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Miss Floribunda: Ants in your plants?

April 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, Five years ago, I moved into a house with a garden notable for beds of beautiful peonies. For the past two springs, however, some groups have not bloomed despite plenty of buds. Adding fertilizer didn’t help. To add to my disappointment, ants overran the plants that did [read more]

From the Editor: The best of both worlds

April 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — A lot of new growth is happening here in Hyattsville. The Route 1 corridor has blossomed since Busboys & Poets and the other shops at Jefferson Street have opened. There’s a definite energy you can sense, something creative and exciting. And that energy has attracted [read more]

From the Editor: Who are we, anyway?

March 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — I often walk around the city. I don’t cover all of its 2.67 square miles but I’ve been to a large portion of it. And I’ve noticed, as I think most of us have, that Hyattsville has changed over the years. I decided to look at the 2010 census recently to see what I could [read more]

Postcards from the Past: Hunting eggs on Easter Monday

March 10, 2012

BY PEGGY DEE — In 1936, the City of Hyattsville was caught up in celebrating its 50th anniversary. The first annual Easter Egg Hunt was held in April and local women dyed 500 eggs for the event. By 1941, the Magruder Park event had become a highlight of each spring. By that time, there were [read more]

Hugh’s News: Presidential election choices?

March 10, 2012

BY HUGH TURLEY — The U.S. presidential election resembles the recent presidential race in Yemen. On February 21, Yemen elected President Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, the former Vice President under longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hadi was the only candidate on the ballot. On April 3, Barack Obama [read more]

Auntie Diluviana: Being safe at home

March 10, 2012

BY SALLY MIDDLETON — How to make our homes safe and accessible as we age was the topic when architects Mark Ferguson and Mike Arnold spoke to an audience of at least 40 at the Municipal Building. Sponsored by the Hyattsville Preservation Association (HPA), the February 9 talk and slide show [read more]

Nature Nearby: Squab a la Pepco

February 8, 2012

BY FRED SEITZ — West Hyattsville Metro riders may want to note that their journey from station to street takes them beneath about a hundred of nature’s most revered and reviled avians. Perching on the nearby power lines is a longtime flock of rock doves, also known as pigeons. Taken for [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Gardening for seniors

February 8, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, The days are getting longer and I should be looking forward to summer, but I’m not. Maybe because I’m getting on in years I find myself dreading the drudgery of mowing the lawn in the hot sun, weeding, pruning and all the hard work it takes to keep my garden beautiful.  I [read more]
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