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From the Editor: East Side Story

July 10, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE —What’s in a name? When it comes to brand names, plenty. Take EYA. When the townhouses on the west side of Route 1 were being developed, EYA established its brand here by lining several blocks along the east side with mural-sized ads. So it’s understandable that many residents [read more]

Nature Nearby: Return of the Natives

July 10, 2011

BY FRED SEITZ — Since 2005, the Anacostia Watershed Society and more than 250 volunteer “weed warriors” have been working to remove invasive species of plants in Magruder Park and other nearby areas. Their efforts are paying off; coordinator Marc Imlay estimates that approximately 80 [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]

Hyattsville artist reflects on his legacy

July 10, 2011

BY AMIRA AYCOCK — Long before the Arts District existed, Hyattsville was home to David Driskell, a renowned artist and one of the world’s foremost scholars on African-American art. He turned 80 last month, and events commemorating his life and legacy are scheduled well into the fall. [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]

From the Editor: From where I sit

June 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — We’ve all heard the expression, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” I know this well. A blue-and-white ceramic lamp that a neighbor put out for the trash found a home in our living room. I think the expression reflects a deeper reality, though. Two [read more]
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