News

New year, new leaders at local schools

August 10, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE AND PAULA MINAERT — Nearly a quarter of Prince George’s County’s 198 schools are getting new principals this year, due largely to budget cuts that led to slashed positions and staff buyouts for the new fiscal year. In Hyattsville, Northwestern High School and Hyattsville [read more]

Many vacancies among city staff

August 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — Two key positions in the city staff – assistant city administrator and director of parks and recreation – became open with the recent departures of Vincent Jones and Steve Yeskulsky. The city has seen a fair amount of staff turnover recently. It has had two parks directors [read more]

Meet the candidates: Guide to the 2011 Ward 1 Special Election

July 11, 2011

Election season isn’t over yet for some residents. The second Ward 1 seat has been vacant since then-representative Marc Tartaro was sworn in as mayor in May. Three candidates are vying for the seat, which will be determined in a special election on July 19 at the municipal building. We asked [read more]

New principal sought for Hyattsville Middle School – again

July 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — For the second time in two years, a search is on for a principal for Hyattsville Middle School. Students return to school on August 22. Principal Susie Long announced her retirement June 6 after serving for only one year. Principal Susie Long will leave Hyattsville Middle [read more]

Rhode Island Reds fades to black

July 10, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — After nearly three years, Rhode Island Reds Café has closed its doors. But for the right price, a new owner could open them. Citing the desire for more time with his wife and two sons, ages 7 and 12, owner Christopher Brophy made the announcement in a characteristically terse [read more]

No property tax hike in 2012

July 10, 2011

BY KAREN J. RILEY — No one looks forward to opening their annual  property tax bills, but at least residents will know what to expect to see in their next bill. The Hyattsville City Council adopted a $21.33 million city budget on June 13 that left the city’s current tax rates intact [read more]

One dead in University Town Center stabbing

July 2, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On June 30, an early-evening brawl at University Town Center left one man dead and four others injured. Leonard Raynod Smith-Matthews, 21, died after being stabbed during a fight at University Town Center on June 30, 2011. Responding to reports of a fight, Hyattsville City [read more]

Acclaimed DeMatha music director retiring

June 10, 2011

John Mitchell built DeMatha into a music powerhouse before leaving in 2011. Above: His final performance, on May 12, was directing the wind ensemble at the University of Marylandʼs Dekelboum Concert Hall. Photos courtesy DeMatha. BY PAULA MINAERT — On May 12, John Mitchell, Director of Bands at [read more]

Ward 4 residents discuss concerns

June 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — A group of Ward 4 residents met June 4 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church to talk about issues of common concern. It was the first public meeting of any kind since the May elections. The meeting was organized and chaired by Ward 4 councilmember Paula Perry. Councilmembers [read more]
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