Beyond Hyattsville

County’s first urban farm unveils vibrant mural

November 11, 2011

ECO City Farms CEO and founder Margaret Morgan-Hubbard stands in front of the new mural, created by two Hyattsville residents. Photo courtesy ECO City Farms. BY SCARLETT SALEM AND PAULA MINAERT — On October 21, a crowd of about 30 area residents and elected officials gathered in [read more]

Being “Mom” to dozens

October 11, 2011

BY CYNTHIA WAY — When Duyen, an 11-year-old orphan in Vietnam, asked me if she could call me Mom, I was a little freaked out. My friend Bonnie (from Tampa, Fla.) and I were visiting Ham Tan Orphanage in Vietnam in 2008 with our other friend, Rebecca (from Hyattsville), who was there to adopt [read more]

From the Editor: Were they the ‘good old days’?

October 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — A catalogue called Good Old Days came to our house the other day. It sold things I remember from my childhood but haven’t seen in years: Fizzies tablets to drop in water, metal ice-cube trays with levers you have to pull to get the cubes out, Sugar Daddies, a Fiddlestix [read more]

From the Editor: Let’s have less heat, more light

September 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — There seems to be no real middle ground when people talk about or write about the proposed Cafritz Corporation development in an area just north of Hyattsville. Some of them are really excited about the prospect of a Whole Foods store coming to the area and see it as an [read more]

Hugh’s News: Are we gambling on our future?

September 10, 2011

BY HUGH TURLEY — Penn National Gaming, a Pennsylvania-based company, is gearing up to lobby the Maryland General Assembly for slot machines, table games, or both in Prince George’s County.  Advocates of the casino-style gambling at Rosecroft, near National Harbor, argue that it will provide [read more]

Earthquake, hurricane disrupt first week of school

September 1, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Before August 23, many area residents had never experienced an earthquake. So it was understandable that they were shaken in more ways than one that afternoon, just before 2 p.m., when the 5.8 magnitude tremor sent shock waves through much of the East Coast. In Hyattsville, [read more]

Taking off the gloves at Magruder Park

August 10, 2011

BY CHRIS MCMANES — T-Ball and youth baseball are regular staples at Magruder Park. But on July 31, the park hosted a contest that likely hasn’t been played in Hyattsville in more than a century. The Potomac Nine of Washington, D.C., battled the Cecil Base Ball Club of Chesapeake City, Md., in [read more]

From the Editor: If we only look closely …

August 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — Through the painter’s brushstrokes, I am present at an outdoor market in Amsterdam, around 1675. A large woman wearing a tall black hat is seated in front of a table of vegetables she is selling: carrots, cabbage, potatoes. Another woman, a customer argues with her, hands [read more]

From the Editor: East Side Story

July 10, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE —What’s in a name? When it comes to brand names, plenty. Take EYA. When the townhouses on the west side of Route 1 were being developed, EYA established its brand here by lining several blocks along the east side with mural-sized ads. So it’s understandable that many residents [read more]
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