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St. Jerome gets new principal by Paula Minaert St. Jerome School, one of the oldest in the area, has a new principal. Mary Pat Donoghue, formerly the vice principal, has taken the position that was held by Sr. Joyce Volpini, SND, since July 1976. “I want to continue the good work St. Joyce did for thirtythree years,” Ms. Donoghue said. “I admire her sense of mission and serving God’s littlest ones.” Ms. Donoghue began teaching fifth grade at the Catholic school in 1990 and later taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She is herself a graduate of St. Jerome’s. The school opened in 1943, with the Sisters of Notre Dame holding classes in the parlor and porch of the house that originally stood on the property. The current building was finished in 1946. By 1964, the enrollment was 850. Speaking of her years as principal, Sr. Joyce said her fondest memories are of the children. “They’re very much themselves, honest and loving. They keep you young," she said. "And it’s exciting to watch them grow. They come back, too, and bring their children with them. They




Our guide to the premier pickyour-own pumpkin patches. PAGE 3

Cassie Johnson explains why you should take down your roadblocks on personal development. PAGE 4

Art gallery/studio Artdc gives artists a new lease on creativity. PAGE 9

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the long and winding trail by Krista Atteberry Former Hyattsville City Council President Robert Trumbule loved the outdoors. An environmental policy analyst for the Library of Congress, he served for several years as the scoutmaster of a local Boy Scout troop. The trail named for him, near Magruder Park, has

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been transformed over the summer and will be rededicated this month. To find it, follow the asphalt path that runs to the right of the tennis courts in Magruder Park and turn left over the brand-new creek bridge. Notice the newly cleared TraIlS continued on page 10

New city treasurer touts strategic organization

PrIncIPal continued on page 11

A bump-out in the new Trumble Trail.

“It doesn’t matter if you have money if you don’t have a strategy,” said Anthony Rainey, Hyattsville’s new treasurer. Rainey makes strategy the beacon of his work, an approach he honed working for the cities of Seattle, Wash.; Gresham, Ore;


HLT asked, “What do you think about students having to wear school uniforms?” The respondents were all parents or grandparents of Hyattsville Elementary School students.

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“I guess it was a good idea. It’s just the money part.” — Deborah Hayes

“I think it’s great. I don’t know about the color, though, and it gets real hot.“ — George Samuel

“For summer, it’s fine. For winter, it’s not so good. The children need to put more clothes on.” —Carlos Velasquez

“It’s very good to have uniforms. It makes them look good in school, and there isn’t peer pressure.” — Elsa Rodriguez

Norfolk, Va.; and, most recently, Washington, D.C. “One of the things I’ve experienced with other governments … is bringing a more strategic approach,” he said. “Finance is only a tool to [implement] strategy.” Originally from California, Rainey lives in Waldorf and came to Hyattsville because of its “up and coming” status. “He brings some great experience in areas that we are moving into,” said Hyattsville Mayor William Gardiner, citing Rainey’s specific skills in budgeting, information technology and performance measures. “[The city is] now developing much more closely aligned department goals and outputs to the budget,” Gardiner said. “We haven’t done that before. [It is] an improved budget format process and [Rainey] will be a part of implementing that.” While in Oregon, Rainey worked on a 2020 plan – a community visioning process focusing on where the city would be in the TreaSUrer continued on page 11

Included: The September 9, 2009 Issue of The Hyattsville Reporter — See Center Section

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Pleased to meet you by Susie Currie


ike many people, I first became acquainted with Hyattsville as a student at the University of Maryland. Or thought I did. In those days, we thought of Hyattsville as Route 1, a gauntlet of used-car lots you had to drive through to get to Georgetown or an internship. (As a journalism major, I did that frequently, providing unpaid labor to the Washington City Paper and the now-defunct Regardie's magazine.) After graduation, I didn't give Hyattsville a second thought for years. After a stint at the Washington bureau of the Associated Press,

a community newspaper chronicling the life and times of Hyattsville Mailing address: PO Box 132, Hyattsville, Md 20781 Hyattsville Life & Times is published monthly by Hyattsville Community Newspaper, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. Interested reporters should send their e-mail addresses to the editor to be reminded of deadlines and receive internal news. Articles and news submitted may be edited.The deadline is the last week of the month for the following month’s issue. Letters to the editor and opinions are encouraged. For all e-mail correspondence with HL&T: news, features, tips, advertising and business write to To submit articles, letters to the editor, etc. , e-mail For inquiries re advertising rates or to submit ad copy please email to Hyattsvillelife@ executive editor Paula Minaert 301-335-2519 Managing editor Susie Currie contributing editor Sarah Nemeth Production Ashley Perks Writers & contributors Victoria Hille Tim Hunt Cassie Johnson Hugh Turley Board of directors Julia Duin - President Tim Hunt - Vice President Jamie Aycock - General Counsel Christopher Currie -Treasurer Paula Minaert - Ex Officio Circulation: Copies are distributed monthly by U.S. Mail to every address in Hyattsville. Additional copies are distributed to libraries, selected businesses, community centers and churches in the city. Total circulation is 7,500. Hl&T is a member of the national newspaper association.

I moved to Baltimore for my dream job: writing for magazines. It was while on assignment for one of them that I saw Hyattsville in a new way. One of my jobs at Mid-Atlantic Country was covering bed-and-breakfasts; a tough job, but someone had to do it. I was on the Eastern shore of Virginia on an inn-to-inn bike tour, interviewing the owner of a superlative restaurant in a newly restored, bright yellow Victorian. Her husband had been a chef at the Willard and she was an artist and realtor, if memory serves. When she heard I was newly engaged and looking for a house in the Washington area, she insisted I look in Hyattsville. The picture she painted was almost Utopian. Interesting mix of tightly-knit neighbors, gorgeous old Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows that could be had for a song, proximity to Washington, a funky little sandwich/toy shop called Franklin's ... just look, she urged, connecting me with her former boss at Long & Foster.

So we did. My fiancé, Chris, and I had already spent several discouraging weeks house-hunting on the other side of the river; when we saw our home here, it was like a dream come true. Half the price and twice the size of the Northern Virginia houses we had been shown, it had been passed down through the family that bought it shortly after it was built in 1905, and lovingly maintained by the current owner. We felt that we were meant to be here. We still feel that way, 12 years later. This has become our home; our three children were born here and will grow up here amid good friends, a vibrant community life, and a Route 1 that would give drivethroughs a very different sense than their mom had once upon a time. Franklin's isn't the only thing that's evolved since then. (For example, see Daniel Hart's story on one of the many art galleries sprouting along the corridor: One of those car showrooms has been repurposed as, among other things, an art gallery-cum-concert space.)

So it was an honor to be asked to sign on as managing editor for this newspaper. With this issue, Paula Minaert steps into the executive editor role; the inimitable Sarah Nemeth is off to bigger and better things, but, fortunately for us, will continue to have a presence in these pages. If you see her around town, thank her for her years of service to the community! In the coming months, we’ll be unveiling some new departments and revamping others. This month, for instance, we’ve started a semiregular column called “Your Two Cents,” an opinion piece written by different residents. Next month – well, you'll see. Since we can't be everywhere, we invite you, as the eyes and ears of your neighborhood, to send along news tips and story ideas. You'll find our contact information at left, or just email editor@ Well, that's my story. Help us tell yours, and those of our 17,000 neighbors in this special community we call home.

2008 An eight-floor, 93,000-squarefoot Marriott Courtyard hotel was being proposed for the corner area of Belcrest Road and East West Highway.

2007 Three rows of the EYA’s Arts District Hyattsville townhouses were complete, and about 30 residents had moved in, surrounded by mud and construction in progress. 2006 The Cy Dennis building on Jefferson Street, which had been vacant for 20 years, was demolished. 2005 Over the summer Nicholas Orem Middle School hosted the Latin American Youth Center, a Maryland initiative from the University of Maryland’s Democracy Collaborative.


Cheering for my home team By Sarah Nemeth


utumn is closing in, and along with the crisp season comes the back-toschool and football season. One of the students in my English class decided to write an essay about Terrell Owens being traded to the Buffalo Bills, and he said he did it to make me happy. When I told the students about myself on the first day of school, I was sure to include my love of my hometown football team. The Bills, one student remembered, went to the Super Bowl four times in the early '90s, only to bring home a wide-right, a few dozen fumbles and four straight losses. Of course, that’s all most people remember about the team from Buffalo (with one exception: O.J. Simpson. But let’s not go there).

I was there when Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly first came into Buffalo’s Hyatt Regency hotel. I was atop my Uncle Bob’s shoulders, my mom and sister at his side. A bunch of kids tried getting Kelly’s autograph, but he sneaked in the back door and blew off all his newfound fans. But you know what? It didn’t even matter. Just like it didn’t matter how many times I went to a game with my family and got beer dumped on me. Or how many weirdos painted in blue and red I had to fend off walking back to the bleachers, fried bologna sandwich in hand. It was always cold. Always cold. (Of course, when the Bills played at the former Rich Stadium, we prayed hard for snow, driving wind and all the blizzard weather the open stadium could handle.

No one can play in Buffalo like Buffalonians). Every fall weekend was a big deal in my house, and in the homes of my grandparents on both sides. My mom’s mother and brother would put on a big spread of munchies, and Uncle Bob would decorate the living room with Bills paraphernalia, complete with (unwashed) Terrible Towel. We were a bunch of nuts. And it really hurt when the team lost. It was like a personal offense had been done upon us by the winning team. Anyhow, over the years since Kelly’s reign in the Queen City, the Bills just haven’t been the same. Flutie. Johnson. Lossman. Talk of Kelly returning from retirement (like former head coach Marv Levy did) never amounted to reality (I saw Jim and his family a couple years ago at a New Year’s

file photo The Buffalo Bills logo Eve church service. Nice people). But I still cheer for the home team! Last year I watched the Bills games at Carolina Kitchen. I haven’t been lucky enough to catch a pre-season Bills game yet this year, but once the season starts, see ya Ravens; bye-bye Redskins. I’m pulling up a chair, a Labatt Blue Light, and a box of hot chicken wings. And then I’m going home.

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Fall is here, bringing a harvest of apples and pumpkins to your local farms. This year, skip the 10-gallon bag of candy at the grocery store and take a trip to one of the farms instead. You can enjoy a crisp apple, pick your own pumpkin, and even go on a hayride!

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10140 Piscataway Rd. Clinton, MD 20735 301.297.9370 Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are two things that you need to know about Miller Farms: apple cider doughnuts and pumpkin ice cream. You can also pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, okra, squash and cucumbers. To top it all off, they have hayrides.

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm Larriland Farm has a special spooky treat: The Boo Barn. In October, children ages 4-9 will enjoy visiting The Boo Barn and meeting animated ghosts and goblins. If you would rather skip the scary stuff, you can go on a hayride or hide in the straw maze. Pumpkin picking is available, as well as tomatoes, broccoli, beets and spinach. Apples are everywhere in October, from the orchards to homemade apple fritters.

Queen Anne Farm

Rockhill Orchard

18102 Central Ave Mitchellville, MD 20716 301.249.2427 Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm Saturday & Sunday: 10 am to dusk Queen Anne Farm has pumpkin options galore: you can pick your own, buy one that has been cleaned out or buy one that has been cleaned and carved. Not to mention, pumpkin butter. Aside from their many pumpkin-picking options, they also have red sweet potatoes, white sweet potatoes and fresh apples from Pennsylvania. After you pick out a harvest, you can pet the lambs and goats. Hayrides are available on weekends.

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28600 Ridge Rd Mount Airy, MD 21771 301.831.7427 Monday to Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm Rockhill Orchard has FREE hayrides on weekend afternoons in October, and hot cider is available in the farm. Children enjoy visiting the pigs and picking their own raspberries, apples and (of course!) pumpkins.

Butlers Orchard

22222 Davis Mill Rd Germantown, MD 20876 301.972.1198 Tuesday to Friday: 8:30 am-6 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 am-5 pm Butlers Orchard Annual Pumpkin Festival (starting September 26th and running every weekend until November 1st) has caramel apples, hayrides, a straw maze and pony rides. You can visit the farm animals, pick out pumpkin butter and take a walk around Pumpkinland – a display of fairy tale characters build out of pumpkins. Pumpkins and apples are available for picking. Compiled and written by Alison Lyon

Public works director out by Sarah Nemeth Lee Henry, Hyattsville’s director of the department of public works, resigned last month from his position, citing personal reasons for leaving. Henry, who worked for the city for five years, came to Hyattsville from Medway, Mass., where he served as director of the department of public services. City spokesperson Abby Sandel said the city will keep on schedule with all planned projects, includ-

ing plans to potentially reduce trash pick-up from twice to once weekly. The search for a new DPW director will commence soon, Sandel said. In the meantime, Assistant City Administrator Vincent Jones is serving as acting director of public works, she said. Although he resigned on July 10, Henry’s retirement did not officially go into effect until Aug. 1. “Over the past five years, he’s successfully taken on some big projects for the city – the con-

struction program to improve storm water management, road reconstruction to position the city for future growth, cleaning up the operations yard to ensure that we were OSHA-compliant and streamlining a number of processes,” Sandel said, adding that he is retiring "earlier than originally anticipated.” Henry is also a Vietnam-era member of the U.S. Army and holds degrees from Norwich University and the University of Massachusetts.

