News & Announcements From Takoma Park

National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, May 2

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, May 2! The Lifelong Takoma program and the Takoma Park Police Department urges residents to play it safe and keep outdated and unwanted medications off the shelves and out of the reach of others.

Can't make it to National Drug Take Back Day? Don't worry! A Prescription Take Back Box is now located in the lobby of the Takoma Park Police Department. You can now safely dispose on any unwanted/unused prescription drugs, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments only, over the counter medications, vitamins, or pet medicines by placing the unwanted/unused medicine in the green Med-Return mailbox anytime day or night.

Items that we can not accept are: liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, regular ointments/lotions, needles/sharps, or thermometers. The Takoma Park Police Department will collect and store these items and then safely dispose of them through accepted practices.

Summer Youth Employment Program Interest Meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Takoma Park parents and teens, come to the Interest Meeting and learn about this 8-week program which will begin June 22 and will end August 14, 2015.  Is your teen in need of a summer job? The City of Takoma Park is pleased to announce the return of the City's Youth Summer Employment program. The purpose of the Youth Summer Employment Program is to provide residents, ages 16-21, with a summer-long adventure that is more than just a job, but also a true learning experience. There are a limited number of meaningful employment opportunities available this year.

Favorite Poem Evening

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The “Favorite Poem Evening”, sponsored jointly by the Takoma Park Maryland Library and the Friends of the Library, is now in its 15th. year. Last year’s event drew a record number of readers and poetry enthusiasts. This year’s celebration of poems will be held in the Library on Tuesday April 28th, at 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Takoma Park Poet Laureate Merrill Leffler.

If you would like to participate, choose a poem you have read and admired by a published poet other than you or your friends. Poems written in languages other than English are welcome, if they are accompanied by an English translation. There are plenty of ideas for possible choices in the Library’s poetry collections.

Send the name and author of the poem you have chosen and your own name and generic occupation for inclusion in a printed program to Ellen Robbins at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, or by e-mail to ellenr@takomaparkmd.gov. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 27. Originally conceived as a national event by poet laureate Robert Pinsky, the Favorite Poem Evening in Takoma Park has been a lovely, warm and community building event for the past dozen years. All ages are welcome. Please attend and bring your friends and neighbors!  Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

"Beyond the Job" Lifelong Takoma Program Interest Meeting on May 13!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Lifelong Takoma Program will be holding an interest meeting for its new Beyond the Job initiative on May 13, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The meeting will be held in Senior Room of the Takoma Park Community Center.

Beyond the Job focuses on exploring self identity and productivity when a career is no longer the main focus. Interested? Call 301-891-7232 or email lifelong@takomaparkmd.gov to register. Limited to 20 people. Call or email to see if space is still available!

FY 2016 Proposed Budget

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The City Manager's FY 2016 Proposed Budget is available for review.

The City Council will hold its first budget public hearing on Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the hearing and sign up to speak.

Public comments are welcome at any time. Comments may be sent to the City Clerk for distribution to the Council.

Counselor in Training Program (CIT)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sign up now for a three day training to become a Certified CIT while also becoming First Aid/CPR certified. Work with children ages 5-12 during our youth summer camps and earn your SSL hours while having fun!  Attending this training is the only way to volunteer this summer with the Recreation Department, so don’t miss out!   The CIT program is open to ages 14-16. Training dates are May 5, 7, and  9 (times vary) Pre-registration is required.

Library Design Update

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On  February 9,  Greg Lukmire of The Lukmire Partnership presented his final report on design options for the Library to the City Council. 

He reviewed the scope of work undertaken by their firm, the data gathering process, and the preferred re-design options – one for renovating the existing building and two for possible expansion. He also discussed their analysis of the existing building, and the constraints posed by ADA regulations.

Cost estimates for a renovated or expanded Library building, including constructions costs and other project costs range from $2,100, 168 for renovation alone, to $3,190,481. for a 3,838 SF expansion, or  $3,488,227 for a $4,465 SF expansion. The project, which would entail relocation of Library services during construction, and  temporary storage of the bulk of the Library’s collections, will be considered by the Council during the upcoming budget season.

An expanded Library would provide the Library with a dedicated program room,  a space for young adult collections, group study space and more lounge seating for family reading. It would retain the breadth and depth of the existing book collections, which residents have said they value,  and which help to characterize it as a neighborhood library, distinct from larger libraries in the area.

The existing Library is 60 years old. The options for a fully renovated and expanded facility represent an exciting opportunity for the Takoma Park community.  Final decisions will depend upon the recommendation of the City Manager, and adoption by the City Council during their budget deliberations in April.

A link to the full report by The Lukmire Partnership may be downloaded here.

Celebrate Takoma Festival Vendors and Entertainers Wanted

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Takoma Park Recreation Department is looking for entertainers and vendors for this year’s Celebrate Takoma Festival (Sunday, May 17). We are seeking local food and authentic merchandise vendors to participate in the 2015 Celebrate Takoma Festival. Emphasis is placed on local Takoma Park businesses and vendors. Space is limited, so please inquire early. The vendor packet is available online at www.takomaparkmd.gov/recreation.

Entertainers are also wanted. We are looking for a variety of entertainment not limited to only music and dance.  If you would like to become a vendor or entertainer for the festival, email celebratetakoma@takomaparkmd.gov or call 301-891-7920 for any questions.

First Time Home Buyer Class

Monday, February 2, 2015

The City of Takoma Park will be presenting a First Time Home Buyer Class on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center. Class is free for Takoma Park residents. (There is a $25 fee for non-residents.)

Expert speakers from a lending institution, title company, real estate office, insurance and inspections will be on hand to teach you home the home buying process! Learn the entire process for buying a house or condo during our HUD-approved housing agency sponsored April 25th class!

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion! Pre-registration to the event is required. To register call or email the CIty of Takoma Park's Affordable Housing Manager, Linda Walker at 301-891-7222 or LindaW@takomaparkmd.gov.

A flyer for the event is availalbe here. (PDF)