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Editors look back at the top local stories from 2017. P. 2



Local chaplains form bridge between community and police. P. 6

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra finds a new home

Check out a preview for the Feb. 3 annual seed sale. P. 13


By Kreig Meyers

Almost two years after the closure of their namesake, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra (BCJO) may have found a new home thanks to the Artist Partner Program at the University of Maryland (UMD). The 17-piece jazz band, founded in 2010 by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde, had been a Monday night staple at Bohemian Caverns. The BCJO served as the defacto house band for the historic U Street jazz club until its closing in March 2016.

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In memoriam: Hyattsville author’s wife pens tribute By Barbara Morris

For someone who had lived in Hyattsville only since 2008, Richard A. Morris knew a lot of people in the city. But some are still unaware of his death, which occurred on Nov. 21, 2017, at the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma hospital in Baltimore, after three weeks of complications following spinal surgery. Even those who occasionally came to Richard’s rescue have trouble understanding how that last fall could have resulted in his death at 74 years old. Most people experiencing such falls would not suffer broken bones, but in 2004 Richard was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer in which malignant plasma cells in MORRIS continued on page 12

COURTESY OF SHORTCAKE BAKERY Shortcake Bakery is a popular stop for cyclists. The bakery reopened in November 2017 after months of repairs.

After series of setbacks, Shortcake Bakery rises By Mary Stevenson and Sally Middlebrooks

Open the door of Shortcake Bakery, leave behind the traffic on Route 1, and inhale the fragrance of coffee, fresh cakes, cookies and scones. Master baker and owner Cheryl Harrington

greets you with a warm smile and lots of choices. A chocolate cupcake or oatmeal scone? Pecan or Key lime pie? Chicken curry meat patty or quiche? Customers at the bakery are as varied as its offerings. On Saturday mornings, cyclists stop mid-ride and families drop by after soccer games. Friends meet for coffee, neighbors

share lunch and news, business deals are discussed over pastries and people on walks stop by for a treat. One mom buys enough turnovers to fill lunchboxes for the week. A dad stops by to pick up a specially decorated birthday cake for a 6-year-old. BAKERY continued on page 9


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Hyattsville: a year in review, a year anew By Heather Wright

What a great time to be in Hyattsville. As I’ve mentioned, I live in Takoma Park, but more and more I like to bask in Hyattsville’s glow. The Hyattsville area saw a bevy of restaurants and stores open in 2017. Hyattsvillians could finally buy groceries at the new Whole Foods Riverdale Park right off Route 1. They could eat at the new Pizzeria Paradiso or BeClaws, or journey a bit further

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for an upscale experience at College Park’s Old Maryland Grill. They could paint canvases and throw clay at Art Works Now. They could buy, or learn to make their own, upcycled furniture at Tanglewood Works in its new permanent location. For all this and more, Hyattsville came to the attention of some prominent publications last year. In August, The Washington Post featured Hyattsville in its “Going Out Guide,” calling it “D.C.’s newest suburban dining and arts destination.” Among other worthy mentions, they highlighted Busboys and Poets, Chez Dior, Shagga Restaurant and Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store for their eats, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Three Little Birds Sewing Co. and Green Owl Design for their arts. The city’s outdoor installations, such as the Vainglorious Bluebird in Centennial Park, garnered kudos, as well. St. Jerome Academy (SJA), with its classical education cur-

riculum, was featured in Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, which found its way to the New York Times’ best-sellers list. Staff from The New Yorker, with Dreher in tow, then came to town to interview SJA staff for its own article. (A highlight of the article for many in the SJA community was the description of the school’s vice principal, Michelle Trudeau, as having “an air of ironic mischief.”) In December, the Mall at Prince Georges was written about in the New York Times as one of the rare malls in which children can have their picture taken with a black Santa. And, of course, in May, Hyattsville became the county’s first sanctuary city — and just the second such city in Maryland — which received attention around the state and the nation. Hyattsville, its residents and businesses collected some awards in 2017, as well. In April, Chris Vigilante, CEO and “green buyer” of Vigilante Coffee Co.,

was rated as a top-five roaster at the 2017 U.S. Coffee Championship. In May, Preservation Maryland awarded the City of Hyattsville and Pyramid Atlantic a Community Choice Award, as part of its Best of Maryland Awards program, for the renovation of Pyramid Atlantic’s building. Also, by May, twin sisters Eleisha and Tonisha McCorkle, then seniors at Northwestern High School, had received more than $1 million in scholarship offers from some of the top arts programs in the country. And in November, West Hyattsville resident Bill Beverly received the prestigious Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award for his debut novel, Dodgers. What will 2018 hold in store for Hyattville? Just as the Franklins’ team expanded its reach into College Park with the Old Maryland Grille, Vigilante Coffee is also scheduled to open a new College Park location. A handful of breweries, including Maryland Meadworks and Streetcar

82 Brewing Company, plan to open in Hyattsville. Renovations at the Mall at Prince Georges will continue. Then there are the bigger, deeper questions: Will Robert Harper Books really cease to be a brickand-mortar store? Will Candace Hollingsworth remain Hyattsville’s mayor, or move on to become a Prince George’s County councilmember? Will Amazon come to Prince George’s County? What will happen with the Werrlein development proposed for the old WSSC property between Hamilton and Gallatin Streets? What about Hyattsville Elementary School and its need for a new facility? And will the saucer of the old Hyattsville library really find a place at the new library? Stay tuned, dear readers, stay tuned. For a more complete year-in-review article by Digital Editor Krissi Humbard, please check out


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Clockwise from top: The officers and children who participated in Operation Santa with a Badge pose for a group photo; Officer Valko, who joined the HCPD in October, helps his young partner shop during Operation Santa with a Badge; Michael Sipe (right) and officers during Operation Santa with a Badge. KRISSI HUMBARD

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Accreditation assessment for Hyattsville city police ‘extremely successful’ By Harrison Cann

The city’s police department was recently put to the test — and it passed with flying colors. The Hyattsville City Police Department (HCPD) was recently recommended for recertification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), according to Lt. Chris Purvis, public information officer. City administrator Tracey Nicholson said that the entire process was “extremely successful,� and the two assessors from the commission were very impressed with the compliments the department received during a public forum. Purvis said the department has been accredited since 1999, and reaccreditation inspections occur every few years. The assessors shared extremely positive comments about the employees with whom they met, interviewed and rode along with, emphasizing the professionalism, competency, dedication and pride they observed, according to the HCPD. “It’s definitely a badge of honor,� Purvis said. “We had a very positive exit interview with the assessors.� Police departments that are accredited receive better considerations with insurance rates and when applying for grants, Purvis said. Accredited departments also are required to have more policies regarding personnel assignments, notifying officers in advance of assignment changes, among other things. Nicholson said there is an assessment of the department’s operations, training, investigations, record keeping, procedures and handling of evidence. The assessment process includes verification of all logs and record books, as well as a comprehensive on-site inspection. “When they come on site, they do an inspection of all of our records and police cars, they interview officers, and they verify that we’ve met the standards they’ve set,� Purvis said. Another aspect of the evaluation is a public forum during which citizens can share their thoughts about the police department. Nicholson said that citizens had nothing but praise for the department. Purvis said the public forum was a breath of fresh air because rather than just friends and family of officers coming in to speak, there were business owners and regular citizens.

