Government

Council members may land in new wards

March 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Federally mandated redistricting could displace up to six city council incumbents, according to plans unveiled at the March 5 council meeting. The 2010 census showed that Hyattsville’s population grew from 14,733 on April 1, 2000, to 17,557 a decade later, an increase of [read more]

Challenges for new city HR director

March 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Chris Vermillion, Hyattsville’s newly hired human resources director, started work on February 27. It’s a new position, created by the city council last year. Vermillion, by all accounts, has his work cut out for him. During his first week on the job, Public Works Director [read more]

City close to human-resources hire

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Hyattsville may soon be welcoming a human-resources director, a position that languished unfilled under previous city administrator Gregory Rose. At this writing, the city is in negotiations with a candidate and expects the position to be filled and the candidate on board by [read more]

Redrawing the boundaries

February 8, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Hyattsville’s population has grown almost 20 percent in the last decade, according to 2010 census data. It had 17,557 residents on April 1, 2010; on that date in 2000, it had 14,733. This and other information was presented at a sparsely attended public hearing on January [read more]

In deep water: When it rains, some residents feel swamped

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — About 25 residents met recently to discuss the flooding that has plagued their neighborhood for years. These pictures from 1993 show flooding on Banner Street. Because sidewalks installed there that year are higher than residents’ front yards, the scene is repeated every [read more]

Senior services coordinator dives right in

January 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — A new resource for seniors in Hyattsville arrived in December in the person of Emily Stowers, who fills the recently created position of senior-services coordinator. In the short time she’s been here, Stowers has ridden the Call-a-Bus, met with the Aging in Place group, [read more]

From the Editor: Drawing lines is not child’s play

January 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — I don’t do numbers. They have intimidated me ever since third grade, when Mrs. Powell yelled at me because I had a hard time doing multiplication. I also struggle with technology and my husband will attest to this. He has to come running whenever my computer hiccups and I [read more]

County to kids: Wait to skate

January 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Note to Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission: If you build it, they will come. Nine years after a St. Jerome middle-schooler started a petition, the American Ramp Company finished installing Melrose Skate Park in early December. It marked the end of the first [read more]

County finds unexpected place to make cuts

January 10, 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t: Queens Chapel Town Center before (top) and after Prince George’s County Department of Public Works clear-cut 35 trees. Only about half of them were on the County right-of-way, with the rest split between city- and state-managed roads. BY CHRIS CURRIE [read more]

City Council considers a staff shakeup

January 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — The Hyattsville City Council discussed a plan at its January 3 meeting to reorganize the way the city staff operates. Presented by Communications Manager Abby Sandel, the plan suggested creating a new Department of Community Services. It would include various departments and [read more]
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