Letter to the Editor

October 14, 2019

By KURT BRINTZENHOFE — On May 15, the City of Hyattsville offered Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) two constructions sites: the Hyattsville Middle School (HMS) and the southeast corner of Magruder Park. The Hyattsville Life and Times (HL&T) reported on June 10 how the [read more]

From the Editor: A new series for an old problem

September 16, 2019

By LINDSAY MYERS — How do you describe a community? What sort of information matters?  Thorton Wilder’s 1938 play “Our Town” considers these questions as it explores the lives of several residents in a small New England town around the turn of the 20th century. The people are ordinary [read more]

Miss Floribunda: The Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly

September 16, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I was really appalled by the insults from neighbors that “Eating Dirt” described in last month’s letter. While my very polite neighbors have been wonderful to me, a life-long resident of Arizona who moved to Hyattsville, I suspect they want me to make [read more]

My Two Cents: An education fight we can all support

September 3, 2019

By PETER DANIELS — Hyattsville residents have engaged in a vigorous debate recently over the location of a desperately needed new middle school. As students prepare for a new year of learning, I want everybody in our community to be aware of another crucial education debate that will play out [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Garden guidelines

August 19, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, Although my neighbors say they approve of my native-plant garden because it provides a haven for pollinating insects, birds and other creatures, they have made some snarky little jokes that disturb me. For instance, one of them watched me work and asked, “Who else would [read more]

Nature Nearby: Pending blessed event in Magruder Park

August 19, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — Early on a warm day in June, I was walking my pseudo-fierce dog in Magruder Park. As we ventured downhill, I spotted a common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina, for Latin buffs) depositing a number of cream colored, ping pong ball-sized eggs into a hole in the ground. While [read more]

Cultural Connections: From Mexico to Maryland

August 19, 2019

By JULIA GASPAR-BATES — Growing up in the small colonial town of Cotija, Michoacán, in central Mexico, Paulina Valencia Quiroz recounts a peaceful upbringing among “houses built 500-600 years ago and horses that would sometimes wander in the streets.” Valencia grew up in a large family of 11 [read more]

From the Editor: Many thanks for the warm welcome!

August 17, 2019

By SOPHIE GORMAN ORIANI — Hello to all you Hyattsville Life & Times (HL&T) readers! I am so happy to have joined the paper as the new associate editor. Thank you very much for the warm welcome you’ve already extended to me. I never thought I would end up covering city council happenings [read more]
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