“About 10 to 12 people came out, and all of them spoke extremely highly of the department and its leadership,� Nicholson said. “[The officers] are all working hard to try to mitigate and reduce crime in and around the community.� While recertification inspections are done every few years, police departments are required to do annual internal inspections. Nicholson said there are over 200 standards and 600 individual items that are evaluated, and the HCPD had just two areas that required corrective action. One of these items is that HCPD missed conducting an annual inspection in early 2016. According to Nicholson, the department’s new electronic file management system will allow them to track progress and completion of compliance issues and inspections. She added that the other area for correction, which was a new policy on active threats, has already been documented. Of the evaluation’s brighter spots, Nicholson said assessors were very impressed by the police department’s training process and community outreach. “We have some very forward training programs such as non-bias training and sexual harassment training,� Nicholson said. Nicholson said that residents were very excited about having a close relationship with police, and the department plans to continue its 21st Century Policing initiative, with updated equipment and more community outreach. “We’re going to continue our community conversations, where several officers come out and mingle with residents,� Nicholson said. “It gives residents the chance to ask questions and get insight on what the police are doing.� Hyattsville recently welcomed four new officers who graduated from the police academy. With more police officers on the force and a new headquarters on the way, the HCPD will address areas needing correction and the department’s plans to be an active participant in the community. HCPD has one more step before reaccreditation can be approved: Chief Douglas Holland and members of the department will attend a conference in Texas in March 2018, hosted by CALEA. The department representatives will go before the CALEA commissioners and answer questions about the assessors’ report. A final decision will then be made whether or not HCPD will be reaccredited.

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NEWS BRIEFS VISIT HYATTSVILLELIFE.COM FOR MORE THE CHILDREN’S GUILD NAMES PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY SCHOOL BUILDING On Dec. 8, The Children’s Guild held a ceremony to rename its Prince George’s County campus school building, located at 5702 Sargent Road, Chillum. The Terry and Dojuan Carnes Building honors Terry and Debbie Carnes, who

have raised more than $550,000 to support The Children’s Guild’s work, including construction of a new multipurpose gym on the Prince George’s County campus. The Children’s Guild educates students who have difficulty learning and managing their behavior. “When I first came to know Terry and Debbie, it was obvious they were at one with our mission

and understood the plight of the children and families who depend on this organization as a lifeline,” said Andrew Ross, president and CEO of the TranZed Alliance, which includes The Children’s Guild. “They wanted to provide opportunity for children who were dealt a bad hand.” HYATTSVILLE RESIDENT APPOINTED AS PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE On Nov. 29, 2017, Judge Peter Killough was appointed as a Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Killough was officially sworn in on Jan. 5. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve Prince George’s County as a circuit court judge,” Killough said. “I will go to work every day with one guiding principle: to do the very best for the people of our county.” Killough was surrounded by his wife, Jamila, his four children and his mother during the ceremony, his wife said. Killough was robed by his four children.

COURTESY OF THE CHILDREN’S GUILD Pictured left to right: Maryland Sen. Victor Ramirez, Debbie and Terry Carnes, Children’s Guild student Paris Goode, Children’s Guild Principal Tarlesha Wayne, TranZed Alliance President and CEO Andrew Ross

The circuit court for Prince George’s County handles civil and criminal jury and non-jury trials, as well as family and juvenile matters. The circuit court is part of the

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Hyattsville Community Chaplains build bridge between community and police By Heather Wright

One of the dangers of being a member of Hyattsville Community Chaplains on police ridealongs is that one of your parishioners may think you’ve gone and gotten yourself arrested. The Rev. Stephen Price, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, recounted a story of being out on a “death call” with the Hyattsville City Police Department (HCPD). Two or three police cars were at the scene, and Price was going between the police and family members. While Price was talking to a police officer, one of his parishioners drove up and asked, “Pastor, are you OK?” Price said, “I think they thought I was being arrested.” Price was named Volunteer of the Year on Dec. 4, 2017, at the City of Hyattsville’s Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation Reception. Police Chief Douglas Holland called Price “a godsend to the city of Hyattsville” during

the reception and highlighted Price’s efforts, from spearheading a bake sale to raise funds for Sgt. Tony Knox’s tumor-removal surgery and recovery to forming a partnership with Community Crisis Services, Inc., to work on homelessness and domestic violence projects. Of particular importance, however, to Holland were Price’s efforts on behalf of the Hyattsville Community Chaplains. According to Holland, in September 2016, the city’s Office of Community Services sponsored an initial meeting with clergy from Hyattsville churches, with a follow-up meeting in April 2017. Following those meetings, a core group of pastors — Price, the Rev. Nathan Hill of University Christian Church, the Rev. Cynthia Lapp of Hyattsville Mennonite Church, the Rev. Perrin Rogers of Triumphant Church and, eventually, the Rev. Eric Linthicum of Redeemer Lutheran Church —

began meeting monthly with Holland to get to know one another and discuss how they could work with city staff and HCPD in support of the community. Thus was born Hyattsville Community Chaplains. Hyattsville Community Chaplains, said Holland, go on ride-alongs with officers and have an on-call schedule for situations in which a clergy person could be helpful, such as in the event of a death. The chaplains make crisis referrals to residents and are available to police or city employees who may need pastoral assistance. Holland described Price as the group’s “informal leader.” Price’s background has prepared him for handling crisis situations. He holds master’s degrees in pastoral counseling and in sociology and criminology. Up until recently, Price worked as a private therapist and spent 30 years treating sex offenders in a variety of settings. Price said he attained additional training in trauma re-

