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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga September 2020

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

District 1 staff in Beltsville giving our Face Masks.

Election 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Gov. Hogan instructed the State Board of Election to send every Maryland voter an application to apply for an absentee/vote-by-mail ballot. Because of the changes at the United States Postal Service our office has heard from many District 1 residents with concerns about this election. You can apply for an absentee/vote-by-mail ballot by visiting or texting VBM to 77788. Ballot drop boxes will be placed across the County like during the Primary and you can find those locations on the Prince George's County Board of Election website, We will provide email updates – sign up at

Mask Request

District 1 families and Laurel Hospital need Face Masks for Children. We will continue collecting at our three drop off locations and one of the members of your District One team will deliver to those in need. We ask you package the materials in a resealable plastic bag. Learn more about the District 1 Sewing Project at

Coronavirus Update

The County has multiple COVID-19 testing sites that can accommodate those in vehicles or on foot. You do not need health insurance to get tested. To schedule an appointment, please call 301.883.6627.

For the latest updates, County residents can visit the County Health Department’s dedicated coronavirus web page: If you have any questions or concerns, you may also call the Prince George’s County Health Department coronavirus hotline at 301.883.6627 to receive updated information about the coronavirus disease. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

MD-212A Update

The Maryland Department of Transportation kicked off a 2-year project on Route 212A in Beltsville on June 9th. This 1.33 mile stretch of Route 212A or Powder Mill Road from Pine Street to Route 1 is scheduled to last until August 2022. The project includes roadway widening, roadway resurfacing, drainage improvements, installation of new curb and gutter, creation of 12 bus shelter pads, construction of bicycle lanes, and sidewalks that are ADA compliant. A short video is available on YouTube at

For full information go to, Comments and questions can be directed to Mr. Glenn Chase, Maryland Department of Transportation at 443.7171.0039 or

Tea Time with Tom

Join me later this month for a late afternoon virtual conversation from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will discuss a wide range of topics and answer your questions. You must RSVP to join. You can RSVP and submit questions at The September date is Friday, September 18th.

Bulky Trash and Landfill Update

Brown Station Sanitary Landfill fully reopened August 3rd, 2020 for residential customers. Curbside bulky trash collection officially resumed August 3rd, 2020. Residents can schedule appointments to schedule an appointment, call 311 or visit:

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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