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Being open to receive by Cassie Johnson



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hortly after I watched “The Secret,” the documentary about the law of attraction, I created a vision board and hung it where I’d see it every day. It’s a snapshot of what I want to attract and keep in my life, including love, good health, wisdom, and a successful business. Sprinkled among the photos and quotations are cards with three words that have become one of my favorite mantras: open to receive. It’s a reminder to get out of my own way whenever I set up roadblocks to my personal development and life goals. “Open to receive” is a liberating affirmation, and it pushes me to consciously reach outside any boxes that restrict the way I observe, process, and react to my environment. I’m motivated to broaden the scope of my actions and ideas, to seek the fresh perspective. It’s been a helpful catalyst, prodding me to get past excuses and self-imposed “can’t dos.” Being open allows us to explore beyond the familiar. Are we stuck on our side of the argument or are we open to receive the validity of the counterpoint? Do we turn down the party invitation because we won’t know anyone there or are we open to receive new friends? Do we hide who we really are or are we open to receive the beauty of our true selves and express it?

A lesson can be learned, an innovation born, the unusual achieved, experienced or enjoyed, just by being open to receive. We become more alert to the limitations that govern us and more aware of the marvelous possibilities in shedding them. That dovetails nicely with the idea of attracting what we want in life. It’s impossible to have a closed mind and expect to soar when it comes to our dreams. I’ve had my vision board for about two years now. Focusing and hard work have helped me reach some goals and move steadily toward others. There’s a different spirit evolving in me as well. And I recognize that as I’ve moved forward, being open to receive has been a transformative power providing guidance and inspiration along the way. It’s a practice so positive in its nature that I had to share it. So have you been setting up personal roadblocks to what you truly want in life? Time to make those “open to receive” cards. Post them everywhere—on your own vision board, on the refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, the dashboard of your car. Repeat the mantra continuously, especially when those boxes are looking mighty comfortable. Get out of your own way for the sake of your dreams. Cassie Johnson is a Reiki Master/Teacher. Contact her at

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MissFloribunda Dear Miss Floribunda, Enclosed is a leaf from one of my zucchini plants. You will notice that it is shriveling and has a heavy white coating. Though the actual vegetables are doing well, I wonder if I will get many more if the leaves die. What is the problem and what do I do about it? Is there an organic solution? Worried on Woodberry Street Dear Worried, Perhaps I should suppress my first reaction, which was to marvel that anyone would want any more zucchini at a time of year when they are superabundant -- and you are probably tired of the hoary jokes that are bandied about concerning the extremes people go to in order to rid themselves of bumper crops of this generous veggie. You are doubtless a gourmet cook and a devotee of ratatouille and other wonderful hot-weather dishes that are based on fresh zucchini and summer squash. So I hastened to show the leaf you sent to a vegetable-growing expert, my next-door neighbor,

Patapanelope Vegetatas. She instantly recognized the white coating and told me it is generally known as powdery mildew. Then I asked Dr. Mala Hierba for a scientific diagnosis and learned that powdery mildew is a fungus with many related genera, but the one that usually attacks squash and zucchini is sphaerotheca fulginea. Unlike other fungal infections, which require that the leaves be wet, this one can develop in periods without much rain if the humidity is high enough. This describes the last month in our area. Other contributing factors could be overwatering and using fertilizer too high in nitrogen. There are many fungicides to choose from, but not all are recommended for vegetables. You should be aware that sulfur in particular is harmful to squash. To control the mildew organically, our hands-on vegetable gardener Patapanelope recommends spraying weekly with a milk spray or a baking soda spray. The baking soda spray is a solution of three tablespoons of horticultural oil to 1-1/2 tablespoons of baking soda per gallon of water. The milk spray sounds a little easier to concoct: one part milk to two parts

water. My fellow rosarians tell me this milk spray is good for combating black spot on roses, too. Patapanelope also offers advice for next year. Dig up and destroy the plants that you know can't be saved, as well as the affected leaves fallen from those you can save. The fungal spores

can over-winter in our area, so be vigilant and thorough when you clean up your garden. Also, next spring when you plant seed in mounds, make sure they are spaced well apart. It is very important that there be good air circulation around the plants as they develop.

