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Nature Nearby: Batting a thousand

May 10, 2017

BY FRED SEITZ – Spring brings not only flowers, allergens and baseball bats, but also some small night fliers with unfortunate, unwarranted reputations as rabies carriers and bloodsuckers — our local bats. Although a small proportion of bats do, in fact, carry rabies, any warmblooded [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Gathering Granny’s nightcap

May 10, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, I just came home from a “green” wedding. It wasn’t just that the bridesmaids wore green: the vegan cake was made from organic carrots and nuts; everything in all the other dishes were probably free-range; the decor, dishes, table cloths and cutlery had been [read more]

Then & Now: A walk through old Hyattsville

May 10, 2017

BY ROSE FLETCHER – What makes neighborhoods like Hyattsville so charming and so unique in this day and age of monopoly-house developments? Is it just that the houses in Hyattsville were built a long time ago and that they built things differently (read better) in the past? While that may be [read more]

Do singles have a place in our family-focused community?

May 10, 2017

BY MARIA D. JAMES – I may not be able to have children. Wow. Saying those words used to come with an involuntary shoulder shrug from me, and now my response is a mixture of fear and uncertainty.   A year ago, I learned that I have a medical condition that may reduce my likelihood of having [read more]

In Memoriam: Philip P. Houle

April 26, 2017

Phil Houle passed away in his sleep on March 7 at his Hyattsville home. He was born on Aug. 29, 1945, in Oberlin, Ohio. Phil moved with his family to Hyattsville in 1984 to accept the position of legal counsel at the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation in Washington, DC. Phil is survived by [read more]

My Two Cents: A Letter to the Editor

April 26, 2017

Ringling Bros. Circus Says Goodbye After 146 years of performances all over the U.S., Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shocked many with their announcement in January that 2017 would be their last season. Locally, Maryland and DC residents had the opportunity to catch the circus one [read more]

My Two Cents: A Letter to the Editor

April 26, 2017

Why I Came ‘Off The Fence’ On Sanctuary Cities A recent article in the Hyattsville Life & Times quoted my feeling about needing to “draw a line in the sand” regarding becoming a sanctuary city. The article also stated that I had previously been on the fence regarding this issue. [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Cold snap recovery

April 25, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda,   The cold snap in March that followed the unusually warm February totally messed up my garden. The huge pink flowers on my tulip magnolia now look like exploded brown footballs. My crocuses croaked. My willow tree snapped off six feet from the base. The forsythia looks [read more]
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