Lifestyle

Miss Floribunda: Betting on hedges

May 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, What would be an easy thing to plant for a hedge tall enough to screen out my next-door neighbors’ back yard? I like the neighbors, but they seem to think that plastic lawn furniture and statuary from tacky roadside souvenir stands is the ultimate in elegance. I have [read more]

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]

Nigerian Catholic Community finds a permanent home in Hyattsville

March 10, 2012

After a Mass at St. Jerome, Fr. Charles Edeh bestowed a birthday blessing on a Nigerian parishioner as others gathered to pray. Photo courtesy Nina Napolitano (2012) BY NINA NAPOLITANO — Home. If you’re from Nigeria, it may seem impossibly far away. But many first-generation immigrants have [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]

Strengthening the ties that bind

March 10, 2012

BY DAVID L. LEVY — Every other weekend at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, the day school turns into the Parenting Time Center. It offers neutral ground where parents who are separated, divorced or never married – and who are having problems with each other that reach the [read more]

The accidental activist and the presidential candidate

March 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — While Newt Gingrich was giving his Super Tuesday victory speech in Georgia earlier this month, his half-sister Candace Gingrich-Jones was working late at the Human Rights Campaign in downtown Washington, D.C. Then she headed home to Hyattsville, where she lives with Rebecca [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]

The Blues live on in Riverdale Park

January 10, 2012

  BY JIM GROVES — “Blues in E, regular 1-4-5,” someone yells. A guitar gives an opening riff, followed by a sweet harmonica.  Slowly, more sound rolls in: guitars, mandolin, saxophone, piano, harmonica and, finally, a voice tearing into a blues song that has been sung since the 1950s. [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]
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