The Hyattsville Horticultural Society will not be meeting next month but instead will be going on a field trip to the Chesapeake Ecology Center's Open House and Native Plant Sale on Saturday, September 19. For more information, call 301.277.7129.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Rhode Island Reds Cafe turns one this month, and it's safe to say the celebration has a theme you've never heard before: "Reds Is Open For A Year Despite The Anti-Small Business Climate of Each and Every Licensing Agency in the Region." Sound like a party yet? Owner Chris Brophy is also offering two-for-one drinks all day and may make a speech if asked very nicely. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 4700 Rhode Island Ave. 301.699.0019.

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To celebrate Oktoberfest, Franklin’s is running a special this weekend: Bring your own stein and drink your first beer for a nickel. Your stein must be 18 ounces or less. 5121 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville. 301.927.2740.

Riversdale mansion continues its Seasonal Selections monthly cooking program with a look at dietary reformer Sylvester Graham, whose eponymous crackers were part of a 19th century whole-foods movement. Free with museum admission price. Noon to 3:30 p.m. 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. 301.864.0420.

September 19 Where better to celebrate Port Towns Day than at the waterfront? The neighboring towns Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, and Edmonston mark their heritage with boat rides, a rock-climbing wall, vendors, crafts, food demonstrations, children's activities, live performances, and, at dusk, an outdoor family movie. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg. 301.779.0371.

Bring the family to the 28th Hispanic Festival for carnival games, pony rides, arts and crafts, and live music. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. Lane Manor Park, 2600 University Blvd. East, Adelphi. 301.445.4500

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Learn the story of the moon cake and hear music on a traditional Chinese flute and zither at the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival, sponsored by the College Park Arts Exchange. Ages 3 and up must be accompanied by an adult. Free, registration recommended. 2 to 3 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road, College Park. 301.927.3013 or

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Ethnic food is sure to be on the menu at the Hyattsville International Street Festival, along with performances, carnival games, and a fireworks display at dusk. Free. Begins at 3 Queens Chapel Town Center, corner of Hamilton Street and Queens Chapel Road. 301.985.5020 or

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Students, got a song in your heart? At the College Park Youth Choir Open House, children ages 5 and up can learn more about the choir, which performs for the public several times a year. Free. 6:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4512 College Ave, College Park. 301.927.3013 or

program, for ages 8 to 12, will show how to make toys similar to those used by the Calvert children, who lived there in the early 19th century. $15: registrations required by Sept. 18. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. 301.864.0420.

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October 3 The Riverdale Park Day festival features music, food, a fall bulb sale, and the Riversdale Kitchen Guild's open-hearth cooking demonstration using native game. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. On the grounds of Riversdale, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Canoe Tour Paddle down the river to explore this beautiful marsh and gardens. An adult must accompany children ages 5 to 16. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per boat. Registration required. Departs from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg. 301.779.0371. Pining for the pool already? Though the water is gone, Prince George's Pool opens its grounds for Oktoberfest, featuring music by Marianna Previti and the Smokin' Polecats. Bring a dish to share; beverages will be for sale to benefit the pool. Free. 4 to 8 p.m. 3301 Buchanan Street, Mount Rainier.

photos courtesy of the city of hyattsville Scenes from the 2008 International Street Festival in Hyattsville.

Ongoing The Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center has a full schedule of events for those 60 and over: line dancing, billiards, card and mah-jongg games, a choir, a book club, a piano bar happy hour, health seminars and screenings, daytrips and more. Many activities are free. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4009 Wallace Road, North Brentwood. 301-699-1238.

Beginning September 16, University Christian Church hosts a 12-week Healthy Relationships workshop facilitated by a social worker and addictions counselor. Topics on the agenda include relationship types, dating danger signs, coping skills, codependency, communication and healthy decision making. Childcare available. Free. Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. 6800 Adelphi Rd. 301577-6484.

