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

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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

CITY ROUNDUP IS BACK!
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!



CITY MANAGER UPDATE
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.



Critical Missing Person formNEW CRITICAL MISSING PERSON REGISTRATION FOR HIGH-RISK RESIDENTS

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!



Camp ProgramsCAMP REGISTRATION IS UNDERWAY!

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.




Terracycling


TERRACYCLING


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!




Nicole ArdMEET AND GREET WITH CITY MANAGER NICOLE ARD

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 OFFERS NEW TYPE OF COUNSELING

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 
residents.

Learn more about the A-CRA approach here.




web designTHE WEB DESIGN CLASS FOR ADULTS BEING OFFERED AT SPRINGHILL LAKE RECREATION CENTER IS REALLY GREAT AND YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP BECAUSE IT WILL ONLY BE THE SECOND CLASS AND YOU HAVEN'T MISSED TOO MUCH!

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! 


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