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Associate Editor explores why some inconveniences make a community. P. 2

MEETINGS & STREET CLOSURES Asking the city for meeting space or a street closure? Check out the policy for each. P. 3

New book about Route 1 takes a ride through history

NATURE NEARBY Columnist Fred Seitz shares some fox facts. P. 6


By Mark Goodson

Aaron Marcavitch is a man on a mission to educate residents about the city’s auto-centric past. Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. (ATHA Inc.) Executive Director Aaron Marcavitch’s book Images of America: US Route 1 Baltimore to Washington, DC was released on March 12 by Arcadia Press. When Marcavitch was earning his history degree from Roger Williams University, he developed a curiosity for the road: How do motor thruways affect ROUTE 1 continued on page 12

Vol. 15 No. 3

Hyattsville’s Community Newspaper

March 2018

DeMatha adds to its championship tradition By Chris McManes

Council pitches FY 2019 budget wish lists By Allan Walters

The Hyattsville City Council has begun preliminary planning for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, which will go into effect on July 1 of this year. On councilmembers’ wish lists: speed mitigations in a West Hyattsville neighborhood, a public restroom at Heurich Park, an expansion of the city’s Teen Club, bicycle repair stations — just to name a few. Working sessions — held in December 2017 and January — allowed individual councilmembers to present their priorities for the coming year. In each session, councilmembers were given the opportunity to present initiatives that they would like to see the City of Hyattsville WISH LIST continued on page 7

COURTESY OF ED KING Justin Moore, a first-team All-WCAC selection, drives past Gonzagaʼs Terrance Williams to help DeMatha win its first WCAC championship since 2011.

DeMatha High School has one of the nation’s finest basketball traditions. It has trained five former players currently in the NBA, produced numerous AllAmericans and won six national championships. But this year’s team did something no previous Stags club did by winning three postseason tournaments. DeMatha capped a 33-5 campaign by capturing the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament (ACIT) title in Frostburg, Md., on March 10. Coach Mike Jones could sense that his 16th team at DeMatha was going to be something special. After the first game of the year, he let his team know how impressed he was with their unselfishness: “I told the guys if we’re going to be that unselfish, we have a chance to accomplish a lot.” They sure did. The Stags brought their 24th ACIT championship back to Hyattsville by defeating Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) rival O’Connell, 6957. They added it to their 2018 DEMATHA continued on page 10


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Resisting the siren song of convenience By Heather Wright

Recently in this space, I posited a handful of questions about what the future could hold for Hyattsville and the surrounding area. I considered if Amazon’s new headquarters (HQ2) would come to Prince George’s County. It did not take long to receive a definitive “no,” in answer, as Amazon narrowed their HQ2 contenders in January to 20 finalists, three of which are in the D.C. metro area:

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D.C., Northern Virginia and Montgomery County. Prince George’s County is not among the chosen. Even before hearing about this rejection, I was ambivalent about HQ2’s coming to the DMV area, despite the promised jobs and jolt to the area’s economy. And I remain ambivalent. I’m not sure that I need more of Amazon in my life. Yes, I’m happy that Robert Harper can use Amazon’s platform to sell books and other wares, despite closing his brick-and-mortar store in January. However, if it weren’t for Amazon and the ease of online ordering, brick-and-mortar bookstores like Robert Harper Books would still be a viable option. Amazon and its ubiquitous curvy arrow (or partial smile) have brilliantly tapped modern America’s unending quest for convenience. I, for example, went from placing one order of two books from them in 2000 to placing 61 orders of innumerable books, kitchen utensils, crafting supplies — you name it — in 2015. Our family subscribes to Amazon Prime and recently took on an Amazon credit card. Amazon seems to have as its role model the behemoth monopoly Buy n Large, depicted in Pixar’s “Wall-E” as the one remaining corporation that provides for all of humanity’s material wants and needs. Yet Amazon is merely responding to the modern world’s demand for

