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County Executive Dedicates New 911 Call Center

County Executive Dedicates New 911 Call Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson today joined Public Safety Director Vernon Herron and several public safety officials to dedicate the new 911 Call Center in Bowie.

“When I became County Executive eight years ago, I knew that we needed to improve our public safety communications,” Johnson said.  “With the opening of this brand new facility and our new 700 megahertz radio system, we now have the best communications system in the country.”

Construction of the 40,000 square foot, $36 million facility began in March.  Officials expect to have the entire building operational by February 2011. The new facility will increase Fire/EMS and law enforcement dispatchers from 20 to 29 and also includes 32 console positions to process 911 calls. 

Just a Few More Days for Giant's Annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive

There are just a few more days to contribute to Giant's annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive. The drive helps five regional food banks keep their shelves stocked this holiday season. The annual hunger relief program gives customers the opportunity to help needy families by making a monetary contribution or donating non-perishable food items at neighborhood Giant stores. The Good Neighbor program is taking place in all Giant Food stores from now through November 28, 2010.

Has National Harbor Helped Changed The Image of Prince George's County?

Ask drivers from Virginia, who travel into Maryland, and they will tell you it is hard not to notice the beautiful development that overlooks the Potomac River, especially during the evening and night times where the National Harbor is illuminated with bright vibrate colors.  The National Harbor has not only become a destination, located just minutes away from our Nation's capital, but also a symbol of change for a county that has long struggled with attracting large public and private sector employers as well as high to middle-class retail options for its' residents compared to the surrounding counties. 

Firefighters and Paramedics Initiative - Helping Hearts for Troops

This story comes to us from Mark Brady of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department:

Documentary About Greenbelt Kicks Off Utopia Film Festival

The Gazette reports that the annual Utopia Film Festival kicks off Monday with its "Reel & Meal" event at the New Deal Café in the Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt.

Showing at the café in the historic shopping center will be "Green Towns USA: A New Deal," a 57-minute documentary about the three New Deal towns (Greenbelt, Md., Greenhills, Ohio and Greendale, Wis.) and how each of them have fared since they were created by the Roosevelt administration as an experiment in suburban community planning for moderate- and low-income people during the Depression.

The screening is free, but festival officials are encouraging moviegoers to support the New Deal Cafe by coming between 6:30 and show time at 7 p.m. to purchase its vegan buffet for $13.

Volunteer at the 8th Annual Celebration of Gorgeous Prince George's County

This story comes to us from Linda Lowe, Public Information Specialist for Prince George’s County:

Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson will host the 8th annual Celebration of Gorgeous Prince George’s County from 8 a.m. to noon on October 16, 2010 with street litter pickup activity, and cleanup and pruning of existing Gorgeous Prince George’s Day sites throughout the county.  A volunteer celebration picnic will take place at the Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park from noon to 3 p.m.


“For the past eight years, my administration has made building and maintaining livable communities one of its most important goals,” says Johnson.  “I am proud to say that celebrating the beauty of Gorgeous Prince George’s County has become a tradition and it continues to make our county a great place to live, work and play.”


Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee


Greenbelt will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2012 and in preparation for the anniversary year, the City Council has formed a 75th Anniversary Committee. The 75th Committee would like to plan a year-long series of events, projects and activities that will appeal to everyone in the Greater Greenbelt community. In order to achieve this goal, the Committee needs your input. Please complete this short survey and let the committee know what YOU would like to see as part of the celebration. Thank you so much! If you would like to apply to serve on this committee fill out this application and mail it to Cindy Murray, City Clerk, City of Greenbelt, 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.