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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga August 2023

Updated: Aug 30, 2023


Council Chair Dernoga and the District One Team celebrating the 4th of July.

Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting for Proposed Development

A development has been proposed for the subdivision of the Beltsville Costco properties into one lot for the relocation and expansion of the Beltsville Costco Fuel Facility. A neighborhood meeting will be held, in accordance with M-NCPPC guidelines, on Wednesday, August 9, at 6:45 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church to discuss this project in greater detail with the community.


Rare Dinosaur Fossils Discovered at Dinosaur Park

Last month, M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County announced an incredible discovery at Dinosaur Park in Laurel. Local paleontologists and volunteers uncovered a portion of a large carnivorous dinosaur shin bone, also called a theropod tibia. It is the largest therapod fossil discovered in Eastern North America. Experts believe the three-foot shin bone belongs to an Acrocanthosaurus, the largest theropod in the Early Cretaceous period – about 38 feet long!

Dinosaur Park provides educational experiences for dinosaur enthusiasts and allows visitors to participate in paleontological activities. It is home to fossils around 115 million years old, dating back to the early Cretaceous Period, pre-dating the Tyrannosaurus Rex by 50 million years.

This discovery is significant for the state of Maryland and paleontological research, elevating the park to what's known as "bone bed" status, the first of its kind in Maryland since 1887. Notably, the park is also known for housing Astrodon Johnstoni, the largest species of dinosaur found east of the Mississippi River, also known as the Maryland State dinosaur.


Dinosaur Park Open House

During the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, M-NCPPC Dinosaur Park hosts an open house for visitors of all ages to participate in scientific discovery. From June to September, the hours are 10 AM to 2 PM. From October to May, the hours are 12 PM to 4 PM. More details are available at bit.ly/DinosaurParkInfo


New Superintendent for Prince George's County Public Schools

Last month, the County Council met with Mr. Millard House II, the new Superintendent for Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). Prior to his selection, Mr. House implemented several initiatives aimed at improving student achievement as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in Houston, Texas, including the expansion of early childhood education programs, the implementation of data-driven instruction, and the creation of specialized programs to support students with diverse needs. He also worked to improve teacher retention and recruitment and oversaw the development of a strategic plan for the district. We look forward to collaborating and together working to improve our local schools.


Contact Us

Please keep in touch. Email us at councildistrict1@co.pg.md.us or call 301.952.3887. Se habla Español. On parle Francais. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1

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