August 2 - August 8, 2018

Creating Safer Neighborhoods Through Community-Police Partnerships and Camaraderie
Celebrating 35 Years of Community-Building, the 2018 National Night Out Takes Place On August 7

By Jen Sheckels, Editor

“[National Night Out is] a chance to bring neighborhoods together with the men and women who protect them. The safety of our communities depend on both law

enforcement and the neighbors they serve. National Night Out enhances that cooperation.”—Joe Biden, Vice President

August 7, 2018 will mark the 35th anniversary of the National Night Out program, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Founded in 1984,  National Night Out was developed to strengthen the sense of community between neighbors and their local police departments and promote anti-crime programming.

Starting the Conversation

In the late 1970s, Matt Peskin began volunteering for his local Community Watch program in Lower Merion County, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This group worked closely with its local police department, giving Peskin an opportunity to assist in neighborhood patrols and dispatch.

As the program’s success grew, Peskin developed a newsletter highlighting the positive impact this partnership was producing. Building out, he looked to other local jurisdictions for additional new content to keep the newsletter fresh and inspire further success. He discovered an abundance of similar groups. The only problem was there wasn’t one unifying entity to connect them all together.

Peskin spearheaded efforts to do just that, founding the National Association of Town Watch in early 1981. This organization provided the means and resources for motivating, informing, and supporting these local watch groups across the nation. The program grew steadily with the support of neighborhoods and local law enforcement agencies until in 1984, the National Night Out program was introduced.

35 Years and Still Growing

Today, National Night Out touts that an astounding 38 million neighbors in 16 thousand communities across all 50 states take part in the program.

Celebrated annually on the first Tuesday of August, communities will turn on their porch lights, step outside, and join with their neighbors and the men and women of local law enforcement in partnership to take a stand against crime and violence while promoting a safer, more considerate, place to live.

From cookouts to parades, block parties and festivals, National Night Out events take many forms. But the goal of each remains the same—neighbors building stronger relationships with other neighbors as well as their local law enforcement officers while learning from emergency personnel, watching demonstrations, and gaining other useful information to support and promote anti-crime programs in their communities. The result is a positive experience that not only brings a sense of camaraderie to the community as a whole, but serves as a foundation for continued partnership and trust among all.

This August, join your neighbors, local police, Council Members, and other local officials in your community’s National Night Out activities on Tuesday, August 7th. For information about the time and locations of events in your area, contact your local police station:

District 1 Hyattsville: 301-699-2630

District 2 Bowie: 301-390-2100

District 3 Landover: 301-772-4900

District 4 Oxon Hill: 301-749-4901

District 5 Clinton: 301-856-3130

District 6 Beltsville: 301-937-0910

District 7 Fort Washington: 301-292-5300

You can also find more information and updated events lists by following the Prince George’s County Police Department online at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@PGPDNews).

The following is the list of community events scheduled for the 2018 National Night Out in Prince George’s County (as of our press deadline July 31, 2018):


District I


Rollingcrest Community Center

6120 Sargent Rd., 6–8 p.m.


University City Apartments

Guilford Rd. at Fordham St., 6:30–8 p.m.


University Garden Apartments

1801 Jasmine Terrace, 5–8 p.m.


North Brentwood

4012 Webster St., 6–9 p.m.


Colmar Manor

Newark St. at 40th Ave., 5–8 p.m.


Cottage City

3840 40th Ave., 5–8 p.m.


Hyattsville City

Neurich Park, 2800 Nicholson St., 6–9 p.m.


Casa De Maryland

The Mansion, 8151 15th Ave., 4–8 p.m.



Town Hall, 4300 39th Place, 6–9 p.m.


Riverdale Heights

Riverdale Heights Fire Dept., 6101 Roanoke Ave., 6:30–8 p.m.


College Park Woods Association

College Park Woods, St. Andrews Place/De Pauw Place, 6:30–8 p.m.


Lakeland Association

Lakeland Park, 5000 Lakeland Rd., 6–8:45 p.m.



Bladensburg Police Department,

4910 Tilden Rd., 5–11 p.m.


New Carrollton

Beckett Field, 8511 Legation Rd., 5–8 p.m.


Riverdale Park

Riverdale Town Center, 5004 Queensbury Rd., 6:30–8 p.m.


Berwyn Heights

Berwyn Heights Town Hall, 5700 Berwyn Rd., 6:30–8 p.m.


Northern College Park

Duvall Field, 9200 Rhode Island Ave., 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park, 4610 Kiernan Rd., 6:30–8 p.m.


