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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga May 2023

Updated: May 23, 2023

Hugo Cantú and Jason Nuñez at High Point High School's ESOL Night.
Hugo Cantú and Jason Nuñez at High Point High School's ESOL Night.

District 1 Community Conversation: Comptroller Brooke Lierman

Beltsville residents are invited to join the District 1 Virtual Community Conversation on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM. Our guest will be Brooke Lierman, Maryland's new State Comptroller, and she will provide an update from her office. RSVP online at

Prince George’s County and the Environment

Prince George's County regained its number one position in recycling and waste diversion, according to a report recently released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The county reduced waste by banning foam packaging made of #6 plastics, updating business and commercial recycling requirements, banning plastic straws, and expanding the Curbside Composting program. The council is now considering passing the Better Bag Bill (Council Bill 32-2023), which aims to reduce the distribution of single-use carryout bags and incentivize reusable bags to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of County residents and visitors.

Undoubtedly, with an increase in plastic pollution globally, statewide and countywide, it is critical to shift the culture of Prince George’s County residents away from single-use carryout bags to reusable bags. Consequently, the enactment of CB-32-2023 will adhere to a priority recommendation outlined in the County’s Climate Action Plan: expand County waste reduction and diversion efforts. Using a hybrid ordinance model, we can ensure that all Prince George’s County residents can continue seeing their county beautified by eliminating single-use carryout bags.

Annual Health Fair at Beltsville Academy

Beltsville Academy will host its Annual Health Fair on Saturday, May 6th, from 8:00-10:00 AM. A variety of health screenings and educational materials will be provided, along with information about health and wellness resources within our community.

Community Day Fair at High Point High School

High Point High School will host a Community Day Fair on Friday, May 12th, from 3:30-7:30 PM. The event will be filled with student performances, games, food, and more! Residents are invited to drop by the District 1 table to say hi and learn about County resources.

Coming Soon: WSSC Water Bill Amnesty Program June 1-30

The financial impact of COVID-19, coupled with economic uncertainty caused by current inflationary pressures, requires bold action to help customers in need. Therefore, WSSC Water has approved a temporary water bill amnesty program to help customers "Get Current" with delinquent water/sewer bills. The program, which will run from June 1-30, provides bill credits & waives late fees for qualified customers. To learn more about WSSC Water’s "Get Current" program and to sign up to be notified when it launches on June 1, visit Information on other customer assistance programs can be found at

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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