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sponse and wrote the curriculum for the D.C. Baptist Convention’s emergency response chaplains. “My clinical experience makes me really concerned about and committed to things like the police chaplaincy,” said Price. According to Price, the chaplain group was aware that places like Dallas, when faced with a riot, “succeeded in turning down the level of violence and hostility because they put their community chaplains out in the crowd.” The Dallas chaplains, Price noted, already had relationships with the police department and community members. He continued, “And we started to say, ‘You don’t get to do this by just showing up the day of a problem. You do it by building ongoing relationships.’” From the beginning, said Price, the Hyattsville Community Chaplains did not want to be seen as an “extension of the police.” Although Price said, “I love this police department,” and “I have great respect for all the [HCPD] folks I’ve worked with,” the group decided that its members weren’t going to “badge up.” The chaplains wanted the community and people from other police departments to be able to identify them, however, so they, in collaboration with HCPD staff, decided that they should wear jackets with a dove and the chaplain’s name on the front and “Hyattsville Community Chaplain” on the back. The goal of the group, Price said, was to position themselves to “be a bridge between the community and the police department.” Although Price hopes there is never a large-scale riot or protest

in Hyattsville, he said that if there is, “we’ve positioned ourselves where people in the community know something about us.” Holland described the chaplains’ group as “a wonderful addition to our police department and one additional asset available to our community.” In responding to Price’s volunteer award, Mayor Candace Hollingsworth said, “I couldn’t be happier that Pastor Price received this year’s Volunteer of the Year award; he is more than deserving.” She noted that among his other services to the community, Price “has helped all of us in moments of grief and sadness, either by offering prayer for the community at the Pulse vigil, consoling residents on their worst days, or counseling our officers on theirs.” Hollingsworth added, ”More importantly, he uses his involvement with us to encourage other members of the clergy to establish deeper and richer connections with Hyattsville. These are the things that leave indelible marks on a community, and that’s what volunteerism is all about.” Going forward, Price would like the Hyattsville Community Chaplains to have more chaplains, including a rabbi and an imam, to represent their faith communities. Price said that their goal “is to represent the faith community without shoving our particular faith down anybody’s throat.” So if you see the black jackets with the dove and the yellow writing, know that these chaplains aren’t being arrested — they are helping construct a bridge between police officers and their community.

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Old MacDonald had an urban farm County zoning rewrite expands land access to agriculture endeavors

By Lindsay Myers

Access to fresh, locally grown food may just get a little easier for residents of Prince George’s County. The Prince George’s County Planning Department is currently rewriting over 1200 pages of zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations that govern the way certain geographical areas in the county are used. One of the biggest proposed changes affects the way urban agriculture is defined and zoned. The county has proposed separating urban agriculture ventures into two distinct categories: urban farms and community gardens. Under the new regulations, both ventures would be “permitted by-right” in nearly all zones, meaning groups interested in establishing either a community garden or urban farm will not need special permission from the county to start the process. Community gardens are defined as “privately or publicly owned land devoted to the cultivation of fruits, flowers, veg-

etables, or ornamental plants by more than one person, household, family, or non-profit organization for personal or group use, consumption, or donation” according to the Comprehensive Legislative Draft released by the county. Produce from community gardens cannot be sold for profit and primarily serves smallgroup nutritional and social needs. Some areas in the county have had major success with establishing community gardens. The Hyatt Park Community Garden at the corner of 36th Avenue and Hamilton Street boasts an extensive waitlist for its 35 plots, each of which is 15 square feet. The county’s District Council hopes the zoning changes will encourage new groups to establish more gardens, ultimately relieving some of the demand for growing space. The proposed changes also permit by-right urban farms in all zones except Transit-Oriented zones, which are primarily reserved for the 15 Metrorail sta-

tions located in Prince George’s County. Urban farms can be operated either for profit or as not-for-profit agricultural enterprises. They are used for the cultivation of fruits, vegetables or flowers, as well as composting, beekeeping and agricultural education. Under the current regulations, urban farms are forbidden in mixed-use, commercial and industrial zones. These geographical limitations not only prevent urban farms from taking advantage of vacant space in the county, but they also inhibit easy access to fresh, local produce for large groups of residents. In 2013, ECO City Farms, a not-for-profit, multicultural, inter-generational, Certified Naturally Grown urban teaching farm in the county lobbied for zoning access to residential areas. District councilmembers approved an amendment in October which allowed ECO City to open its Bladensburg farmsite. Urban farms often sell their produce at local farmers markets, or through Community Supported Agriculture programs, also known as CSAs, that deliver a fixed amount of fresh produce

every week to members who defray growing costs by prepaying for an entire season. Some urban farms also sell through pop-up produce stalls in areas that lack established farmers markets or easy access to grocery stores. The proposed regulation changes would make it easier for urban farms to establish these pop-up stalls, ultimately providing residents of the county with more buying options. District 2 County Councilmember, Deni Taveras, says she is “really excited that we are moving in this direction.” She cited the prevalence of pop-up stalls throughout her district, especially around Chillum, Langley Park and Adelphi, and the need to support more agricultural endeavors in general. “We don’t necessarily have any ‘food deserts’ here in District 2, but there are areas that could very well benefit from having more farmers markets, like Bladensburg. Regardless, we are definitely trying to expand our choices for residents. I want to be able to provide these kinds of [agricultural] services nearby,” said Taveras. Often, agricultural initiatives

like pop-up stalls, markets and urban farms come from the ground up. Taveras cited recent interactions with a local community member who is working to establish a farmers market potentially near the Kmart on Riggs Road. “If we could get a market there up and running, I think that would really bring the community together,” she said. Taveras said the proposed zoning changes are largely the result of a shift in the way county residents have begun to think about agriculture. “We still have to make a few tweaks to address some concerns. We’ve gotten complaints over time about corn stalks in front of people’s homes, things like that,” said Taveras, “but at the same time, I think the whole movement toward urban farms has become so much more appealing over time that it’s become easier for people to, well, digest, so to speak.” The legislative draft of the proposed changes is currently under county review and revision. The District Council will likely vote on the document in March 2018, just in time for the spring growing season.
















