Jenchesky Santiago is of Puerto Rican descent and has a deep appreciation for his heritage's culinary traditions. His all-time favorite dish is "pollo en fricase con arroz blanco," a flavorful Puerto Rican chicken stew served with fluffy white rice. When it comes to music, Jenchesky's heart beats to the rhythm of bachata, a genre that resonates with the soulful melodies and passionate dance culture of the Dominican Republic. With his love for both food and music, Jenchesky embodies the rich cultural tapestry of the Caribbean.
The Brentwood Native Plant Network announces its open certification period to have your yard certified. If you meet the criteria, the BNPN will provide you with an attractive yard sign, designed by a Brentwood artist, to place in your yard. The signs are sponsored by the town of Brentwood.
Eligibility requirements include:
1. Your yard must have at least 10 different species of native plants, and 2. Your yard must have at least 25 total native plants.
The plants can be a combination of trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Container plants can also count toward the two required criteria if you have a small yard.
We will be certifying yards through Sunday, October 8th, so there is still time to plant native species in your yard. If you want to see if your yard meets the criteria, send an email to email@example.com and indicate that you would like to be added to the yard certification list.
About the Network:
Our mission is to restore biodiversity to our community, volunteers and residents are working together to set up the Brentwood Native Plant Network. Volunteers will educate, encourage, and assist residents, apartment owners, businesses and our local governments with planting and documenting native plants on their properties.
The Town of Brentwood, MD staff offers FREE notary public services for residents of Brentwood at the Town Hall.
If you are NOT a Brentwood resident there is a small fee of $5 dollars. A confirmed appointment will be needed during regular Town Hall office hours. Monday–Friday 9 AM–5 PM Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
(301) 927-3344, for more information or to schedule an appointment.
For Police Services Contact
FOR EMERGENCIES: 911
FOR NON-EMERGENCIES: 301-352-1200
POLICE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: 301-864-1858
Brentwood Police Chief Halloween Safety Tips
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are lots of easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays.?
Hard Facts about Halloween Safety
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Top Tips for Halloween Safety
Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited about Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Consejos de Seguridad Todo el mundo ama a un buen susto en Halloween, pero no cuando se trata de la seguridad de los pequeños "trickortreat". Afortunadamente, hay un montón de cosas fáciles que los padres y los niños pueden hacer para mantenerse a salvo en el más espeluznante de los días festivos.?
Datos concretos sobre la seguridad en Halloween
De media, los niños tienen el doble de probabilidades de morir atropellados en Halloween que cualquier otro día del año.
Consejos para la seguridad en Halloween
Lleve bastones luminosos o linternas, utilice cinta o pegatinas reflectantes en los disfraces y bolsos, y vista con colores claros para ayudar a los niños a ver y ser vistos por los conductores.
Acompaña a los niños menores de 12 años a pedir caramelos.
Vaya más despacio y esté alerta. Los niños se excitan en Halloween y pueden lanzarse a la calle.
Encienda los faros a primera hora del día para ver a los niños desde más lejos.
Recuerde a los niños que deben cruzar la calle por las esquinas o los pasos de peatones.
Cuando elija un disfraz, asegúrese de que sea de la talla adecuada para evitar tropiezos y caídas. Siempre que sea posible, prefiera la pintura facial a las máscaras. Las máscaras pueden limitar la visión de los niños.
Conduce con más seguridad en Halloween
Reduzca la velocidad y esté especialmente alerta en los barrios residenciales. Los niños están excitados en Halloween y pueden moverse de forma impredecible.
Tómese más tiempo para vigilar a los niños en los cruces, las medianas y los bordillos.
Entre y salga de los accesos y callejones despacio y con cuidado.
Deshazte de cualquier distracción -como el teléfono- en el coche para poder concentrarte en la carretera y en lo que te rodea.
Encienda los faros a primera hora del día para ver a los niños a mayor distancia.
Las horas más populares de truco o trato son de 5:30 p.m. a 9:30 p.m. Esté especialmente alerta a los niños durante esas horas.
Report downed wires and life-threatening emergencies by calling Pepco at 1-877-PEPCO-62 (877-737-2662). This number is available 24 hours a day,
If you need additional help, please call Customer Service Center at 202-833-7500.