Templeton Knolls/Eastpine

Templeton Knolls Elementary, 6001 Carters Ln., 6:30–8 p.m.


Kingswood Community

Cathedral Ave. Community Park, 5:30–8:30 p.m.


Radiant Valley/Landover Knolls

3500 Maryland Ave., 7–8:30 p.m.


District II

Fairwood Community

12600 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, 7–9 p.m.


Dresden Green Civic Association

Tiffany Ln./Edgerton Dr., Lanham, 6–8 p.m.


Chelsea Wood Condominiums

8445 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, (Community Pool), 4–7 p.m.


Severn Crossing Community

11811 Backus Dr., 6–8 p.m.


Patuxent Riding HOA

Stallion Court/Arabian Ln., Bowie, 7:30–8:30 p.m.


Lincoln Vista Civic Association

9800 Ridge St., Lanham, 6–8 p.m.


Glen Forest Community

Glen Dale Forest Dr./Oakly Rd, 6–8 p.m.


Ridgewood Park

Grey Gables Court/Campus Way North, 6–8 p.m.


Westview Village

9911 Greenspire Way, 7–8:30 p.m.


Dutch Village/Amish Market

5010 Brown Station Rd., Upper Marlboro, 5:30–8:30 p.m.


Oak Creek Club HOA

14505 Mary Bowie Parkway, Upper Marlboro, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Cameron Grove

1 Cameron Grove Circle, Bowie, 5–7 p.m.


Kettering Civic Federation and Largo Civic Association

Kettering/Largo Plaza Shopping Center,

10590 Campus Way South, Upper Marlboro, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


District III

Windsor Crossing

3000 Victory Ln., Suitland,  5:30–8:30 p.m.


District Heights Police Dept.

2001 Maury Dr., District Heights, 5:30–8:30 p.m.



3101 Donnell Dr., Forestville, 6–8:30 p.m.


Oakcrest Towers

Brooks Dr., Capitol Heights, 6–8 p.m.


Fairfield Knolls, Millwood, Waterford

Shady Glen Dr./Walker Mill Rd., Capitol Heights, 6–8 p.m.



Central High School, Cabin Branch Dr., Capitol Heights, 6–9 p.m.


St. Paul Senior Living

1207 Addison Rd. South, Capitol Heights, 6–8 p.m.


Colony Square HOA

5800 S. Hill Mar Circle, District Heights, 5:30–8:30 p.m.


Town of Seat Pleasant

MLK and Sheriff Rd Recreation Center,

6301 Addison Rd., Seat Pleasant, 6–8 p.m.


Town of Glenarden

Teresa Banks Recreation Center, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden, 6–9 p.m.


Addison Chapel Apartments

1501 Elkwood Dr., Capitol Heights, 6–8 p.m.


Town of Fairmount Heights

Fairmount Heights Town Hall, Jost St./60th Ave., Fairmont Heights, 6–8 p.m.


District IV

Hillcrest Heights Civic Association

Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights, 6–8 p.m.


Skyline Civic Association

Skyline Elementary School, 6311 Randolph Rd., Suitland, 6–9 p.m.


Applegrove CA/Rosedale Estates

7007 Bock Rd., Temple Hills, 6–8 p.m.


Church of the Living Waters

4915 Wheeler Rd., Oxon Hill, 6–9 p.m.


Rosecroft Village HOA

2308 W. Rosecroft Village Circle, Oxon Hill, 5–8 p.m.


Concerned Citizens of Lynnalan

Lynnalan Acres Community Center, 9001 Little Stone Dr.,

Fort Washington, 6–8:30 p.m.


District V

All District V Communities

District V, 6707 Groveton Dr., Clinton, 5:30–8 p.m.


District VI

All District VI Communities

District VI, 4321 Sellman Rd., Beltsville, 6–8 p.m.


Powder Mill Village

11300 Evans Trail, Beltsville, 5–7 p.m.


West Laurel

16601 Supplee Ln., Laurel, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


Incorporated City of Laurel

Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, 6–9 p.m.


District VII

All District VII Communities

District VII Police Station, 11108 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, 6–9 p.m.


Potomac Knolls

1101 Aragona Boulevard, Fort Washington, 6–9 p.m.


Specialized Operations Division (SOD)

District V, VI and VII, 5–9 p.m.