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Parent & Child Dance Party

Join us for an evening in Winter Wonderland at the 2018 Parent & Child Dance Party on Saturday, February 10, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the City Building (4310 Gallatin Street). We’ll have kid friendly music, dancing, and fun! And what party would be complete without refreshments and fun photo opps? Tickets are $5 per person at the door and we accept cash, check, and credit card. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the evening. Space is limited, so reservations are required. To make a reservation, call (301) 985-5021 or fill out the form at

Special Senior Valentine Social

Love and friendship are in the air! Join us for FREE at the City Building on February 14 for our Valentine’s Day celebration, 1 – 3 p.m., featuring music, games, prizes, and plenty of refreshments. FREE transportation can be provided by the Call-A-Bus service. Please call (301) 985-5000 to reserve your seat. City-wide pickup begins at noon.

African Americans In Times of War

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Hyattsville Heroes

Remember: You have 24 hours from the time it stops snowing to clear any sidewalks around your property. If you or someone you know is shoveling snow for senior or disabled neighbors, please contact Colleen Aistis at so the City of Hyattsville can provide a shovel, gloves, or other support to such helpful neighbors.

Hyatt Park Wishlist

As the City plans to beautify a section of Hyatt Park, we invite you to share what’s on your wish list for that space. If you couldn’t make it to the meeting January 9, be sure to Speak Up at www.speakuphvl. com/projects by taking a quick survey and adding new ideas to our forum.

FY-19 Community Budget Project

In November, the City held two Community Budget Workshops designed to encourage greater public involvement and allow Council an opportunity to hear from residents before discussing their FY-2019 budget priorities. Couldn’t make the meetings? No problem! Visit to pick your top budget priorities and share additional ideas before February 15. Council will next discuss their budget priorities on January 17. If you have additional feedback on the FY-2019 budget, please contact the City at (301) 985-5000 or email

Holiday Trash Collection

City offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15. Emergency services will continue. There will be no yard waste collection that week, and compost will be collected on Tuesday, January 16. Trash collection will follow its normal schedule. Please call (301) 9855000 with any questions.

National Day of Service

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all are invited to join Mayor Candace Hollingsworth on Monday, January 15, for a large-scale trash and debris removal from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll be meeting in the parking lot of Northwestern High School. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, and should dress for the elements: long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes or boots. Safety guidelines, cotton work gloves, litter sticks and trash bags will be provided. Participation can help satisfy the State of Maryland’s Student Service Learning requirement. To register, please call (301) 985-5057 or email

Movin’ With the Mayor

Preparedness is the key to safety. That’s why January’s Movin’ With the Mayor is a FREE three-part series focusing on realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing toward the basics of hands-on defense training. Participants of all ages are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions, on January 16, 23, and 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at 4310 Gallatin Street. RSVP to Ellarose Preston at or (301) 985-5006.

Hyattsville Corridor Community Meeting

Join City Councilmember Edouard Haba to discuss the construction work on Queens Chapel Road at the next meeting of the Hyattsville Corridor Community, a group of residents organized to address safety issues and living conditions in Hyattsville and along the road. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the Prangley Room at 4310 Gallatin Street. For more information or to RSVP, please contact

Family Resource Workshops

The City offers the following free and bilingual workshops to support our new immigrant residents. Please join us at any or all of them, and see more upcoming events at Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Parenting Hyattsville Middle (6001 42nd Ave.) Wednesday, January 17, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Safety Online University Park Elementary (4315 Underwood St.) Thursday, January 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Personal Finance Edward Felegy Elementary (6110 Editors Park Dr.) Tuesday, January 23, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Adult Education Nicholas Orem Middle (6100 Editors Park Dr.) Wednesday, January 24, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Parenting Hyattsville Elementary (5331 43rd Ave.) Wednesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Know Your Rights Rosa Parks Elementary School (6111 Ager Rd.)

The City is preparing for 2018’s Black History Month theme: African Americans in Times of War. If you’re a black Hyattsville resident and you or a close family member has a story to tell about life during war, please contact Cheri Everhart at (301) 985-5021, or We’ll schedule a time to meet with you and listen. If enough people are willing to share their stories, we plan to host an event in February.

Camp Magruders

We’d love to have your youngster, ages 5 – 10, join us at any and all of our upcoming Camp Magruders while schools are closed but parents still have to work. The fun includes sports, arts, dance, indoor/ outdoor activities, and awesome educational experiments. Registration at is first come, first served – so plan ahead! Mini Camp Magruder: February 9, 2018 $30 (Registration Open January 3) Spring Camp Magruder: April 2 - 6, 2018 $125 for City Residents / $150 for Non-Residents (Registration Open January 17 for Residents / January 24 for Non-Residents)

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You can now purchase your monthly public parking lot permits via our secure online portal at www. Permits can be purchased for up to three months at a time. Be sure to have your vehicle and supplemental information available before submitting a parking permit application and REMEMBER: physical permits will not be issued for permits acquired online. If you have any questions, please email or call (301) 985-5000.

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Volunteer drivers are needed for up to five days a week, typically from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to deliver meals to seniors and people with disabilities. Volunteers can be reimbursed for mileage up to $25 per month. To help meet this need, please call (301) 985-5057 or send an email to caistis@hyattsville. org.

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Ayuden a Sus Vecinos

2018: Afro-Americanos en Etapas de Guerra. Si usted es un residente AfroAmericano de la Ciudad de Hyattsville y usted, o alguien en su familia, tiene una historia sobre su vida durante guerra para compartir, por favor contacte a Kiomara Rivera al (301) 9855000 o Haremos una cita para conocerle y escuchar su historia. Si bastantes personas comparten sus historias, planeamos tener un evento en febrero.

Recuerden: Ustedes tienen 24 horas desde el momento en que se deja de nevar para despejar las aceras alrededor de su propiedad. Si ustedes, o alguien más, quieran palear para vecinos mayores o con discapacidades, por favor contacten a Colleen Aistis a caistis@ Nosotros daremos con gusto una pala, guantes, o algo más a vecinos tan ayudantes.

¿Qué Quieren Ver en Parque Hyatt?

Mientras la Ciudad planea embellecer una sección de Parque Hyatt, les invitamos a compartir con nosotros lo que quieren ver en ese lugar. Si no lograron asistir la reunión del 9 de enero, asegúrense de decirnos lo que piensan en por tomar una encuesta breve y La Ciudad planea embellecer una parte del Parque Hyatt. Queremos saber lo que la comunidad quisiera ver en el parque, incluso su estilo, color y paisajismo. Unanse para compartir sus pensamientos en 3505 Calle Hamilton el martes, 9 de enero de 2018, a las 7 p.m.

