Angela’s Update: Vol 1, Issue 58

Angela’s Update: Vol 1, Issue 58

I hope this finds you safe and well. As a reminder, all residents and visitors over the age of five are required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in Prince George’s County, even if they are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible to protect yourself and those around you.

My Statement Regarding the Increase in Acts of Violence in the County

Over the past year, we have seen an increase in acts of violence that have plagued our community, recently resulting in the injury and death of our children. These acts of violence have landed hard on the souls of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and so many Prince Georgians across our community. We continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones to senseless acts of violence, and as a community, we must stand up and say enough is enough.

These issues are not unique to Prince George’s County, and other jurisdictions across the nation have experienced a rise in crime as well. I am confident that our Police Chief, Malik Aziz, along with the men and women of our Police Department will continue to work to put a stop to the increase in homicides and violence we have seen over the past year, so no more families will have to suffer.

Earlier this year, we worked with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to make more youth programming available. One of those programs was the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience, where we had over 1,200 participants join us for 37 events throughout the summer. We’ve also been working to increase mental health and addiction care services to meet the needs of those who are suffering or are vulnerable. A new behavioral health facility we broke ground on earlier this year will open in December.

Chief Aziz has launched a gun violence unit in the Police Department to ensure gun arrests have all the necessary documentation for proper prosecution. We are also working with our faith community to organize job fairs and gun turn-in programs in the coming weeks. Finally, we have several gun violence prevention grants that will result in even more new efforts starting in early October.

However, we cannot do this work alone, so we are asking Prince Georgians to step up and partner with us in this fight to keep each other safe. Tell us what you see and hear in the community, give guidance to those who may be going down the wrong path, and most importantly, care for one another as you would your own family. We can accomplish anything by working together, and as County Executive, I remain committed to ensuring our Police Department has the resources and support they need to keep this community safe.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year from September 15 to October 15, we celebrate and honor the heritage of our Latino community through music, dance, and the arts. More than 19% of Prince George’s County’s population is of Hispanic descent, and we are so proud of the culture and diversity they bring to our community.

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers has named this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” I want to take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions of our Latino residents to our County. Your contributions to our economy, culture, and society are immeasurable and I remain committed to continuing to address issues of vital importance that impact the Latino community. I am confident that together, we can work for a better tomorrow.

I also want to thank our Latino Advisory Board for their continued efforts in supporting and assisting the Latino community. In 2019, I created this advisory board so that my administration could remain engaged with current issues within the Latino community, in areas including economic development, public safety, immigration, and healthcare. They, along with so many partners, have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to ensure that our Latino residents had access to critical information and resources.

Over the next several weeks, Prince George’s County will host various celebrations and events in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be opportunities for the entire family to commemorate the rich culture and heritage of our Latino community. You can find celebrations and events through the Department of Parks and Recreation and Memorial Library System throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

Growing Green with Pride Community Cleanup

Join us for the fall Growing Green with Pride community cleanup day on Saturday, October 30! This is an opportunity for communities, organizations and businesses to help keep our County clean and beautiful through a collaborative day of service. Participants will receive all the supplies necessary for litter collection, planting and mulching. Register here by Friday, October 15.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

The CDC is reporting 79.7% of adults (ages 18+) in the County have received at least one vaccination. Also, 69.5% of residents ages 12 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Finally, over 91% of seniors in the County have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. 

Please encourage family, friends and anyone else that has not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Residents can find the nearest vaccine site at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.

Below is an update on upcoming locations for the County’s Stand Up & Deliver program including the dates, times, and locations of grocery/meal distributions:


Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Templeton Elementary School – 6001 Carters Lane, Riverdale, MD

Friday, September 24 at 12:30 PM (Groceries)

  • Victory Grace Center at Port Towns Elementary School – 4351 58th Place, Bladensburg, MD
     
  • Turner AME Church – 7201 16th Place, Chillum/Hyattsville, MD

Saturday, September 25 (Groceries)

  • First Baptist Church of Highland Park (10:00 AM) – 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD
     
  • Kingdom Fellowship at High Point High School (10:00 AM) – 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD
     
  • United Baptist Church (11:30 AM) – 7701 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD

If you’re in need of food assistance, please stop by one of these distribution locations this week. You can also find additional food distribution locations on the County website by clicking here. If you’re in a position to help those experiencing food insecurity at this time, please consider making a financial or in- kind donation to the Stand Up & Deliver program. You can contribute securely online through the United Way of the National Capital Area here.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive