Berwyn District Civic Association Meeting
May 17, 2018
Meeting came to order at 7:40 p.m. Meeting held at Fealey Hall. Board members in attendance: Rose Greene Colby, Bob Catlin, Chad Stern, Jim Nealis, Kevin Young. Other attendees included PJ Brennan, Monroe Dennis, Harvey Himelfarb, Kelly Jordan, Myles Hicks, Richard Winston, Robert Hunter, Matthew Popadivk, Elizabeth Kuligowski, Richard Douglas, and Christy Dollymore.
The meeting began with Angela Alsobrooks, candidate for
Eric Smith and Cynthia Jackson of the MNCPPC spoke about recreational activities offered at local community centers – fitness and Zumba classes (incl. free fitness classes on Saturdays in May, 9-noon), summer and sports camps, STEM camps, etc. They also work with UM students on Good Neighbor clean-up projects. PGParks.com has listings of activities and events – Hispanic Festival, Father/Daughter Ball in October, etc. They were thanked by Richard Douglas for the work MNCPPC has done to protect the Bladensburg Peace Cross. Christy Dollymore will work with them on our Oct. bonfire permit.
County Council member Danielle Glaros said the council is working on a $4 billion budget,
trying to get more mental health/human services provided. PG only has one mental health provider for
every 890 people – much worse than the rest of our state. We are losing five council members and the
current co. executive due to term limits, so the massive zoning change plans
may not get passed this year. The new
City Council members PJ Brennan
addressed the issue of two ‘contract’ police officers recently charged with
failing to patrol the city but still charging the city for that service – one
has been ordered to repay $75,000 to College Park for ‘breach of trust’. Area crime is down, and the city wants
contract officers to be under more control from the city. New Cambria Hotel on Rt. 1 nearly finished,
Residents are reminded that the BDCA will hold elections for positions at the June meeting, and we are in need of someone to serve as a Neighborhood Watch representative. Current President Rose Greene Colby will not run for re-election as she plans to move later this summer. Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.