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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]

City close to human-resources hire

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Hyattsville may soon be welcoming a human-resources director, a position that languished unfilled under previous city administrator Gregory Rose. At this writing, the city is in negotiations with a candidate and expects the position to be filled and the candidate on board by [read more]

Thrift store opens on Rhode Island Avenue

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Can we ever have too many thrift stores? (Don’t answer that.) Caroline Sirri, a vendor at the Saturday flea market at Northwestern High School, has opened Fecosasa Consignment & Thrift Store at 4806 Rhode Island Avenue. Actually, at the moment it’s a thrift store only; [read more]

The Wild Onion is latest UTC restaurant to close

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On January 28, The Wild Onion eatery became the latest vacancy at University Town Center, where it had been since July 9, 2008. Catering is still available, though; call owner Rasheed Abdurrahman at 240.476.5054. In other restaurant news, it seems that rumors of the death of [read more]
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