Lights out? Let us know! You can quickly and easily report your outage via text message*, the Pepco mobile app, or by calling customer service at 1-877-737-2662. Online services and phone numbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Water service turnoffs have resumed. WSSC Water is urging customers to establish convenient payment plans or apply for financial assistance to prevent a turnoff. Don’t wait, call 301-206-4001 Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM - 7 PM.
Late fees have resumed on WSSC Water bills, except for customers enrolled in their Customer Assistance Program (CAP). If you need help with your bill, call 301-206-4001. Visit wsscwater.com/assistance to learn about their financial assistance programs.
Customers can make arrangements to significantly reduce their WSSC water bills. Click here to view the program flyer in English and Spanish.
Washington Gas has launched the Arrearage Management Program (AMP), which provides guidance, resources, and assistance to customers who are unable to pay their energy bills on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to apply.
Whether it's a missed trash pickup, parking issues, potholes, towing, or more – the new PGC311 APP that launched on March 10, 2023, will get your questions or requests handled, with updates in real-time. Learn more.
The updated Community Food Distributions Chart is available here.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, was launched. This new number can be more easily reached by calling or texting 988, or chatting on 988lifeline.org.
Small Business Resources
During the pandemic, the County worked hard to support local and small businesses in Prince George’s County. Through various assistance programs, the County provided millions of dollars in grants to help businesses stay afloat and recover.
See attached information on various programs and resources that help County businesses grow and thrive. Check out some of the new programs launched during the Alsobrooks Administration.
The County’s economic development agencies have many programs and resources available to support small businesses in Prince George’s County. Click here to view their implemented programs to help businesses grow and thrive.
Rapid Re-Employment Grant Program
Employ Prince George’s is still accepting applications for the Rapid Re-Employment Grant Program. Businesses hiring and interested in receiving up to $15,000 in funding per new employee are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply here: http://www.employpg.org/rapidgrants/
Economic Development Pathways Program
Did you know about our Economic Development Corporation's Pathways program? Pathways is a FREE and dynamic series of programs that take a deep dive into important economic development and business topics dedicated to growing our small and local businesses. Register for an upcoming session or watch a past one here: www.pgcedc.com/pathways
Homeowner Assistance Fund
The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is accepting applications to assist homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to COVID-19 through the Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund. To learn more about the program and apply, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/.../HomeownerAssistanceFund.aspx
Transportation ad Logistics Consortium
The TALC program will pay returning citizens and young adults $15 - $20 an hour to learn and prepare for a career in warehousing, transportation, or logistics. For further details click here. To register click here.
Homeowner Assistance Program
If you are a homeowner and struggling to pay your mortgage due to COVID-19-related financial hardships, assistance is on the way. The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development will be launching The Maryland Homeowners Assistance Fund in late 2021 to assist homeowners statewide. To learn more, click here.
Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
The Health Department is offering free classes for residents who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes starting Wednesday, October 27. The Living Well Diabetes Self-Management Program is a series of self-management classes that meet virtually once a week. A variety of topics will be covered that support developing a healthier lifestyle and teach you how to partner with your healthcare team. Registration is required. Learn more here.
Maryland Energy Bill Assistance
Federal and state energy assistance programs are available to eligible Maryland residents who need help paying their bills.
To apply for any of these programs, contact the Office of Home Energy Programs in your area or call 800-332-6347 or visit dhr.maryland.gov/ohep For more information learn click here.
Career Pathways for All Program
Have you heard about the Career Pathways for All program? Immigrants and refugees in the County can receive free career advice, skills training, and job search assistance through Employ Prince George’s. Learn more here:https://www.employpg.org/CPFA/
Child Tax Credit
Did you know that President Biden’s American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children? Visit ChildTaxCredit.gov to learn more.
The Fuel Fund of Maryland may be able to help income-eligible residents with fuel bills. Learn about the fund and find out if you might be eligible by visiting: https://fuelfundmaryland.org/
Maryland SNAP Hotline
The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) has launched a hotline to provide free legal help for Maryland families in order to get and keep their SNAP benefits. Call 1-800-613-2518 to learn more and access help.