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CSS Huge Flea Market

October 7, 2017, 8:00am - October 7, 2017, 1:00pm

Gems 'n Junk! Come out and find your treasure! Or rent a space and sell your stuff. Fesive, family-friendly atmosphere. Food available for purchase.

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Please come out to tomorrow night's hearing about this threat to Accokeek and Bryans Road. Fracked gas compressor stations are dangerous. It is very important that every possible person testifies against this project. This hearing is our best chance to defeat it.
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Accokeek Compressor Station Special Exception Hearing Continued

September 12, 2017, 7:00pm - September 12, 2017, 10:30pm

The hearing will be in the Commissioners Meeting Room. *Please plan to testify!* This is very important. You will have approximately 3 minutes to speak after the lawyers are finished with their presentations. Sign up as soon as you arrive. Day One (Tuesday, July 10) went extremely well, but also very late. Staff gave a short report and then Dominion began their presentation. They got through 5 of their 6 witnesses. Our lawyer cross-examined them to great effect. We couldn't have been happier. A lot of people came -- thank you!! A lot of trade union folks showed up also, which is par for the course at such hearings. Half a dozen told us that their boss had ordered them to show up. One who lives close to the project said he actually opposes it, but would have been fined $250 if he hadn't been there. While a great many people signed up to speak, all of their testimony will be heard on day two since we still have to get through Dominion's last witness and then all of ours. We're looking forward to seeing you in September! Dominion needs a zoning Special Exception to proceed with their plan to clear cut nearly 14 acres along Barry's Hill/New Marshall Hall Rd. and build a dangerous fracked gas compressor station there. (Right on the border of Prince George's County where Accokeek and Bryans Road meet by the beautiful flooding swamp.) A hearing before the Charles County Board of Appeals is scheduled so that members of the public can weigh in on the issue. Please come out and oppose the compressor station. This is a critical step in stopping Dominion's Eastern Market Access Project, which would in turn stop the Mattawoman Energy Plant in Brandywine, and possibly disrupt the supply of gas to the under-construction Cove Point export terminal. More information on the hearing can be found here: www.charlescountymd.gov/commissioners/boards/board-appeals More information about opposing the project can be found by joining the AMP Creeks Council's mailing list (email kelly@ampcreeks.org) or checking out www.ampcreeks.org. Please invite folks who I may have missed!

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Learn to Vote on the New Machines

electronic machine with lid open to show scanning areaSHARING AS REQUESTED:
Dear Neighbors,
Did you know that beginning with the April 2016 elections and for the
foreseeable future Maryland voters will be using paper ballots?
Yes, starting this election cycle Maryland will be using a new voting
system.  Specifically, the state is returning to paper ballots, and
the voting booth will be quite different from what you and your
family have been accustomed. 
 
Due to discrepancies and voting irregularities in elections using the 
Diebold system, in 2007 the Maryland State Legislature voted to
return to paper ballots for every voter to have a paper trail as evidence
of voting selection.  However, the state did not have the funding until
2015 to enact the legislature’s desire to return to paper ballots. The
State has invested millions of dollars in a new voting system that will
optically scan paper ballots. 
 
For the upcoming April primary elections, there will be a two-step
process for those voting early between April 14-21, 2016.  However,
a different voting machine will be used on the Maryland State Primary
Election Day, April 26, 2016 and thereafter. 
 
The machine use is rather simple.  However, I recommend that everyone
be educated on the new voting system.  The Allentown Recreation
Council and a group of South County residents are hosting a
demonstration on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at
Friendly High School, 10000 Allentown Road, Ft. Washington, MD.
 
However, there are many other demonstrations in South County that
may be more convenient for you, including the following:
February 10, 2016  Ft. Foote Baptist Church, 8310 Ft. Foot Road, Ft. Washington, MD, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
February 21, 2016  St. Johns Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, MD, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
February 22, 2016 Allentown Recreation Council, Friendly High School, 10000 Allentown Road, Ft. Washington, MD, 7-8 p.m.
February 24, 2016, Greater Accokeek Civic Association, Accokeek Fire Department, 6111 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD, 7-8 p.m.
February 25, 2016, Community Outreach Development Center, Greenhill Shopping Center, 4715 Marlboro Pike, Capitol Heights, MD, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
February 28, 2016, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, 9832 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD, 9:30-11:45 a.m.
March 2, 2016, District V Coffee Club, Colony South Hotel, Clinton, MD 9:00 a.m.
Information on these and other demonstrations in the central and northern parts of the County can be found at: www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/Elections/Calendar/Pages/default.aspx
Please share with your neighbors.

Staying engaged and keeping you informed and educated,

Tamara Davis Brown

Remembering Delegate James Proctor

Delegate James Proctor moved to Accokeek, Maryland in the later part of his life, having previously lived in Brandywine. I remember him saying that his wife wanted a bigger house, but he couldn’t leave the district he served.

There is a story about him in the Washington Post, Del. James Proctor, Maryland lawmaker, dies at 79. He’s also listed on Wikipedia here.

