timing for pedestrians and adding a protected left turn arrow at the intersection of Wells Parkway and Adelphi Road. Last night, the University Park Town …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Plan to relocate 450 jobs from Hyattsville to Parkersburg, WV delayed until 2019.
Members of Maryland's congressional delegation have negotiated a four year delay in plans to move hundreds of federal jobs from Hyattsville to Parkersburg, WV, according to an announcement posted on Sen. Ben Cardin's (D-MD) website on Thursday. The announcement was shared by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and Reps. Donna Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes. In August, local elected officials criticized a decision by the Government Services Administration to relocate 450 positions within the Treasury Department's Financial Management Services Facility from their current location at the Metro Center II building at 3700 East-West Highway in Hyattsville to the offices of the Bureau of Public Debt …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Government offices closed. Leaf, trash collection affected.
Hyattsville city administrative office will be closed on Dec. 25. There will be no trash collection on Christmas day. Those with Tuesday trash days will have their trash picked up on Monday, Dec. 24. There will be no yard waste collection at all in Hyattsville during the week of Dec. 24, and Dec. 31. City officials are asking that all yard wast be held until Jan. 7, 2013. The University Park Town Hall and the Town Shuttle Bus will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Flu season hits early and hard in the United States, says CDC.
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) FluView flu activity tracker, the influenza virus has “increased substantially” in the south central and Southeast regions of the country, and has come the earliest since the 2003-2004: While influenza vaccines have been around since 1945, the type that contains a live virus have only been used since 2003, and many people still wonder if they should get a flu vaccine shot. Today, there are two basic types of flu vaccines – traditional needle injection and a nasal spray. Who should get a flu shot? The CDC believes that all persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated on a yearly basis, but especially urges the shot for children under 5 and …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 to deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/hyattsville. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. So, what are you waiting…