Holiday Tree Decorating 2021
The tree is up and looking good. Thanks for everyone’s help, especially Roger, William and his nephew Mario! The weather was great, and fun was had by all.
30 OCTOBER 2021
On behalf of the Greater Accokeek Civic Association (GACA) and our roadway advocacy ad hoc committee RACS, our sincere thanks for the invaluable assistance Ernie Johnson and Jamal Craven and the MDOT team provided this past Saturday (30 Oct) as GACA participated in the Prince George’s County “Growing Green with Pride” program. The project site along the Maryland 210 frontage road here in Accokeek was begun as a coordinated “Planting Partnership" about 15 years ago as a collaborative effort with MDOT and Prince George’s County, and it was truly heart warming to see that continue Saturday. Both planting and litter pick up were planned for the project. Our local volunteers simply did not have the necessary resources to remove dead tree stumps that were to be replaced with new planting material provided by the County; MDOT stepped up and helped remove those and then went the "extra mile” to help with some other very heavy lifting to prepare the site for infill plants — 10 in all (5 Southern Magnolia trees and 5 Fragrant Sumac shrubs). We are so very grateful for the dedication demonstrated by the MDOT Upper Marlboro shop team. They were on site bright and early Saturday morning, ahead of the GACA volunteers who arrived about 9 a.m. The MDOT litter pick-up contractors helped us throughout the morning as we filled bags and worked to clear litter from north- and southbound frontage roads along Maryland Route 210, removing the trash bags even before we could count them. Below are a couple photographs to illustrate. Our thanks to the team!
Again, we are so very grateful for the important role that MDOT played in this weekend’s planting and litter pick up Growing Green with Pride project. The Accokeek community looks forward to continuing to work with you to improve our roadways in South County. Please let us know what we can do to help going forward.
President, Greater Accokeek Civic Association
News from GACA: 10 October 2021
GACA’S Fall Maryland 210 Highway Clean-Up Maryland Adopt-a-Highway Clean-Up
was held Saturday, October 2, 9:00-11:30 a.m. Eighteen volunteers met in the Accokeek Gas ‘n Go rear parking lot; picked up vests, gloves, and bags provided by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT); and set out to pick up trash along GACA’s designated MDOT Adopt-a-Highway area which includes both sides of M210 north from Farmington Road south to Pine Lane as well as the service roads. This year, MDOT crews were on-hand to collect the filled litter bags as the volunteers finished up (bags were collected even before the bag count could be totaled). Thanks to all the volunteers, with special appreciation to project chair, Joan Smuck!
GACA’s ad hoc committee called “RACS” (Roadway Advocacy Committee for South County) has continued working with MDOT and Prince George’s Councilmanic District 9 leaders to address improving regular mowing and maintenance along Maryland State Highway 210. Progress has continued throughout the covid-19 pandemic. Recently, Colleen (Walter) Puterbaugh joined the committee.
GACA’s application to the Prince George’s Growing Green with Pride program has been approved. The project is county-wide; here in Accokeek it will include picking up litter on both the north- and southbound frontage roads along Maryland State Highway 210 (Jennifer Drive and Hickory Knolls/Whistling Oak Way/Frank’s Way) and planting new materials within GACA’s original Planting Partnership near the entry to the Farmington Woods development originally planted about 15 years ago. Now there are some dead trees, which MDOT has agreed to remove, and Prince George’s County will provide new planting materials. Please join volunteers the morning of Saturday, October 30 any time between 9 and 11:30 a.m. to help with the planting infill or with the trash pick-up. Gloves, vests, bags, and tools will be provided through Growing Green with Pride. Volunteers are asked to park along the frontage road in front of the Farmington Woods development. For questions, call Judy Allen-Leventhal (301-642-6744).
The first virtual meeting of the Accokeek Heritage Tourism Study (AHTS) steering committee is scheduled for October 12. GACA, the Accokeek Foundation, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation applied for the AHTS through the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities program. The AHTS will identify and analyze Accokeek heritage resources and the pressures they face; determine how best to make those known – or better known; identify common threads of all stakeholders for enhanced connectivity and accessibility to resources; and improve public access (whether virtual or actual). The project consultant, the Neighborhood Design Center, began work on the two-year project in mid-August. The project webpage provides more details: https://www.mncppc.org/5133/Accokeek-Heritage-Tourism-Study.
