Thu Dec 3 at 1 PM COPS Coffee Club Town Center, South Laurel

By popular demand, now everyone, not just Seniors, can attend Coffee Club meetings with Prince George's County Police District VI Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) officers and City of Laurel police.

The next Coffee Club meeting will be at a new location:

Thursday, Dec 3, 1 PM
Town Center Shopping Center
13310 Laurel Bowie Rd 
Laurel, MD 20708
Next to Sapphire Indian/Thai Restaurant

Residents are welcome from throughout Prince George’s County Police District VI (map) and from City of Laurel. We discuss crime prevention and crime reporting issues of particular concern to participants, such as personal safety, home security, vehicle theft, theft from vehicles, consumer fraud, identify theft, and more.

The Coffee Club holds informal meetings at 1 pm on the first and third Thursdays each month, at various announced locations in Prince George's County Policed District VI and City of Laurel.

Please join us.

Nov 23 7pm Safe Shopper Program Martin Luther King MS

Prince George’s County Police Department District VI wants to reduce crimes of opportunity at local area shopping centers.

Safe Shopper Awareness Program 
Monday, November 23, 7 pm
Martin Luther King Middle School 
4545 Ammendale Rd, Beltsville [MAP]
Door Prizes
Including Washington Wizards Tickets for November 28 Game

By following the tips below, you can outsmart criminals and limit the opportunity for you to become a victim of crime this holiday season.
  • Carry your wallets in your front pocket as opposed to the back pocket
  • Be aware of your surroundings when shopping in stores
  • Carry cash/credit & debit cards deep in your pocket or in zipper pockets
  • Do not leave your purse unattended in the shopping cart
  • When in use, cover the account number on your credit/debit card with your hand and block the view when typing in your PIN
  • Make sure you lock your car when exiting the vehicle
  • Ensure your keys are accessible before exiting the store
  • Look around the parking area before exiting the vehicle
  • Lock the doors as soon as you enter the vehicle
  • Do not stop and talk to strangers in a parking lot/deck
  • Shop with a friend/family member - there is safety in numbers
  • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings.
Call 911 For Emergencies or Crimes in Progress
Call 301-352-1200 for Non-emergencies needing a police officer to respond.

If you have information about recent crimes in Police District VI (Map), please contact the Prince George's County Police District VI Confidential Telephone Tip Line at (301) 931-3575 or by email to

Thu Nov 19 1 PM COPS Seniors Coffee Club Phelps Senior Services Center

The second formative meeting of the C.O.P.S. Seniors Coffee Club is at 1 PM on Thursday, November 19. This time we will meet at

Phelps Senior Services Center
701 Montgomery Street
Laurel, MD 20707 

Our first meeting was on Thursday, November 5 at the Starbucks in the Laurel Center at Contee Rd and Route 1. Ten seniors attended -- half of them from the West Laurel area of Prince George’s County.

We welcome senior citizens from throughout Prince George’s County Police District VI (map) and from City of Laurel. We discuss with the Police District VI Community Oriented Policing Services team (C.O.P.S.) and City of Laurel police officers about crime prevention and crime reporting issues of particular concern to seniors, such as personal safety, theft, consumer fraud, identify theft, and other issues raised by our members.

The Seniors Coffee Club holds informal meetings on the first and third Thursday afternoons each month, at various announced locations in Prince George's County Policed District VI and City of Laurel.

Please join us.

P.G. County Police Free Alert Messaging Service NIXEL

One Team. One Mission. Fight Crime. 

The Prince George’s County Police Department is now offering immediate information to citizens through Nixle, a trusted web-based service for police departments and other government agencies.

Through Nixle, important neighborhood-level information is provided to residents in a standardized, secure and certified manner: via the web, email or mobile text message services (*). Nixel uses social networking technology similar to Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more about Nixle and to sign up to receive information from the Prince George’s County Police Department, through Nixle, regarding public safety matters in your community go to

(*) Standard text messaging fees may apply, depending on your mobile phone service plan.

