Berwyn District Civic
September 20, 2018
Meeting came to order at 7:40
p.m. Meeting held at Fealey
Hall. Board members in attendance: Christy Dollymore, Bob Catlin, Chad Stern,
Jim Nealis, Kevin Young, Dan Blasberg.
Other attendees included PJ
Brennan, Monroe Dennis, Joe Theis, Joshua Westgard,
Maddie Koenig, Jason Daniels, Rich Douglas, Ronald Cameau,
Liesl Koch, Linda Rippeon, Harry Pitt. Upcoming civic association events include the
annual bonfire on Sun., Oct. 28th – wood drop-off will take place
the 21st to 27th.
The first speaker was Lt.
Collins, P.G. Co. Police contract officer in College Park. Our contract officers are a
supplement to the County force, paid by the city. We have from 2 to 10 officers
on duty on various schedules. Crime remains low in this section of the county –
mainly thefts of valuables that were left in plain sight or in unlocked cars.
About 50% of local ‘break-ins’ involve cars left UNLOCKED, so lock your doors!
Contact Bob Ryan at City Hall to request police monitoring of areas where stop
signs, crosswalks, etc., are ignored by drivers. Remember that about half of
police vehicles are unmarked, so there are more officers on patrol than you
City Councilman PJ Brennan suggested folks
check local listserves, newsletters, etc., to see
numerous activities taking place in the city.
On Thur., Sept. 27th, at 7 p.m., City Hall will host a
‘visioning’ meeting to get resident input on what the new City Hall should
include. College Park Day will be Oct. 6th,
noon-6 p.m., at the Aviation
Museum parking lot. Bands, vendors, non-profits will
participate. Berwyn’s Smile Herb Shop will host a festival
on Sat., Sept. 29th.
Candidates for District 21 House of Delegates
Peña-Melnyk has been a delegate for 12 years, and
claims credit for saving ‘Obamacare’ and shaping new insurance programs in Md., saving Laurel
Hospital, getting bonds for College Park. She
supports public financing of elections, reducing drug prices, and says she has
a proven record of service. She chaired the state commission on health
Ranker is a pastor at UM, and a graduate of UM. He supports public financing of
elections – says too much money is influencing politics. He says he will not
accept corporate or special-interest donations. Big issues he will tackle
include education, transportation, criminal justice, high property taxes. He is
an independent and wants to reform the system from the ‘outside’. One attendee
complained about the state taking money from the transportation fund to pay for
Chike Anyanwu is an immigrant
– told an inspiring story of a difficult childhood in that country, and how
grateful he is to be an American. He wants
to give back to America, is
concerned that one-party control in Annapolis
will lead to corruption. He wants to fix the notoriously gerrymandered
congressional districts in Maryland,
and wants a ‘lock-box’ on lottery funds.
He is generally supportive of Gov. Hogan’s efforts in Annapolis.
Need to improve PG schools and bring them up to standards seen in Anne
Arundel, Howard Cos. We need more
Douglas is a Republican, and says our state lacks the political will to expand
business opportunities and economic expansion, and wonders why states like Alabama and Tennessee
are drawing new factories and industries like Mercedes-Benz , Mazda – but not Maryland? Good jobs are a real solution to most Md. problems, not more
government. He suggests State Attorney
General Frosh’s lawsuits against the Trump Administration may have cost PG Co.
a chance to house the proposed new FBI headquarters? We need more economic opportunities and
Barnes dislikes Gov. Hogan, and supports Mr. Frosh’s lawsuits against Pres.
Trump. He supports more parental leave rights, more child care subsidies, and a
$15 per hour minimum wage. Calls himself
a ‘strong Democrat’, and stated support for the recent rain tax Hogan repealed,
claiming it helped clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Lehman is a current County Council member (last 8 yrs.), grew up in Greenbelt, attended UM, lives in Laurel.
She has been honored to serve on the Council, has brought more Co. services to north end of PG Co. She helped ban Styrofoam use, and supports
environmental, housing and health care issues.
Interested in education and work of the Kirwan Commission. She also
supports public funding of elections, wants to ban corporate, union, ‘pac’ monies. Limit personal campaign donations to $250 per
adjourned at 9 p.m.
Notes compiled by Jim Nealis