Well Happy Friday to one and all. The big talk in the county is about Tanger Outlet National Harbor opening today. There will be money spent for sure but not by me, not just yet. This mad rush by retailers to force a Christmas gift on ya is kinda thirsty. I realize Target and Sears had weak third quarter sales, but this mad push by retailers like Amazon (Sunday Nov. 24th), Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and even The Gap, all of who will be open on Thanksgiving Day, is just a bit much for this blogger. In the meantime, I’m extremely glad it’s Friday; ready to end this week and start something new. Looks like our public school’s CEO is starting his new with a bit of old though.
New School CEO Kevin Maxwell is bringing quite a few former Anne Arundel County schools employees to his new administration. Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Angela M. Wakhweya is joining the Prince George’s County Public Schools as the chief of health policy, services, and innovation. Two other Anne Arundel employees previously joined Maxwell’s administration: George Margolies, Maxwell’s chief of staff in Anne Arundel, left the Anne Arundel school system on Nov. 15 and will start as Maxwell’s chief of staff on Nov. 25. Monique Whittington Davis, a former assistant superintendent in Anne Arundel County, also joined Maxwell’s staff as a deputy superintendent. The Capital Gazette reported that incoming Dr. Angela M. Wakhweya‘s was removed from her former position in Anne Arundel County under unclear circumstances. Her removal was lead by Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene. Wakhweya has made allegations of racism are said by some to be without merit. No harm meant to Dr. Wakhweya, but I don’t want any mess. I think it’s time for Dr. Kevin Maxwell to start recruiting some innovators from WITHIN our county for some of these paid positions. What say you?
Bowie’s Advisory Planning Board has recommended that Wal-Mart NOT be granted special exception to build it’s Super Wal-Mart in Bowie. WHAAAAAA-AAAT? Looks like Bowie’s Planning Board In a surprise move after a three-hour hearing, the Bowie Advisory Planning Board voted Tuesday to recommend disapproval of Walmart’s application for a special exception to build a new Supercenter in Bowie. The Bowie Advisory Planning Board is a volunteer committee made up of residents that acts in an advisory capacity to the Bowie City Council on planning issues. Tuesday’s vote means it will advise the council to recommend that the Prince George’s County Planning Board disapprove the application. City planning staff will recommend the the council support the application, with conditions, after finding that Wal-Mart met all of the criteria for the special exception. City Planning Director Joe Minhert stands by the planning staff’s recommendation.
“We think the board made a bad decision,” Minhert said. The new store in Bowie is part of Walmart’s planned expansion in Prince George’s County. The special exception is required because the store as planned would be 186,000 square feet. In Prince George’s County, any “big box” retailer planning to build a store over 125,000 square feet is required to apply for a special exception. Following the hearing, in which residents spoke both in favor and in opposition of the application, advisory planning board member Ron Skotz moved to recommend approval. When that motion was not seconded, there was some confusion among the board over next steps. Minhert told Patch that the city attorney advised the board members they had to vote, so a second board member, Terry Rogers, moved to deny the application. According to Rogers, Walmart’s plans were not in compliance with the 2006 Bowie Master Plan, which stated the property—located at the intersection of northbound Rt. 301 and Mill Branch Road—should not be used for “big box” stores.“-Bowie Patch.
I need to get a Prince George’s County library card because they have teamed up with Hoopla to offer free, temporary downloads of music, books, movies and television shows. Hoopla is a new online resource similar to Hulu and Rhapsody in that it contains thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks. It is free to instantly stream or temporarily download content on your smart phone, tablet, computer or Apple TV. All you need is a Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Library Card. This new offering allows you to watch or listen to up to 12 titles a month, borrow movies or television episodes for 72 hours, music albums for 7 days, or audiobooks for 21 days. Titles are always available, there is no waiting. And best of all, they items you borrow are automatically returned. No slip ups resulting in fees. And our library is open to everyone in the surrounding area: Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County or Prince William County may get a Prince George’s County library card free of charge. That’s mighty nice of them. See more information at the Library’s website HERE.
A very young man died after a fire in a port-a-potty in the Sunnyside area of College Park Maryland. According to the PGCo Fire Department Blog, “A male in his early 20’s was pulled from a porta-potty that was well involved with fire this morning. At about 7:00 am a Maryland State Trooper saw the fire and using the portable fire extinguishers from his cruiser knocked down enough fire to pull out the critically injured male. Firefighters and paramedics arrived shortly thereafter at the Sunnyside Neighborhood Park in the 10100 block of Rhode Island Avenue in College Park and extinguished what was left of the burning material and treated the patient. The park shares the same service road as the Maryland State Police (MSP) Barracks.
Paramedics treated the man on the scene for burn injuries. A MSP meda-vac helicopter flew the patient to a Burn Unit in Critical Condition with life threatening burn injuries. Prince George’s County Fire Investigators and the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) Police Department are investigating the incident. A possible suicide attempt has not been ruled out, however, the investigation is on-going.” I really don’t know and can’t even speculate about what happened here. I am sure of one thing, this is sad. Our condolences to the family.