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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga February 2023

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

From left: Councilmember Kristin Mink, Montgomery County District 5; Riderwood Democratic Club Sandy Morse, Vice President; Bea Rodgers, President; Nettie Baldwin, Vice President; and Chair Tom Dernoga, District 1 on January 11.

Chair Dernoga and Kojo Nnamdi

Chair Tom Dernoga appeared on "The Politics Hour" with host Kojo Nnamdi and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on January 13. The show aired on member-supported WAMU-FM 88.5, American University Radio. To listen to the recording, visit Chair Dernoga discussed his priorities for the year ahead, including affordable housing and open government and what it is like working with the freshman lawmakers.

Proposed Development in Vansville

A developer is seeking to develop 7.75 acres of land at the southeast intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Ammendale Way with an address of 11701 Old Baltimore Pike, Vansville ("Subject Property") into a townhouse community with a maximum of 67 units. This property is zoned Commercial, General and Office (CGO), and townhomes are permitted within this zone. All proposed townhomes will be sold at the market rate.

They will be holding a neighborhood meeting per Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) guidelines on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at Beltsville Library at 6:30 PM to discuss this project in greater detail with the community. For more information: Nate Forman (301) 572-3237

Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Frozen pipes can be the worst. Keep your water running at a trickle to avoid calling a plumber in the future. Some homeowners even wrap their pipes in special foam insulation, commonly sold at big box stores. Should you have a pipe burst, call WSSC Emergency Services at (301) 206-4002 or email: Be prepared. Whether the water main break is in your house or the street, have 1 – 2 gallons per person in the home and water for your pets. Don't forget the additional water to flush the toilet. To receive emergency alerts, sign up here:

A Balanced Lunch with a Dash of Camaraderie

The Senior Nutrition Program, operated by the Prince George's County Department of Family Services, Area Agency on Aging, offers a nutritionally balanced lunch and a dash of camaraderie at the Laurel Beltsville Seniors Activity Center (LBSAC) to individuals 60 or older. These lunches are served at LBSAC Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Meal Registration: Call the Department of Family Services, Aging Services Division at (301) 206-3368. You'll need to register at least one day in advance. The suggested donation is $4.00. Please cancel your meal at least two days in advance if you need to cancel your feed. Please bring exact change to cover your donation.

Transportation Registration: For transportation to LBSAC, call the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) Intake line at (301) 499-8603 and press 1 or 6. There will be no lunch program when Prince George's County schools have a delayed opening or are closed due to inclement weather conditions.

Contact Us

Please keep in touch. Email us at or call (301) 952-3887. Se habla Español. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1

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