Streetcar Named Desire

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” the classic struggle between New Orleans workingman Stanley Kowalski and his pretentious sister-in-law, Blanche DuBois, is coming to Harmony Hall Regional Center February 22-24 and March 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. For details, see the Tantallon Community Players website at www.tantallonstage.com.

Flower Show Open to All

A flower show called “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will be presented by the Tanta-Cove Garden Club on April 20, 2013, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The show will be open to the public from 1-4p.m., and admission is free. Horticulture specimens from members’ gardens and floral arrangements in a variety of styles and designs will be on display. Each ex- hibit will be judged according to the National Garden Club Standard System of Awarding. Any community member who does not belong to Tanta-Cove Garden Club may register to enter an exhibit in the show after April 5th. If interested in registering, please contact Caroline Carbaugh (301-292-2102) for a copy of rules and types of exhibits. Come to enjoy the creative expression of your neighbors and to see lovely flowers and plants. St. John’s Church is located in the Broad Creek Historic District, 9801 Livingston Road, Fort Washington.

Fort Washington Community Center Nearly Ready To Open

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Fort Washington Community Center
Fort Washington Community Center
Fort Washington Community Center
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Fort Washington Community Center

 

The Fort Washington Forest Community Center, which had sat unfinished for several years because of a contract dispute, is finally nearing completion. Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Department Senior Planner Don Herring wrote in a Sept. 6 email, “The contractor is in the process of completing interior finish work, and has minor landscaping items to address. We expect to start staff move-in and furniture installation on September 30th. Staff will announce a facility opening date, once this activity has been completed.” The 22,000-square-foot facility is attached to Fort Washington Forest Elementary School, across Indian Head Highway from Piscataway Hills. It includes a gym, community meeting rooms, and other facilities.

Forum Focuses On Piscataway Creek Watershed Protection

Piscataway Hills residents are participating in a major initiative by the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources to protect and improve the Piscataway Creek watershed.

Citizens from throughout the watershed area, which at 43,000 acres is the third-largest in the county, provided their ideas at a public forum at the Accokeek Library July 18. The session followed up a May public forum, where PHCA Vice President Dave Lishin had described dumping along Old Fort Road that was polluting the watershed. The situation was investigatedby county officials, who then displayed pictures of the trash at the July meeting.

County officials said the water quality of Piscataway Creek is considered “impaired” and that major goals of the watershed improvement project are to remove pollutants that exceed allowed levels, to restore the stream to its natural state, and to reduce stormwater runoff. Excessive pollutants in the free-flowing section of the creek are fecal coliform and other biological contaminants. The tidal portion, which includes the section near Piscataway Hills, is polluted by suspended sediments, nitrogen, and phosphorus, according to the DER presentation.

Officials at the July meeting estimated that about a third of the fecal coliform in Piscataway Creek comes from wildlife, such as deer, and another third comes from domestic animals, including farm animals and pets. The remaining third is from human waste, either from sewage or septic systems. Suspended sediments come from soil erosion caused by excessive runoff, while nitrogen and phosphorus often come from fertilizers.

Potential solutions discussed at the meeting include improvements to existing stormwater management systems to reduce runoff, streambed repair, reforestation, wetlands restoration and creation, new controls on pollution sources, public education, and better enforcement against illegal dumping. Another meeting is planned for the fall but has not been scheduled yet.

Groundbreaking For New Police Station Set For Sept. 25

Groundbreaking for the long-promised Fort Washington police station is scheduled for September 25. Located at the corner of Fort Washington Road and Livingston Road, the station will serve the new Police District VII, comprising Fort Washington and other parts of southern Prince George’s County. Fort Washington is now included in District VI, based in Oxon Hill. PHCA has supported the new station for many years, through appearances by association leaders at budget forums and other community meetings. Representatives of PHCA will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony.

Playground Approved For Lot 39 Waterfront Park

 

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PHCA members approved plans for a new playground at Lot 39 Waterfront Park during the June 26 quarterly meeting. It will be the first play equipment installed at the park since an old swingset made of telephone poles was dismantled more than 25 years ago.

The new playground equipment is to cost $3,200, with PHCA to provide $1,200 and the rest coming from a special fundraising campaign. Supporters of the playground said that as of mid-September, $1,478 had been donated, leaving $522 still to be raised.

Residents who are interested in the playground are being urged to send donations to PHCA or drop them off with Treasurer Don Benedict as soon as possible. “I would really love to help make the playground a reality, but I can’t do it alone, nor only with the help of 4 other families,” wrote playground organizer Maureen Bartee in an August 14 message to the community. “Please consider making a contribution very soon so we can install the playground this fall.”

