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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.

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Nov 19

City Manager Search, Zero Waste Circle, Planning Certification, Snow Rodeo, etc.

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 7:36 AM by Beverly Palau

City Manager Candidates

The Greenbelt City Council, after numerous meetings with community groups, department heads, citizens etc., have narrowed down the search for a replacement for Mike McLaughlin, who will be retiring at the end of this year.  Citizens were given the opportunity to meet the candidates on Monday, November 14th.  City Council will be holding an Executive Session to further consider the candidates and will hopefully have a decision soon.  The above photos were posted in this week's News Review.


Greenbelters will now have an opportunity to drop off materials for TerraCycle thanks to the Jim Cassels Community Service award presented to the Green Team’s Zero Waste Circle in partnership with Greenbelt Public Works. The award is presented annually to a new project or activity that benefits the Greenbelt community in the form of a $1200 grant. Thanks also to the Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E) grant from the Alice Ferguson Foundation for kicking off this litter-reduction project.

With the use of the Jim Cassels grant, the Department of Public Works will construct a permanent drop-off TerraCycle center for the use of Greenbelt residents. The drop-off center will be located at 555 Crescent Road, adjacent to Buddy Attick Park. Much like the Recycling Center in which residents can drop paper and other recyclables, the TerraCycle Center will be accessible and free to the public for the collection of the materials that will be sent to TerraCycle to become new products. The materials that will be available for TerraCycle drop-off will include energy bar wrappers, Brita and Pur water filters, and even more announced at a later date.

For more information about TerraCycle and the TerraCycle Center contact the Environmental Coordinator at the Department of Public Works, Erin Josephitis, at ejosephitis@greenbeltmd.gov or 240-542-2168.


Congratulations to City Planner, Jessica Bellah who passed her certification exam on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  Jessica has been with the City of Greenbelt Department of Planning and Community Development for almost 3 years. Prior to working for Greenbelt, she was with the City of College Park.

The American Planning Association is a national institute of professionals involved in the field of planning.  Within this organization, the American Institute of Certified Planners provides an independent certification process for professional planners where they must prove mastery of essential skills required to serve communities effectively. Members of the organization demonstrate their academic and professional experience through a certification process that culminates in a comprehensive exam where they must demonstrate their knowledge and abilities. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to continue their pursuit of knowledge and skills through professional education.


On Wednesday, November 16, the Greenbelt Public Works Department held a Snow Rodeo open to the entire department in order to brush up on their snow plow maneuvering and to go over safety issues.  Much of the department attended and enjoyed taking their turns on the course laid out by William Smith.  The event even drew the attention of a sponsor, Parts Authority, that provided them with cool hats and demonstrated some of the latest products for snow plows.  Public Works members from Bladensburg came out to the Snow Rodeo to see how it was done by Greenbelt.  All in all, the drivers showed off mad skills and are ready and waiting for the next big snow!  When it comes to snow removal, we all know that Greenbelt is top notch!


The City of Greenbelt Community Relations Advisory Board is hosting a series of forums for citizens to share their thoughts on the relationship between the community and the Greenbelt Police Department.  The first forum will be held at Springhill Lake Elementary School on November 29 at 7:00 pm.  A Survey Monkey survey has been set up for those who will not be able to attend the forum.  

Greenbelt Leaf Collection Crews have been very busy these past few weeks collecting leaves throughout the city, but there are still many leaves left on the trees.  The crews will be out until the second week in January and will be in each neighborhood at least 2 more times.  Don't procrastinate and miss out on getting your leaves collected before they are buried by snow!  There is a full page on our website with leaf collection information and the full schedule for the rest of the year.  Please visit it or call 301-474-8004 if you have any questions.


The Greenbelt Recreation Department Art Program’s 2016 Festival of Lights Juried Art and Craft Fair promises an impressive array of hand-made wares by local artisans, plus a hands-on workshop, prize drawing, live music, open studios and more. This event takes place at the Greenbelt Community Center located at 15 Crescent Road on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4.  Parking and admission are free. Saturday hours are 10am-5pm and Sunday hours are 10am-4pm. 

The Art and Craft Fair will showcase the talents of about seventy new and returning regional artists, artisans and authors. Visitors will find beautiful and useful gifts for all occasions. A wide selection of functional pottery and ceramic art will be presented by Artists in Residence, instructors and participants in the Recreation Department’s robust ceramics program.  Additional wares will include hats, scarves, bags, jewelry, drums, cigar box guitars, glass ware, paintings, photography, assemblages, books, notecards, bath and body products and more. 

