What’s shaking? I mean besides the county’s school board? Things are not stable with them right now and they shouldn’t be. Prince George’s County’s Head Start Program (comprehensive preschool for 3-4 year olds) is now basically in receivership. To summarize from news reports: Denver-based organization, Community Development Institute, will run PGCo’s Head Start program until a permanent agency is chosen. Teachers and staff who currently work for PGCo’s Head Start program will have to reapply with CDI for their jobs. GOOD. Because with reports of children, and I mean the lil, lil ones, being found after roaming offsite and tales of humiliation in classrooms, I want them to have to reapply and be rejected. People like this have no place working with children. And what’s up with the oversight? How did it come to this? The federal government snatching back a $6.4 million grant to fund Head Start? PISS POOR LEADERSHIP that’s how. Read the WPost opinion piece on it. You’ll see that the school system knew of the federal investigation and was put on notice February 22nd regarding their findings, which they did NOT address in a timely fashion.
Members of the School Board are ticked because they claim School Board Chief Segun Eubanks and Board of Education Chair Kevin Maxwell and co-chair Carolyn Boston (all appointed by County Exec. Rushern Baker) withheld information and made unilateral decisions. I’m thinking that at a minimum, Eubanks and Boston need to go; you can’t be in receipt of a letter from the feds saying get your act together or we’re snatching your coins and sit on that information. The next Board of Education meeting is Thursday, September the 8th at 7pm, Administration Building, 14201 School Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. I’m going to get my directions together for this meeting now. If any of you see me driving around looking lost, please help a blogger out.
Speaking of snatching coins, Maryland’s Department of the Environment fined coal-fired power company Chalk Point Generating Station $1 million for violating the Clean Water Act by dumping high levels of nitrogen into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers. Chalk Point’s location is technically in southern Prince George’s County, Aquasco to be exact. Y’all know I had to look that up.
Coming to Prince George’s County: licensed medical marijuana growers. Holistic Industries LLC, received pre-approval as both a grower and a processor of marijuana. Led by Josh Genderson, owner of Schneider’s of Capitol Hill Fine Wines and Spirits, the company intends to set up operations in Prince George’s County. No I don’t know exactly where in Prince George’s County.
Maybe more people will have to resort to medical marijuana because the scope and scale of the new regional hospital at Largo metro center has been scaled back to appease Governor Hogan’s henchmen. It’s another “NO” from Governor Hogan that Prince George’s County is having to work around. Washington Business Journal reported it:
The University of Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System cut back their plans for the Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center by more than $100 million, saying they could complete the project for $543 million.
Their new proposal — which also included a newly signed memorandum of understanding between the two hospital systems and the county — also cut back the number of operating rooms planned. It scaled back the average square feet per patient bed, the total bays in the emergency department and overall bed count, from 216 to 205.
The revised plan was turned in to Maryland regulators Wednesday. The modifications were the result of concerns raised by Maryland Health Care Commissioner Robert Moffit in May that the Prince George’s project, originally costing $655 million, was oversized. That further delayed an already drawn-out process for approving and building a new state-of-the-art teaching hospital at Largo Town Center to replace the floundering Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly — part of a larger redevelopment plan that supporters say will transform health care for residents and revitalize nearby business.
“While Dimensions does not agree with some of the Reviewer’s recommendations, this modification largely complies with the recommendations so that the proposed project may be approved and built as soon as possible,” hospital officials said in their new proposal. “The residents of Prince George’s County have waited too long already for a strong, high-quality health care system.
Maryland Senate President Thomas Miller called into question the political wranglings of those who are pitting the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s cardiac care against Prince George’s County’s Regional Medical Center.
Miller, D-Calvert, said the application could threaten the Prince George’s County project by the University of Maryland Medical Center. He called it “unjustified and insulting” to ask one county’s residents to lower their standards for a medical center that could provide them the same quality of care that’s available in other counties.
“The effort by Anne Arundel Medical Center to duplicate services and draw from the University of Maryland Medical System’s newly reinvigorated cardiac program at (Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center) will without a doubt threaten the viability of this project at this time,” Miller wrote.
Miller noted that the Governor Hogan’s henchman Robert Moffit of the Maryland Health Care Commission’s was selected to be the hearing examiner on the Prince George’s project. Miller noted that Moffit is a Republican [Heritage Foundation Fellow] who lives in Anne Arundel County. Who’s side do you think Moffit will be on?
Who’s going to the African American History and Culture Museum‘s dedication ceremony and grand opening on the National Mall this September 24th? I want to be there, but thankfully, the Hubster and I will be attending a preview opening earlier in the month, so we won’t have to brave those crowds or Metro. If you want to be there but, like me, just ain’t feeling the associated drama with a trek into the city, there’s good news. Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is hosting a dedication ceremony watch party starting at 10am; they’ll be streaming the ceremony. The information says that’s it’s also a complimentary brunch and mimosa shindig with a suggested donation of $5. Do better than $5 though y’all. The museum is located at 4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD 20722. See their website for more information HERE.
September 1st marks the opening of Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) popular My HOME II Program. This home purchase assistance program provides first-time home buyers with up to $20,000 in down payment and closing costs for the purchase of their home in Prince George’s County. Home buyers must be income eligible, purchase a home one of 14 specific zip codes in the County and must pay back the zero percent interest loan when the house is sold or transferred.
Bring your documents to the Community Shred at Prince George’s Community College September 10th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Largo, Maryland campus of Prince George’s Community College. The shred will be held in Lot B. Take it from me, it’s a safe thing to do. My niece has witnessed people dumpster diving in PGCo, routing around for your credit card offers and other papers with personal identifiers on them. Shred it and forget it.
Nurse’s Recruitment Fair being held by Prince George’s County’s Schools on September 12th from 1-6 p.m. at Green Valley Administrative Offices, located at 2215 Chadwick Street, Temple Hills, MD 20748. Interested candidates must pre-register for the event. Registered school nurses are 10-month employees who serve as liaisons between school personnel, family, and community to advocate for a healthy school environment.
Veterans and civilians job fair at the Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Bowie, MD 4500 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716. Join McGuire Group, LLC and meet top recruiters from Robert Half Accountemps and OfficeTeam, Prince George’s County Police Department, and other companies. Bring resumes and dress in business attire. Pre-registration is required to attend this free event for attendees. Contact the organizer at Eventbrite for preregistration information.
‘Activate Your Job Search’ Information Sessions share practical and measurable tips for landing a job from Team EDC experts! Sessions take place twice a month at the Prince George’s One Stop Career Center located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 120 in Largo, MD 20774.
If you would like to attend one of these sessions, you must RSVP by calling Brenda Gillis (301) 618-8425!
NEXT SESSIONS: September 1st and 15th 1pm-4pm
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