News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Numbers to Call for Downed Trees, Downed Wires & Power Outages

Friday, October 2, 2015

A message from Public Works and the Takoma Park Police Department:

For downed trees on public property, residents should call the Police non-emergency number at 301-270-1100. To report trees that have fallen on utility lines, contact the local utility companies. “Hot” wires or sparking wires, especially those across roadways, may be reported by calling 9-1-1. DO NOT GO NEAR  "HOT" OR "SPARKED" WIRES.                                                                 

Trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established businesses only, and to call Consumer Protection first to check on a business complaint record. Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636.

In case of power outages, contact your power provider:

  • BG&E: 877-778-2222  
  • First Energy/Potomac Edison: 1-888-544-4877  
  • PEPCO: 1-877-737-2662

The National Weather Service Update for Montgomery County

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Flash Flood Advisory from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM with rain from Friday morning into Saturday. Accumulation of 3-6 inches with higher amount to southern part of Montgomery County.

Residents should prepare themselves for potential power outages by having extra bottled water or fill containers with water in advance, have non-perishable food, flashlights or lanterns with extra batteries, secure any loose items outside in case of strong winds, and watch for water on the roadway in low lying areas. Do not drive through moving water on the roadways. Monitor the news for weather updates.

Hurricane Joaquin is still an unknown at this time with an exact track.  There will be a least 1 inch of rain Sunday with unknown wind force. If the storm tracks inland we are looking 5-10 inches of rain with tropical force winds with heavy wind gusts. Storm may arrive Sunday evening. Once the storm is 24 hours away a better detail of the track will be available. Listen to the news for weather updates.

SHA Meeting on Thursday, October 15

Thursday, October 15, 2015

From the Maryland Deparment of Transportation State Highways Administration (SHA):

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) invites interested persons to attend an informational meeting about the Roadway and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project for MD 195. The meeting will cover the design alternatives being developed to improve roadway alignment and pedestrian facilities along MD 195 in Takoma Park, Montgomery County. SHA representatives will present two possible alternatives for roadway improvement. Those alternatives include features such as widened travel lanes, added bicycle lanes and sidewalks, and upgrades to the signalized intersection at MD 195 and Flower Avenue. The project limits extend approximately one-third mile from the bridge over Sligo Creek Parkway to just north of Garland Avenue.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Meeting Location:
Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department
7201 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Meeting details are availalbe on SHA's website.

Results of Nominating Caucus

At the Nominating Caucus on September 29, 2015 the following candidates were nominated for office:


  • Warren Holmes
  • Kate Stewart

City Council Ward 1

  • Peter Kovar
  • Victor Thuronyi
  • Elizabeth Forbes Wallace

City Council Ward 2

  • Tim Male

City Council Ward 3

  • Rizzy Qureshi

City Council Ward 4

  • Terry Seamens

City Council Ward 5

  • Jarrett Smith

City Council Ward 6

  • Fred Schultz

Nominees have until Friday, October 2, to decline the nomination or withdraw their candidacy.

2nd Annual Lifelong Takoma Day Event

Saturday, October 10, 2015

2nd Annual Lifelong Takoma Day Event

October 10
11 AM to 5 PM
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue

"One Community—engaged & inclusive”

City of Takoma Park residents join us at this annual social connection and wellness event! We’d love to have you join in the fun! It's an intergenerational thing. Whether you’re coming for the classes, workshops, karaoke, community conversation, or snow cones - feel free to bring your neighbor, friend or family! Brought to you by the Lifelong Takoma Program.

Visit the Lifelong Takoma page or download the flier for more information on the event.

Volunteers Needed

The 2nd Annual Lifelong Takoma Day Event needs volunteers! Details are available on this flier.

Election Helpers Wanted - Apply Now

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Applicants should be Takoma Park registered voters, detail oriented, and impartial for this election. Those who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to consider helping, as are 16 or 17 year old voters and non-U.S. citizen voters. Paid opportunities include:
  • Voter Registrars - to assist with voter registration at various locations and events in Takoma Park.
  • Election Judges - to work during early voting (Oct. 28 – Nov.1) and/or for the day of the election (Nov. 3). Hours will vary.

