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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga April 2024

Michelle García, Chief of Staff (first from right), Genesis Báez, Constituent Services Specialist (second from left), to Council Member Dernoga, along with Laurel City Mayor Keith Sydnor and Cheverly Council Member Christopher Wade, join Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Beltsville for their 2024 Career Day.

Registering to Vote

You can register to vote once you turn 16 and obtain your permit. Furthermore, a registered 17-year-old is permitted to vote in the Primary Election if they turn 18 on or before the General Election. Citizenship of the United States and residency in Maryland are additional prerequisites.

Once registered, you are prepared for future elections if you keep your address current. If you relocate, remember to inform the Board of Elections within 30 days of your address change. Registering in advance is crucial as you cannot register on election day. The registration deadline is 21 days before the election.

To update your registration details, you can either send a letter with your new address or complete the English or Spanish Voter Registration Application and mail it to Prince George's County Board of Elections, 1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115A, Largo.


Teal Day in April

Counseling helps people navigate challenging life situations, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, natural disasters, school stress, and job loss. It provides insights to manage mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. April is Counseling Awareness Month, and Teal Day is the second Friday of April. Those you see wearing their teal shirt in the community reaffirm their support and awareness of the importance of counseling and self-care for counselors. Countywide, you may contact dial 9-8-8 for assistance if you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide or a mental health crisis. Mental health specialists are available 24 hours a day to provide immediate assistance and referrals for long-term support.

In Beltsville, the Beltsville Adventist Community Center (BACC), off of Ammendale Road, connects residents with a licensed professional counselor on their team who is partially funded by the county so that individuals who need counseling on a sliding scale based on income can still take advantage of this service. To take advantage of this service or find out more information, you may contact BACC directly by calling 301-937-8119 or contacting our office, and we will assist with making the connection.

Your wellness is essential and critical to a happy life. Please do not hesitate to reach out.


Earth Day 2024

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, and is celebrated to demonstrate support for environmental protection. As many of you know, our team prides itself on doing many things to aid in creating a more sustainable future for the residents of District 1.

We encourage you to learn more about some of the sustainability programs and legislation in Prince George’s and to make small life changes that have huge impacts, here are a few:

1.      The Council passed a Plastic Straw Ban that went into effect in 2020, banning straws and stirrers that are not reusable or meet the home-compostable standard, cutting down on plastic straw litter in the environment and that which clogs our waterways and harms the wildlife in our Chesapeake Bay. Patronize places that comply with this legal standard, and if you come across a business that may need to be reminded of this law, let us know.

2.      The County Council passed the Better Bag Bill that went into effect on January 1, 2024. Contact our office or look out for our next Free Reusable Grocery Bag Giveaway at one of our District 1 grocery stores to get a free grocery bag and learn more about the legislation that makes them necessary.

3.      On March 20, 2024, the Council celebrated MeatOut Day. We heard from food activists, District 1’s First Lady, Lenora Dernoga, and others to learn more about the harmful impact the meat processing industry and overconsumption have had on our environment and health. Then, we all enjoyed a delicious vegan meal and dessert from NuVegan Cafe and Catering, College Park. To learn more about Meat Out Day, visit


Growing Green with Pride

Join the County and other volunteers at various locations throughout the county on Saturday, April 27th, Earth Day, from 8AM to 12PM to help beautify our community by cleaning, weed removal, and planting, RSVP at  


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