GACA’s next general membership meeting will be announced once plans are formalized. Meantime, please stay safe.
Cliff and Beverly Woods, seated on their porch are Accokeek Citizens of 2020 Year. The award was made on September 16, 2020 by Greater Accokeek Civic Association President, Judy Allen-Leventhal (far right) and Board Treasurer Roger Midgette, who holds the GACA plaque. The framed certificate given to Cliff and Beverly reads: “With this certificate, the Greater Accokeek Civic Association acknowledges the many contributions made to the community by Cliff and Beverly Woods. Mr. Woods has served many years on the GACA Board in a variety of positions; he also has served, and continues to serve, on the Accokeek Development Review Design Commission (ADRDC) and the Friends of the Accokeek Library with distinction. He brings his calm presence, diligence, sense of process, fairness, and inclusiveness to everything he does, whether chairing the ADRDC, serving on the Boards of GACA or the Friends of the Accokeek Library, or contributing his musical skills to the GACA-sponsored Christmas caroling at the Fort Washington Nursing Care Home. Cliff and Beverly were regular volunteers for the National Night Out Against Crime (their granddaughter helped as well with face painting). Mrs. Woods is an accomplished speaker on Genealogy and a life member of the Afro American Historical and Genealogy Society, Prince George’s County. A skilled and published writer, Beverly Woods has co-authored two books documenting black history in Fort Washington and Prince George’s County, Maryland (Black America); she is also an active member of the Accokeek Women’s Writers Group. Beverly also volunteered on the Simmons Acres Homeowners Association Board and in both public and private schools reading about genealogy for many years; and she served as an Election Judge in Prince George’s County. Both Cliff and Beverly are active members in the St. Mary’s Piscataway Catholic Church. With our deep gratitude the Greater Accokeek Civic Association and its members recognize Cliff and Beverly Woods as Accokeek Citizens of the Year for 2020.
Greater Accokeek Civic Association (GACA) virtual meeting 30 September @ 7pm
GACA will host a virtual general membership meeting on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. We hope you will join us; detailed instructions for how to join us on Zoom are attached to an email sent by philvanwilt on 14 September and will be sent again on 28 September. This email also included the link for computer connection or dial in information. Minutes of the last GACA membership meeting on February 26, 2020 and the Nominating Committee’s Proposed Slate of Officers for the GACA Board were also attached and are pasted as pdf files below. Voting instructions were emailed separately to GACA members-in-good-standing, we are voting via Survey Monkey.
Meeting Agenda September 30, 2020, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Hosted “Virtually” Via Zoom*
Welcome and Call to Order: Judy Allen-Leventhal, President.
Moment of Silence to acknowledge the many sacrifices made by first responders, health care workers, and essential workers that we all depend on; to remember the loved ones lost these last months; and to reflect on the multiple impacts the Covid-19 Pandemic has had on our community.
Pledge of Allegiance.
President’s Report: Judy Allen-Leventhal.
Approval of February 26, 2020 Meeting Minutes: Dan Donohue, Secretary.
Treasurer’s Report: Roger Midgette, Treasurer.
Prince George’s Police Department District VII Community Officer: Cpl. Stephen Rannacher
Report on Annual Audit of GACA 2019 Financial Records: Erica Barry.
Election of Officers for the remainder of the GACA Year (ending April 2021).
Award of 2020 Accokeek Citizens of the Year.
*The virtual meeting will be made possible through the Alice Ferguson Zoom platform, for which GACA is very grateful.
We hope you and your families are well, and we look forward to “seeing you” virtually via Zoom at 7 p.m.September 30.
GACA Meeting for June 24 Cancelled
GACA Members and Friends,
We hope you are well and safe.
