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Greenbelt City Roundup

A weekly report on some of the things that went on this week in the City of Greenbelt Departments.

Mar 27

Shredding Stats, Mysterious Cats, and the Survival of Greenbelt Day Weekend

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 10:27 AM by Beverly Palau

If you missed it, you can see what went on during Greenbelt Day Weekend.  Also, see what happens when you share on social media and learn about Shredding Day's environmental impact.

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Feb 16

Maglev Opposition, Identity Theft,, Recreation Brochure,Composting Workshop and more...

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 5:58 PM by Beverly Palau

So, as you know, there is never a dull moment in Greenbelt, and when we oppose something, we do it wholeheartedly.  If you haven't heard of the MAGLEV project, well it is a proposed super high-speed train system that is being proposed to go from Washinton-Baltimore.  The project was made public late last fall and many of the proposed routes have been thoroughly argued and eliminated.  Still, the project is ongoing and the remaining proposed routes would impact the City of Greenbelt. The City Council and many citizen groups have written letters voicing that opposition. At this week's City Council Meeting, the Forest Preserve Advisory Board submitted a report outlining Legal Protections against the Construction of the MAGLEV.

Please visit our MAGLEV page on the web for more information on the project and to see other letters and materials that have been sent concerning the project. There will be a meeting on Saturday, March 3 from 10am-3pm being sponsored by the Greenbelt Advocates for Environmental and Social Justice at the Greenbriar Community Center, 7600 Hanover Parkway. greenbeltadvocates.esj@gmail.com

Identity Theft


The Greenbelt Police Department is holding a free lecture on the current trends in Identity Theft takin place in and around our community and the steps that you can take to avoid being victimized.  This multi-media presentation is part of a Lecture Series sponsored by the Greenbelt Citizen's Police Academy and the Greenbelt Police Department.  It is being offered 2 times...so go to the one that is more convenient for you:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 from 7-9pm at the Greenbelt Police Station, 550 Crescent Road or   

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 from 1-3pm at the Greenbelt Police Station, 550 Crescent Road.
For more information contact George Mathews at 240-542-2116


Just in time to think about Spring and the outdoors, fun family events and countless classes, the Greenbelt Recreation Spring Activity Guide was posted on Friday, February 16 and it is packed with things to do.  Class registration begins soon, so download your copy now and make your plans!

And, now that you are making plans, don't forget to sign your children up for those Spring and Summer Camps!  Don't let the wintery mix of this weekend fool you.  It will be here before you know it!

BeaverPROTECT OUR TREES FROM THE BEAVERS (and get community service hours!!!)
Presidents Day
Monday, February 19
Buddy Attick Park
555 Crescent Road

Join us for a community service learning event to protect trees from beavers!
  • Warm clothes and closed-toed shoes
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Student-bring a service learning form for community service hours
Questions? Contact Maryam El-Amin at Mel-amin@greenbeltmd.gov or 240-542-2150
Sponsored by the City of Greenbelt Public Works Department, the Greenbelt Forest Stewardship Project, and the Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society (CHEARS)

If you ever thought of composting, it really is quite easy, and you will be left with nutrient-rich soil that you can use in your gardens.  It really is a great way to recycle food waste and grow beautiful lush plants!  Greenbelt Public Works is once again offering a
This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of backyard composting from our experts!  
It will be held on Saturday, February 24 from 10:30am-12:30 pm
at the Public Works Facility-555 Crescent Road
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Light refreshments will be served
Conposting BinNot only will you learn, but after the workshop, discounted composting bins available:

Greenbelt Residents: $30, Non Residents: $40

That really is quite the bargain!  You no longer have an excuse not to try composting! 

Questions? Comments?  
Contact lrobles@greenbeltmd.gov

If for some reason, you just can't make the workshop, you are in luck! We have last year's workshop posted on youtube and you can watch it right here! But, if you ask any questions, the video can't answer you back.


