Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter

January 30, 2019

Progressive Cheverly Monthly Forum

February Forum cancelled

March 7 -- Details and location to be announced.

Action Alerts

Monday, February 11 -- Fill the room at the next Hearing on the proposed Concrete Batching Plant in Bladensburg (SE-4792 Ernest Maier Concrete Batching Plant -REMAND)

The District Council will hold  the Oral Argument Hearing based on the Port Towns Environmental Action’s appeal that was filed in opposition to the Zoning Hearing Examiner’s decision to allow the plant to proceed.

This is an extremely important point to show the County/District Council that the community is still in opposition to this proposed plant and should not be approved at this time.

If you can attend please wear red.

Our Goal:  We had over 60 people in red at the last hearing and we need to do that again !

If you can help us spread the word - please pass along this information to your community members & neighbors. We have also attached a  press release on the hearing.

There are 6 new council members since we last spoke at District Council and they need to see and hear that the community has serious concerns about this plant.

Please send emails to:

Thank you for all you do in the community and for coming out to oppose this plant.

Denise Hamler

On behalf of the Port Towns Environmental Action


10:00 am

(gather in the lobby at 9:30 am)

County Council Hearing Room – first floor

County Administration Building

14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive

Upper Marlboro

Upcoming Community Events

Friday, February 1  -- movies@hope and the College Park Arts Exchange proudly present Won't You Be My Neighbor?  Renowned early childhood education expert Dr. Sue Bredekamp will introduce this hit documentary from 2018 on the great child advocate, educator and TV personality, Mr. Fred Rogers. Don't miss the inspiring story of the great man whose legacy of unconditional acceptance and love for every child continues to resonate throughout the world.

Further details can be found at or at -- and don’t forget to check out the full movies@hope Winter/Spring season at the website!  

As always, admission and refreshments are free.  Hope to see you there, and invite a friend or neighbor!

7:30 pm

Hope Lutheran Church

4201 Guilford Drive

(south end of UMD campus)

College Park

Monday, February 4 -- Do you breathe? Come to the Cheverly Air Quality monitoring update  Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor in Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, will be attending the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee to fill us in on the air quality monitoring proposal for Cheverly and environs.

The proposal has selected, which sells a $230 sensor that can detect air pollution particles at your location. It uses your power and wifi connection to communicate results to a website for you to access.

Who is invited: Everyone who breathes air.


Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee

Progressive Chevelry Co-Chair Karen Moe has volunteered to coordinate activities within Progressive Cheverly addressing environmental issues.  Let her know if you’d like to be involved in Cheverly’s environment improvements with Progressive Cheverly

7:30 pm

Cheverly Community Center

Conference Room

6401 Forest Rd.

Wednesday, February 6 - 2019 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit. Come for an informative afternoon with the Maryland environmental community! Hear from advocates and elected officials about Maryland's environmental legislative priorities. Maryland environmentalists come together once a year for the annual Environmental Legislative Summit and selects a handful of legislative priorities to work on each legislative session. This year, the priorities are:

Clean Energy Jobs Act: moving Maryland towards clean, renewable energy by setting a 50% by 2030 goal. This priority also seeks to remove the tier 1 renewable incentives for trash incineration. Maryland currently subsidizes trash incineration as a renewable, clean source of energy.

Polystyrene Ban
: banning the use of polystyrene (styrofoam) food containers. Styrofoam is a pervasive polluter in waterways, consisting of 10-40% of waterway trash by volume, and it breaks into tiny pieces which makes it very difficult to capture.

Green Amendment
: a constitutional amendment asserting that all Marylanders have a right to a clean and healthy environment.

Funding Environmental Programs and Enforcement
: Maryland has continually underfunded environmental programs and enforcement, which hurts the state's ability to enact many of the great laws Maryland has on the books. Inspectors and other enforcement officers are critical to ensure compliance with our environmental laws.

Open to All - Free Admission

Please Register here:

Where to Park:

Sponsored by: Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action Maryland, Maryland Environmental Health Network

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Miller Senate Office Building

11 Bladen Street


Friday, February 8 -- Please attend the 7th Annual Sweetheart Charity Ball, a dinner/dance potluck to benefit human trafficking survivors and at-risk young people.  It will again be held at St. Ambrose's Fannon Hall in Cheverly and will feature the wonderful music (swing, samba, waltz and more) of Dino (Efantis) & Friends.  

Tickets are a minimum donation of $25 each or $200 for a table of 10. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

Each year, proceeds from the Ball benefit two charities: an anti-human trafficking organization and the local St. Vincent de Paul chapter, which provides food and rental assistance to local people in need. Charity Ball organizers individually continue to provide assistance to FAIR girls through monthly grocery donations and other assistance to their Washington DC Vida Home that shelters human trafficking survivors. This year, funds raised at the Charity Ball are designated to the new Sasha Bruce Promise Place shelter (in Capitol Heights) that provides emergency shelter to local homeless youth, including those who have experienced or are at risk of trafficking or sexual exploitation.

To save time, we are urging everyone to reserve tickets or make donations (even if you can't attend securely online at:

7:00 - 11:00 pm

Fannon Hall

St. Ambrose


Monday, March 4 - ACLU Lobby Day: Dare to Create a Better Maryland. Demand action from legislators to end youth solitary confinement, defend the rights of immigrants, and protect against warrantless use of surveillance technology by law enforcement.


6:00 pm

Maryland General Assembly

100 State Circle

Room 150


Monday, March 4  -- Progressive Maryland’s Mass Lobby Day. More details forthcoming.

Monday, March 18 -- District 47 Night in Annapolis.  Reception followed by tour of state legislative complex and opportunity to go into Session for the evening.  More details to follow

6:00 -- 8:00 pm

Miller Senate Office Building



The application for Prince George’s County, MD’s summer youth employment program is available starting February 1st! Prince George’s County youth ages 14-21 are eligible to apply.

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