Powder Mill Road work: Beltsville Dr to Allview Dr until Summer

UPDATE Nov 10, 2009:
According to information received from a business near the construction area (who kindly provided this SHA Announcement) and my own observation this afternoon, apparently one or more lanes will be kept open during construction on that portion of Powder Mill Rd.

ROUTE 212 WIDENING: Work is scheduled to begin this week (Nov 9) on a $1.2M road widening project along a half mile of Route 212 on Powder Mill Road between Evans Trail Way/Allview Drive and Beltsville Drive in Beltsville. 

Some Powder Mill Road lanes will be closed on weekdays between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and overnight Sundays through Thursdays from 9:00 PM to 500 AM.  Construction is scheduled to last until next summer.  (mapDr. Gridlock, Washington Post Nov 8, 2009
(Thanks to Karen M.)

Nov 21 Dernoga Thanksgiving Party for Charities

Note from 2010 candidate for District 1 County Council Representative, Mary Lehman:
If you appreciate organizations that do the good but often thankless work in our communities that makes life better for the poor and homeless, here's a chance to honor them and educate yourself and your kids about their efforts. This is a FREE and wonderful pre-Thanksgiving event to remind us of what really matters, how to make a difference, and why we have so many reasons to be grateful for our own blessings. I will be there with my kids, and I hope you will, too
Fondly, Mary Lehman

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Sat Nov 14 Free E-Cycling and Document Shredding Event 8 am - 1 pm

The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) invites County citizens and residents to participate in a free E- Cycling and Document Shredding Event on

Saturday, November 14, 2009 
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
High Point High School
3601 Powder Mill Road

"With identity theft and fraud crimes on the rise, this event provides our County citizens and residents an opportunity to safely dispose of their confidential documents," said, DER Director Charles W. Wilson. "In addition, citizens and residents can help the environment by dropping off their old, unwanted electronics equipment and televisions for recycling."

  • Residents can bring up to five tall kitchen bags or five archive boxes filled with documents to be destroyed by mobile shredding trucks at the event.  
  • Acceptable items for e-Cycling include personal computer or component parts, inkjet and toner cartridges, mainframes, surge protectors, cell phones, laptop computers, computer mice, circuit boards, copiers, telephone systems, CD players, keyboards, computer speakers, fax machines, cable, radios and stereos, printers, scanners, pagers, VCRs and televisions.  
This event is restricted to non- commercial vehicles, ¾ ton maximum weight.

For more information on the E-Cycling and Document Shredding Event or other recycling initiatives, call DER's Recycling Team at (301) 883- 5045

Muirkirk Rd Water Main Break Nov 5, 2009

Sometime before noon, Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 a water main broke in the middle of Muirkirk Rd inside Montpelier Hills, just east of Sea Pearl Ct. By 2 pm WSSC crews were digging up the road to begin to effect repairs. The two center lanes will probably be closed during repairs -- two-way traffic continues using the outer lanes. There are no flagmen. The second photo shows water coming out of a street light pole at the electrical connection box, so there may also be reduced street lighting tonight night and until repairs are completed. Even after utility trucks and equipment leave, caution should be exercised in the center lanes because in the past road repair crews have left dangerous, unfiilled excavations overnight in this area of Muirkirk Rd. See:

Aug 21, 2008 WSSC Water Line Break on Muirkirk

Jan 14, 2007 Citizens Mitigate Dangerous Excavation on Muirkirk 

Nov 11 7 pm Climate Change Science Update - Greenbelt

GCAN logo

Wonderfully Entertaining and Informative 
Slideshow and Discussion!
Greenbelt's Fifth Annual
Global Warming Science Update with 

Dr. Chris Barnet (bio)
Wed., November 11,  7:00 pm
Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114
15 Crescent Road. Greenbelt, MD

Thu Nov 5 1-3 PM - First Seniors' Coffee Club
with PG District VI C.O.P.S.

First Formative Meeting of the Seniors' Coffee Club
Prince George's County Police District VI 
Community Oriented Policing Officers (COPs)
Thursday, November 5, 1-3 PM
At Starbucks
13600 Baltimore Ave, #308, LaurelMD 20707