News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Recycle Your Holiday Lights!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Public Works is offering recycling of old working and non-working string lights through January 15! You can drop off old working and non-working string lights at the Public Works facility during normal business hours, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Public Works is located at:

31 Oswego Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

December Newsletter - Online Now!

Friday, December 5, 2014

This month's newsletter profiles award-winning Mark Choe, of Mark's Kitchen; previews state legislature issues like alcohol licensing and revenues; and lists the various organizations Takoma Park funds with its grants program. Plus there are loads of holiday happenings in the calendar! Watch your mailbox, or take a look online here:

Feeling for the Stepping Stones: A Journey Through the First Novel, and Then the Second

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 pm

Takoma Park Maryland Library
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Espionage thriller author Adam Brookes will talk about his book, the move from journalism to fiction writing, the process of writing a first novel, the editing and publication process as experienced by a debut author, and the business of writing a sequel.

Brookes' first novel, Night Heron, was published earlier this year by Hachette in the United States and Little, Brown in the United Kingdom. It has so far been translated into five languages. Writing in The Washington Post, reviewer Patrick Anderson praised Night Heron as a "top-notch thriller" with a "suspenseful, persuasive story."  The novel draws on Brookes' years as a BBC News correspondent, reporting from China, Indonesia, and the United States.

Copies of Night Heron will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The Library has ample parking.

For questions, please call the Takoma Park Maryland Library at 301-891-7259.

Notice of Public Meeting on Library Redesign

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All are invited to attend a public meeting on Tuesday December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, where Architects from The Lukmire Partnership will present options for a renovated and redesigned City library.

These design options are based on service priorities expressed through public input in focus groups and surveys during the January 2014 Needs Assessment, and a public meeting with the architects on October 8.

Please attend this important meeting, which will help determine how the Takoma Park Library will continue to thrive as a progressive public institution into the 21st century.

For more information contact Ellen Robbins at the Library or 301-891-7258.

Municipal Government Works Month

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Since 1993, Maryland's cities and towns have celebrated Municipal Government Works Month each November in an effort to promote residents’ awareness of and interest in local government. To help promote municipal government awareness, the Mayor issued a Proclamation on October 27, 2014 proclaiming November as Municipal Government Works Month.

The City of Takoma Park would like to give the community a glimpse of the important work that municipal government does to enhance the quality of life of Takoma Park residents by highlighting what’s happening in November.

The City of Takoma Park helps to make Maryland a great place to live, work, and play! Click Read more for more info!

2014 Fall Leaf Collection

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Loose leaf collection will be provided by the City from November 17, 2014 through December 19, 2014. Residents can rake leaves to the curb at their convenience during the 5 week period. Most streets do not have an assigned collection day. The goal of the program is to collect leaf piles within 2 weeks of their appearance at the curb.  Leaf collection is dependent on the weather and rain or freezing conditions can slow collection.

There are five streets that receive collection days on scheduled days only. These streets are state highways and have a heavy volume of traffic. State highway leaf collection routes:

Leaf collection on Saturday, November 22, 2014 & Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Carroll Avenue, (7000 to 7800 block)
  • Ethan Allen Avenue
  • Philadelphia Avenue

Leaf collection on Monday, November 24, 2014 & Saturday, December 13, 2014:

  • Piney Branch Road,
  • Flower Avenue (7900 to 8600 block)

There will be no collection on the Thanksgiving holiday which is observed on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28. No other streets will receive collection on the dates when the posted streets are collected (November 22 and 24 and December 13 and 15).

During the collection in November, the crews will concentrate on picking up large piles of leaves. In December, when the crews are making the last collection on each street, they will thoroughly collect all remaining loose leaves from the gutter and grassy strip along the curb.

The Public Works Department welcomes your comments and suggestions about the service we are providing. Please contact Public Works by phone: (301) 891-7633. You can also call the leaf collection hotline at (301) 891-7626 to notify us when your leaves have been raked out. Our goal is to collect leaf piles reported on the hotline within 10 days of the call.

For more info visit the Fall Leaf Collection Program page.

Takoma Park Quarter Finalist for Georgetown University Energy Prize!

Friday, August 8, 2014

$5M News!

The City of Takoma Park is a quarter-finalist for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The City is among a very select group of only 52 small to medium sized cities and counties from across the country that have advanced to the quarterfinalist round of the competition. Arlington Virginia is the closest competing jurisdiction.

You can read more about the competition at There is also a press release from Georgetown University available.