From the Editor: The Perils and Pluses of Popularity

April 10, 2013

BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — One of the many pleasures of this editorial gig is the opportunity to dig into local topics and questions that are of particular interest to me.  As a longtime member of the Prince George’s  Pool, which is known as PG Pool,  I’ve been fascinated by its evolution [read more]

Support your local Olympians

April 7, 2013

Credit: Sigma Phi Epsilon BY SUSIE CURRIE — Longtime local resident Dennis Vacante has been coaching Special Olympics athletes for 37 years. As the assistant area director for Prince George’s County Special Olympics, he also helps raise money for the group’s uniforms, medals and venue space [read more]

Bike class turns cyclists into DIY mechanics

March 18, 2013

BY SCARLETT SALEM — Cycling, whether for leisure or competition, can be fun … unless you face a mechanical problem you can’t solve. What if you have a flat tire in the middle of a long bike ride? Or what if your chain pops off on the way to work? Arrow Bicycle, located at 5108 [read more]

New gardening group targets food growers

February 18, 2013

Joe Ludes with some of last summer’s bounty from his double-lot garden on 44th Avenue. Photo by Jeannette Soon-Ludes. BY GRETCHEN BRODTMAN — A small but hardy group of Hyattsville residents gathered in the snow on Super Bowl Sunday in neighbor Joe Ludes’ yard to lay the plans for a new [read more]

A super Super Bowl

February 18, 2013

This was the first football season in many years where two teams in the Hyattsville-cheering area made it to the playoffs, so it was no surprise to see a few Redskins jerseys at local Super Bowl parties. Purple was prevalent, though, as Lucas Pierce and Suerken Carter Matsuyama demonstrate (left). [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Heirloom or hybrid? Find both at seed sale

January 15, 2013

Dear Miss Floribunda,    I am thinking about getting a head start on my garden by planting indoors and know that soon seeds will be appearing in supermarkets and grocery stores. I am curious about what I’ve heard termed “heirloom” seeds. What does this mean other than they [read more]

Toy drive underway

December 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — The Sonny Frazier Toy Drive is underway. Boxes for new, unwrapped toys are set up in the lobby of the city building, the Magruder Park building, Bestway, Lawson’s Pharmacy, and the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department. You can donate through December 14. For more [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Forbidden fertilizing

December 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I’m from the Midwest and so read with surprise your advice to do in autumn what is usually done in spring where I come from. What about pruning and fertilization? How do gardeners prepare for winter here, if they do?  Not in Kansas Anymore on Kennedy Street Dear Not in [read more]

For one local pastor, same-sex marriage is a matter of hospitality

November 10, 2012

BY LIZZY MCLELLAN — Earlier this month, Maryland became one of the first three states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. This momentous decision will have particular meaning to one Hyattsville church. Hyattsville Mennonite Church, with 250 members, took a stand on the issue of gay [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Fall flowers without the fragrance

November 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, It’s fall and chrysanthemums seem to be the only flowers seen in gardens, other than lingering annuals. They look pretty but I hate their odor so don’t want to bring them into my house. Are there any scentless fall-blooming flowers that will look nice and perky at this [read more]
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