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January-February 2016 Edition

Saturday, Feb. 27-The town of Edmonston with a grant from Healthy Eating, Active Living and help from Port Towns Community Health Partnership and ECO City Farms, is giving away 50 fruit trees (limit of one fruit tree per household/house) and 100 planters (limit two per household/house/apartment) to Edmonston residents on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Town Hall, 5005 52nd Avenue, Edmonston.   You must bring a photo id showing your address in Edmonston.   The fruit trees are paw paws (similar to mangos), persimmons and serviceberries (similar to cherries).  The planters will include soil, compost and seeds in an attractive planter that is 27"x12"x10" (See photo)    The soil and compost will already be in the container and the seeds will be given to you to plant with instructions.  The seeds will include tomatoes and other favorite vegetables. 

For more information, contact or call 240366-7542.


Sábado, 27 de febrero - La ciudad de Edmonston con una subvención de la alimentación saludable , vida activa, Port Towns Community Health Partnership y ECO City Farms, está regalando 50 árboles frutales (límite de un árbol frutal por hogar / casa) y 100 plantadores (límite de dos por hogar / casa / apartamento) a los residentes de Edmonston en un primer llegado , primer servido base desde las 9 am hasta el mediodía del sábado 27 de febrero en el Ayuntamiento, 5005 52a Avenida , Edmonston . Usted debe traer una identificación con foto que muestra su dirección en Edmonston. Los árboles frutales son pawpaw americano (similares a los mangos), caquis americano y serviceberries (similares a las cerezas). Los plantadores incluirán suelo, abono y semillas en una sembradora atractiva que es de 27 " x 12 " x 10" (ver foto ) El suelo y el compost ya estar en el envase y las semillas será dado a usted para plantar con instrucciones . Las semillas incluirá tomates e otras verduras favoritas.


Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto o llame al 240-366-7542 

Halloween Party a Big Success……

Halloween Yard Decoration Contest WINNERS

Council Member Sophia Layne-Bee and local resident, Christopher Jarboe congratulate the winners of the Halloween Yard Decorating Contest. First prize was a $100 gift certificate.

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Trash Pickup schedule

Our Trash Pickup schedule for the Town is a follows:

Scheduled of Trash Services:

  • Household Trash: Tuesdays and Fridays

  • Bulk / Volume Trash:

Wednesdays - by appointment only, to be placed on the list you must call no later than at noon on Tuesday

  • Yard waste: Wednesdays

  • Recycling: Fridays

Programa de Recogido de Basura

Nuestro programa de recogido de basura esta a continuación:

  • Basura Regular: Martes y Viernes

  • Basura de Abultado/Volumen:

Solamente por cita los Miércoles. Llamar a lo más tardar el martes al mediodía para anotarse en la lista.

  • Basura de Patio: Miércoles

  • Reciclaje: Viernes



Mayor Gant, Council Member Selita Bennett-White and Council Member John Johnson visit with one of the local business owners at the quarterly “Breakfast with the Mayor” business meeting. The meetings are used as an opportunity to present information on programs and incentives that help develop local businesses. Watch for information on the first quarterly meeting in 2016.


Health Fair/ Feria de la Salud

Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sábado, 5 de marzo 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rogers Heights Elementary School

4301 58th Avenue

Bladensburg, MD 20710

Blood pressure readings, vision testing, music, snacks and prizes!

Pruebas de presión arterial, pruebas de visión, música, refrigerios y premios!

For more information/Para más información:
The Mayor and Council provided 25 Thanksgiving Baskets to residents for Thanksgiving. The baskets included a turkey, chicken, sausage, sweet potatoes, potatoes, stuffing mix, apples, oranges, sweet potato pie, and greens. Baskets will be provided for Christmas also. Watch for next year’s sign up. The program helps needy families have a JOYOUS holiday season.

EDMONSTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL PROCLAIM NOVEMBER 1ST AS “EXTRA MILE DAY”. In celebration of the day, the Mayor, Police Chief Stephen Walker and Town Administrator Rod Barnes took coffee and donuts to 3 businesses in Edmonston. Mayor Gant presented each business with a plaque thanking them for going the “extra” mile in Edmonston.
Elosia Guzman, owner of La Fondita Restaurant in Edmonston is presented her plaque for going the “extra” mile to help the community. Pictured are Mayor Gant, Elosia Guzman, Chief Stephen Walker the employees of La Fondita.
In the picture below, Mayor Gant and Chief Walker present a plaque to Community Forklift CEO Nancy Meyer.
Apollo Ice and Berliner Specialty were recognized by the Mayor and Council for their contributions to the Town also.

From the Office of the Chief of Police

Edmonston Police Activity; the following is a list of activities officers initiated or in which they received a call requesting service or assistance for the

Month of December 2015.

Police Department Activity

Occurring in

December 2015

November 2015

Criminal, Civil Citation, Traffic & Warrant Svc. Arrests



Traffic Arrests (other than DWI)



Drive While Intoxicated Arrests



Maryland Moving Violations Issued



Parking Citations



Recovered Stolen Autos



Traffic Violation Warnings



Vehicle Impounds



Vehicle Safety Repair Orders



(not all calls for service result in written reports)

Calls for accidents



Armed Suspects






Assist Fire Dept/Other Agency/Code Enforcement



Burglar Alarms



Breaking & Entering Residential



Breaking & Entering Commercial






Check on Welfare of Resident



Customer Dispute Call



Death Investigation Call



Disorderly Persons



Domestic Disturbance



Fight in Progress



Hold up Alarm






Landlord Tenant Dispute



Loud Noise Complaint






Calls for Sounds of Gunshots



Stolen Auto



Suspicious Persons



Suspicious Vehicles






Calls for Unknown Trouble






Calls for 911 Hang-ups






Total Calls for Service



WINNERS in the Holiday Yard Decorating event:

Fountain Park Apartments
Decatur Street
52nd Avenue

The First Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Edmonston was a big success. Professional Lawn Maintenance staff assisted Public Works with erecting a beautiful Christmas Tree in Veteran’s Park. The Mayor flipped the switch to light the tree and kick off the holiday season in Edmonston. Santa visited and Christmas carols were sang. This event will become an annual tradition. Children from End Time Harvest Ministries Youth Ambassador Program assisted with the event.


Edmonston Police Officer Dave Young helps Bladensburg Police Officers with the Shop with A Cop annual program that helps needy families in our community. Youngsters from Edmonston were accompanied by Edmonston Police Officers to shop for themselves and their families for Christmas. The annual outreach program is to help young people connect to police officers in a positive environment. To the Right, Captain George Sullivan assists with the program.

WE NEED YOU……… Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to Noon-We need you to help us build ten raised planters at the Edmonston Community Garden at 47th Avenue Park, 5010 47th Avenue. Help us to start Edmonston’ s Community Garden.  Please wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty and bring a bottle of water in the event that you get thirsty.   For more information, contact


Sunday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon-We will be planting fruit trees at two locations with Bladensburg High School students-and we could use your help.  Please wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty and bring a bottle of water in the event that you get thirsty.  For more information, contact


Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.-How to Install a Rain Garden that Delights Your Customer and Your Bottom Line at Colmar Manor Community Center, 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor.   Learn all of the principles of creating rain gardens in order to help your customers get a rebate from the county.   Workshop fee is $20.  For more information, contact

Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.-Taking Care of Your Fruit and Nut Tree at Colmar Manor Community Center, 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor.  Interested in planting fruit trees and enjoying their beauty and fruit for years to come.  Then come to a class that gives you the skills to plant and keep your fruit trees healthy.  Workshop fee is $20.  For more information, contact

Cold Weather Tips for your Pets

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Brrrr—it's cold outside!  The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

  1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife. 

