Bestway lives up to its name

April 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — A month or so after it opened on the Hamilton Street site of the former Safeway, the Bestway on is garnering positive reactions from Hyattsville residents. “It’s bright and clean and spacious,” said Councilmember Tim Hunt (Ward 3) who was found shopping there on the [read more]

Shalom School shut down

April 10, 2012

BY JULIA DUIN — Shalom School, a local after-school program well known for its focus on the arts, was suddenly closed down at the end of February. The 16-year-old school, which was housed in the education wing of the First United Methodist Church on Queens Chapel Road at East-West Highway, had [read more]

PHOTOS: Doug Dudrow turns 60

March 10, 2012

Doug Dudrow’s 60th birthday party, held February 25, 2012, at First Baptist Church, drew more than 100 friends and family members of the former Hyattsville City Councilmember. Dudrow, who was born and raised here, spent 30 years representing Ward 1. Photos courtesy Chris Currie. Del. Anne [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]

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]

School loses federal funds, five staff members

March 10, 2012

BY JULIA DUIN — Hyattsville Elementary School is facing the loss of five crucial staff after the school’s Title 1 status was removed earlier this year, reducing its budget by $200,000. To receive Title 1 funds, 75 percent of a school’s students must be from families whose income qualifies [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]

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]

PHOTOS: Raise a glass to Franklins

March 1, 2012

It was a busy month for Franklins’ Restaurant, Brewery and General Store. The Second Annual Beer Dinner, featuring five courses paired with craft brews, sold out well before the February 22 event. Later that week, on February 26, the local landmark celebrated its 10th anniversary with [read more]
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