Proyecto Comunitario Para Año Fiscal 2019

En noviembre, la Ciudad organizó dos talleres comunitarios sobre el presupuesto de año fiscal 2019. Fueron diseñados para alentar que la pública se involucrara en la conversación antes de que los concejales hablaran de sus prioridades para el presupuesto. ¿No lograron asistir las reuniones? ¡Ningún problema! Visiten a www.speakuphvl. com/projects para elegir cuáles prioridades les importan lo más y para compartir ideas adicionales antes del 15 de febrero. El Concejo tendrá su próxima conversación acerca del presupuesto el 17 de enero. Si tienen más comentarios sobre el presupuesto de año fiscal 2019, por favor contacten a la Ciudad por llamar al 301 (985)-5000 o por mandar un correo electrónico a

Recolección de Basura

Las oficinas de la Ciudad estarán cerradas en observación del Día de Martin Luther King Jr., el lunes, 15 de enero. Continuarán los servicios de emergencia. No habrá recolección de residuos del jardín esa semana, y el composto se recolectará el martes, 16 de enero. El horario de recolección de basura seguirá normal esa semana. Cualquier consulta, llamen al (301) 985-5000.

Día Nacional de Servicio

En honor del Día de Martin Luther King Jr., invitamos a todos a unirse a alcaldesa Candace Hollingsworth el lunes, 15 de enero, para un gran proyecto de recolección de basura desde las 12 p.m. hasta las 3 p.m. Nos uniremos en el estacionamiento de Northwestern High School. Voluntarios deben tener más de 14 años y deberían vestirse para los elementos: mangas y pantalones largos y zapatos o botas resistentes. Vamos a proveer guías para seguridad, guantes de algodón y las herramientas adecuadas. Participación puede ayudar a satisfacer el requisito de Aprendizaje-Servicio del Estado de Maryland. Para inscribirse,

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Moviendo con la Alcaldesa

Preparación es clave para la seguridad. Por eso, el programa de Moviendo con la Alcaldesa en enero se manifiesta en una serie de tres partes GRATIS acerca de tácticas de autodefensa realistas para las mujeres. El sistema de defensa contra la violencia sexual (R.A.D. en inglés) comienza con conciencia y reducción y prevención de riesgos, avanzando a los básicos de autodefensa física. Se alienta que participantes de cualquier edad vengan a cada de las tres sesiones en el 16, 23 y 30 de enero, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., en 4310 Calle Gallatin. Confirmen su participación con Ellarose Preston por llamar al (301) 985-5006 o por escribir al

Reunión del Hyattsville Corridor Community

Únanse al concejal de la Ciudad Edouard Haba para hablar de la construcción en Queens Chapel Road la próxima reunión del Hyattsville Corridor Community, un grupo de residentes organizado para abordar los asuntos de la seguridad y las condiciones de vida en Hyattsville y por esa calle. La próxima reunión tendrá lugar el miércoles, 17 de enero, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., en el segundo piso del Edificio Municipal en 4310 Calle Gallatin. Para más información o para confirmar su participación, por favor contacten a hyattsvillecc@gmail. com.

Talleres de Recursos Comunitarios

La Ciudad ofrece los siguientes talleres bilingües y gratis para apoyar a nuestros residentes inmigrantes y recién llegados. Por favor, únanse a nosotros en cualquier o todos los talleres, y vean más eventos en Miércoles, 10 de enero, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Crianza Hyattsville Middle (6001 42nd Ave.) Miércoles, 17 de enero, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Seguridad en Linea

University Park Elementary (4315 Underwood St.) Jueves, 18 de enero, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Finanzas Personales Edward Felegy Elementary (6110 Editors Park Dr.) Martes, 23 de enero, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Educación para Adultos Nicholas Orem Middle (6100 Editors Park Dr.) Miércoles, 24 de enero, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Crianza Hyattsville Elementary (5331 43rd Ave.) Miércoles, 31 de enero, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Conozcan Sus Derechos Rosa Parks Elementary School (6111 Ager Rd.)

Fiesta de Baile Para Padres y Niños

Únanse a nosotros para una noche en el invierno maravilloso en la Fiesta de Baile Para Padres y Niños de 2018 el sábado, 10 de febrero, 5 p.m. a 7 p.m., en el Edificio Municipal (4310 Calle Gallatin). ¡Vamos a tener música, baile y mucha diversión para los niños! ¿¡Y cuál fiesta sería completa sin refrescos y oportunidades para sacar fotos muy lindas!? Entradas salen $5 cada persona a la puerta. Se acepta efectivo, cheques y tarjetas de crédito, también. Niños deben ser acompañados por un adulto en cualquier momento. Espacio está limitado, así que tienen que hacer una reservación. Para hacerla, llamen al (301) 985-5021 o visiten al

Nos encantaría si sus niños entre 5 y 10 años se unieran a nosotros en uno o todos de los próximos programas de Camp Magruder mientras la escuela está cerrada, pero ustedes todavía tienen que trabajar. La diversión incluye deportes, artes, baile, actividades al aire libre y experimentos fascinantes. Se le sirve en orden de registración, ¡así que planifiquen en registrar a sus niños lo más antes posible! Mini Camp Magruder: 9 de febrero de 2018 $30 (Registración Se Abre el 3 de enero) Spring Camp Magruder: 2 – 6 de abril de 2018 $125 para residentes de Hyattsville $150 para no residentes de Hyattsville (Registración se abre el 17 de enero para residentes, el 24 de enero para no residentes)

Estacionamiento Público

Ahora se pueden comprar su permiso mensual de estacionamiento público vía nuestro portal seguro en línea en Los permisos pueden ser comprados por hasta tres meses a la vez. Asegúrense de tener información sobre sus vehículos e información suplementaria antes de entregar una solicitud y RECUERDEN: no se recibirán permisos físicos si los soliciten en línea. Cualquier consulta, manden un correo electrónico a o llame al (301) 985-5000.