Prince George’s County Local Development Council Awards $337,000 In Impact Grants
Funding to Nonprofit Organizations Serving Impact Area Increased 50% Over Previous Year

P.G. County Government

Upper Marlboro, MD (July 25, 2018)—The Office of County Executive and the Prince George’s County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) hosted its 2nd Annual Local Impact Grants Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreational Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, Md. This event celebrated the 11 nonprofit organizations that were awarded funding to serve the people and communities in the impact area around MGM National Harbor.

The Local Development Council, an advisory group mandated by State Law, exists in jurisdictions where there is a gaming facility. The Local Development Council was

established in Prince George’s County as a result of the opening of the MGM National Harbor Casino on December 8, 2016. The Prince George’s Local Development Council consists of 15 members appointed by the County Executive. Since its formation in 2015, the LDC has awarded more than $562,000 in community grants ($225,000 in 2017 and $337,000 in 2018).

“I want to thank the PGCLDC for their leadership and stewardship and congratulate the 2018 recipients of the Prince George’s County Local Development Council grants,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “These grants are designed to assist people and communities in the vicinity of MGM National Harbor. The PGCLDC did a great job of selecting a diverse group of organizations that address a variety of challenges which range from mentoring and education of youth to organizations that provide resources with our senior community and those with disabilities. When we supported bringing the world class MGM National Harbor resort to Prince George’s County, we created an innovative and robust Community Benefits Agreement with MGM. In this agreement, we laid out clear goals and expectations for MGM to hire Prince Georgians residents and provide resources to our County, and, specifically, the communities that surround the National Harbor facility. I am appreciative that MGM National Harbor has continued to honor the commitments they made to the residents of Prince George’s County.”

The $337,000 in funding that was granted to these organizations ranged from $20,000 to $35,000. PGCLDC is responsible for awarding impact grants to organizations to serve communities in close proximity to the MGM National Harbor facility.

“We are pleased to make these awards to organizations with programs and services that positively impact the lives of people who live within our impact area,” said PGCLDC Chairman, Rev. Jeffrey Chandler.

For more information about PGCLDC, please go to https://

The 2018 Prince George’s County Local Development Council Grant Recipients are:

Alice Ferguson Foundation, Inc.: To support life-changing outdoor, experiential education programs for Prince George’s County students in the impact area—$30,000.

Alliance for Innovation in Education: To help improve the academic performance and educational opportunities for students attending 6 high schools in impact area and vicinity—$25,000.

Coalition for Public Safety Training In Schools, Inc.: To support youth education and advocacy program, designed to prepare at risk youth in TNI communities with career awareness and development opportunities in the public safety sector—$35,000.

Community Ministry of Prince George’s County: To support violence prevention workshops and activities for youth in Oxon Hill community and surrounding area—$35,000.

Community Outreach and Development, CDC: To support the “Labor of Love Human Services Center” in providing one-stop-shop social and community services for households within the impact areas that need emergency assistance—$27,000.

Housing Options and Planning Enterprises, Inc. (HOPE): To assist Birchwood/ Clearview Community Association in addressing conditions of distress in their community relative to housing deterioration—$35,000.

Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Washington: To continue support for curriculum and programs of the JA Finance Park@Prince George’s to 3 schools—John Hanson Montessori, Oxon Hill Middle & High Schools—$20,000.

L.E.E.P to College Foundation: To expand and support programs for students in Oxon Hill and TNI community with achieving positive educational outcomes and opportunities—$35,000.

New Horizons Supported Services, Inc.: To provide Personal Support services, such as transportation, healthcare, workforce development and life skills training to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities within impact area—$25,000.

Pickett Fences Senior Services, Inc.: To help improve the quality of life of seniors by supporting the Dementia-Friendly America South County partnership project—$35,000.

The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc.: To support the tutoring and academic enrichment efforts, targeting 4th and 5th grade students, at Forest Heights Elementary School—$35,000.




University of Maryland Extension Offers Urban Farmer Field School
Helping Urban Farmers Move From Surviving to Thriving

UMD Extension

BALTIMORE, MD (July 24, 2018)—University of Maryland Extension will host five farmer field school workshops to help urban farmers develop their agricultural enterprises for success. Held at farms across Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, each Urban Farmer Field School in the series will cover a different topic and provide participants with the opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting, and set goals for improving the financial viability of their urban farms.

The series, developed as part of a grant from the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center, funded through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will help current and aspiring commercial urban farmers in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro regions move from crisis-management to proactive risk management.

