The new Rain Check Rebates program for Prince George's County residents is being rolled out this fall. Homeowners are allowed to apply for cash rebates for installing stormwater management practices on their property. Suggested practices include installing rain barrels under downspouts, planting trees, using permeable pavers or pavement and setting up a rain garden. The Department of Environmental Resources will be holding a briefing on the program for residents of our community on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Staff will explain the various options and eligibility requirements for the rebate. Sounds like a good opportunity for us to help our local environment and earn a rebate at the same time!
Another issue of local interest is the "front foot fees," paid to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which are charged on our property tax bills. There are questions concerning how these fees are determined and how long the period of application of these levies are in effect. Maryland state Sen. Douglas J. J. Peters, who represents many residents of South Laurel and Montpelier, is currently chairing a task force to make recommendations for possible state legislation. If you are interested in hearing more about this proposed legislation, and/or have ideas to present to Peters, he asks that you contact his office at 301-858-3631 or email him at DouglasPeters@senate.state.md.us.
Taco lovers, do not dismay! The Taco Bell on Route 197 is still open at their drive-through window. Some of us experienced chalupa withdrawal at what at first appeared to be dismantling of the whole building. Never fear – the outer appearance and internal design of the building are under renovation and inside dining is not possible right now. However, the drive-through window is still open, so indulge your nacho fix while we wait to see the new edifice.
The Side By Side Great Start program began as a pilot in our area in 2011. The program is designed for parents of pre-K through grade 2 students and features a series of workshops on the topics of behavior, reading and math. Parents discover what skills their children will be focusing on this year, and are given home-learning activities to complement development of these skills. There are six partner elementary schools participating in the 2013-2014 school year, including James Harrison, Deerfield Run and Montpelier. For specific schedules of the meetings in each of these schools, go to sidebysidelaurel.org.