The Moe Gram
 
Volume  11           Issue  7        July  2017
 
 
Craig Moe Announces Run for P.G.C. Council Seat

August 2017
 
I am happy to announce that on August 3, 2017, I filed my paperwork in Upper Marlboro, to be a candidate for the Prince George’s County Council, District 1 seat. T I am asking for your support and your vote on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, so I may work with you for a better community!  This primary election is important; it gives every citizen the opportunity to cast a vote for the future direction of our County.  In doing so, I ask that you carefully consider my record as Mayor of the City of Laurel.  Working with the City Council I lead the City through tough economic times experienced by residents and businesses, provided leadership when Dimensions Health Care started closing hospital services, kept our tax rate low, provided, and expanded services to citizens, added public safety improvements, opened government to citizens and made sure that Laurel’s government has the highest standard of ethics among its elected officials, appointed officials, and City employees.  I pledge to you that I will continue to provide the highest degree of personal and professional standards and services to the community.
  
My commitment to all residents is to make County government open, accessible, transparent and obey the will of the people.   Working with the other members of the County Council, we will reach this high standard, making it the norm in all areas of County government.
 
As your Councilmember, I will continue to budget prudently and responsibly to maintain and enhance the important County services you rely upon while seeking ways to maintain or reduce County taxes and fees. As Mayor, I was obligated to provide a balanced budget and live within our means, each year I met that obligation.  I will use my budget and executive experience to protect County taxpayer’s dollars.
 
My message to the residents of Prince George’s County is very simple, I will put “Communities First!”          
-          Youth and our Communities
-          Public Safety/First Responders in our communities
-          Creating Jobs for our Prince George’s County Residents
-          Creating Safe and Environmentally Communities
-          Building Partnerships for the Betterment of Our Communities
-          Commitment to Excellence in Public Service
 
I will bring the highest of Ethical standards to the office and always remember those that I serve.  I would be honored to have your vote - Communities First!
 
To learn more about my campaign to serve as your County representative, or to volunteer on my campaign,  please feel free to call me at 301-498-3743.  I look forward to hearing your suggestions and concerns you may have. I want to earn your vote.
 
Sincerely,
Craig A. Moe, Candidate
Prince George's County Council,
District 1

 
 Jeanne McDevitt Passes Away 

I want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of former City of Laurel employee Jeanne McDevitt. Ms. McDevitt passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017. 
Jeanne was hired to work in the City Administrator’s Office on July 7, 2008. She transferred to the Department of Public Works in December of that year, and worked as an Administrative Assistant 1 until her retirement on July 1, 2016.
Ms. McDevitt worked in a variety of capacities during her time at Public Works. She worked on the recycling program – organizing delivery of toters/bins and recycling information to residents. Jeanne was responsible for updating all commercial recycling routes and billing.  She also worked with the Automotive Maintenance Shop to input both parts and work orders.
Jeanne was a very active  volunteer with the CERT Team, Laurel Police Department Alumni, and the Fourth of July Committee that really made her a standout, even in retirement.
“If something needed to get done, you could always count on Jeanne to do it,  “If you called Public Works during a snow emergency, chances are it was Jeanne who answered the call.
Jeanne will be missed by all.  Services will be on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Donaldon's Funeral Home.  The funeral will be on Tuesday, August 22nd.

 
Safety Tips for the Solar Eclipse
After waiting almost 100 years, the August 21st Solar Eclipse has become a momentous event and Mayor Craig A. Moe wishes to ensure that everyone who plans on watching this celestial event does so safely.
It will be a partial eclipse in our area, with the total eclipse passing over a 70-mile wide area starting in the Northwest and moving through the states in a Southeast trajectory. But just because it’s a partial for us, doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t take precautions.
Here are some ideas from the National Vision Administrators, LLC on how to safely watch the eclipse and not cause damage to your eyes:
  1. Pinhole Projection - By using a projected image of the eclipse, pinhole projection helps you to avoid looking at the eclipse directly. Click here to read more on how to use a pinhole projection.
  2. Welder's Glass - Found at any welder's supply store, the Number 14 glass provides effective protection and reduces harmful rays being emitted during the eclipse. It is advisable to discontinue use of the glass if there are any scratches or other damage to the glass.
  3. Mylar Filters - Eclipse vision glasses made with aluminized Mylar plastic sheets can also be cut and made into a viewing box.  But, like the welder's glasses, discontinue use if there are any scratches or damage to the sheet(s).
  4. Indoor Viewing Options - Watching the solar eclipse on television or at the planetarium could possibly be the safest way to watch this very rare phenomenon.
And be warned, even using your smartphone or tablet to view the eclipse could result in the same damage as looking at it directly! Watch this video if you would like some additional eye wear options and it will also inform you how to properly tell if your chosen option is safe for viewing the solar eclipse.
For more information on eye safety during a total solar eclipse, click here and check out this link from NASA. Happy and safe viewing!
 
McCeney March 2017

The Laurel Historical Society will hold the 2nd annual "McCeney March" through Historic Laurel. This walk is in his honor Jim McCeney who walked 3 miles a day for many years. Proceeds of the McCeney March will be put towards a scholarship for students interested in history to be awarded in Jim's memory as well as benefit the Laurel Historical Society.

Hope to see you at the 2nd Annual McCeney March on the 23rd. See below for more information.


Jim McCeney will forever be remembered for his commitment to our community, to Laurel's history, and to making Laurel a better place.