Se Busca Conductores Voluntarios

Se necesita voluntarios para hasta cinco días semanalmente, típicamente entre las horas de 10:30 a.m. y 12:30 p.m., para llevar comida a mayores y a personas con discapacidades. Voluntarios pueden recibir un reembolso para cubrir la distancia de hasta $25 cada mes. Para ayudarnos, llamen al (301) 985-5057 o mande un correo a

Fiesta Especial del Día de Amor Para Mayores Estamos Contratando ¡El amor y la amistad están en el aire! Venga al Edificio Municipal el 14 de febrero para nuestra celebración GRATIS del Día de Amor, 1 – 3 p.m., con música, juegos, premios y muchos refrescos. Se ofrece transportación gratis por el servicio de Llama-Un-Bus. Por favor llamen al (301) 985-5000 para reservar su asiento. Recojo por la Ciudad se empieza al mediodía.

Afro-Americanos en Etapas de Guerra

La Ciudad está preparando para el tema del Mes de Historia Negro de

¡Sirvan a su comunidad y trabajen para nuestro gobierno local! Buscamos oficiales de policía, un analista de crímenes y un aprendiz de comunicaciones. Por favor, visiten para más información y para solicitar.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR January 12 to 28 Performance of ‘Rabbit Summer.’ Ally Theatre Company hosts a pay-what-you-wish performance of “Rabbit Summer.” $25 general admission. $15 students & veterans. Show times vary by day. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier. 301.699.1819.

January 12 Hyattsville Elementary Pro-

spective Parent Coffee. Meet neighbors, talk to parents and ask Principal Bey questions. 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. Vigilante Coffee Co., 4327 Gallatin St.

January 15 School’s Out Day Program. Art Works Now offers daylong

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Join our team of rising stars and discover the magic of musical theater! Open House Saturday, January 20 10:00 am to noon Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 301-446-3232

programming that provides arts integrated curriculum for ages 5 through 12. $60. Additional $20/ child. Drop off between 8 and 9 a.m. A f tercare is available from 3 to 6 p.m. Advance registration required. Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave. 301.454.0808.

January 22 Independent Film Series. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (2017). View and discuss Al Gore’s new climatechange documentary. Hosted by the Hyattsville Library. 7 p.m. University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd.

February 3 Daniel Beaty: “Emergency!” Obie award-winning one-man performance of a narrative that is

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February 5 Hyattsville Library Film Screening. Screening of “Voices Beyond the Wall,” a documentary about a girls’ orphanage in Honduras and how poetry helps the girls heal from traumas. Film discussion to

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February 10 Rosenwald: Jewish Partnership with African-American Communities. Screening of Aviva Kempner’s documentary on the life and philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald. $5/person. 1 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301.277.1710

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Shortcake Bakery is all about neighborhood. It is not an ethnic or specialty bakery, but, instead, is a mix of American, European and Island traditions. The bakery’s diversity reflects Harrington’s own background. Her Trinidadian grandmother, a chef, taught her to make Island and European dishes. And the warmth and hospitality of Shortcake Bakery is an expression of Harrington’s pleasure in baking for family, friends and neighbors. Harrington has catered events, created wedding cakes, baked regularly for a local bed-and-breakfast — as well as for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture — and created masterpieces on order, including a butterfly cupcake cake and the Hyattsville Horticultural Society’s anniversary cake, which depicted a lavish garden. Shortcake Bakery first opened in October 2011. The bakery survived the difficult first years and was flourishing. As of January 2017, Harrington and her husband David were looking forward to building on their success. Instead they were confronted by a chain of disasters: In April, thieves broke down the bakery’s back door, and a week later, thieves broke in the front door. Arriving on a morning in May, Harrington discovered the oven had to be replaced. With each setback, Harrington took stock, faced the problem and came up with a plan of action. But then came the July storm. The bakery was racked by

SALLY MIDDLEBROOKS Cheryl Harrington, owner of Shortcake Bakery, opened the bakery in 2011.

two days of deluge and a microblast — a “mini-tornado” — that folded back the roof, saturated walls and severely damaged the electrical system. The shock of destruction was “physically painful,” Harrington said. Yet again, Harrington confronted disas-

ter: Step-by-step, she faced the damage and began the repairs. And two months and one week later, she triumphantly reopened the door. Shortcake Bakery’s grand reopening was held Nov. 18. The party, which featured live music, face painting, storytelling and

samples, was attended by Prince George’s County Councilmember Deni Taveras, Maryland Delegate Anne Healey and former Congresswoman Donna Edwards, along with many other fans of the bakery. Harrington has returned to her original plans for the year, baking Halloween treats and 180 pies for Thanksgiving. For the winter holiday season, she offered linzer cookies, frosted holiday-themed sugar cookies, American fruitcake — a light crumb, raisins and candied fruit, a hint of liquor — and Island fruitcake, with a complex taste of burnt brown sugar and rum-soaked fruits. Harrington is not only an excellent cook and businesswoman, but a model of determination. And what motivates her? The love of her craft. Harrington says, “Baking is alchemy.” The baker takes flour, sugar and butter and turns them into sweet delights, she explains. As for her future plans? In November, Harrington held her first formal tea. She hopes to offer others in the coming year: a January tea, a Dad and Daughter tea and a Mother’s Day tea. Soon you will see the work of local artists on the bakery’s walls and a new front door. Harrington’s longterm dreams include mentoring young women who are beginning businesses and holding cooking classes for children. And of course, always check the bakery’s cases for new delights. Shortcake Bakery is located at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue. Phone: 301.779.2836. The bakery is open Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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mission statement, the Artist Partner Program seeks to cultivate educational and cultural experiences for members of the UMD community and surrounding area and to “supplement and extend the academic learning and investigation of the classroom for UMD students.” For BCJO, the Artist Partner Program gives them the chance to perform regularly at the MilkBoy ArtHouse, where they will perform on the second Monday of every month starting this February. “For a band that has been homeless for two years, it’s great to have a spot that sounds great … and the vibe at MilkBoy is a lot like Bohemian Caverns,” Linde said. “I think we’re starting to find our audience.” The Artist Partner Program hosts numerous performances throughout the year — the program’s Visiting Artist Series, alone, has 30 events scheduled for the 2017-2018 season. Through the Artist Partner Program, The Clarice also sponsors master classes, artist workshops and matinee performances for school groups. BCJO has an upcoming CDrelease party at Blues Alley with two shows on Jan. 29 at 8 and 10 p.m. For BCJO’s eight-year anniversary, they will be performing on April 15 at 6 p.m. as part of the Levine School of Music’s Jazzfest 2018.