  2. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. 

  3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can easily become lost. Make sure your dog always wears ID tags. 

  4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice. 

  5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear. 

  6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death. 

  7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself. 

  8. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape. 

  9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information. 

  1. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Consejos prácticos para el cuido de sus animales en el invierno

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Brrrr – hace frío fuera! Los siguientes consejos le ayudarán a proteger a tus animales  A medida que el mercurio cae.

  1. Mantén a tu gato dentro. Al aire libre, los felinos pueden llegar a pasar mucho frio, perderse o ser robados, ser heridos o incluso morir. Los gatos que se les permite alejarse de casa, están expuestos a enfermedades infecciosas, como la rabia, transmitida a través de otros gatos, perros y otros animales salvajes.

  1. Durante el invierno, los gatos al aire libre a veces duermen bajo el capó de los coches. Cuando se arranca el motor, el gato puede ser herido e incluso llegar a morir por la correa del ventilador. Si hay gatos al aire libre en tu área, golpear con fuerza en el capó del coche antes de arrancar el motor para dar al gato la oportunidad de escapar.

  1. Nunca dejes a tu perro sin correa en la nieve o el hielo, especialmente durante una tormenta de nieve, los perros pueden fácilmente perderse. Asegúrate de que tu perro siempre lleva etiquetas de identificación.

  1. Limpia completamente las patas y la barriga de tu perro cuando vuelva a casa después de haber estado en la nieve o hielo. Esto es importante porque puede ingerir sal, anticongelante u otras sustancias químicas potencialmente peligrosas mientras se lame sus patas, y sus almohadillas de las patas también pueden sangrar por la nieve o el hielo incrustado.

  1. Nunca afeitar el pelo del perro hasta la piel en invierno, un abrigo largo proporcionará más calor. Cuando bañes a tu perro en los meses más fríos, asegúrese de secarlo completamente antes de llevarlo a dar un paseo. ¿Tienes una raza de pelo corto? Considera la posibilidad de obtener para él un abrigo o un suéter de cuello alto con la cobertura de la base de la cola hasta el vientre. Para muchos perros, esta es su vestimenta de invierno.

  1. Nunca dejes a tu perro o gato solo en un coche durante el tiempo de frío. Un coche puede actuar como un refrigerador en el invierno, manteniendo el frío y provocando que el animal se muera congelado.

  1. Los cachorros no toleran el frío tan bien como los perros adultos, y puede ser difícil enseñarle a hacer pipí en la calle durante el invierno. Si tu cachorro parece ser sensible al tiempo muy frio, tienes la opción de usar papel absorbente donde podrá hacer pipi dentro de casa. Si tu perro es sensible al frío debido a la edad, una enfermedad o el tipo de raza, llévalo al aire libre sólo para hacer sus necesidades.

  1. ¿Tu perro pasa mucho tiempo dedicado a actividades al aire libre? Aumente la cantidad de alimentos en invierno, especialmente proteínas, para él, y para que su piel se mantenga en plena forma.

  1. Como el refrigerante, los anticongelantes son un veneno letal para perros y gatos. Asegúrate de limpiar cuidadosamente cualquier derrame de tu vehículo, y considerar el uso de productos que contienen glicol de propileo en lugar de etilenglicol.

  1. Asegúrate de que tu animal de compañía tiene un lugar cálido para dormir, separado del suelo y lejos de todas las corrientes de aire. Una cama de perro o gato acogedora con una manta o una almohada es perfecto.

Department of Public Works
Our Public Works Department would like to request and remind all residents to keep their vehicles out of the road way when there is a snow event. snowplow
During the last winter, our guys worked around the clock trying to maintain our streets accessible. We ask that if your street has not been cleaned in a timely matter, please let us know. While at the same time, remain patient – we will be doing everything possible to get to your area.