This year we are holding our 2nd annual "McCeney March" through Historic Laurel in his honor. Jim walked 3 miles a day for many years and we will be walking along some of his favorite routes during our fundraising walk.

Proceeds of the McCeney March will be put towards a scholarship for students interested in history to be awarded in Jim's memory as well as benefit the Laurel Historical Society,

The 2017 McCeney March will take place on September 23, 2017 @ 9am.
Walk begins at the Laurel Museum at 817 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707.

Event Flyer Available Here
Registration Form Available Here
Sponsorship Information Available Here

(From Laurel Historical Socitey Website)

 
Youth Services Grants
Applications are now being accepted for Fall Youth Services Commission Grants until October 31, 2017. Grants will be awarded December 15, 2017.
 
Working with the members of the Laurel City Council, the Administration created the commission to identify, monitor and evaluate youth services, programs, and activities offered in the City of Laurel and surrounding area. It serves as an advisory body to the City of Laurel representing the current needs and issues of the City's Youth..
 
The Commission will provide limited financial support to those qualifying youth organizations that are not for profit and serve the Laurel area communities with at least 10% of the participants living in the City of Laurel. Applications for April 2018 grants will be accepted in January and February of 2018.
 
To apply for a grant, please visit the home page of the City’s website, cityoflaurel.org, and there is a link that will explain the requirements of the grant program as well as a link to the application.
 
For more information, please call Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation, at 301-725-5300 ext. 2307.
 
Laurel's Hard Working City Councilmembers
The City Council is the legislative body of the City of Laurel, and as elected representatives of the citizens, consider and enact resolutions, regulations, and ordinances for the protection of rights and privileges, peace and good government, and safety and health of all citizens.  City Councilmembers shall be persons of known integrity, experience and sound judgment, not less than twenty-one (21) years of age, citizens of the United States, shall be registered to vote in City elections and residents of the City for the one year immediately preceding the date of the election.
 
The government of the City of Laurel is vested in  five (5) elected City Council members.  To find out more about your representative, click on your representative's name to go to their biography page.
 
                  
            Councilmember H. Edward Ricks
 
                                   Councilmember Valerie Nicholas
 
                                                 Councilmember Donna L. Crary 
   
                                                                      Councilmember Frederick Smalls
 
 
Did You Know?
The Department of Communications manages the official City of Laurel Social Media outlets and manages policy and procedure for the Departmental Social Media outlets.
The City's Social Media and Public Information Specialist, Carreen Koubek, also manages the City's digital signs and Community bulletin board notices. For more information, you can call her at 301-725-5300 ext. 2109 or send her an email at SocialMedia@laurel.md.us.
 
The City uses numerous Social Media platforms to disseminate information to the public.
 
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To stay up to date on what's happening in the City of Laurel, please be sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Periscope at the following designations in each City Department:

Communications

The Department of Communications distributes updates and engages citizens via the official Twitter account and Facebook page. Additionally, the Public Information Officer's Twitter account contains up to the minute updates and alerts:

Mayor's Office

The Mayor regularly distributes City-related information and engages citizens via his Twitter:

City Council

The City Council Twitter accounts are used to distribute information related to elections, political issues, council meetings, and other events occurring in their respective Ward:

Emergency Operations Management

The Emergency Operations Management Twitter is used to distribute emergency alerts and preparedness information:

Parks and Recreation

The Department of Parks and Recreation distributes information about events, programs, and cancellations via their Twitter account and Facebook page:

Police

The Laurel Police Department regularly distributes crime reports, critical alerts, and general information via both Twitter and Facebook, and encourage citizen engagement on posts:
 
 
City & Committee Meetings (Agenda, Minutes,Video)
Date Meeting Location Agenda Minutes Video
08/28/2017 - 6:00pm
***CANCELLED*** Mayor and City Council Meeting
Mayor and City Council Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/24/2017 - 7:00pm
***CANCELLED*** Board of Appeals
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/23/2017 - 7:00pm
Emergency Services Commission - Council Chambers
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/21/2017 - 7:00pm
Special Ethics Commission - Council Chambers
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/15/2017 - 7:00pm
***CANCELLED*** Historic District Commission
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/14/2017 - 6:00pm
***CANCELLED*** Mayor and City Council Meeting
Mayor and City Council Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/09/2017 - 5:00pm
38th Special Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Council Chambers
Mayor and City Council Meeting
Available Not Available Available
08/08/2017 - 7:00pm
***CANCELLED*** Planning Commisison
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
08/02/2017 - 6:00pm
***CANCELLED*** Mayor and City Council Work Session
Mayor and City Council Work Session
Available Not Available Not Available
07/27/2017 - 7:00pm
Board of Appeals ***CANCELLED***
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
07/26/2017 - 7:00pm
Emergency Services Commission - Council Chambers
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
07/25/2017 - 7:00pm
Ethics Commission - Council Chambers
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Not Available
07/24/2017 - 6:00pm
37th Mayor and City Council Meeting - Council Chambers
Mayor and City Council Meeting
Available Not Available Available
07/18/2017 - 7:00pm
Historic District Commission
Board or Committee Meeting
Available Not Available Available
 
 
 
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Laurel Municipal Center
Office of the Mayor
8103 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707
Phone (City): 301-725-5300 x 2124
Phone (Home): 301-498-3743
Fax: 301-725-8631
 
Personal Email:
City Email:
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 All materials are the opinion of the writer
  By Authority of Katherine A. DiPietro, Treasurer