The video below is difficult to hear, but he talks about becoming a state delegate because he was an educator and he wanted to make education better for all Marylanders.

Rest in Peace, Jim Proctor

Last Minute Gifts, No Mall or Department Story Hassle #maryland

Check out Craigslist in Accokeek and help out a neighbor by buy a unique gift that might suit that special person on your list better than what is available commercially. Here is a “gift” search in Accokeek and a stocking stuffer search in Accokeek. Just go pick up the item from your neighbor. Some accept PayPal which you don’t have to subscribe to for paying with a credit or debit card.

You can list those treasures that you’ll never use that were given to you for previous gifts or that you thought you needed and didn’t. Craigslist is free to list.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Latest News: Bakery, Veteran, Sports

16-year-old expands Accokeek bakery
So Md News-Dec 11, 2014
Breana “Bree” Britt of Accokeek began baking at age 5 and started selling her desserts online at 12. Now, at 16, she’s transformed her small storefront on Livingston Road into a full-fledged café.

Tasha Smith’s attorney threatens to sue disabled Md. veteran with PTSD
WJLA-Dec 10, 2014
ACCOKEEK, Md. (WJLA) – The lawyer of a Hollywood actress has threatened to sue a disabled Maryland veteran who started her own charity…. The good news is Douglas has since sent an apology letter to Miller and WVI explaining, “I would never take advantage of you … I take those who serve our country in military very seriously because they have put their lives on the line … accept my sincere apologies for any hurt … If my wife doesn’t step up to the plate and send you the other half, I will be bringing this matter before the judge for full payment.”

There are several articles about people from Accokeek in Sports News, too.

Public Schools Announcement

The Prince George’s County Public Schools is implementing a number of strategies to ensure the health and safety of students and employees.

– All impacted schools will receive bottled water to meet the needs of the students and staff in each building.

-There will be no interruptions or changes to meal services as most food items are oven prepared. Impacted school cafeterias are boiling water for use of hand washing and all cleaning needs.

-Parents will be notified by robo-call of any changes to bus stops and routes, particularly around the Tanglewood Drive area where WSSC is conducting repair.

For additional information visit: www.pgcps.org

Boil Water Advisory from WSSC

As a precaution, WSSC has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers  in a section of southern Prince George’s County, including Accokeek and portions of Fort Washington and Piscataway.

Type in your address in the interactive map to find out if you live in the affected area which is east of Indian Head Highway, west of Piscataway Road and south of Palmer Road running down to the Charles County line. 

If you live in the affected area you should boil your water before drinking it, making ice, washing dishes (without a dishwasher), brushing teeth and food preparation. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Water for pets should be boiled and then cooled for their use.

A water main broke Tuesday night but the heavy amounts of rain due to yesterday’s storm and darkness overnight have hampered the search to locate the broken pipe. WSSC will provide more specifics on the location and size of the broken water main as it becomes available.

It is important to note that some customers who were out of water last night are not included in the Boil Water Advisory zone. Only those in the affected areas experienced a significant loss of water pressure in their area of the water distribution system and will need to boil their water for the next several days.

Check the WSSC website, Twitter and Facebook for updates as this situation develops.

When a water system, or in this case a small portion of a water system, loses pressure there is an increased risk of contamination. Therefore, WSSC recommends if you live in the affected area, that you boil your water per the guidelines stated above.

This BWA will remain in effect until approximately 36 – 48 hours after service is restored.  That allows time for mandatory water sampling which ensures quality has been restored.  Appropriate state and county officials have been advised of the situation.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…
NORTHERN CHARLES COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND…

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT

* AT 225 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING. RADAR ESTIMATES THAT ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME…CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE ANDREW AFB…BOWIE…CAMP SPRINGS… CLINTON… CORAL HILLS… FORESTVILLE… FRIENDLY…INDIAN HEAD…KETTERING…LARGO…MARLOW HEIGHTS…
MARLTON…MITCHELLVILLE…OXON HILL…SEAT PLEASANT…ST.
CHARLES…UPPER MARLBORO…WALDORF…WOODMORE…FEDEX FIELD…FORT WASHINGTON…NATIONAL HARBOR AND PRINCE GEORGES STADIUM.

MOST FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. FLOODWATER USUALLY IS DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. MAKE THE SMART CHOICE WHEN FLOODED ROADS ARE ENCOUNTERED…TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN.

TO REPORT FLASH FLOODING…HAVE THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA.

200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 in Prince George’s County

August 23—24, 2014 The 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 in Prince
George’s County “Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration” Military
Re-enactments / Living History performers; Food Truck Rally; Living
History Village; Family Fun Village—featuring sing-along with the “Blue Sky Puppets”; Craft Demonstrations (spinners, weavers); Arts & Crafts Vendors; River Boat & Battlefield Trolley Tours; Evening concerts—featuring “The Navy Commodores”; & The area’s largest FIREWORKS show by Fireworks Extravaganza!