You have things to do and you really don't want to take your little one to run errands with you! Don't worry, they really don't want to go with you either.  They would really, really rather be spending time with Ms. Gaye in her wonderful classroom of so many things to do, and so many friends to play with! Greenbelt Recreation's Mom's Morning Out is a State Licensed (MSDE #251208) program and a long-standing tradition in Greenbelt. My "babies" went there and they are grown men with jobs. I am sure if you ask them what the secret to their success was, they would reply, "Ms. Gaye and Mom's Morning Out!"  Get your little ones off on the right foot, get things done and relax, they are in good hands! Mom's Morning out has some openings left at pro-rated rates.  Please call 301-397-2200 for more information.

Mom's Morning Out


Remember, Monday, February 19 is the Presidents' Day Holiday and City Offices will be closes.  There also will be no Saturday tutoring sessions at Springhill Lake Recreation on February 17th.  The Refuse/Recycling schedule for the week is:

Week of February 19
Monday Route – Collected Tuesday
Tuesday Route – Collected Wednesday
Wednesday Route – Collected Thursday
Thursday Route – Collected Friday

There will be no appliance or yard waste collections
on Friday, February 23.
 And...The Greenbelt Connection will not be operating.on February 19th. 
Have a great Weekend and coming week!

Feb 09

This week... Council goals, TerraCycling, Critical Missing Program, Meet and Greets, and more!

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 6:04 PM by Beverly Palau

So it has been quite a long time since there has been a City Roundup...I have missed you all.  If you've never gotten an issue of our blog in the past...well it's back!  It is my attempt, as the Public Information Coordinator for the City of Greenbelt, to keep citizens informed on some of the things that went on in the Greenbelt City Government this week.  It is by no means all-encompassing, or super official, but just a sample of things that are going on.  I am open to suggestions and topics and maybe a little criticism...but be gentle.  So...here we go!

On Monday, February 5, City Council's Work Session was with City Manager Nicole Ard.  Ms. Ard gave the Council an extensive report and answered questions concerning City Council Goals and what the City was doing to achieve them.  

  You may access the entire meeting at our on-demand site at www.greenbeltmd.gov/municipaltv.  Don't worry, you don't have to watch it all at once, but it is a good overview of what Council is trying to accomplish.


In response to the increase in cases of persons with dementia and others wandering away, the Greenbelt Assistance in Living Program and the Greenbelt Police are joining in to keep a record of those residents that might be in danger.  Forms are being distributed to groups at meetings, events and more to be filled out by caretakers.  The forms gather important information about your high risk loved one and has a place for a current picture.  There is also information online about the program. in the CARES section of our site and there is an online form that you can fill out instead of the hard copy.  In the event that your high risk loved one wanders away, the police will have important information that could help them to locate him/her. 

In addition, a Critical Missing Person category has been added to our Greenbelt Alerts.  As soon as the Greenbelt Police are notified of a Critical Missing Person, an alert will go out to all subscribers.  The alert system also has the ability to contact home phones for those in certain areas even if they haven't registered.  If you haven't registered with Greenbelt Alerts yet, please do.  It has different topics you can be alerted to such as General Emergencies, Missing Persons, Weather Emergencies, Lost Pets and more to come.   

Sign up for Greenbelt Alerts now!


I know, it is a little difficult to think about Spring and Summer camps when the sky keeps icing down on us...but really, it is coming.  I promise Spring will come and your kids will soon be saying those dreaded words "I AM SOOOOO BORED!"  And in the Summer, you know that it will only be 2 days into vacation and those words will be uttered.  Take preventative measures now!  Keep your kids and especially you happy and sign them up for one (or more) sessions of Greenbelt Recreation Camps.  We guarantee that our activity-filled camps will keep them entertained and away from those electronic devices!  Check out the Spring and Summer Camp brochure!  Register soon and check "keep myself sane!" off your to-do list!  