Notice of Street Work

Notice of Street Work

The City of Takoma Park yearly resurfacing work has now begun. The milling and paving schedule for next week is listed below:
Streets to be Milled:
10/5 Monday - Houston Court
10/6 Tuesday - Garland Avenue
Streets to be Paved:
10/5 Monday - Albany Avenue, Hodges Lane, and possibly the 7500 Block of Holly
10/6 Tuesday - Holly Avenue (from Hodges Lane to Eastern Avenue)

Energy Challenge Update

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Community Center Auditorium

Sustainability Manager Gina Mathias will reveal the city's ranking against the other 49 communities competing for the $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize, and what the city is doing to increase our chances. Where each neighborhood team ranks currently in the Neighborhood Energy Challenge will also be shared, along with some ideas to encourage more neighbors to participate. Gina will cover rebates and best bets for home upgrades. If you've recently had an energy audit, bring the report to share or stay after for a second opinion on what your contractor is suggesting. There will also be door prizes!

2015 Nominating Caucus - Tuesday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nominate Candidates for the November 3, 2015 City Election

The Nominating Caucus will convene at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, to accept nominations of candidates for Mayor and Councilmember. The meeting will take place in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. Only registered Takoma Park voters may participate in the Nominating Caucus. Residents may register on site before the meeting is called to order.

Small Business Symposium - September 25

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Enactus of Washington Adventist University will be hosting the Small Business Symposium on September 25 from 9  a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center. This program will focus on marketing, planning, branding, and social media, feature several presenters, and provide short working sessions where business owners will be able to share ideas, receive feedback from the presenters, and start putting a marketing plan together. The event is free to business owners and will include lunch and plenty of handouts.

Spaces Available in After The Bell

Monday, August 31, 2015

Still looking for an after school program for your child this school year? Well look no further! After The Bell at the Takoma Park Recreation Center (7315 New Hampshire Avenue) still has spaces available! This after school childcare program for the MCPS 2015-2016 school year will provide a safe environment for children in grades K-5. After the Bell is a recreational based program that incorporates active games, passive games, crafts, and even snack and homework time. Transportation is not provided by the Recreation Department. Please contact MCPS Transportation at 301-840-8130 to change your bus route to New Hampshire Towers and we will meet your children at the bus stop. The After the Bell Program will not operate on days the MCPS is closed. For more information, contact John Webster at 301-891-7289 or

August Message from the City Manager

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dear Residents,

It’s August, the City Council is on recess for the month and many residents are taking vacations and planning for the beginning of the school year. While it’s a little quieter, I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you what’s going on this summer. Click "Read More" if you are on the front page of the website for the full message!

Project Update: Bridge Work on Carroll Avenue

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Project Update from SHA

The project was recently awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure South Construction Company. Work on the project is anticipated to start later this summer. Work over the first few months will be focused on constructing the temporary pedestrian bridge, relocating utility poles, and installing the temporary traffic signals at Maple Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway and at the Maple Avenue hospital entrance. The Carroll Avenue Bridge will remain open during this time. All this preliminary work must be complete before the contractor will be allowed to close bridge. The Contractor is in the process of preparing a construction schedule which will include an anticipated date for closing and starting work on the Carroll Avenue Bridge. We anticipate holding a community meeting in late August and sending out an informational flyer just prior to start construction to provide updated information on the project.


Project Discussion at City Council Meeting 

The City Council has scheduled a discussion of local traffic calming measures for adjacent neighborhood streets for Tuesday September 8 at their Council meeting.

2015 City Election Information for Voters and Candidates

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The next City of Takoma Park election for mayor and members of the city council will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Complete election information may be found at material continues to be updated so be sure to check back for new information.

Information for candidates is also available. Anyone considering a run for mayor or council for the City of Takoma Park should review the information. As with voter information, the material will be updated as new information becomes available.

Interested in serving as an election judge or volunteer? Complete the expression of interest.