Friday, April 26, 2013
See what's blooming in your neighbors' yards.
Whether it's multi-colored tulips or roses, a perfect lawn or bee farming, check out the most beautiful back yards in University Park Sunday, during the town's annual spring garden tour Sunday. See a variety of flowers, kitchen gardens and get some inspiration for your yard. The event is free runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and participating homes will be designated with yard signs. You can also pick up a map at participating homes or the plant swap Saturday. On Saturday, you can swap plants and garden gear to start working on your yard from 10 a.m. to noon at Riverdale Presbyterian Church. Plants can be brought in garden pots, plastic grocery bags or disposable cups. If you don't have any plants or tools to donate for the swap, you can …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The event will begin at 9 a.m. at University Park Elementary School.
Looking to get rid of old electronics? University Park residents can clear out some space in their home this Saturday with the help of their town. An acceptable list of electronics you can recycle is available here. They can also shred sensitive documents as well. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. Residents should go to the bus turn around in from of University Park Elementary. For an additional $10, residents can drop off their old hard drives for destruction as well.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The town's Veterans Memorial Design Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday night.
University Park's Veterans Memorial Design Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the conference room located in town hall at 6724 Baltimore Avenue. The agenda for that meeting can be found here. The meeting is open to the public.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Four incumbents will run unopposed in the town's election on May 7, 2013.
Even though a number of items like the Cafritz Property's development remain a hot topic for University Park's nearly 2,300 residents, four of its council members are running unopposed again this year on the town's May 7 election. Council members James Gekas, 67, (Ward 2), Lenford Carey, 63 (Ward 4), Heidi Sorenson, 48, (Ward 5) and Michael Cron, 56, (Ward 6) will all be seeking re-election for another two-year term, according to town administrator Tracey Toscano. Each incumbent has their own list of priorities for their next term from solar panels on University Park Elementary's roof, to monitor the development of the Cafritz property and tree pruning, according to the Gazette. Read more about their initiatives on The Gazette. Although …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Share your special moments with Riverdale and University Park.
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Sunday, April 21
Did you recently welcome a new member to your family? Share the news with you neighbors in Riverdale and University Park. It's easy, click on "announcements" then "announce something." Enter a title, category, description, including a photo of the cutie pie.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The upcoming April 20th Annual Azalea Classic 5K-1K-1M Run/Walk attracts runners, volunteers, children, community residents and the Northwestern High School Band for the University Park Elementary School’s PTA fundraiser.
This Saturday, April 20, the town of University Park will host the annual Azalea Classic 5K, where participants can compete in one of three races for both children and adults, solidifying community ties and promoting health and fitness. This year, the Northwestern High School band will be performing live music at the start and finish lines, cheering on the runners and walkers in the 5K, 1 mile, and 1K run and walk. The fundraiser will support the University Park Elementary School’s PTA and unite over 800 participants and community volunteers, including some who do not have children at the elementary school. The race provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy the outdoors together learn more about each other, said Kristi Janzen, the…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Organizers believe the 5K is safe even in light of Boston marathon explosions.
The 12th annual Azalea Classic will still go on Saturday and organizers are confident the race will be safe. Race Coordinator Kristi Janzen said Monday she was shocked by the news of explosions at the Boston Marathon, but she believes University Park's race has a solid security plan. "I think it’s terrible what happened in Boston," Janzen said. "It makes you review your security measures, but ours are really strong." Janzen, who began organizing the race months ago with a committee, said she just spoke with the University Park Police Monday morning to review the 5K's safety. "I think here we do have a really good security plan in place already with the CERT Team, University Park Police and Hyattsville Volunteer Fire/EMS," she said. She …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The council is set to meet Monday night in public and then in executive session.
There are a number of items University Park's mayor and council will discuss Monday night, including an update on the Cafritz project, STEP and solar panels on the roof of University Park Elementary School (UPES). Other items on the agenda: A presentation from Aaron Marcavitch about ATHA programs, grants and opportunities. Council will vote on revising their agenda for council meetings as recommended by the Council Committee on Policy, Rules, and Municipal Order. The council will also be meeting in executive session following their meeting to "obtain legal advice and consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto." The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in UPES' library.
Friday, April 12, 2013
A local pianist is set to entertain residents at the party.
Whether you've lived in University Park for decades or recently moved into town, the wine and cheese party is a great way to mingle with neighbors. On Saturday, residents can enjoy a selection of wine and catered hors d'oeuvres, while local pianist W. Mark McIntyre plays a variety of songs from show tunes to rock 'n roll. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Parish House in College Park and is for adults only. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $20 or at the door for $25. Payments can be made by check, cash and PayPal ahead of time and also by credit card at the door. E-mail Carol Cron at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Council also introduced the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and discussed the Cafritz development at Monday's meeting
Two recent actions by Maryland's General Assembly have irked University Park Mayor John Tabori and he's looking to get one recent state bill overturned. Tabori expressed his displeasure Monday of a newly approved bill that prohibits municipalities from enforcing vegetation management rules on utilities. Tabori said the Maryland Muncipal League did not do a good enough job of informing its constituents about this bill so municipalities could oppose it. The bill's summary states its purpose is to prohibit a county or municipality "from taking specified actions that interfere with, or materially increase costs of, compliance with vegetation management standards." "I'm incensed by the fact that the gentlemen who introduced it works for a …