Miss Floribunda: Herbs safe choice for summer gardening

July 10, 2012

Dear Miss Floribunda, I am new to this area and to gardening.  Coming from New England, I was advised to expect a long, hot summer.  When I started a garden this spring, I wasted money buying plants from local nurseries assuming that whatever is sold in this area will do well in this area.  [read more]

Play ball! Coach brings his A game to T-ball

June 15, 2012

HMB’s two T-ball teams, the White Tigers and the Gold Tigers, congratulate each other after a game as Gold coach Michael Adams looks on. Photo by Catie Currie. BY CATIE CURRIE — The batter from the Beltsville-Adelphi Boys and Girls Club grounded the ball to Hyattsville pitcher Evan [read more]

Legend & Lore: Charcoal for the teeth: Women’s lives in 1812

June 15, 2012

BY KIMBERLY SCHMIDT — “We’ll start preparing for the evening meal at 2:45, with plans to eat at 5:30,” announced Ann Wass, organizer of “The 1812 Woman of Riversdale” workshop. Held on a May weekend at the Riversdale House Museum, the event was a 19th-century immersion complete with a [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The war against roses

June 9, 2012

Dear Readers, This month we present a repeat of a past column because the topic is so timely. In June 2010 I was shown a rose bush with “witch’s broom” sprouts. This is a sign of a deadly wind-borne virus that can wipe out every rose bush in the region. Now another instance has popped up in [read more]

PHOTO: 92nd birthday bash for 53-year Hyattsville resident

May 25, 2012

BY CHRIS CURRIE — Mildred Carroll, who has lived in her Hyattsville home since 1959, celebrated her 92nd birthday on May 24 in the Gold Room at St. Jerome Church. Many of her 14 children still live in the area; sons Tommy (at left, in blue) and Chris (in yellow) each have homes on her [read more]

Artists add local color to annual historic house tour

May 10, 2012

Monna Kauppinen shows her painting of Gallatin Street greenery, one of several she’s done featuring foliage from the city’s annual Historic House Tour. BY SUSIE CURRIE — Members of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance exhibit their work throughout the year at Franklins and the [read more]

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]
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