convenience; they’re just doing it better and bigger than anyone else. In a New York Times article “The Tyranny of Convenience,” Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia, muses that convenience (“more efficient and easier ways of doing personal tasks”) has emerged as one of the most powerful forces shaping the lives and economies of those in developed nations. He continues, “This is particularly true in America, where, despite all the paeans to freedom and individuality, one sometimes wonders whether convenience is in fact the supreme value.” Wu gives an Amazonian example to demonstrate the contrast between Americans’ professed values and their actual behavior: “Americans say they prize competition, a proliferation of choices, the little guy. Yet our taste for convenience begets more convenience, through a combination of the economics of scale and the power of habit. The easier it is to use Amazon, the more powerful Amazon becomes — and thus the easier it becomes to use Amazon. Convenience and monopoly seem to be natural bedfellows.” Convenience is not bad in and of itself. I like my laundry machine and online banking and one-click ordering very much, thank you. But I don’t want convenience to be a supreme value — in religious parlance, an idol. I don’t want my children to learn that life is all about

finding the quickest, easiest path and that struggle and hardship are to be avoided at all costs. And I certainly don’t want to one-click away any more of my favorite brick-andmortar stores. How, then, to counteract the lure and darker sides of convenience? How to keep convenience a value, but not a supreme one? The recent evolution of American middle-class attitudes towards food may serve as an example. For a time, the pendulum swung far over to convenience as a preeminent value in how Americans regarded eating. Think TV dinners, processed food, preservatives, Spam. More recently, it seems that convenience is just one of many values people consider in choosing foods, along with taste, freshness, cost, nutrition, environmental considerations and local sourcing. Many of us are thinking, and thinking hard, about our food choices. The pendulum is swinging back. And we can extend that type of reflection into other areas of our lives and right-size our reliance on convenience. Some religious practices actively resist our pursuit of convenience. Praying five times a day, attending religious services, meditating, observing Lent and many other rituals remind adherents that there is a higher calling on their time and a deeper meaning to life than just doing things quickly. Expressions

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CHRIS CURRIE On March 3, city and county officials hosted a ceremony to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of the “Couriers to Congress” Highway Marker at Melrose Park.

of these practices, such as mindfulness, yoga and fasting, are embedded in many secular lives, as well. Then there is taking our reflection further by serving and loving our neighbor — running errands for someone recovering from surgery, serving at a soup kitchen, writing a letter to a grieving widow. Such acts may seem like the opposite of convenient, but there may be no more meaningful or fulfilling use of the time we’ve been given. If I value community and supporting the little guy, I can shop locally. I can visit Franklins for games and gifts instead of browsing Amazon’s selection. I can shop for clothes at Takoma Park’s Amano boutique and sift through Value Village’s offerings instead of clicking “shopping cart” at I can meander through some of the many area farmers markets to check off items on my grocery list. Previewing the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair opened my eyes to other ways of moving beyond easy convenience: working with my hands and exploring the joys and struggles of creating art. At the Book Arts Fair, there were demonstrations on how to make book covers, fold a book out of one large piece of paper, and tool with gold leaf. No one embarks on these endeavors to save time, but rather to bring beauty and meaning into one’s time. Wu sounds the call to embrace inconvenience and reminds us, “We call them hobbies, avocations, callings, passions. These are the noninstrumental activities that help to define us. They reward us with character because they involve an encounter with meaningful resistance — with nature’s laws, with the limits of our own bodies — as in carving wood, melding raw ingredients, fixing a broken appliance, writing code, timing waves or facing the point when the runner’s legs and lungs begin to rebel against him.” Hyattsville is the kind of community that makes it easy (dare I say, convenient) to develop and practice hobbies and skills, to embrace what Wu calls inconvenience. You can learn to sew and make clothes at Three Little Birds Co. or paint and repurpose furniture at Tanglewood Works. Explore capoeira at Espaço Cultural Samba Trovão or papermaking at Pyramid Atlantic. You can bike the Anacostia River Trail or tend a garden at Hyatt Park Community Gardens. Sometimes the best way to resist the siren song of convenience is to learn a different tune.

