COPS Officer for J4 (our beat) is Corporal Valerio
(Corporal Valerio is back!)
Many thanks to
For all his help during the absence of Corporal Valerio
Information/Report/Request for Service:
County Click or 311
New red light camera at Oxon Hill Road and Fort Foote Road
Join RENA or Renew Your Membership
Riverbend Estates Neighborhood Association provides a
forum to discuss issues affecting the community and its
residents and to act as a collective voice for its members.
The annual membership fee is $25 per household and can now
be paid with PayPal or Credit Card.
If you had rather pay with check, money order or
Membership Info and Form.
What to do when it snows
When a snow emergency is declared, the Prince George?s County
Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T)
is responsible for providing "passable" conditions
on a network of over 1,800 miles of county-maintained roadways
to ensure the safety of residents, citizens, and travelers.
Routes are prioritized for service into categories: primary,
secondary and residential. Primary and secondary roads are
serviced first to ensure that public safety and other emergency
vehicles can travel.
After completion of these roads, residential roads receive
service. Crews work as long as necessary to clear roadways,
which consists of salting, sanding and/or plowing, as warranted
by weather conditions.
Snow plows need at least 15 feet of clearance to maneuver
safely. To assist crews, citizens and residents are requested
- Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes
- Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever
- Park only on the EVEN NUMBERED sides of roads/streets
It also is important for single-family homeowners or renters
and business proprietors to remember that they are responsible
- Removal of snow/ice from sidewalks abutting their
homes or businesses
During a snow and ice event, residents and citizens are
encouraged to wait 12 hours after the precipitation has
stopped to call the Snow Information Center at 301.350.0500
or CountyClick 3-1-1 to report emergencies or concerns about
If you have a fallen tree blocking a roadway, please
phone 311 or notify
Will insurance cover damage from fallen trees and removal
of fallen trees?
According to the Maryland Insurance Administration web
a Tree Falls on Your Property":
At one time or another, just about
every homeowner or someone the homeowner knows has had a
tree fall due to wind, a storm or winter weather. The question
that everyone wants to know is, will my homeowners insurance
pay for the damage?
The answer is that it depends
on the terms of your policy. Each homeowner should look
at their homeowners policy or talk with a representative
from their insurance company to find out what the policy
specifically covers and doesn‚ī cover. Homeowners should
also be sure to know what the policy deductible is, and
any dollar limits on the amount of damage the policy will
cover. Although the terms of your actual policy will determine
if the damage you have incurred is covered, generally many
homeowners policies will:
- provide coverage for damage
to your home and the contents of your home if a tree
(even if it is your neighbor‚≥ tree) falls on your
home or other insured structure, such as a fence or
a detached garage . . .
Removal and Disposal of Tree Debris
The recent storms have raised many questions about tree
damage, tree debris and removal of all that debris.
- If the tree is down within the public right-of-way,
we should call 311 and report the location so the county
can clear the right-of-way.
- If the downed tree is within the public right-of-way
(county curb box) and is a county tree, call 311 and
report the location and the county (probably DPW&T)
will remove the tree.
- If the tree is on private property, it is the responsibility
of the property owner to remove it (whether it is your
tree or not) and dispose of it.
Now, HOW to dispose of it is the major issue! Please
do NOT dump it on another property owner.
The county does NOT accept logs at any facility. Therefore,
the private contractor should ensure the debris can be picked
up by the yard waste collection our community has on Wednesdays.
- Yard trim must be placed in heavy-duty paper
bags or re-usable trash cans with handles and a secure
lid. Cardboard boxes are not acceptable containers
Cans must be clearly marked YARD WASTE / YARD TRIM for
- Limbs collected curbside must not exceed four
(4) feet in length and three (3) inches in diameter
and must be securely tied in bundles. Bundles of limbs
and bags of dry grass and leaves must weigh less than
60 pounds. Wet grass and leaves must weigh less than
As far as logs are concerned, the county's Yard Waste
Composting Facility, Yard Waste Collection Section, the
Brown Station Road Landfill site all provided the same information.
Logs should be taken by the private contractor to a site
that splits them and then sells them for fire wood.
If anyone has any further information which they can
share, please send it to
We want to be as accurate as we can be and to provide the
best information we can to the community.
Public Transportation in Prince George's County
Prince George's County has many
options for public transportation:
MetroAcess - MetroAccess is a shared ride transportation
service for people who are unable to use fixed-route
public transit due to disability. "Shared ride"
means that multiple passengers may ride together in
the same vehicle. The service provides daily trips throughout
the Washington Metropolitan region, including the District
of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Rides are offered
in the same service areas and during the same hours
of operation as Metrorail and Metrobus.
TheBus - Bus service within Prince George's Couny.
Senior and disabled customers ride TheBus for FREE.
Call-A-Bus - Call-A-Bus is a demand response
curb-to-curb service. Service is available to all residents
of Prince George‚≥ County who are not served by
or cannot use existing bus or rail services. However,
priority is given to senior and disabled persons.
Park and Ride - Prince George's County has 15 free
park and ride fringe parking lots conveniently located
throughout the County.
Commuter Connection - Prince George's County Commuter
Connections is a free carpool/vanpool match service
available to persons living and/or working in the County.
Central Maryland Regional Transit - Central Maryland
Regional Transit (CMRT) a general public transportation
service providing fixed route service in the greater
Call-A-Cab - Call-A-Cab is a transportation assistance
program that provides mobility at a reduced cost for
senior (age 60 and over) and/or disabled County residents.
MARC - MARC is a 187-mile commuter rail system that
provides daily service through Prince George's County
to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Let's Keep Our Neighborhood Clean
Checklist for Property Maintenance
Is there a street light out in your neighborhood?
- For Pepco lights,
click here to report a street light outage online
or call 1-877-PEPCO62 (1-877-737-2662).
- For more information regarding
the street light maintenance and installation program
in Prince George's County
If You Are Shopping:
If You Are Out for the Evening:
- Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like
(and sounds like) someone is home.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows
when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes.
If You Are Traveling:
- Get an automatic timer for your lights.
- Ask a neighbor to watch your home and to park in
your driveway from time to time. Leave a phone number
where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
- Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery
stopped or picked up by a neighbor. If it piles up,
it's a sure sign you are gone.