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The BCJO has a large repertoire of about 400 arrangements, Linde explained. This repertoire ranges from jazz staples, written by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to songs that were written specifically for the band, either by band members, themselves, or by guest musicians. “It’s not one person’s vision,” Linde said. “Maybe we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” Having such an extensive repertoire of songs allows for the band’s spontaneity and community atmosphere. During their time playing at the Caverns, Linde said it was not uncommon for the group to be “randomly choosing arrangements each night,” and added, “Two sets weekly, we never rehearsed.” The BCJO recently started a residency at the MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park as part of the UMD’s Artist Partner Program supported by The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice). Their debut performance at MilkBoy ArtHouse occurred in October 2017. Linde said he worked at The Clarice back in 2005 when he was a graduate student at the UMD’s School of Music. According to Megan Pagado Wells, associate director of the Artist Partner Program, working with BCJO was a perfect

KRIEG MEYERS The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra has started giving monthly performances at the MilkBoy ArtHouse, as part of the University of Maryland’s Artist Partner Program.

opportunity to “support Terp musicians.” She described how the program’s goal is to “curate performances that connect audiences with local, regional and internationally-based artists” through events and arts festivals featuring innovative artists. According to the program’s

“For a band that has been homeless for two years, it’s great to have a spot that sounds great … and the vibe at MilkBoy is a lot like Bohemian Caverns. I think we’re starting to find our audience.” — Brad Linde founder of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra











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When slipping is a ball By Fred Seitz

This time of year, slipping can be expected during snowy walks. However, even without snow, slipping frequently occurs with the help (or hindrance?) of the abundant and obvious sweetgum

tree balls. These spiky, 1-inch diameter fruits of one of the Southeast’s tallest and most common hardwoods are frequent hazards to walkers in Magruder Park, Paint Branch Park and many other area green spaces. The American sweetgum tree

(Liquidambar styraciflua) is deciduous, with five-lobed, starshaped leaves that are bright green in spring, but turn a lovely orange color in the fall. The tree often grows 12 to 24 inches in a single year and usually reaches 50 to 70 feet in height.

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the bone marrow interfere with cells that keep the bones strong. With internet research suggesting a one-to-three-year life expectancy, but having instead survived thirteen years, Richard often saw his life in terms of that 2004 diagnosis and dividing line, remarking, “And now I have six grandchildren and four novels!” His social justice novels — available locally at Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store and Busboys and Poets — were the final phase of a purposedriven life in which Richard was aware of wanting his life to make a difference. In graduate school, he was a driver for Cleveland mayoral candidate Carl Stokes, who eventually became the first black mayor of a major American city. Richard was so inspired by Stokes that he began to think that politics was the key to changing the world, which prompted him to change his direction in life. Richard dropped out of graduate school, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and went to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. His year-long “camping trip” in Vietnam (Richard was in A/2/5, 1st Cavalry Division [Airmobile]; Vietnam 19671968) was the basis for his war satire Cologne No. 10 for Men and his “Skytroopers” CD of 19 songs that he wrote during that year. More recently, in his blog,


Richard summarized each of the ten episodes of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series, ‘The Vietnam War,” and added commentary regarding his own life during that time period. Also in this blog, one can search the term “Agent Orange” and find ten different posts in which he discussed this subject, though never mentioning that for Vietnam veterans, his multiple myeloma is a presumptive Agent Orange disease. In one of Richard’s final blog posts, “On the Wrong Side of History,” he wrote about Hyattsville, saying, “It is a city where neighbors proudly act upon values that seem to me to be on the right side of history. In a time when everyone wonders where the future political leaders will come from, I feel so fortunate

to have strong leadership on the right side of history in my own city.” Partway through his year in Vietnam, Richard decided that politics was not the key to changing the world — instead, law or business was the answer. He took the GRE in a Quonset hut in Vietnam and, upon his return to the U.S., entered and graduated from Harvard Business School. His plan was to get involved in the construction of prefabricated houses and eventually immerse himself in “the great problems of rebuilding the big cities.” Richard learned the basics of prefabbing at Hodgson Houses in Millis, Mass., and then relocated to Garrett County, where his parents had retired. There, he built over a hundred houses and established a prefab housing company, Shelter, Inc., which made wall panels for builders. The latter part of his career in housing was at the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center in Upper Marlboro and the National Association of Homebuilders in Washington, D.C. Richard initiated U.S. research into shallow, frost-protected foundations and won acceptance for the method in the International Building Code and International Residential Code for all types of buildings. Other work of his resulted in the requirements for interconnected smoke alarms in bedrooms and vertical grab bars for


bathtubs in hotels. Richard wrote numerous technical publications about building codes, energy conservation, foundation design and construction, lead paint and remodeling and universal design. Richard’s final novel, Masjid Morning, incorporates his construction experiences in a book that, as homebuilder Jay Endelman described, “moves effortlessly between technical descriptions of a mosque rising from the ground like a living being and the emotional struggles between religions.” This novel also reflects Richard’s involvement in Hyattsville meetings to learn about Islam, as well as his concerns about Islamophobia in this country. Richard’s novels Canoedling in Cleveland and Well Considered reflect other time periods in his life. Canoedling in Cleveland is about a canoeing adventure in the 1960s that stemmed from his inquiry to his high school newspaper advisor as to why his community was all white. Never getting a satisfactory answer in high school, Richard, as a senior citizen, created book characters who would sleuth out the answers in fiction. Well Considered also reflects his concerns about racial justice and came about during the twenty years when he lived in Bowie and studied the history of Prince George’s County. Having followed his daughters Jennifer Sheppard and Audrey Engdahl to Hyattsville and

eventually building a multigenerational home in which to live with the Sheppard-Ruby family, Richard quickly became involved with author events and festivals such as Hyattsville Arts & Ales, St. Jerome’s Carpe Noctem holiday boutique, and the Riverdale Arts Festival. He also tutored for a couple of years at Hyattsville Elementary School, volunteering with the school’s Legorobotics club there and being a sponsor for their Zombie Run. He was also an enthusiastic attendee at music programs there and at Hyattsville Middle School. Richard participated in two Hyattsville book clubs: the Bridging Cultural Gaps meeting at the Hyattsville Municipal Building and the Busboys and Poets book club. Richard’s memorial service was held on Dec. 16, 2017, at University Christian Church, with friends from various parts of his life attending. It was at this service that Hyattsville residents met son Alex Morris, from Derwood, whose tribute to his dad was an often-mentioned highlight of the service. Richard also leaves six grandchildren: Brandon Weston-Morris, Ben Ruby, Robin Engdahl, Joe Ruby, Elvy Engdahl and Paul Sheppard. Barbara Morris was married to Richard Morris for fifty years and remains his partner in sharing his legacy and keeping his books alive.

