Columns

Then & Now: Vinegar: A mold-busting miracle!

February 28, 2019

By RANDY FLETCHER — There are certain smells that take me back to my childhood and make me think of my grandparents. Coffee is one of them. My grandmother had three percolators going all the time: one in the kitchen, one next to the davenport in the TV room, and another one in the master bath. [read more]

ArtBurn: Paint + Pigment + Color at Portico

February 6, 2019

By PAUL HRUSA — The latest hallway-as-gallery concept in the Arts District is Portico, housed in the front of the Studio 3807 apartment complex at the corner of Rhode Island Ave and 38th Street in Brentwood. Hopefully this proximity of art to residency results in more collectors and patrons of [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Pollination and pests

January 17, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I have decided to plant a pollinator-friendly garden this year. However, I suspect that this is trickier than most of us think. For instance, I visited a honeybee sanctuary last summer and saw bees simply swarming around in a tall stand of catnip. That’s great, but [read more]

We say goodbye, and we say hello, hello, hello

January 10, 2019

By HEATHER WRIGHT — As 2018 ebbs away, we take this opportunity to look across the expanse of the receding year, reflecting on what we as a community lost and what we gained. Goodbye In 2018, we said goodbye to a number of people who served the City of Hyattsville long and well. In July, two [read more]

Nature Nearby: A little smelly start to spring

January 10, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — Walking along the Trolley Trail the last week in December, I noticed some familiar green shoots vigorously coming up.   Then on New Year’s Day, I spotted a reddish spathe (a large sheathing bract enclosing the flower cluster) along the boardwalk in Magruder Swamp.   The [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Floral gifts for winter days

December 18, 2018

Dear Guilt-ridden Grinch, There’s something to be said for accepting loss philosophically. Let the fresh floral offerings give joy for as long as they are in bloom. Certainly no one expects a bottle of perfume — or even a “semi-edible” sausage or cheese — to last forever. If [read more]

Cultural Connections: From the Caribbean to the nation’s capital

December 17, 2018

By JULIA GASPAR-BATES — Hyattsville resident Janine Dowden is no stranger to adversity. Growing up on the Caribbean island of Grenada, Dowden suffered trauma at age 12 when she survived a car accident that left burns on 65 percent of her body. “My aunt was living in Washington, so she assisted [read more]
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