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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga October 2021

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

District 1 Team meeting with Pastor Sifa Potauaine, with Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church. (From left to right: Nicole Ríos, Paige Goldscher, Jerri Jones, Gabriel Fernandes, and Michelle García)

Trunk or Treat!

We are happy to announce we will be hosting “Trunk or Treat,” in partnership with the District VI Police Station. Please join us on Tuesday, October 26, from 6 to 7:30 PM, at the Beltsville Academy, for this drive-thru event. Strict precautionary health guidelines will be implemented to ensure the safety of all attendees. For more information, please visit

Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance Program

In trying times like these, we are here to help. The Prince George’s County 2021 Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance Program (ERAP) helps households experiencing financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERAP helps provide payment assistance to residents who are struggling to pay rent or afford utilities. If you need assistance you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. For more information, please visit

How to Identify Legitimate Food Vendors

While we are happy to support local businesses, it is important to accurately identify legitimate food trucks. Make sure to look for: a valid and current Health Department issued decal placed on the truck or trailer body, not on the cab of the truck. Additionally, the mobile unit’s name should be a minimum of three inches in contrasting color, on the exterior body of the mobile unit. The name, city, and state accompanied with the telephone number should also be visible, with letters a minimum of three inches. Public vending of food from manually propelled mobile units is prohibited on public rights-of way and on public property except for mobile units that are authorized as participants of a designated Food Truck Hub or as permitted at an event which has been issued a Temporary Use Permit from the Prince George's County Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). For more information, please call the Health Department at 301-883-7690.

Beltsville Halloween Event - Movie in the Graveyard

The Department of Parks and Recreation will host a family friendly “Movie in the Graveyard” on Friday, October 15, from 6 to 9 PM. Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees. “Movie in the Graveyard” will be held at the Beltsville Community Center field and is free for families. Advance registration is required. Please register at ticket number NAO-SPEC-GA-20211015. For more information, please call 301-937-6613.

In Environmental News

We are pleased to welcome the new Department of the Environment (DOE) Director, Andrea L. Crooms. Director Crooms is an environmental advocate, an attorney, economist, and climate scientist with 20 years of leadership experience in environmental regulation and climate change mitigation. Director Crooms’ experience includes working with the U.S. Department of Energy, serving in multiple leadership roles with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. We are excited to work with Director Crooms and look forward to her fresh ideas

Figuring out what can go into your trash can versus the recycling bin can be confusing, but there is help. Now you can access DOE’s new online Waste and Recycling Toolkit and discover the ins and outs of recycling, trash, composting, bulky trash and more. Parents can also discover kid-friendly activities. Visit

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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