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Dear Miss Floribunda, My family and I moved to Hyattsville from Colorado nearly four years ago. Gardening is very different here. In some ways it’s better, and in some other ways we are learning to adapt. We are overjoyed to be able to grow tomatoes now. In the high altitude where we used to live, the nights were too cool for them. We have figured out how to grow carrots. We now grow them in pots of light soil because we found out the clay soil in our garden, even after adding compost, was too heavy. However, we are wondering whether to just give up on lettuce, which we used to enjoy all summer back in Colorado. For the past three springs, just as we were starting to get enough for a salad or two, the sizzling heat came, the leaves turned bitter and the plants bolted. This made for a real sacrifice because supermarket lettuce just doesn’t have much flavor. Someone told me I ought to wait till September to plant lettuce or any other cool-weather favorites. What do you think? From Rocky Mountain High to Hyattsville Heat on Hamilton Street Dear Rocky Mountain High, The advice to grow cool-weather vegetables in autumn in your neighborhood’s microclimate is a good one, but you may be able to plant lettuce this spring after all and enjoy them well into the summer. On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Hyattsville Horticultural Society (HHS) will offer seeds of heat-resistant varieties of lettuce and other vegetables and flowers at the HHS Ninth Annual Seed Sale. There, not only will you find an innovative new selection of seeds but multiple means of learning about gardening in Hyattsville. You can ask questions of experts at information tables set up by the HHS, the Hyattsville Environmental Committee and the Hyattsville Department of Public Works. A panoply of informative gardening books will also be on sale at very low prices, not to mention free pamphlets. If past years are any indication, there will be many friendly people from Hyattsville and nearby who will be glad to share their experiences with you, as well. The sale will take place in the Mary Prangley Room on the second floor of the Hyattsville Municipal Center, 4310 Gallatin Street. It will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year. Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP) will have its Fourth Annual Valentine-Making Workshop the same day in the main floor utility room from 10 a.m. to noon, at which time those participants are welcome to come upstairs for refreshments, information and tempting bargains. This year, along with tried-and-true seeds from the Charles Hart Seed Company — the oldest family-run seed company in the country — HHS is greatly increasing the number of varieties from the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. This company offers USDA-certified organic seed stock as well as seed from other reliable sources. Last year was the debut of Southern Exposure at the sale, and reports back to HHS from gardeners were so encouraging that it was decided to expand Southern Exposure’s presence at the sale. You can choose among six varieties of heat-resistant lettuce alone. If you like crisphead lettuce, try growing Sierra Batavian, which holds up well under high heat and resists tip burn. If you like romaine lettuce, grow Sweet Valentine, which is less bitter than most romaines and stays so for a long time, even after the heat comes. If you prefer loose leaf lettuce, you might try Drunken Woman, which has bright green leaves and wine-red edges and is

slow to bolt, however tipsy. If you like bibb lettuces like buttercrunch, you could substitute Speckled Bibb, which takes advantage of cool weather to develop very quickly and then holds much longer in the heat than other bibb varieties. Then there’s Crawford, a Texas heirloom, which thrives in desert heat but does not object to Hyattsville humidity. However, the star of the show is Jericho, which will give you romaine lettuce all summer long if you continue to plant seeds at regular intervals. There are other greens you might like to take a chance on. The Red Malabar summer spinach, which is not a spinach but an Asian green that tastes much like it, is very heat-resistant. It can also be grown on a trellis, which saves space in a small garden. The Summer Mesclun mix includes Tatsoi mustard greens, Magenta Magic orach (also offered separately), Anuenue, Jericho and other lettuces. For decorative effect as well as culinary pleasure, HHS is presenting the Chinese Red Noodle Asparagus Bean from Southern Exposure. It is one of the yard-long beans, and its beautiful burgundy-colored pods are preceded by sweet-smelling purple and white orchid-like flowers. It isn’t troubled by the beetles that attack most garden beans because it is actually a variety of cowpea with a nutty flavor. Like the cowpea, it actually improves soil by adding nitrogen. Last but not least, if you are tired of growing carrots in pots, you can plant seed from the short and broad-shouldered Chantenay Red Core carrot directly into clay soil without fearing deformation of the root. Its sweetness has been termed “old fashioned,” comparable to heirlooms. Of course you will find a large variety of luscious tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, beans and other vegetables that thrive in Hyattsville heat. Along with these are some varieties not seen before at the HHS sale: Tromboncino summer squash, which has a very long neck, can be grown on a trellis and is more resistant to insect predation than other squashes; Wonderberry, a relative of the tomato that bears purple ¼-inch fruit that tastes like huckleberries and is used in desserts when fully ripe, after the disappearance of the slight toxicity it has when green; and “Candystick” dessert delicata squash, with a flavor that has been compared to Medjool dates. Though I’m not describing them here, the wide variety of flowers and herbs seen in past years will, of course, also be for sale. And once again, Robert Harper Books and other donors will provide gently used books on gardening for sale at reasonable prices. Area antique experts always help us decorate with vintage gardening implements, and they will be selling pots and vases. HHS plans to also sell pots of early primroses to help bring a little springtime cheer into your home. In addition to the information table on pollinators manned by HHS experts, there will be an Ask the Arborist table at the event. Lesley Riddle, director of the Hyattsville Department of Public Works, and Dawn Taft, Hyattsville’s Park Maintenance supervisor, will be at the table to answer your questions about trees and their care. The Hyattsville Environment Committee will have a table with information on tree rebates and ivy removal. As in the past, HHS members will serve drinks and hot soups, including a vegan lentil soup and the ever-popular “block party” bean soup. Choose among cakes, cookies, mini-quiches and other baked goods. There will be a veggie tray and fruit as well, and of course hot tea and coffee, and hot chocolate for the kids. After you enjoy the HAP valentine-making workshop downstairs, come up for lunch.

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January 2018 Hyattsville Life & Times  

Shortcake Bakery reopens; Richard Morris memorial tribute; Bohemian Caverns Jazz orchestra now in University of Maryland's Artist Partner Pr...

January 2018 Hyattsville Life & Times  

Shortcake Bakery reopens; Richard Morris memorial tribute; Bohemian Caverns Jazz orchestra now in University of Maryland's Artist Partner Pr...