The Edmonston Police Department welcomes new police Officer Rakibur Rahman to its ranks. Officer Rahman is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. Born at Prince George’s Hospital ,he grew up in the Riverdale - Edmonston area and graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. Officer Rahman’s previous employer was Blue Line Security Company located in Landover. He graduated from the Prince George’s County Community College Municipal Police Academy in Largo, Maryland, and will begin his work in Edmonston on February 1, 2016. Please welcome Officer Rahman to Edmonston!c:\users\rod barnes\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files\content.outlook\zz2kdwq4\new hire raki rahman.jpg

Easter Egg Hunt

Búsqueda de Huevos de Pascua
Saturday, March 27, 2016

Sábado, 27 de Marzo de 2016

Edmonston Recreation Center, 5100 Tanglewood

Edmonston, Maryland
Registration opens @ 10:15am

* All participants must register to qualify for prize*

* Todo participante tiene que ser registrado para cualificar para un premio*
Ages 1-3 hunt begins: 10:30am

Grades from prek-2: hunt begins: 11:00am

Grades from 3-5 hunt begins: 11:30am
Join us for a fun filled day with friends, prizes and the Easter Bunny!

Join us to celebrate our 4th Annual
Black History Month Celebration
“Be the Dream – Live the Dream”

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this community event with your family and learn about Black Life, History and Culture.
We will have cultural artifacts on display and music.
This free event will be held at:

Edmonston Rec. Center
5100 Tanglewood Drive

Edmonston, Maryland 20781

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M

Partake of the free cultural food that we will have available.

Sponsored by Town of Edmonston and the Black History Committee

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Recycling Tips
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Thank you for keeping Edmonston Clean and Green!

¡Gracias por mantener a Edmonston limpio y Verde!
Sustainability is our responsibility.

La sostenibilidad es nuestra responsabilidad.
Use the yellow container to RECYCLE your clean:

Utilice el contendor amarillo para reciclar ya enguadados:

  • Glass and plastic bottles

  • Aluminum cans

  • Paper: newspapers, junk mail, copy paper and phone books

  • Botellas de vidrio y plásticos

  • Latas de aluminio

  • Productos de papel tales como periódico, fotocopias y guías de teléfono

Town Council Happenings……

  • A mutual aid agreement between the Town of Brentwood and Edmonston for police services was approved.

  • Ecosite, Inc. Of College Park was hired to evaluate the pavement failures on Decatur Street and present “Green” Street repair options.

  • The Street repair Project on Ingraham Street was completed.

Watch for the local government access channels coming to Verizon and Comcast. Local information Will be provided to residents on these channels. Comcast is channel 71 and Verizon is channel 30. The Town Will be providing updates on these stations on a regular basis.

Visit our website for a calendar of events. or visit our Facebook page. Pictures and information are shared on the site regularly.



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Mayor Tracy Gant 240 821-4269

Council Members-Ward 1

Sophie Layne Bee 240-687-2622

Selita Bennett – White 240-305-5103
Council Members-Ward 2

Margaret Pooley 240-353-7213

John Johnson 240-605-0374

Town Administrator:

Rod Barnes 785-223-1037
Town Hall / Town Clerk 301-699-8806

Public Works: Steve Ramsey

Code Enforcement: Rocio Treminio

For Police Emergency 911

Non-Emergency Line 301 352-1200

Police Department 301 699-8805
Chief Stephen E. Walker

Crime Hotline

Bates Trash/ Bulk Trash 301 773-2069
PG County Council Member

Andrea Harrison 301 952-3864

Foreclosures help 1-877-462-7555

Bladensburg Fire Dept 301 883-7709

Call-A- Bus 301 499-8603

PEPCO 202 833-7500

Power outages 1-877-737-2662

Wire Down Emergency 202 872-3432

Wash Gas Co 703 750-1000

If you smell gas 703 750-1400

WSSC 301 206-4002

Emergency 301 206-4002

Verizon Fios 1-888-881-8161

Comcast Cable 301 731-4260

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