It's ladies' night every Monday at Arrow Bicycle. Experienced cyclists lead the Weekly Women’s Ride, a moderately paced social ride for those new (or old hands at) pack riding. Bring your road bike, helmet, and plenty of water. Mondays at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Starts from Arrow Bicycle, 5108 Baltimore Ave. 301.531.9250.

Community Calendar is compiled by Allison Lyons and Susie Currie. It's a select listing of events happening in and around Hyattsville from the 15th of the issue month to the 15th of the following month. To submit an item for consideration, please e-mail or mail to P.O. Box 132, Hyattsville, MD 20781. Deadline for October submissions is Sept. 23.

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Hugh’sNews The case of Lt. Kuczynski by Hugh Turley


t would take someone like the famous fictional Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan to unravel the story of Air Force Lieutenant Anthony Kuczynski. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Kuczynski’s E-3 Sentry was flying toward Pittsburgh with two F-16 fighter jets to intercept United Flight 93, according to the Aquin, the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) newspaper (April 12, 2002) and a companion article in the university’s alumni magazine. “I was given direct orders to shoot down an airliner,” Kuczynski, a 1998 ROTC graduate of the university, said. “It was one of those things where it was an absolutely surreal experience.” Kuczynski and his crew, deployed in defense of U.S. airspace, were about to intercept United 93 when it crashed. The Boeing E-3 is the military’s airborne warning and control system (AWACS). It provides surveillance, command, control and communications to air defense forces. The F-16 fighter jets under the E-3’s control would have done the actual shooting. The Air Force’s official history of the day, “Air War Over America,” published by Tyndall Air Force Base, supports Kuczynski’s story.

photo courtesy of the u.s. Government The site of the Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, Pa. NEADS (North East Air Defense Sector) Commander Robert Marr reported that around 9:36 a.m., when it changed direction, while it was still flying west, United 93 was being monitored. NORAD Commander Major General Larry Arnold agreed, saying, “We watched the 93 track as it meandered around the Ohio-Pennsylvania area.” Furthermore, Arnold testified to the 9/11 Commission that he placed fighters over DC, “to put them in position in case United 93 were to head that way.” On the first anniversary of the

crash, Brigadier General Montague Winfield told ABC News that the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center “received the report from the FAA that Flight 93 had turned off its transponder, had turned, and was now heading towards Washington,” adding, “The decision was made to try to go intercept Flight 93.” The 9/11 Commission Report, however, says flatly that the military was not aware of United 93 until it crashed. The official timeline has FAA headquarters knowing that United 93 was hijacked by 9:34 a.m., but not telling NEADS of the hijacking until 10:07 a.m.— after the plane had crashed at 10:03 a.m. in Pennsylvania. The report clearly states, “… [n]o one from FAA headquarters requested military assistance regarding United 93. Nor did any manager at FAA headquarters pass any of the information it had about United 93 to the military.” The first NEADS knew about it, according to the report, was at 10:07 a.m., when a call came in from the military liaison at Cleveland Center. “The NEADS air defenders never located the flight or followed it on their radar scopes,” it goes on. “The flight had already crashed by the time the military learned it was hijacked.” Kuczynski’s E-3 Sentry aircraft was never mentioned in the official 9/11 Report. The Hyattsville Life & Times has been unable to reach Kuczynski for comment, but without his story America’s true history is suppressed. “Contradiction, please! Case still open like swinging gate,” Detective Chan might say in such an instance.

