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Safeway to close February 4

January 10, 2012

Ending months of speculation, Safeway executives confirmed that the long-neglected Hamilton Street store will close after 30 years. For the first time since 1928, Safeway will not have a presence in Hyattsville. Like the chain’s former Adelphi branch, on Riggs Road, this building will become a [read more]

The lost art of independent pharmacies

January 10, 2012

BY SCARLETT SALEM — The pharmacy landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades. Once a personalized service provided by independent retailers, it is now dominated by chain stores. They offer a one-stop shopping experience: buy your groceries, pick up your prescription and – in [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]

County finds unexpected place to make cuts

January 10, 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t: Queens Chapel Town Center before (top) and after Prince George’s County Department of Public Works clear-cut 35 trees. Only about half of them were on the County right-of-way, with the rest split between city- and state-managed roads. BY CHRIS CURRIE [read more]

City Council considers a staff shakeup

January 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — The Hyattsville City Council discussed a plan at its January 3 meeting to reorganize the way the city staff operates. Presented by Communications Manager Abby Sandel, the plan suggested creating a new Department of Community Services. It would include various departments and [read more]

Local Harry Potter fans place in Quidditch World Cup

December 11, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — The last Harry Potter movie has come and gone. But some local fans at Eleanor Roosevelt High School have found a way to keep the magic of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful seven-book series alive. The Roosevelt Ridgebacks, one of eight high school teams to compete in [read more]

Hang on! Here comes Hyattsville’s skate park

December 11, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — The last of the concrete has dried at Hyattsville’s newest attraction, Melrose Skate Park. And although there is still work to be done before it officially opens – putting in a basketball half-court, installing a bike rack and benches, landscaping – that’s enough for [read more]

Book on Riverdale Park history released

December 11, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Congratulations to the Historical Association of Riverdale Park on Images of America: Riverdale Park, the latest in a series by Arcadia Publishing. (Hyattsville’s, you may remember, was published in 2008). Donald Lynch, Tom Alderson and Melissa Avery co-authored the [read more]

Hyattsville wins sustainability status

December 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — Hyattsville has been named a sustainable community (one of only five) in the state of Maryland. This designation gives the city government, residents, and businesses access to special state funding, such as from the Community Legacy program, State Highway Administration [read more]
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