The Moe Gram
 
Volume  11           Issue  9     September  2017
 
 
Join Me for Walk Laurel Day
I want to encourage you to put on your walking shoes and join me on October 4th from Noon – 1pm at Laurel Lakes for Walk Laurel Day!
 
This fun, community event is part of Walk Maryland Day, a celebration of our official state exercise, which, in case you didn’t know, is walking! The goal is to promote awareness about regular walking for physical activity and improved health.
 
I recognize, as I know you do, the benefits of walking and would like to invite you to join me and City staff for a walk around the Lake on October 4th!
 
More than 500 Marylanders participated in Walk Maryland Day in 2016. To get even bigger numbers this year, we as local Leaders are encouraged to:
  • Host Walk Maryland Walks, hopefully in all 24 Maryland jurisdictions.
  • Spread the word on social media, #WalkMD!
  • Engage community leaders to boost event visibility and physical activity awareness.
  • Support safe walking in Maryland through enhanced state agency coordination
  • Promote school participation in Walk Maryland Day (International Walk to School Day). More than 100 schools participated in 2016.
  • Promote worksite participation in Walk Maryland Day by directing Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB) and other Maryland worksites to walking resources.
Looking forward to seeing you on October 4th at Laurel Lakes. 
 
You Are Invited
 
Laurel Helping Hands Announced
It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of Laurel Helping Hands, the City of Laurel’s youth services bureau.  Laurel Helping Hands is an initiative designed to provide community-based counseling services to residents of the City of Laurel and surrounding Prince George’s County communities.
 
Laurel Helping Hands will provide individual, family and group counseling to address a wide range of problems e.g. relationship difficulties; anger management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, personal growth and development, parenting, improving school performance; reducing family conflict; and  dealing with separation and divorce.  We will also provide assessment and referral for students suspended from school for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) infractions.
 
Laurel Helping Hands will have an office at the Laurel Armory Anderson-Murphy Community Center at 422 Montgomery Street.  I am happy to introduce Ms. Rosalind Caesar, Clinical Director, who is currently working to complete the process of compliance requirements.  Ms. Caesar may be reached at 301-725-8088, extension 2337.   
 
The City of Laurel is proud to be one of five jurisdictions in Prince George’s County to sponsor a youth services bureau and is excited to begin the journey to help provide for the emotional and behavioral needs of youth in our community. 
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Laurel City Council for their vision and support of this program.  The Mayor and City Council recognizes the value in these programs and hope the members of the community will take advantage of this great opportunity.  Let me also thank Ms. Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation for her support and dedication to get this very important program up and running for the community.
 
ATM Skimmer Found
Laurel Police are investigating an ATM skimming device that was found at noon on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the 7 Eleven located at 14651 Laurel Bowie Road near Fort Meade Road.  Investigators found an ATM skimmer and pinhole camera. The ATM skimmer is used to obtain citizens credit card or debit card information off of their magnetic strip on the back of their card when inserted into the device. The pinhole camera is used to recover pin numbers when they are entered on the ATM keypad.
The Laurel Police Department  would like to remind citizens that when you approach an ATM or any device where you are using your credit or debit card,  please be vigilant and check for obvious signs of tampering at the device. If something looks different, such as a different color or material do not use that ATM. This device was discovered by a citizen who was checking the device for tampering before inserting their card.
If you suspect an ATM or other device has been tampered with please notify the business and the Laurel Police at 301-498-0092.
 
Council Town Meeting - Train Station Update
Gather up your old documents and electronics and come down to Public Works located at 305-307 First Street, on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
I am pleased to work with Public Works to provide this event, which is for City residents and businesses only. You must show proof of City residency or be able to confirm your Laurel business address to participate. 
 
Since not every location in "Laurel, Maryland" is within the city boundaries, please be sure to check your address in advance!  You can call the Department of Economic and Community Development at 301-725-5300 ext. 2303 or visit the City’s web site, www.cityoflaurel.org, to check the map for your address.  In case you were wondering, electronic recyclables include:
 
Electronic devices that are used for entertainment media such as movies, music, video games and their accessories.  
Computer monitors, keyboards, printers and CPUs.
CD/DVD/VCR players.
Radios, stereos and speakers.
Game stations.
 
Things such as microwaves, vacuum cleaners, blenders, toaster ovens and other electrical items that may have a digital display are NOT considered electronics for this event.You should also go through and gather any important, outdated paperwork since Chesapeake Paper Systems will be on site to shred your documents safely.  If you have questions about this event or other Department of Public Works services, please call them at 301-725-0088. 
 
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
 
 
Columbus Day - Holiday Schedule
With Columbus Day being a Federal holiday, Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that City and Passport Offices will be closed for the holiday on Monday, October 9, 2017.
Monday’s refuse and recyclables will be collected on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Tuesday’s refuse and recyclables will be collected on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and there will be no change to Wednesday’s commercial refuse collection or Wednesday’s recycling collection.
There will also be no Residential Special Pickup or Yard Debris collection that week. Public Works next scheduled Residential Special Pickup and Yard Debris collection will be on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. You can schedule a Residential Special Pickup and Yard Debris Pickup by e-mailing dpw@laurel.md.us, using the MyLaurel App or calling the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088.
Be aware that due to the Columbus Day holiday, the Mayor and City Council have moved that Monday meeting to Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 7:00pm at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road. Agenda items may be found on the City’s web site at cityoflaurel.org. 
Thank you for your cooperation and please have a safe and happy holiday.
 
 
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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
 
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