Designed for younger children, the new playground is to include a sliding board, a covered climbing platform, swings, and a rope ladder. It is to be assembled by volunteers and be located in the northwest corner of Lot 39, near the volleyball area and farthest away from the water.

The members also authorized PHCA to purchase liability insurance, which was estimated to cost between $500 and $900 per year for $500,000 of coverage. With average PHCA membership of about 70 households, the cost per member would be about $10 per year. PHCA President Gwynn Roberson said the Board of Directors had been advised that liability insurance would help prevent PHCA from losing control of Lot 39 in case of a lawsuit.

Concerns were also raised that individual board members might be liable for damages in certain cases. It was later determined that PHCA had carried liability insurance until about30 years ago.

Opponents of the liability insurance proposal contended that, because Lot 39 is not considered a buildable lot, it has little value and so would not attract lawsuits. Insurance coverage of $500,000, it was argued, could actually encourage lawsuits by increasing the potential payout to plaintiffs and lawyers. In addition, they pointed out that, even if PHCA lost Lot 39, residents would still have the right to use the property as stated in their deeds.

Immediately after the discussion, members voted 27-16 to authorize PHCA to buy liability insurance, and the playground proposal was approved by a vote of 37-6. Funding for the playground and liability insurance in the 2013 budget will be considered at the next PHCA quarterly membership meeting, Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at Spirit of Elijah Church.

With more children likely to be playing at Lot 39, especially after the playground is installed, efforts to reduce unsanitary dog droppings were discussed. One idea was to install dog cleanup bags on a post in the park. In general, dog owners were strongly encouraged to clean up after their pets.

Prince George’s County Residents Can Dispose Of Storm-Related Debris

Prince George’s County residents may dispose of storm-related debris free of charge through Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility. Both the Landfill and the Composting Facility will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in observance of Independence Day.

Residents may dispose of brush, tree limbs and other storm-related debris such as roofing materials, siding and damaged household items at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill, located at 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, located at 6601 E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro (from Crain Highway, proceed on Maude Savoy Brown Road and follow signs to the facility), will be open for residents to dispose of brush and tree limbs only from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Verification of County residency will be required upon entering the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility. Commercial vehicles will be charged according to the normal disposal rates.

For more information on the disposal of storm-related debris, call the Department of Environmental Resources’ Waste Management Division at (301) 952-7622.

Children’s Playground at Waterfront Park Selected

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The children’s playground which was announced by fellow resident Maureen Bartee at the Spring PHCA Quarterly meeting was selected.  Voting for expenditures for the playground will take place at the Summer quarterly meeting.

The playground includes a trapeze swing, tire swing, wave slide, clatter bridge and tower, climbing ramp and rope, rope ladder, built-in picnic table, sandbox, Tic-Tac-Toe spinner panel, telescope and more.

To see additional details, click here: Blue Ridge Pioneer Peak.

Volunteers Clean Up Piscataway Creek Shoreline

 

Thirty-nine volunteers picked up 44 bags worth of bottles, cans, and other unsightly trash along the Piscataway Creek shoreline April 14 as part of the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.

 

 

Piscataway Hills residents and a few environmentally minded volunteers from nearby areas enjoyed a perfect spring day for the cleanup. Among the more unusual items hauled out this year were a file cabinet, a wheelbarrow, a broken wooden bench, and two propane tanks. Only eight tires were found, which was far fewer than in previous years.

 

“Everyone agrees that there was far less trash this year—we must be making a difference,” said Debbie Kutzleb, who organized the Piscataway Hills shoreline cleanup along with PHCA Vice President Dave Lishin.

 

The Piscataway Hills cleanup crew picked up trash from Lot 39 Waterfront Park and the adjacent National Park Service land. Crews in boats also cleaned up the island across from the Lot 39 boat ramp and upstream along Piscataway Creek to the Indian Head Highway Bridge. All the trash was taken to a special dumpster at Fort Washington Marina to be hauled away.

 

Doughnuts and cookies gave the volunteers an energy boost before they started work at 9 a.m., and they were rewarded with hot dogs, beer, and other cold drinks after the cleanup ended around noon.

 

Piscataway Hills was one of 392 registered sites in this year’s Potomac Cleanup, which is sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Altogether, 7,532 vol- unteers picked up 118 tons of trash, including 1,178 tires, 126,500 recyclable beverage containers, 25,571 plastic bags, and 24,616 cigarette butts.

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