Miss Floribunda: Lawn care and repair

October 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I read with interest your advice to plant trees and shrubs in the fall. What about lawn repair? I have a lot of bare spots, some of which I covered with wood chips left over after I had a tree taken down. I don’t like all the insects crawling around the mulch and I think the [read more]

Hyattsville Arts Fest showcases art in all its forms

October 10, 2012

BY LAUREN FLYNN KELLY — Recycled, repurposed, vintage, handmade and 100 percent eclectic were the themes of the day at the Fifth Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival, which took place on September 22 in the city’s Gateway Arts District on Jefferson Street at Baltimore Avenue. Organizers estimate [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Test soil now for fall planting

September 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’m yet another gardening newbie come to Hyattsville. One of the housewarming presents given to me when I moved in this June was a crepe myrtle in a pot. What with settling in and one thing or another, I haven’t gotten around to planting the poor little tree. [read more]

Local chef takes national honors

September 10, 2012

Monica Thomas’ swinging pantry door captures the feel of a restaurant kitchen. A Hyattsville resident since 2001, Thomas was named Personal Chef of the Year in 2012. Credit Susie Currie   BY SCARLETT SALEM — The national award for Personal Chef of the Year went to a Hyattsville [read more]

African refugee serves as U.S. soldier

August 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — When Alfred Kollie walked into the U.S. Army recruiting office on Belcrest Center Drive in 2010, he knew more than most what the future might bring. At the time, he was managing a store in the nearby mall and attending Prince George’s Community College part-time. But just [read more]

From the Editor: Looking for a village square

August 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — When I first moved to Hyattsville more than 30 years ago, the local Dunkin’ Donuts (now Shagga Restaurant) was a neighborhood hangout. Whenever I went, the same group of older men would be there. They liked the counter and perched on tall stools with ripped vinyl seats, [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Outfoxing the squirrels who want your tomatoes

August 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, This hot weather seems to agree with tomatoes because I have a bumper crop this year. However, the beneficiaries of the crop are the hordes of squirrels that get to them before I do! The best I can do is pick them when they first start to ripen and put them in the windows, but [read more]

My Two Cents: Does your baby smoke?

August 10, 2012

BY KIMBERLY SCHMIDT — The words “Honey, I’m pregnant” are often followed, in six to nine months, by Severe Nesting Syndrome. Every corner of the house is scrubbed, organized and decorated. Paint colors are chosen, and the merits of strollers and diapers are discussed with more vigor than an [read more]

From the president: What I liked about living in Hyattsville

July 10, 2012

BY JULIA DUIN — A For Sale sign that sprouted in my front yard the first week of June was what got the news out that my sojourn in Hyattsville was coming to an end. I had mentally planned to be here a lot longer, but getting laid off two years ago from The Washington Times changed all that. I [read more]
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