Hugh’s News: Rock and roll all night

November 11, 2011

BY HUGH TURLEY — The Hyattsville  Armory, a castle-style building across Route 1 from the new Busboys & Poets, was once the hippest and swingingest place in town – if not the country. Some of the greatest legends of rock ’n’ roll performed there. During the late 1950s and early [read more]

Legend and Lore: A History of Hyattsville, Part 1

November 11, 2011

BY KIMBERLY SCHMIDT — In this special two-part edition of Legend & Lore, we take a look at what happened here up to 1886, when Hyattsville was incorporated. Check back next month, when the timeline will take us up to the present day. 1608—John Smith sails up the 40-foot deep Anacostia [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Chrysanthemum care

November 11, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda,  Each year my guests for Thanksgiving dinner give me beautiful potted chrysanthemums and each year I plant them in my garden. Very few survive, and those that do are pathetic scraggly things with few blooms. I look around town and see magnificent mounds of chrysanthemums [read more]

My Two Cents: The blessing of community

November 11, 2011

BY TODD THOMASON — One thing I am giving thanks for this Thanksgiving is the gift of community. Living in relation to others (be it in the same house, office or town) can be a challenge, but it’s also a blessing. I was recently reminded of what a true blessing community can be on the Sunday [read more]

From the Editor: Can we really listen to each other?

November 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — I attend many city council meetings for my job. They can be interesting and they can be tedious. And sometimes I find them distressing because of the tension I see in the members’ exchanges with each other. I’m not talking about healthy disagreements over issues. I’m [read more]

Nature Nearby: Night of the hunter

October 11, 2011

BY FRED SEITZ — As dusk sets in, an aerial ballet begins in the sky over Magruder Park and the Northwest Branch.  Birds are retreating to their evening roosts and a nocturnal cast of flyers take to the air.  A few swallows skim along the grass in the park. Evening walkers along the bike path [read more]

Hugh’s News: Ten years later, questions still linger

October 10, 2011

BY HUGH TURLEY — Summing up his creative exploits as a young reporter in Baltimore, H.L. Mencken once wrote with straight-faced understatement, “Journalism is not an exact science.” Mencken’s droll observation, made in a chapter of his autobiography called “The Synthesis of the News,” [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Moving outdoor plants, but not their bugs, inside

October 10, 2011

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am thinking of bringing my house plants back inside after their summer vacation outside. In the past I didn’t worry about insect pests. I used plant food sticks containing a systemic insecticide and never had any trouble. Then I had a baby, now a toddler. I am very careful [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]
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