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The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: July 2023

Updated: Aug 8, 2023



Senate Scholarship Deadline July 7th

Maryland has a variety of scholarship programs to help our college students. One of them provides legislators with the ability to award scholarships to residents of our districts. We are now accepting applications for the 2023/2024 academic year through July 7th. To be eligible, students must have attended a Maryland high school and, in most cases, attend a college in Maryland. For more information, go to mhec.maryland.gov. To submit an application, go to www.21stdistrictdelegation.com and click on the college scholarships tab.


Dinosaur Park Open Houses

During the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, Dinosaur Park hosts an open house for visitors of all ages to participate in scientific discovery.

The summer programs run from 10 AM to 2 PM on the following dates: July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19. More details are available at https://www.mncppc.org/3294/Visitor-Information.


Overnight Lane Closures at the US 1 Bridge over I-95/I-495 Interchange in College Park


The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) began performing maintenance and repairs at the US 1 bridge over Beltway interchange in College Park.

The work is being done from 10 PM to 5 AM, Sundays through Thursdays, and is expected to be completed by late summer, weather permitting.

Drivers can expect temporary ramp closures and detours within the interchange and shoulder closures on I-95/I-495. The ramp from southbound US 1 to the I-95/495 Inner Loop will be controlled with a yield sign while crews close a single lane beneath the bridge to make repairs.

Additionally, drivers can expect a single-lane closure on the acceleration lane on the I-95/I-495 Inner Loop. Crews will install a concrete barrier to close the right shoulder on the I-495 Inner Loop under the bridge for the duration of the project. The work is a system preservation project to ensure the bridge has decades of useful service life. Customers with questions may contact the SHA District 3 Office at 301-513-7300 or toll-free at

1-800-749-0737.


Facing Rental Eviction?

If you are facing eviction due to delinquent rent and have a court summons, court judgment, Warrant of Restitution, or Warrant for Possession, you may be eligible for the Prince George’s County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

For assistance, call the ERAP Hotline at (301) 883-6504, then press 9, and a customer service representative will help you or e-mail your contact information and one of the documents listed above to: ERAP@co.pg.md.us (Include the eviction date in the Subject Line if an eviction is scheduled.)

If you’re eligible for assistance, ERAP can pay up to 18 months of late rent or provide funding to help you relocate.

Note: The Emergency Rental Assistance Program has not re-opened. Funding is available for eligible renters with a pending eviction. Requirements to be eligible to apply for emergency assistance: The renter must be scheduled by the Sheriff for eviction, or there must be an active Warrant for Possession that would allow the Sheriff to evict, or the renter received a court summons or court judgment. Rental property located in Prince George’s County. Prince George’s County residents faced financial hardship arising because of or during the COVID-19 public health crisis. More information is available at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3703/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program.


Farmers Markets near Beltsville

Local produce travels a shorter distance to get to residents, producing fewer greenhouse emissions from truck exhaust.

College Park: The Hollywood Farmers Market at the Hollywood Shopping Center runs every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM until November 18.

Laurel: Located at 378 Main Street, the Laurel Farmers Market runs every other Thursday from 3 - 7 PM until September 28.


Contact me

Please let me know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if I can be of help to you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 410-841-3141.



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