The fair has much to offer for little ones this season such as hand-made clothes and toys – even turned wood magic wands by new exhibitor Lee Correll. Children’s crafts will be on offer by individual youth entrepreneurs and by non-profit groups serving local children. Service organizations will include both Girl Scouts and the Refugee Youth Project which provides academic and social support for almost 300 new Marylanders annually.

On Saturday, December 3, enjoy a free concert with the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dixieland Band from 2:30 – 4:30pm in the gym. Also on Saturday, enter a drawing to win $50 in Art Bucks to spend at the Art and Craft Fair by voting for your favorite artisan in each of the show’s four rooms. Entry forms will be available at the Recreation Department Arts Program table in the gymnasium, in front of the stage. The winner of the drawing will be contacted on Saturday evening and will have all day on Sunday to shop.  

Special activities on Sunday will include a free craft workshop from 1-3pm in which guests can make cards and countdown calendars for any occasion with artist Amanda Larsen. From 1:30 – 3:30pm, enjoy a lively klezmer concert with Seth Kibel and Friends. Artist in Residence studio 303 will hold an open house from 1-4pm featuring fiber arts by Celestine Ranney-Howes and intricate contemporary collages by Sherill Gross. Greenbelt Pottery Group members will host an in-studio sale in room 304 from 10am – 4pm.  Just a short walk from the Community Center, the Greenbelt Farmers Market will host their annual outdoor Holiday Market from 10am – 2pm. 


This past week there was an unfortunate accident at the Greenbelt Lake Dam Project. One worker got stuck in the mud in the trench up to his chin.  The quick action by the workers that were at the site and the diligent and expert work of a large variety of Prince George's County, various Municipalities, and even Howard County Emergencies services are the reason that the accident did not turn into a tragedy.  The 5 hour rescue operation ended up with the extraction of the worker who escaped with non-life threatening injuries.  All involved were true heroes who came to the aid of this one person.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I know that many of them save lives all the time, but to see it in action was humbling and just plain impressive.  
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Saturday, November 19, 9am-12pm, Springhill Lake Recreation Ctr., 6101 Cherrywood Lane,
Come out and help clean up Indian Creek!
Sponsored by the City of Greenbelt in partnership with CHEARS and America Recycles Day. Contact Connor Roessler at croessler@greenbeltmd.gov or 240-542-2150

Sunday, November 20, 10am-2pm in front of the Greenbelt Coop. WAGS (Well-Wishers for the Animals of the Greenbelt Animal Shelter BAKE SALE, Come out and support the Greenbelt Animal Shelter!

Thursday, November 24, 9:00am, Greenbelt Youth Center,99 Centerway,
GOBBLE WOBBLE, Spend Thanksgiving morning with the Greenbelt Recreation Department as we host the ninth annual Gobble Wobble. The Gobble Wobble is roughly a 5K race (2 laps) and a 1.5 mile fun run/walk (1 lap) around Buddy Attick Park lake path. All registrants will receive a Gobble Wobble shirt. 
$15/individual, $50/family 4-pack (before 11/24)
$20/individual, $70/family 4-pack (on 11/24)
Flyer and registration form is available at


Monday, November 21 at 8:00pm, COUNCIL WORK SESSION re: Police Body Camera Briefing at the Municipal Building, 25 Crescent Road. Live on Comcast 71, Verizon 21 and streaming at www.greenbeltmd.gov/municipaltv

Monday, November 21 EXECUTIVE SESSION, immediately following Work Session.  (See below)

Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00pm EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: City Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday,
 November 24 and 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.The GREENBELT CONNECTION will not be operating.


Week of November 21
Monday Route – Refuse & Recycling Regular Schedule
Tuesday Route - Refuse & Recycling Regular Schedule
Wednesday Route – Refuse & Recycling Regular Schedule
Thursday Route – Refuse collected on Wednesday
   – No Recycling Collection
There will be no appliance or yard waste collections on 
Friday, November 25.


Wendy Osborne
November 20, 2016 at 8:01 AM
Round-up was entertaining and impressive. As "everyone" knows, Greenbelt's snow team is outstanding.

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