Politics

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]

Redrawing the boundaries

February 8, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — Hyattsville’s population has grown almost 20 percent in the last decade, according to 2010 census data. It had 17,557 residents on April 1, 2010; on that date in 2000, it had 14,733. This and other information was presented at a sparsely attended public hearing on January [read more]

Whole Foods moves closer to reality with county zoning approval

February 8, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — On February 2, the Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved a rezoning request for a 37-acre wooded property in Riverdale Park. The approval opens the way for the land, owned by the Cafritz family, to be turned into a mixed-use development that [read more]

From the Editor: Drawing lines is not child’s play

January 10, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — I don’t do numbers. They have intimidated me ever since third grade, when Mrs. Powell yelled at me because I had a hard time doing multiplication. I also struggle with technology and my husband will attest to this. He has to come running whenever my computer hiccups and I [read more]

From the Editor: Can we really listen to each other?

November 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — I attend many city council meetings for my job. They can be interesting and they can be tedious. And sometimes I find them distressing because of the tension I see in the members’ exchanges with each other. I’m not talking about healthy disagreements over issues. I’m [read more]

New series at Busboys and Poets

November 11, 2011

BY CANDACE HOLLINGSWORTH — A Continuing Talk on Race (A.C.T.O.R.), a monthly dialogue that started in 2006 at the original Busboys & Poets location, has come to Hyattsville. The series was born out of owner Andy Shallal’s desire to host informal, facilitated discussions on contemporary [read more]

City council has long to-do list

September 10, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — At the initiative of Mayor Marc Tartaro, the Hyattsville City Council (with staff input) is developing a list of priorities for the near future. Tartaro said he thinks it’s the most important task facing the council. “Until we start working through what we have to do, [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]
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