The GACA Board is continuing to do the best we can to carry on the tradition established in our 1985 By-Laws, specifically “to promote interest and friendship among the residents. . . dedicate[d] to the civic and social betterment of the community . . . [offering] activities selected and conducted on a nonpartisan and nonsectarian basis.” The farsighted founding GACA members were also very practical -- even though they could not have predicted the troubled pandemic times of 2020 -- to provide the following very practical guidelines: “Any business to be conducted at a meeting canceled for lack of a quorum shall be taken up at the next regular or special meeting. In the case of the annual meeting not having a quorum, the officers’ terms shall be extended until a meeting at which an election can be held.” As you know, the pandemic caused GACA’s regular April Annual Meeting to be canceled, and it is the GACA Board’s judgment that the regularly scheduled June meeting also must be postponed, given continuing safety concerns and the likelihood that the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Hall will not be open until a later date.
To the future, GACA will meet again; the current Board will continue in-place until then. Planning is underway for the next meeting; continuing health safety concerns make a “face to face” meeting unlikely in the near future. The GACA Board is working on holding the next meeting via Zoom, and in that case timely and detailed instructions will be emailed to you to help you participate. Meanwhile, we will continue to email information, and we will continue to do our best to further the mission of the Greater Accokeek Civic Association.
Thank you for your understanding. Be safe. Be kind.
On behalf of the GACA Board members
Judy Allen-Leventhal, President
Previous GACA agendas
Due to Covid-19/Coronavirus, the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, and Governor Larry Hogan’s request that group meetings be cancelled, for everyone’s health and safety we are postponing the Greater Accokeek Civic Association’s Regular Annual Membership Meeting in April (scheduled for April 29). An email will be sent to you once the new date has been scheduled. We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please be safe.
The regular membership meeting of the Greater Accokeek Civic Association on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:30 p.m. at the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Hall, 16111 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD. 20607 had a special guest speaker from the WSSC.
The regular membership meeting of the Greater Accokeek Civic Association was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Hall, 16111 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD. 20607. The special guest speaker was Maryland State District 27 Delegate Kris Valderrama. Prince George’s District VII Police Department “COPS” officer Cpl. Rannacher provided a report. The Learn about the Committee to Restore Term Limits provided information on reinstituting term limits in PG County and other issues of community interest.
Special Meeting of the Greater Accokeek Civic Association (GACA) about Royal Farms #220 Accokeek Project to be Held on August 28
The Greater Accokeek Civic Association (GACA) will hold a special meeting about the Royal Farms #220 Accokeek Project, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at the Accokeek Volunteer Fire Hall, 16111 Livingston Road, Accokeek 20607. This Royal Farms project was the topic of the regular June 2019 GACA membership meeting, and because of the considerable community interest, this special meeting is being called to further explore Traffic, Community/Local, and Environmental impacts of the project. A panel presentation format will be used to help inform the community about the Royal Farms Convenience Store/Gas Station project, a “food or beverage store in combination with a gas station” on 2.94 acres on the southwest quadrant of Indian Head Highway and Livingston Road. The project would include a 4,600 square foot “store,” eight gas pumps, and parking for 69 vehicles. The project is currently going through the various steps of review required by Prince George’s County/Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; the Zoning Hearing Examiner has not yet scheduled the Special Exception (#4816) for the gas station component.
Anyone interested in the project is encouraged to become a person of record; go to the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission website: http://www.mncppcapps.org/planning/Person_of_Record/default.cfm and scroll down the list in "application number" to SE-4816: Royal Farms #220, then fill in your contact information.
Also attached as a pdf is a list of some questions GACA posed to Royal Farms and their responses.
If you would like to read the documents the county has on SE-4816, the below three links open adobe pdfs with the county's staff report, drawing of the proposed Royal Farms station, and other correspondence the county has documented.
4D. SE-4816 ROYAL FARMS #220 ACCOKEEK
a. Staff Report
b. Power Point
The last Wednesday of June (26th); September (25th); and November (20th)
Accokeek Vol. Fire Dept. #24 Meeting Hall, 16111 Livingston Road
Schedule of events:
Accokeek is home to beautiful Piscataway Park on the shores of the Potomac River.
Center of town during hurricane Sandy