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In high demand: city shares policies for special events, street closures By Maria D. James

Increased demand for use of the city’s public meeting spaces and requests for special event street closures prompted the city to review policies during the Feb. 20 city council meeting. City Administrator Tracey Nicholson presented an overview of the policy for reserving public meeting space at the Hyattsville Municipal Building. She also shared the policy for special event street closures, which was updated last summer. “The room reservation policy has been in effect since 2016, so that one we’ve had for a little while,� said Nicholson. “Now for the special event and street closure policy, we recognized just recently that we really needed a policy because we were getting more and more requests for support from the community to close roads,� said Nicholson. Nicholson stated that the policies were developed to establish standards and provide residents with information. Interested in reserving space or applying for a street closure? Here’s what you need to know: REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC MEETING SPACE The Hyattsville Municipal Building has two rooms that residents can reserve for public meetings: a multipurpose room on the first floor, which can hold up to 160 people; and the Prangley Room on the second floor, which can accommodate up to 110. Both rooms are in great demand. Community Services Director and Public Information Officer Jake Rollow says, “Typically the rooms are reserved the majority of weekday evenings, and by multiple groups at different time slots on both weekend days.� According to the room reservation policy, the rooms are available to support city residents and community-oriented public service organizations that strengthen the community. The goal of the policy is to ensure that the rooms are used for these purposes, and that they are kept clean and accessible. Reservations are granted based

Rooms are available to support city residents and communityoriented public service organizations that strengthen the community. on these priorities: 1. City events; 2. City-sponsored events that have been approved by the city council; 3. Hyattsville organizations and resident-group events. The rooms can only used for the meetings, activities and celebrations of Hyattsville community-oriented public service organizations and resident groups in which at least half of all members are city residents, and which are not organized primarily for profit. Proof of residency may be required. Eager to host a social event or religious service? Unfortunately, the rooms can not be used for those purposes. The spaces are not available for partisan or campaign-related events (except for a candidate’s forum for city elections, if the event is conducted by a neutral community-oriented public service organization), religious worship/ services or individual/family social celebrations (birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, wedding receptions and holiday parties, etc.). Rentals are free of charge, though reservations require a $50 deposit. The deposit will be applied to cleaning or repairs if the room is left dirty or damaged. Cancellations must be made at least seven days in advance, and, if a reservation is cancelled, the city will retain $10 of the deposit (if the cancellation is due to an emergency, the full deposit will be refunded). Reservations are subject to cancellaPOLICIES continued on page11

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In February, the Prince George’s County Council launched a weekly e-newsletter called “Council Connections.” According to the council’s website, the e-newsletter is an effort to heighten public awareness and civic engagement. The e-newsletter will provide subscribers with an overview of council actions, initiatives and events. “Council Connections” highlights the council‘s weekly activities, and provides important links to upcoming meetings and events posted to the council website, In a press release, Council Chair Dannielle Glaros (D) - District 3, said the council’s e-newsletter should prove a useful tool for residents. “Beyond a summary of our work during the week, we include links that lead readers to additional information that may be of interest. Council sessions, standing committee meetings, briefings and community meetings are also highlighted. I want to encourage residents to subscribe and get a closer look at how we are working together to strengthen our communities.” To access the e-newsletter, visit

In an article published on March 2, The Washington Post reported that the federal appeals court is standing by a ruling that calls for the removal or destruction of the Peace Cross,

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The return of the night screamer By Fred Seitz

It was a dark, but not necessarily stormy, night. A blood-curdling scream pierces the air. Some neighbors awaken, puzzled at the sound; others have called police in past years thinking harm was being inflicted. Inside our house, our dog awakens and stares out the front window. There, in our and nearby yards, slinks a small, dog-like creature, staring back at our dog and soundlessly arguing about whose territory our front yard is. It is mid-winter; territory must be claimed and a female found. His screams help him establish that territory and let other male foxes know his intentions. The annual winter/spring saga is unfolding. The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has come to seek a mate. I suspect this may be the offspring of a prior year’s breeding. Fox usually pair with the same mate for several years. However, the male may leave the den a few months after the litter of four to ten kits have begun to hunt on Fox are largely nocturnal animals. However, daytime sightings can occur when food is less abundant. their own. This common canine neighbor fox is widespread throughout However, the red fox retains the mammals (voles, mice, chiphas long been the subject of debate: North America, as are several of white spot at the end of his tail, munks, squirrels, rabbits) and Is he a U.S. native, a migrant from its relatives: the tiny kit fox in whereas the gray fox usually has a small birds. In summer, they Canada or an invader introduced the Southwest, the swift fox in black spot at the end of his. Our often eat crickets and other inin the 1700s by the British to facili- the Great Plains and the gray fox, red friends usually grow to about sects. They eat berries and other tate their horse-mounted hunts? which is found in Maryland but 3 feet long — a foot of which fruit in season. Very opportunisDNA tests of the little noisemaker favors more rocky and moun- is that bushy tail. Their weight tic, they will also ingest carrion and dog food, as well as food and have provided ambiguous results tainous areas. Our familiar red ranges from 14 to 17 pounds. as to whether the red fox is directly fox has a coat of the bright rusBoth red and gray fox are om- non-digestible trash discarded related to these imports. set that gives him his name, or nivores and have a wide-ranging outside by humans. Fox are largely nocturnal aniWhatever his heritage, the red may be darker, and even gray. diet. They will dine on small mals. When seen during daytime, the red fox is sometimes maligned as having rabies. How-


