Friday, April 5, 2013
Hydrant flushing and system testing for residents served by city water will take place from April 8 to May 7.
The Bowie Public Works Department begins its annual hydrant flushing and system testing in areas served by city water on Monday. Hydrant flushings will take place from April 8 through May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents may experience some water discoloration around the time of the flushings. The discoloration, according to the city, is caused by rust and sediment buildup in the lines. The water will still be safe to drink and to use for cooking, however washing clothing is discouraged as staining can occur. If clothing becomes stained, it should be kept wet until it can be rewashed with rust remover, which will be provided by the city at no charge to residents. For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 301-809-…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Camps from around the area will be in attendance.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The rating outlook for the city is ‘stable.’
The financial health of the city of Bowie has been reaffirmed by credit rating agency Fitch, which has once again given city a ‘AAA’ bond rating. The ‘AAA’ bond rating, the highest rating possible, indicates “extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according Fitch. Bowie has maintained its 'AAA' bond rating since 2009. "It's certainly a postive sign for us," said Bowie's City Manager David Deutsch. The rating was based on several factors, key among them the city’s strong financial management, proximity to labor markets, above-average socioeconomic factors and low debt burden. Above-Average Socioeconomic Indicators As of December 2012, Fitch reports the unemployment rate in the city of Bowie was 5.6 percent, below the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The program is about five weeks from implementation, but residents can begin submitting applications.
Bowie resident will so have a new way to display their civic pride—on their cars. City of Bowie residents can now apply for license plates displaying the city seal and the letters "BOW." The plates will be issued by the Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) for a $25 fee. Applications for Bowie plates can be found on the city's website here, and should be fill out and returned to the city for residency verification. Completed applications can be mailed to Bowie city hall at 15901 Excalibur Road, attention Denise Mahoney, and should include a $25 check made out to the MVA. The city will forward verified applications, along with the checks, on to the MVA. For more information, contact Mahoney at 301-809-3031.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The new, weather resistant field will be lined for multiple sports.
The athletic field at Whitemarsh Park in Bowie is getting a face lift. The once grass field is in the process of being covered by artificial turf in an effort to extent the field’s usability by multiple sports and through multiple seasons. “It just provides greater opportunity for play and extends time on the field than what they could have had without it,” said City Manager David Deutsch of the synthetic turf field, adding it will be lined for lacrosse, soccer and football. The city installed artificial turf at the field in Allen Pond Park about three years ago, and Deutsch said it has been a success. The council set aside funds to turf the Whitemarsh Park field last year. The entire process of grading the land, laying the turf and …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Monday, March 18, 2013
The city has been working to bring the grocery chain to Bowie for several years, with little success.
With recent closings of Safeway on Superior Lane and the Giant grocery stores in Pointer Ridge and Bowie Plaza limiting shopping options in the area, Bowie residents are clamoring for a new food store, namely a Trader Joe’s. The coveted grocery store chain had about 345 stores nationwide as of January 2013. Trader Joe’s keeps a smaller stock than typical grocery retailers, but according to CNN Money, it sells $1,750 in merchandise per square foot, which is double that of Whole Foods. So, why no Trader Joe’s in Bowie? Well, it’s not for lack of trying. Residents have set up a Facebook page, and the city has been actively courting the chain. “We’ve been at this for several years,” Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said, and still no Trader…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The city of Bowie is hosting their second book expo on May 22.
The city of Bowie is seeking local authors to participate in their second Bowie Book Expo, which will be on May 22 iat the Bowie Senior Center. Any local author that is published, self-published or independently published is invited to take part in the expo. An application and $20 fee are required for participation. The city will provide a table for authors, who will be welcome to display their books. Authors should come prepared to do a five minute reading or synopsis of their book, said Jenny Tringali. This year’s event will be set up a little differently, allowing for two rooms—one for the book displays and author mingling, and a separate room for the readings. “The setup was too close to the readings last year and when people were …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Residents can nominate local businesses for their innovation, community service, green initiatives and more.
Is there a local business that you think stands above all other because of its exemplary service, green principals, community involvement, or innovation? Nominate it for an award as part of the city of Bowie Business Awards program. The Business Awards Program is intended to recognise the best of what Bowie businesses have to offer residents and the community. There are four categories: To nominate a local business, complete this form and mail it to City of Bowie, Attention: John Henry King, Economic Development Director, 15901 Excalibur Rd., Bowie, MD 20716 or fax to 301-809-2315 by March 15. The completed form can also be emailed to email@example.com. The city and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce are partnering to honor award …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
City and county snow policies and tips for braving the storm.
With anywhere from five to ten inches of snow expected to blanket the region between Tuesday night and early Thursday morning, residents and the city and county government are preparing for the storm. Here's a rundown of city and county snow policies and preparedness tips: Plowing and Snow Removal Bowie: The city of Bowie is responsible for snow removal on all city maintained streets. When snowfall is less than two inches, roads are treated with sand and salt, with priority given to steep hills, main roads and streets with numerous intersections. When snow falls in excess of two inches, a snow emergency is declared in the city. Plowing will begin on main streets and streets with numerous intersections. During heavier snows, plows will …