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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga June 2024

Council Member Tom Dernoga and Chief of Staff Michelle García at a BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple community event.

Harmony Garden at Vansville

Join us for the upcoming Public Meeting on the Harmony Garden proposal for the space at 11701 Old Baltimore Pike on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 6 PM, at the Beltsville Library's meeting room (4319 Sellman Road). Go here to access the Harmony Gardens project documents A representative from the District 1 Team will be present, and we look forward to meeting you.

If you are interested in sharing your opinion, consider registering online to become a person of record; go here As a registered individual in a zoning case, you will receive notifications regarding forthcoming meetings, actions, and decisions made during various phases of the zoning application process.


Beltsville Adventist Community Center

The Beltsville Adventist Community Center (BACC) provides many resources to support local residents. It offers free computer usage, a food pantry, a diaper bank, a Social Services office, and various other avenues for assistance. The BACC, located at 4200 Ammendale Road, hosts free food giveaways from 10 AM to 12 PM on Friday, June 7, and June 21. Visit here for more information:


Fireworks are Illegal

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented numerous fatalities and injuries from fireworks. Many of these incidents occur around major holidays, with a significant number resulting from the misuse of fireworks, such as mortar-style devices. Victims of fireworks-related incidents can range widely in age, emphasizing the need for caution.

Burns are the most common type of injury, frequently affecting hands and fingers, often due to holding lit fireworks. Sparklers can also cause burns, particularly in young children. Eye injuries caused by components like gunpowder, sulfur, and charcoal are also common. If an eye injury occurs, avoid rinsing, rubbing, or applying pressure, and seek medical help immediately.

It is generally safest to leave fireworks to professionals; all fireworks are illegal in Prince George's County. Police officers can issue criminal citations and confiscate fireworks. A non-emergency dispatch request will result in the response of Prince George's County Police, Fire/EMS, or Sheriff personnel to the scene of an actively or recently occurring public safety incident that does not immediately threaten life, safety, or property. You can report incidents online at or by calling the non-emergency number 301-352-1200. Please remember that it is challenging for emergency personnel to respond without an exact address or location where the offenders can be seen engaging in this illegal behavior.

            Always prioritize safety and legal guidelines to ensure joyful and injury-free holiday celebrations.


The Senior Tax Credit application is open!

The portal and online applications for the Elderly Tax credit submissions are open for the tax year starting July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. The customer service counter is now accepting walk-in payments Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information, visit


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