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YourTwoCents by Jim Groves


emember the Simpsons episode with Blinky the three-eyed fish? The owner of the Springfield Nuclear Plant, Montgomery Burns, was dumping toxic waste into the waterways, which led to Blinky. But not to worry; Lisa was on the job and helped to expose the problems and get them fixed. Just a funny cartoon, right? Unfortunately, it's not so far from the truth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Resource Defense Council, the Anacostia Watershed Society and anyone who has ever taken a boat out at the Bladensburg Waterfront, our waterways receive more and more pollution each year. One indicator of their health is that over 40 percent of bottomdwelling river fish in the Anacostia River are found with deformities, lesions and tumors. In 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey found that 80 to 100 percent of the bass in the South Branch of the Potomac River were intersex. That would be male fish spawning eggs! You probably drive over part of the problem every day. A good example is Wells Run, which rises among numerous parking lots in Hyattsville’s Ward 3 and flows through University Park and Riverdale Park. Indeed, all the little streams and outlets that you see in town, especially after it rains, run into the Northeast and Northwest Branches of the Anacostia – which then joins the Potomac, flows to the Bay, and finally makes its way out into the Atlantic. In short, what used to be a highly productive ecosystem – the Anacostia Watershed – has now turned into a big suburban oil sewer and toilet. The “riparian buffer zones” – the natural filters around streams and the river – are deteriorating, being mowed down, and paved over. According to a 2008 report from the Anacostia River Watershed Restoration Plan, this is due to an “alteration of the natural landscape and an increase in impervious areas from population growth and regional economic development.” Translation: Blame the ever-increasing square footage of roofs, driveways, roads, and parking lots. Furthermore, the increase in impervious areas means that instead of soaking into the ground, lots of water rushes quickly into gullies, streams and rivers, picking up pollutants left on the pavement. What’s worse, the report goes

on, is that the sewer system and storm management system are so outdated that when there is a heavy rain, there is an overflow into the waterways of raw sewage. Scientists are seeing high levels of fecal coliform, i.e., bacteria generated mainly from human feces, in our area’s streams and rivers. That means it’s not even a good idea to touch our river water, much less swim in it, as some hardy souls do. Thankfully there are some “Lisa Simpsons” in our area, like Anacostia Watershed Society executive director Jim Connolly, whose nonprofit group has worked for two decades to clean up and restore the local watershed. The Hyattsville Environmental Committee will be hosting Mr. Connolly on September 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hyattsville Municipal Building. Come hear the latest news and efforts about our local waterways, projects that are underway (including Wells Run), and what you can do to become a Lisa Simpson. Jim Groves heads the Hyattsville Environmental Committee. "Your Two Cents" is an occasional column giving Hyattsville residents a place to air their opinions about issues affecting life in our community. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the editorial staff or advertisers of the Life and Times. To submit a 500-word column for the editors' consideration, please e-mail hyattsvillelifeandtimes@, with "two cents" in the subject line.

Local art gets new lease on life in former Chevrolet showroom by Dan Hart Tucked in the corner of a former Chevrolet showroom, an art gallery is giving local artists a place to show their work and share studio space and equipment. The Artdc Gallery, open since March, is located in the Lustine Center on Route 1. It dedicates its 500-square-foot space to curated shows by Washingtonarea artists, which in this case is loosely defined as “[anywhere] from Baltimore to Richmond,” said Jesse Cohen, an Arlington resident who organized the gallery’s opening in March and several of its shows. Last month, “The Common Element: Glass and Sculpture” featured 16 works by artists from DC Glass Works in Hyattsville and The Washington Glass School in Brentwood. “[Glass] is a unique movement that’s happening in

the DC area," said Cohen, who sees “everything from highly technical, beautiful blown glass to very avant-garde, contemporary, minimal work.” Cohen himself is one of three artists whose work makes up “Pinned,” a show set to open later this month that will feature freeform pictures without frames. Gallery space is limited to artists who are members of Artdc. org, an online forum for area artists to discuss and promote their work. Artists can pay a monthly fee to use the studio space behind the gallery and share equipment such as easels and printing presses. Three people currently use the space, including District resident Lisa Rosenstein, who found out about the studio through the forum. “I thought, ‘Wow, what a great opportunity.’” she said. “He [Co-

hen] has so much energy, and he just pulls things together. I like being here, and I get a place to hang up my art, and I get to be involved.” Live music will also be part of the venue’s attractions. On the bill for the first concert, held last month, was “fringe jazz” trio A Light Sleeper and the Hyattsville-based Low End String Quartet. Cohen says more concerts are in the works, as well as art classes for the community. “The residents in the community have shown a lot of interest in doing workshops related to children because there’s an incredible amount of young families here,” Cohen said. Artdc Gallery The Lustine Center 5710 Baltimore Avenue Open by appointment 301-209-0116

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photo by susie currie The revamped trail includes bump-outs, above, as well as a new bridge.