ever, daytime sightings often occur when food is less abundant, and the foxes are simply hungry. While they can carry rabies, it is unusual. I have seen our current screamer several times when the sun’s out, but he usually leaves when I pass by, and does not show any signs of illness or aggression. He even seems undisturbed when he’s spotted me walking my dog — the same dog with whom he’s had territory disputes.

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fund and implement within the next fiscal year. Both a discussion of the benefits to the community and an approximate cost were outlined for each proposed initiative. According to Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, the goal of the working sessions was to “give all councilmembers a chance to hear budget proposals, ask questions and ultimately decide to move forward on specific items.” Councilmember Edouard Haba (Ward 4) kicked off the December session with several proposals. The first was the implementation of safety improvements and speed mitigation on Nicholson Street, 31st Avenue, Lancer Drive, 31st Place and Madison Street. The cost of this proposal was not provided, but the council gave unanimous consent to move forward with including this item in the FY 2019 budget. Haba’s second proposal was to establish a literacy program at two Hyattsville elementary schools: Rosa L. Parks and Edward M. Felegy. Funding would pay for background check fees for 20 volunteers, supplies and an honorarium for two bilingual coordinators. The cost of this proposal was $2,600. The council gave unanimous consent to move forward. Councilmember Haba’s final proposal was to build a public bathroom facility at Heurich Park with infant changing tables and separate sections for men and women. The cost of this proposal was $70,000. The council suggested requesting the funding from the MarylandNational Capital Park and Planning Commission rather than using city funds to build the bathroom facility. Councilmember Bart Lawrence (Ward 1) presented three bike-friendly proposals. The first was to replace longitudinal storm grates on city streets with bicycle-safe storm grates, which typically have grids. Costs were estimated to be $500 per grate. The second was to install up to four filtered water stations across the city, including one each at Magruder Park and Heurich Park, and two at the municipal building at 4310 Gallatin Street. The cost of this proposal was estimated to be $8,000. Finally, Lawrence proposed installing up to 50 bicycle racks and six repair stations across the city. The total estimated cost of the proposal was $49,000. The council gave unanimous consent to move forward with all three proposals. Hollingsworth proposed establishing a pilot “Clean and Safe Team” of new Public Works

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Calendar of Budget Presentations

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It’s budget season here in Hyattsville! All meetings take place in Council Chambers on the third floor at 4310 Gallatin Street. Council Budget Work Session: March 28, 8 - 10 p.m - Introduction & Overview of the Draft Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 - FY-19 Budget Review: Legislative & Administrative - FY-19 Budget Review: Community & Economic Development - FY-19 Budget Review: Department of Public Works Council Meeting: April 2, 8- 10 p.m. - FY-19 Budget Review: Police Department

