You may have bought a flame-prone mattress, New Marriott opens in Largo, PGCo public schools use AdSense, Long and Foster selling hot properties in the county, Daycare center suddenly closes doors

Not a lot going on in Prince George’s County business news that I haven’t already posted on.  I’ll get updates on Westphalia and Brickyard Station, the two behemoth projects, soon.  A new Marriott Residence Inn opened in Largo; that’s good news on the larger scale of things.  And speaking of large things, the price for the new Potomac Overlook homes at National Harbor are nothing to squint at. Woo.  If you’re watching your online perusing closely, you’ll but notice that Prince George’s County’s public schools websites are featuring ads from Google now.  And there’s no need for a search engine because PGC Blog is providing you all the information you’ll need if you bought a mattress from one of these 3 stores in the county because said mattresses are being recalled as a result of their flammability.  No one has caught a fire yet.  Sleep tight.

L&F International Trade of Beltsville, Md., is recalling about 1,000 mattresses and mattresses with foundations for failing to meet the mandatory federal open flame standard for mattresses, which poses a fire hazard to consumers.  The made in the USA mattresses were sold at the following stores from November 2011, through July 2012, for about $100:

  • Best Buy Furniture, Takoma Park, Md.
  • Capital Discount, Washington, D.C. Mattress with firetruck
  • Carolina Furniture, Hyattsville, Md.;
  • Easy Buy Furniture, Washington, D.C.
  • Value Furniture, Bladensburg, Md.

No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves L&F International Trade’s renovated (rebuilt) twin, full, queen and king-size mattresses and mattresses with foundations. The used mattresses were stripped to the springs and rebuilt by L&F International Trade. They have an ivory knit fabric cover with a botanical pattern. The recalled mattresses have a yellow tag with “L&F International Trade Inc., 10726A Tucker St., Beltsville, MD 20705” printed on them.  Owners of these mattresses should immediately contact L&F International Trade and arrange to have the recalled mattress sets returned and have a compliant rebuilt mattress or mattress set delivered free of charge. Consumers may contact L&F International collect at (301) 595-1062 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by email at  Umph, I didn’t know you could really make collect calls anymore.  

Largo MarriottNew Marriott Residence Inn in Largo opened December 4th.  The new hotel is located at 1330 Caraway Court, Largo, Maryland 20774, just a short walk from the Largo Town Center Metro Station.  Guests will enjoy suites that offer separate sleeping, living, and dining areas.  Also there are full kitchens, pullout sofa beds, and work desks with complimentary high-speed. It’s being called the Fed-Ex Field Marriott.  Has a nice ring to it.  The hotel provided free breakfast too along with evening social events where food and desserts are provided.   After all that talk of food, I must add that there is a complimentary fitness room.  Heh-heeh!

memo_page2Prince George’s County Public Schools are taking advantage of Google’s AdSense to bring in some extra funds.  My Washington Informer reported it: Google advertisements are making their way to home page of the Prince George’s County Public Schools system’s website while generating funds for scholarship programs, according to reports. The site uses Google AdSense, a platform that places ads on websites based on a user’s web searches and Internet browsing habits. The ads, which began populating the site two years ago, have generated about $160,000 in funds for the Excellence in Education Foundation, which distributes college scholarships to county students. The school website adds a disclaimer that the schools system “does not endorse any messages, products or services presented in the ads below.”
 The ads generally run at the bottom of the web site and county officials choose which ads can be placed. Officials said they see the process as a partnership to add funds to the school system’s budget. County schools are jumping on a national trend of school systems padding their budgets with additional revenues after years of budget cuts due the recession. “It’s part of the times,” said Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, in a recent news report. “It’s the new normal.”

Baby Crying croppedChildTime Daycare, which is on the grounds of Prince George’s Community College has given parents of the little ones short notice that they are closing on December 31st.  PGCC maintains that they informed ChildTime  in March 2013 that the daycare facility would no longer be able to use the space after December 31, 2013, because the community college needs that space to expand.   WUSA9 reported that parents received a letter dated November 21 that said ChildTime would shut down 12/20. It seems, Prince George’s Community College needed the space, and let the center know back in March. They say the center requested an extension and got one – the lease will end December 31, 2013. The college says they even reiterated that they needed to go back in August, and also said this: “The Learning Care Group/Childtime was aware in March 2013 that it would be unable to use the property beyond December 31, 2013. The college assumed that the Learning Care Group/Childtime would communicate immediately with its clients. If that did not occur, the college views this as unfortunate.” — Jennifer L. Colter, PGCC

Potomac OverlookLong and Foster announced that their company will be working as real estate sales representative for Integrity HomesPotomac Overlook at National Harbor is a new neighborhood of brownstones starting at $550k and $650k.  Long and Foster describes Potomac Overlook as a “luxury community near National Harbor, Integrity Homes offers upscale brownstone and courtyard townhomes to match the neighborhood’s city-like feel. Their collections at Willowsford are similarly designed to blend perfectly with the scenic, resort-style community.”  I can honestly say that if I had that kind of money right now, I’d purchase one of these homes as an investment.  I’m still going to take a trip over there to look.   The model home is open daily from 10am to 5pm.