Sunday, November 14, 2010
What you need to know to get those leaves out of your yard.
Winter is on its way and with that comes the annual falling of leaves after they change from green to gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow. So in order to get those leaves picked up here's what you must do. Fall leaf collection for Riverdale Park residents will begin November 15 and continue through January 15. The department of public works will vacuum leaves from town streets using the same schedule as they do for trash collection. Residents are being asked to help by raking leaves to curb, piling them away from cars and storm drains. DPW is also asking that tree limbs, rocks and other debris be removed from leaves to be collected. Bagged leaves will be collected Wednesday along with yard waste. DPW has already started colecting …
Thursday, November 4, 2010
When it's time to change the clock, it's time to change the smoke alarm battery too.
Living in an apartment building, my smoke alarm goes off regularly because a slight smoke in a pan causes it to think there's a fire. The few times it doesn't go off when I think it should, I start to wonder - is the fire alarm working. So I wondered how often should check the batteries in the smoke alarm? I'm sure I'm not the only one. According to the county fire department, it's every time the Daylight Savings Time changes - residents should also change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department, said all county residents must have a working smoke alarm in their home. The fire department recommends you have one on every level of your home and one in …
Monday, October 18, 2010
Local stories about animals.
Each week at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market, shoppers bring along tote bags and some very special guests on leashes. So for anyone with a furry friend here are a few stories from neighboring Patches regarding their care. Editor Sarah Nemeth from Hyattsville Patch put together a few safety tips for dogs and their owners when they are walking around. She spoke with Margot Woods, owner of Applewoods Dog Training in Laurel and got some information. Nemeth also writes a column weekly about her adventures with her dog, Toby, around Prince George's County. Sports Editor Jacob Bourne also wrote about his dog, Tosca, this week on Takoma Park Patch and the tricks she can do. For those looking to get a new pet, College Park Patch runs a column …
Monday, October 11, 2010
Instead of throwing oil into the bay, try to recycle it.
In a recent Riverdale Park council meeting an issue came up about oil disposal in storm drains. So where can you go to dispose of oil in town? According to Public Works Director Leonard Addison there is a receptacle at the public works buildings where used motor oil can be recycled. It's available to town residents at all times. There's also a place for the container to be disposed of as well. Dumping oil or anything else into the storm drain is not only damaging to the bay, it's illegal.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Riverdale Park-University Park Patch unveils a new feature, starting next week.
What's up with the old Riverdale bookstore building? Did you know there is a graveyard in University Park? Why is Queensbury Road one way in the morning by the fire house? If you've lived in Riverdale Park or University Park for a few years, I'm sure you've had questions about places in your neighborhood, town laws, the pesky pothole that never seems to be fixed or why there are dead chickens on the railroad tracks every May. Any question you have, we're now here to answer. Riverdale Park-University Park Patch will begin running a weekly feature starting on Oct. 11 to answer your questions about anything in town. It can be regarding the town's history, a law you don't understand, a person you'd like to know more about, that spooky old …