You may either print out the forms and register in person, or you may use our fillable pdf forms. Print, Email or Fax forms to:
Camp Pine Tree I & II, Youth on the GO, Basketball Clinic, and Spring Camp: please direct completed forms to Greenbelt Recreation, 25 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770, Email: cpracht@greenbeltmd.gov, FAX: 301-397-2203, Attn: Camps, or visit our business office at the Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm or call 301-397-2200.

Creative Kids Camp, Performance Camp, Camp Encore, and Kinder Camp: please direct completed forms to the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770, Email: rcampbell@greenbeltmd.gov, FAX: 301-220-0561, Attn: Camps, or visit the Community Center business office Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm or call 301-397-2208.



No, it's not a new kind of ground bike, but a new way to recycle items that are difficult to recycle.  TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials. They offer a range of free programs, as well as recycling solutions available for purchase for almost every form of waste. Eliminating the Idea of Waste. So, it just makes sense that the City of Greenbelt, being the progressive, environmentally responsible, super cool community that it is, would of course, be stepping into the TerraCycling arena.  Bins are now available at the Public Works Building at 555 Crescent Road.  Go to our page on TerraCycle and see what campaigns we are participating in.

If you are interested in EXTREME RECYCLING, check out the photo tour of TerraCycle's' 99% Recycled Office!  All I can say is "Holy Re-Use Batman!" Check it out!


You may or may not know, but the City of Greenbelt is in the process of searching for and hiring our next Chief of Police. Near or far, he/she is out there somewhere waiting to serve our community.  It's an important position and you all are an important community so we want to hear from you as to what qualities you would like to see in our next Chief of Police. Ms. Ard will be out to Meet and Greet you to gather your thoughts and opinions on the matter! Meet with Ms. Ard on Thursday, February 15 from 5:00 pm-
7:00 pm at the Springhill Lake Recreation Center at 6101 Cherrywood Lane.

Don't really want to go out after work?  We get it!  You will have another opportunity on Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Schrom Hills Park Community Building at 6915 Hanover Parkway.

What?  You don't want to go out at all, but you really have an opinion that you want to share and you don't have telepathic powers??!!! Well, then just fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9KKY7VW See, we've got you covered!


Greenbelt CARES is now offering Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) 

Outpatient, weekly appointments are available.
The program offers research-based counseling, provided by licensed counselors
Ages 12 - 22
A-CRA promotes:
Abstinence along with positive peer and family relationships
Skills in effective communication, problem-solving, stress management, and relapse prevention

Call (301) 345-6660 to schedule an intake appointment
Greenbelt CARES counseling services are free of charge for Prince George’s County 

Learn more about the A-CRA approach here.


I feel like I can find my way around a website! Afterall, I have designed the City's website several times over and when it got too big I turned to a Content Management System. But, I hate to admit, I am a little bit of a poser because, I DON'T CODE! Coding scares the heck out of me! I have used Frontpage, Dreamweaver, Word Press, etc. to create many sites.  They write the code for you and all you have to do is check the code once in awhile and learn how to use the programs.  Well a couple of weeks ago, I found out that Greenbelt Recreation, through our local Paradigm Managment, would be offering a super affordable class that would teach you some HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I womaned up and registered.  Wow, was I ever pleasantly surprised!  There were THREE, not one, but THREE super intelligent, patient UMD students teaching the course and we each had one to ourselves!  In the first class alone, I found out so much about these coding languages and how they work together to create websites and it really wasn't scary at all!  I strongly encourage you, if you have ever thought of learning how to create a website the real way, then come out to this class on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm at the Springhill Lake Recreation Center.  (Okay, I know it's Valentine's Day, but you will be done at 8:00 pm and you can go out after!  Your Valentine will still love you then.) At 40 bucks it's a super cheap way to learn something from young, hip PATIENT coders that will probably own the world someday! (Okay, I might be a little too excited...but really try it!)

Have a great week!