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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga July 2021

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

Councilmember Tom Dernoga awarded the Prince George's County Education Association’s (PGCEA) coveted Golden Apple, May 2021.
Council Member Tom Dernoga and District 1 team members (and Beltsville residents), Michelle García, Nicole Ríos, and Andrew Jacobson, at West Laurel Civic Association’s Annual Dumpster Day.

District 1 Virtual Community Conversation.

Join me on Monday, July 26th at 7:00 PM, as my office hosts US Senator Chris Van Hollen. Senator Van Hollen will provide an update from Capitol Hill. I will provide updates on County matters and take your questions. To register online, visit

Latest Update: Bureau of Engraving and Printing at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

For those who have not followed this issue, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has proposed moving to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, replacing the poultry barns. In this potential move, the new BEP facility will cover 122 acres with a 1 million square foot building and 1,600 employees. Access will be off an entrance on Powder Mill Road. The actual facility is located adjacent to Odell Road and Vansville where the current poultry barns are located today.

Federal projects go through a multi-step process including a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement. Many of you provided inputs to me when the draft version was published, and your comments were incorporated into my formal letter of feedback. The final Environmental Impact Statement was recently published with a comment period that will end July 4, 2021. The full document and project details are available at . If you have any additional comments, please provide them to my office.

Top Community Police Officer – Cpl. Kenneth C. Hibbert.

The Prince George’s Police Chiefs’ Awards were recently announced; for anyone who has had the privilege of working with Cpl. Hibbert, you’ll be pleased to know that he received top honors for his work in Community Policing. In addition to his regular policing work in our community, Cpl. Hibbert leads the local Police Explorer unit, a special Boy Scout unit that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local police. Under Cpl. Hibbert’s leadership, Police Explorer Post 600 has flourished. Members of the Post routinely participate in community activities including regular litter pick-ups to improve the community. Congratulations to Cpl. Hibbert!

Prince George's County Schools Announces Fall Plans.

The County schools announced recently that in the fall, full-time, in-person learning will be available 5 days per week for children at all levels. There will be several limited on-line options as well. For more information go to

Prince George's Parks Summer Programs.

While the Beltsville Community Center is still closed, the Parks Department has a number of summer programs available. You can choose from summer day camps, playground programs, and Xtreme Teen programs. The programs run from June 28 through August 20. To register go to:

Save the Date.

On the morning of Saturday, August 14, I will host a Beltsville Community Dumpster Day with secure shredding. More details will be available in next month’s Beltsville News.

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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