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person at 4310 Gallatin Street or by mail. We accept cash and checks made out to Public Hearing on the Real Property the City of Hyattsville. Bus pick-up is at Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2019: April the City Building (4310 Gallatin Street) at 4:30 p.m. and at Friendship Arms Apart16, 7:30 – 8 p.m. ments at 4:40 p.m. Dinner (included) is at 5 p.m. We’ll be back by 9:30 p.m. Council Meeting: April 16, 8 – 10 p.m. - FY-19 Budget Review: Community Services - FY-19 Budget Review: Capital Im- The Great Egg Hunt The Great Magruder Park Egg Hunt and provement Plan (CIP) - FY-19 Budget Review: Five Year Fore- Pancake Breakfast will take place on Saturday, March 24. Breakfast will be served cast 9 – 11 a.m. ($5 per meal for those 3 years and older). Egg Hunts are FREE and start Council Meeting: May 7, 8 – 10 p.m. - Discussion/Vote on Submitted Council at 11 a.m. So BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) and enjoy the morning with a V.I.B. Budget Amendments (Very Important Bunny)! Reservations are suggested and can be made at www. Council Meeting: May 21, 8 – 10 p.m. - Introduction & First Reading: FY-2019 More information – Cheri Everhart, ceverhart@hyattsville. Budget Ordinance org, (301) 985-5021. Council Meeting: June 4, 8 – 9 p.m. - Second Reading & Adoption: FY-2019 Movin’ with the Mayor! Budget Ordinance Mayor Candace Hollingsworth invites you to dance away Saturday, March 24, with Other Public Meetings Hyattsville Safe Street Initiative Ad- her and iSadcie for a Caribbean dance exercise with Island Fete Fitness. 10 a.m. visory Board: March 14, 10:30 a.m. Health, Wellness, & Recreation Advi- to 11 a.m. at 4310 Gallatin Street (First Floor). sory Committee: March 15, 7:30 p.m. Planning Committee: March 20, 7:30 p.m. Code Compliance Advisory CommitBilingual Family Resource tee: March 21, 7 p.m. Education Advisory Committee: March Workshops Join us at any or all of the below work22, 6:30 p.m. Hyattsville Environment Committee: shops, and visit to see more upcoming events. March 26, 7 p.m. Board of Supervisors of Elections: Wednesday, March 14, 8 a.m. – 9:30 April 3, 4 p.m. Police & Public Safety Citizens Ad- a.m., Safety Online visory Committee: April 4, 7:30 p.m. at University Park Elementary (4315 UnderAbundant Life Bible Church (5404 36th wood St.) Avenue) Thursday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Safety Online Edward M. Felegy Elementary (6110 EdiHyattsville Corridor tors Park Dr.) Community Meeting Join City Councilmember Edouard Haba at the next meeting of the resident group Thursday, March 22, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Hyattsville Corridor Community. Wednes- Tenants’ Rights day, March 14, 6 – 8 p.m., at 4310 Gallatin Hyattsville Elementary (5311 43rd Ave.) Street. Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tenants’ Rights Rosa Parks Elementary (6111 Ager Rd.) Seniors on the Go:

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Hyattsville seniors and senior program participants are invited to join us for a production of Michael Jackson: The Musical at C.H. Flowers High School on Friday, April 20. The cost is $10. Space is limited and so registration is required on a first come, first served basis. Registration is open March 22 - March 29. Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of payment in

We’d love to have your youngster, ages 5 – 10, join us for Camp Magruder this summer! The fun includes sports, arts, dance, indoor/outdoor activities, and awesome educational experiments. Registration at College’s Adult Education Program to offer is a baking class for adult English language first come, first served – so plan ahead! learners. We’re looking for proficient English speakers who want to volunteer, either Summer Camp Magruder: June 18 – by teaching the students a new recipe or by August 24 practicing English with them while enjoy- Five two-week sessions, each session is ing some delicious treats. Volunteers are $250 for City Residents / $300 for Nonespecially needed on Thursday mornings Residents in March and April. If you’re interested in volunteering, please call (301) 546-8350. Finally, folks who have baking tools they Coaches in Training no longer need are asked to donate to the Youths ages 13 – 17 that are interested class. Contact Jennifer Kubit at kubitjd@ in working with children and developing to arrange donating supplies. leadership skills are invited to take part in Camp Magruder’s first ever Camp Coaches in Training program. There’ll be two trainApril 7: Recycle Electronics ing sessions this summer –July 9 to July and Old Paint! 27 and August 6 to August 24. ParticipatElectronics can be dropped off free of ing can help satisfy at least 75 hours of the charge on Saturday, April 7, 7 a.m. – 1 State of Maryland’s community service p.m., at 4633 Arundel Place. Hyattsville learning requirement, and could help you Public Works staff will be on-site to an- get a future job with Camp Magruder!The swer any questions you may have. Call program is $75 upon acceptance through (301) 985-5000 to learn more.Yuck Old an application and interview. Applications Paint staff will also be with us, recycling are due May 18. Visit wet paint, in its original container, for $5 CCIT. per container. Questions? Call (888) 509YUCK (9825).

