News & Announcements From Takoma Park

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.

National Night Out

Friday, July 17, 2015

Mark your calendars for this year's National Night Out event!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
6 PM – 9 PM
Piney Branch Elementary School
7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

National Night Out, celebrated by police departments across the nation, is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The Takoma Park Police Department will be hosting its own community event in celebration of this campaign. The department’s goal is to heighten safety and crime prevention awareness; to support locally-based businesses, groups, and organizations; and to strengthen relationships among community members and between the community and local police department.

The event is free, so bring your whole family and invite all your friends! This year’s event will include informational brochures on various safety topics and crime prevention, food, give-aways, and live music. There will be various events, including child fingerprint kits & child fingerprinting, a moon bounce, face painting, games & prizes, food & ice cream… just to name a few! Did I mention that the event is FREE?

If you are a locally-based organization and would like to be part of this year’s event, there is still time to reserve a spot (and there's NO COST to participate!). Please contact PIO Catherine Plevy by phone: 301-891-7142 or by email: cathyp@takomaparkmd.gov for more information. This is a great way to promote your organization and build a relationship with your local police department and with community members.

Resident Safety Workshop!

In addition, a resident safety workshop will be held between 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM in the same location. The focus is on “Situational Awareness.”  All ages are welcome. Get tips, learn strategies and practice personal safety behaviors. This crime prevention offering will help you to protect your body and belongings.  To find workshops, follow the signs and look for a tent.  This event is coordinated by the Lifelong Takoma Program.

For more info contact:

Catherine Plevy
Public Information Officer
Takoma Park Police Department
Email: cathyp@takomaparkmd.gov
Phone: 301-891-7142

Takoma Park Energy Service Day

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Attention resident home owners who are 55 years or older:

Would you like to get help with lowering your utility bills? Sign up to get free services that make your home more energy efficient! Please contact: Karen Maricheau at lifelong@takomaparkmd.gov or call 301-891-7232, no later than July 15th.

Flier for event available here.

2015 City Election Information for Voters and Candidates

Monday, July 6, 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 elections.takomaparkmd.gov.The 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.

Sign Up for the Takoma Park Police Explorer Post 7500!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Your Journey starts now!

When: Applications due no later than Friday, July 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Where: Takoma Park Police Department, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland

Learn about the Takoma Park Police Explorer Post and see if you have what it takes to be one of our newest explorers!

The Takoma Park Police Explorer Post is a partnership through Learning for Life and the Takoma Park Police Department. The objective of this program is for young men and women to begin a foundation of becoming good citizens with a background in law enforcement by learning Honor, Integrity and Leadership. 

Read the full announcement here! Applications for youth and adult explorers are available here:

Plastic Bags & Plastic Film Are No Longer Recyclable

Friday, June 26, 2015

As of July 1, 2015 plastic bags and plastic film is no longer accepted in the City's collection curbside recycling program.

The City of Takoma Park uses the Prince George's County Processing Facility for processing of curbside collected recyclables. Prince George's County has ceased accepting plastic bags or plastic film as of July 1 at the processing facility.

There are two primary reasons why plastic bags are no longer accepted:

  1. The plastic bags and film are damaging equipment that is used to sort and bale the recyclables. The plastic film jams and clogs the machinery causing damage and breakdowns.
  2. The plastic bags collected through the curbside recycling program become dirty and contaminated with bits of broken glass and other materials. This reduces their quality and value to manufacturers who use and purchase plastic bags and film.

Plastic bags can still be recycled at many grocery stores in the area. Stores accept clean, dry plastic bags and can market these to manufacturers because they are uncontaminated with other materials. The best option is to use reusable bags or totes when shopping or opt for a paper bag where available, instead of a plastic bag.