“Many urban farmers become overwhelmed by the daily challenges of farming, spending their time seeking short-term financial solutions to keep their urban farms afloat,” said Neith Little, urban agriculture Extension educator in Baltimore. “We want to help urban farmers use risk management strategies to move from survival mode to a more proactive understanding of what their farms need to thrive.”

In June, UMD Extension hosted focus groups in both Baltimore City and Prince George’s Co. to collect feedback on current challenges, needs, and opportunities for growth in urban agriculture in the region. The feedback determined the content of the farmer field schools, as a well as a future guidebook, to assist urban farmers.

“Achieving economic viability is an urgent concern for urban farmers,” said Mariya Strauss, executive director of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, a grassroots membership group of 16 urban farms in the city. “They face unique challenges such as having less land than rural farms do, and sometimes they struggle even to keep the little land they do have. The Urban Farmer Field School project will help them with business planning and other key pieces to support them in these unique struggles.”

The Urban Farmer Field School series begins in August. Topics include marketing, self-care, business structure, insurance, and production techniques such as irrigation. Workshops are three hours, include light refreshments, and require a $10 investment. For more information and to register, please visit

The Urban Farmer Field School series is organized by UMD Extension, with support from the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center funded through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), EcoCity Farms, Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, The Greener Garden Urban Farm, and Real Food Farm.

For more information, contact Neith Little at or 410-856-1850.







 CVS Health Expands Initiatives to Help Combat Opioid Abuse in Maryland
Company Launches Safe Medication Disposal Program at CVS Pharmacy Locations; Foundation Pledges $85,000 to Community Health Center to Support Addiction Recovery

CVS Health

WOONSOCKET, RI (July 12, 2018)—As part of CVS Health’s (NYSE: CVS) national commitment to address and prevent opioid abuse and misuse, the company announced today it has installed 19 safe medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations across Maryland [including 3 locations here in Prince George’s County] and the CVS Health Foundation has provided $85,000 to Total Health Care in Baltimore, a community health center dedicated to supporting opioid addiction recovery.

“Launching our in-store safe medication disposal program at CVS Pharmacy locations in Maryland will help remove unused prescription medications from medicine cabinets where they could be otherwise diverted or abused,” said Tom Davis, R.Ph., vice president of professional services for CVS Health. “We are committed to addressing and preventing opioid abuse through our support of the work that organizations like Total Health Care do to promote addiction recovery, which directly aligns with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The $85,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation will allow Baltimore’s Total Health Care to develop and implement a trauma informed care model which will increase participation in its substance abuse treatment program. Efforts include an increased focused on care coordination by the Substance Abuse Clinical Supervisor and incorporating alerts into the electronic health record to ensure patients are completing behavioral health visits and medication assisted treatment.

In addition to the 19 new disposal units inside CVS Pharmacy locations, CVS Health has also donated disposal kiosks to police departments in Hampstead, Ellicott City and Rising Sun. Other law enforcement officials in Maryland are encouraged to apply to receive a unit from the CVS Health Medication Disposal for Safe Communities Program.  Nationwide, CVS Health has donated more than 900 units to police departments, collecting more than 350,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

The expansion of safe medication disposal to a total of 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. was included among the enhancements to the company’s strategy to address and prevent opioid abuse announced in September 2017.  As part of that effort, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management aligned with CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark clients and members, complementing measures already in place.

This work builds on ongoing programs the company operates including the Pharmacists Teach program, which brings CVS Pharmacists to local schools to talk to teens and parents about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, with more than 5,500 teens and parents in Maryland having already participated in the program.  CVS Health has also worked to expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in 46 states, including Maryland.

The 19 new medication disposal units are located at the following CVS Pharmacy locations:

Annapolis (2601 Riva Rd.), Baltimore (7845 Wise Ave.), Clinton (8859 Branch Ave.), Crofton (2003 Davidsonville Rd.), District Heights (5870 Silver Hill Rd., Silver Hill Plaza), Elkridge (6480 Old Waterloo Rd.), Ellicott City  (3300A Centennial Ln.), Frederick (402 SO Jefferson St.), Gaithersburg (19100 Montgomery Village Ave.), Greenbelt (7607 Greenbelt Rd.), Hollywood (24288 Three Notch Rd.), Kensington (3715 University Blvd. West), La Plata (6260 Crain Hwy), Laurel (15100 Baltimore Ave.), North Potomac (9920 Key West Ave.), Olney (3110 Olney Sandy Spring Rd.), Pasadena (28 Magothy Beach Rd.), Rockville (7955 Tuckerman Ln.), Towson (1001 York Rd.).



CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health

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