continued from page 1 and widened path leading to a 400-yard-long circular boardwalk. Planted at the entrance is the finishing touch to the monthslong facelift: A sign bearing Trumbule's name, as well as those of several volunteer groups who worked to restore the trail. A rededication ceremony there on September 26 is the official debut, but many residents have already flocked to the now wheelchair-accessible site, which features a wider path, two observation decks, and a complete loop. "I grew up just above Magruder Park, and my brother and I could often be found on Trumbule Trail," said lifetime Hyattsville resident Branden Hall on a recent visit. "As kids, we'd often see tadpoles, frogs, and dragonflies. It makes me very happy to see this part of my childhood restored so my kids can enjoy it!" Partially constructed in the 1970s, the boardwalk had long since fallen into a state of disrepair, with significant missing portions and rotted wood. Planned as a loop, it was more U-shaped, with parts of it stopping abruptly before a marshy path tangled with roots and rocks. Efforts to rejuvenate and complete the trail began in 2005, when council member Chris Currie (Ward 1) led the city’s efforts to apply for the Maryland State

Highway Recreation Trails Grant Fund. The state awarded $20,000 and the city contributed additional funds, as well as the efforts of city employees Jim Chandler and Colleen Aistis in managing the project and coordinating volunteers. Council member Marc Tartaro (Ward 1), who by day is an architect with the Smithsonian Institution, volunteered to updated the design. The rebuilding efforts were fully underway in May and finished last month. City volunteer coordinator Colleen Aistis organized several teams to help, some from as far away as Ireland. It started with more than 60 Americorps volunteers from around the country setting the utility pole segments in place along the trail as the foundation. Then, more than 40 volunteers from the Department of the Navy and the Shelton D. Redden Masonic Lodge #139 spent a day building boardwalk segments. Throughout the summer, 15 students from the Potomac Job Corps carpentry student program lent their skills. Recently over 60 exchange students from Ireland moved and spread gravel into place around the entrance to improve accessibility. The hundreds of volunteer hours saved the city an estimated 50 percent, said Chandler. The trail's leafy natural setting, once overgrown with invasive plants, has also been spruced up

in recent years. Dr. Marc Imlay of the Anacostia Watershed Society has led periodic team efforts in Magruder Woods and the areas adjacent to the trail, removing non-native flora. “Four years ago, before we started, the area was dominated 60 percent by invasive plant species, mainly five plants from Asia," Imlay recalls. Now that figure is 20 percent, he says. “Plants, birds, bats, small mammals, and butterflies native to the area are all coming back.” Visitors can now enjoy plant life and a landscape "representative of pre-colonial days in Maryland." Several young local nature enthusiasts recently explored the almost-completed trail with their parents prior to the National Night Out event held at Magruder Park. "This is awesome," Hall's son Kai, 3, excitedly exclaimed to his friend Dylan Adams, 3, as they wandered the woodland path. Dylan’s mother, Justine Christianson, agreed. “My family likes taking nature walks," she said, "so we’re excited to have a renovated trail so close to our house.” Trumbule Trail's rededication is at 12:30 p.m. on September 26, National Public Lands Day. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will be cleaning up the Magruder Park area. To help, contact city volunteer coordinator Colleen Aistis at 301.985.5000 or

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year 2020. “So, people can see the direction we’re going, then [city officials] make a plan, and the plan drives the budget,” Rainey said, adding that he intends to make finance more tangible for officials and residents through what he calls a “value-added” approach. “People always ask, ‘What did I get for my tax money?’ and I think that’s why people kind of get mad at government because they don’t understand: What did it do? What was its objective?” And so Rainey plans to set goals and aim high. “Anyone can manage … any-

thing,” he said. “If you have a plan and a strategy then it makes it a lot more clear to citizens where we are going. The thing that makes it manageable is … prioritization. If you don’t prioritize, you’re going to be spinning your wheels.” Rainey is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University. His degrees include an M.P.A. in public finance and an M.S. in information systems management. He is an active member of the Association of Government Accountants, as well as the Charles County Public Schools Ethics Committee. Rainey replaces Robert Oliphant, who resigned as city treasurer earlier this year.

seem to like it here.” She pointed out that the school is now enrolling the grandchildren of some former students — and six of the teachers are alumni. Some things have changed. Ms. Donoghue said that when she went to the school, all the students lived in Hyattsville; today they come from all over the area. And the enrollment stands at 321. “But this has allowed us to strengthen some programs and add others,” she said, pointing to the schools’ up-to-date science lab and strong Spanish program. She also plans to keep strengthening the school’s bond with the parish, particularly in getting the students involved in service projects.

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