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The College Park Here & Now has a contract with the City of College Park to publish an insert in our newspaper each month that is authored by the city’s communications department: that insert is the College Park Post!  A pdf of the current version is below. To the right, on this page, is an html version of this month’s College Park Post, which can be translated into Spanish by selecting Español at the top of our website banner.

College Park Post – June 2024

Number 49

 

In June the City of College Park is recognizing Pride Month!  Pride Month is dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride, and is an opportunity for everyone to arm equal rights for all persons regardless of sexual orientation. Pride Month also commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that followed police raids on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City.  Gay residents fought back against this government persecution, and their actions now mark the beginning of the gay rights movement in the U.S.

Since 1970, Pride celebrations have occurred each June to remember the activism of the Stonewall

Uprising and to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ rights.  President Bill Clinton was the rst president to declare June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month,” and President Barack Obama expanded the commemoration to “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”  Today, the LGBTQ+ acronym represents a diverse spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations.

In College Park, we strive to foster a community that makes everyone feel safe, respected, and welcome.

Even if you do not identify as LGBTQ+, you can support the

Creating Safe Spaces

Celebrating Pride Month by committing to actions that support the LGBTQ+ community as an ally and help create safe spaces for others to be their authentic selves. To create safe spaces, make sure to:

Acknowledge the range of gender identities and sexual orientations among us and recognize that stereotypes on gender and sex may harm your neighbors.

Educate yourself on gender identity, sexual orientation, and the history of gay rights in the U.S.

Address discrimination immediately: bullying and harassment are not okay.

Respect each person’s lived experience!  

Find ways to connect with members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Use the pronouns people use to introduce themselves.

Amplify the voices and stories of the LGBTQ+ community and advance initiatives for equal rights and inclusion.

 

Join us on June 7 at Friday Night LIVE to show your Pride in a community art piece!  A local art nonprot, the Creative Supply Social Club, will assist residents with making a communal work of art that celebrates love, diversity, and respect.  e nished painting will be displayed in City Hall during the month of June.

THE JACK PERRY AWARD

In February 2013, the College Park City Council established an award in recognition of Councilman John Edward “Jack” Perry.

Councilman Perry served on the College Park City Council from 1979 to 1983 and from 1989 to 2011, for a total of 26 years. From the time he moved to College Park’s Berwyn neighborhood in 1969, until his death in 2012, Jack was deeply committed to serving his community, which he demonstrated by spending many hours working to improve the quality of life for all who lived and worked in College Park. rough the years, he volunteered on numerous associations, boards, coalitions, task forces and committees at the neighborhood, city, county, and state levels. Is Award will recognize a member of the community who emulates Councilman Jack Perry’s legacy of public service.

Recognizing Outstanding Local Leaders in College Park Nominate an individual or business for the City’s annual awards to highlight those who make a dierence

ELIGIBILITY: 

To be eligible for the award, a person must be at least 18 years of age and a registered voter or legal resident of College Park.

CRITERIA

e Jack Perry award will recognize a College Park resident who has participated to an extraordinary degree in neighborhood, civic, or municipal aairs within the City in a manner that improves public spaces, fosters community cohesion, eradicates blight, informs discussion of public issues, provides leadership, and/or furthers the best interests of the City as a whole. 

NOMINATIONS

From May 15 to July 15 each year, any resident, neighborhood association or organization in the City may submit a nomination for the Jack Perry Award.

Nominations should be submitted in writing to the City Clerk for the City of College Park, 7401 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 201, College Park, MD, 20740, or by e-mail to ci*************@co***********.gov. Nominations will be reviewed by a Committee that includes a member of the Perry family.  is non-monetary award will be presented by the City Council in the fall.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Nominate an outstanding City of College Park business that goes above and beyond to positively contribute to the community and serves as an example to others.

Nominate a business in the City of College Park by August 31! 

Visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/businessaward24 to nominate or for more information.

Red Fox Sightings in College Park

How to coexist with this native wildlife speicies; From the City’s Animal Control Ocer ere have been an increased number of sightings and reports of foxes being seen in College Park.

In an eort to keep the public informed, we’d like to share some information about this native species and wildlife. e red fox is a native, furbearing mammal in Maryland. ey are omnivores, which means that they eat plants and animals. E diet of the red fox is snakes, birds, mice, insects, rabbits, berries and fruit. ey raise their young from March to July. ey den or burrow in underground areas, which can include under sheds, in abandoned groundhog holes, and under decks.

During the time of year that they are raising their young, they are more often seen being “standosh” hissing, standing their ground and sometimes barking. is is usually the mother, the vixen, is protecting her young or den. It is best to leave any fox alone and advise others to do the same.

Red foxes have become very adapted to living around humans, we’re a constant source of food via trash, refuse, and housing for them under our sheds and homes.

It is not uncommon to see foxes out during the day, and if you see one out in the daytime it is not an automatic indicator of an illness.

In Maryland, a furbearing animal by law cannot be trapped and/or relocated without a furbearer permit, or a wildlife control cooperator permit. From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website, “Relocation of rabies-vector species (raccoon, skunk, and fox) is prohibited under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.03.15.24. is restriction is necessary to prevent human-assisted spread of this disease and is an important component of the state’s nuisance wildlife control program.”

City Code in College Park prohibits the Animal Control Ocer from removing any wildlife that isn’t an immediate threat to Public Safety (§ 102-10 Capture and removal.)

To best coexist with these beautiful animals, we suggest:

  1. Do not approach, feed or try to pet wildlife. Educate children on the importance of keeping wildlife wild.
  2. Keep trash on your property secure, and don’t dump food outside.
  3. When encountering foxes that come close, make loud noises, to keep wildlife fearful of humans.
  4. Keep pets away from wildlife, don’t allow your pet to chase or harass wildlife, as this is only putting your pet at risk of injury or disease.
  5. Report any wildlife with any obvious signs of sickness, or disease to the City’s Animal Control Ocer, or DNR. is includes stumbling, aggression, or foaming at the mouth.
  6. If you wish to prevent animals from raising their young on your property, close all entryways underneath buildings, and ll in any holes.

You can contact the City’s Animal Welfare department Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at 240-487-3588.

You can contact the Department of Natural Resources sick and injured wildlife hotline at 1-877-463-6497.