The unveiling of the Couriers of Congress Highway Marker in Hyattsville on March 3. La presentación de los Couriers of Congress Highway Marker en Hyattsville el 3 de Marzo.

Know a Hyattsville Champion?

Champion Trees are the oldest and largest of their kind within a given area. They’re evaluated on their height, crown size, and trunk circumference. Have you seen a Hyattsville Champion Tree around town? Let us know! You don’t even need to own the land on which your tree nomination is located So tell us where you think the Hyattsville Champions are by completing the online form at champions before April 13. We’ll award Hyattsville’s new Champions at our Arbor Day Celebration on April 28.

Anniversary Festival

The City’s Anniversary Carnival is coming back to Magruder Park!. Thursday, April 12 (Carnival): 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, April 13 (Carnival): 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14 (Parade): 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 (Carnival): 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14 (Concert & Fireworks): 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15 (Carnival): 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. More details are at anniversary.

Please note that special parking restrictions will be in effect before and during the parade along the route from Hyattsville Middle School along 42nd Avenue (startOn May 1, seniors can meet with a lawyer ing at Oliver Street), Jefferson Street, and to discuss advance directives and health Hamilton Street (between Gallatin Street care power of attorney. The service is be- and 40th Place up to 37th Place) until it ing provided by a partnership between reaches the reviewing stage at Magruder Hyattsville Aging in Place, Helping Hands Park. in University Park, the Maryland State Bar, Prince George’s County, and the City of Hyattsville. Free, individual, half-hour Mentorship Network Wednesday, April 11, Time TBD, appointments will be available between 10 The City of Hyattsville seeks partners to a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 1 at 4310 Gallatin Personal Finance launch a mentorship program for local University Park Elementary (4315 Under- Street. Interpretation will be provided for youth. If you’re interested in helping us renon-English speakers. Reservations are wood St.) cruit volunteers or in making a donation, required and space is limited. To make a please contact Sydney Cross, Bilingual reservation, please call (301) 887-3101. Mentorship Network Liaison, at (240) 825Language Exchange 5126 or at In-kind 2018 Farmers Market Cooking Classes donations are accepted, and even encourThe City of Hyattsville is once again part- & Summer Jam Series aged. nering with Prince George’s Community The Hyattsville Farmers Market will soon

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Calendario de Presentaciones Presupuestarias

¡Ya es la temporada presupuestaria aquí en Hyattsville! Todas las reuniones estarán en el tercer piso de 4310 Gallatin. Sesión de Trabajo Presupuestario: 28 de marzo, 8 - 10 p.m. - Introducción y Visión del Borrador del Presupuesto para Ano Fiscal 2019 - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Legislativo y Administrativo - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Departamento de Obras Públicas Reunión del Concejo Municipal: 2 de abril, 8- 10 p.m. - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Departamento de Policía Audiencia Pública Acerca de la Tasa Real de Impuestos de Propiedad para el Año Fiscal 2019: 16 de abril, 7:30 – 8 p.m. Reunión del Concejo Municipal: 16 de abril, 8 – 10 p.m. - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Servicios Comunitarios - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Plan de Mejoramiento de Capital - Revisión del Presupuesto FY-19: Previsión de los Próximos Cinco Años Reunión del Concejo Municipal: 7 de mayo, 8 – 10 p.m. - Discusión/Voto Sobre las Enmiendas al Presupuesto Entregadas Reunión del Concejo Municipal: 21 de mayo, 8 – 10 p.m. - Introducción y Primera Lectura: Ordenanza Presupuestaria de FY-2019 Reunión del Concejo Municipal: 4 de junio, 8 – 9 p.m. - Segunda Lectura y Adopción: Ordenanza Presupuestaria de FY-2019

Otras Reuniones Publicas

Todas las reuniones tendrán lugar en 4310 Calle Gallatin si otro lugar no está indicado. Junta Asesor para la Iniciativa de Calles Seguras: 14 de marzo, 10:30 a.m. Comité Asesor de Salud, Bienestar y Recreación: 15 de marzo, 7:30 p.m. Comité de Planificación: 20 de marzo, 7:30 p.m. Comité Asesor de Cumplimento con el Código: 21 de marzo, 7 p.m. Comité Asesor de Educación: 22 de marzo, 6:30 p.m. Comité del Medioambiente: 26 de marzo, 7 p.m. Junta de Supervisores de Elecciones: 3 de abril, 4 p.m. Comité Asesor para la Seguridad Publica: 4 de abril, 7:30 p.m. en Abundant Life Bible Church (5404 36th Avenue)

Reunión del Hyattsville Corridor Community

Únanse al concejal de la Ciudad Edouard Haba en la próxima reunión del grupo de residentes, Hyattsville Corridor CommunityEstará el miércoles, 14 de marzo, 6 – 8 p.m., en 4310 Calle Gallatin.

La Música de Michael Jackson

Mayores de la Ciudad de Hyattsville y participantes en nuestros programas están • 301-985-5000

invitados a una producción celebrando la música de Michael Jackson en C.H. Flowers High School el viernes, 20 de abril. Sale $10. Espacio está limitado, así que se requiere la registración y se la acepta por orden de llegada. Registración se abre el 22 de marzo y se cierra el 29 de marzo. Su registración no está confirmada hasta que recibamos pagamiento en persona en 4310 Calle Gallatin o por correo. Aceptamos efectivo y cheques hechos al City of Hyattsville. El autobús recoge a los participantes en 4310 Calle Gallatin a las 4:30 p.m. y en Friendship Arms Apartments a las 4:40 p.m. Habrá una cena (incluida) a las 5 p.m. Volveremos para las 9:30 p.m.

erse como voluntarios, enseñando a los estudiantes una nueva receta o practicando inglés con ellos mientras que se disfruten de postres deliciosas. Los voluntarios son especialmente necesarios los jueves por la mañana en marzo y abril. ¡También habrá una oportunidad hacia el final de la clase para aprender cómo preparar un plato de los países de origen de los estudiantes! Si les interesa ser voluntario, por favor llamen al (301) 546-8350. Al final, se les pide a las personas que tengan herramientas para hornear que ya no los necesitanque se las donen a la clase. Pónganse en contacto con Jennifer Kubit en para organizar la donación de herramientas.

La Gran Búsqueda de Huevos

7 de Abril: ¡Reciclen los Electrónicos y la Pintura Expirada!

La Gran Búsqueda de Huevos en Magruder Park y el Desayuno de Panqueques será el sábado, 24 de marzo. El desayuno se servirá de 9 a 11 a.m. ($5 por comida para los mayores de 3 años). Las Búsquedas de Huevos son GRATIS y están organizadas por grupos de edad, comenzando a las 11 a.m. ¡Traigan sus propias canastas y disfruten de la mañana con un invitado muy especial! Se les sugiere reservaciones, las que se pueden hacer en Cualquier consulta, Cheri Everhart, ceverhart@hyattsville. org, (301) 985-5021.

¡Acción con la Alcaldesa!

Alcaldesa Candace Hollingsworth les invita a bailar el sábado 24 de marzo con ella y iSadcie para una experiencia caribeña de baile y ejercicio con Island Fete Fitness. Acompáñennos de 10 a.m. a 11 a.m. en el Edificio Municipal de la Ciudad, en 4310 Gallatin.

Talleres Bilingues de Recursos Comunitarios

Reúnanse con nosotros en cualquier de los talleres siguientes y visiten a para ver los próximos eventos. Miercoles, 14 de marzo, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Seguridad En Línea University Park Elementary (4315 Underwood St.) Jueves, 15 de marzo, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Seguridad en Línea Edward M. Felegy Elementary (6110 Editors Park Dr.) Jueves, 22 de marzo, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Derechos de Inquilinos Hyattsville Elementary (5311 43rd Ave.) Miércoles, 28 de marzo, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Derechos de Inquilinos Rosa Parks Elementary (6111 Ager Rd.) Miércoles, 11 de abril, Hora Pendiente, Finanza Personal University Park Elementary (4315 Underwood St.)

Clase de Cocina e Intercambio de Idiomas

La Ciudad de Hyattsville se ha juntando una vez más con el Programa de Educación para Adultos del Prince George’s Community College para ofrecer una clase de cocina para adultos que están aprendiendo inglés. Buscamos hablantes de inglés competentes que quieran ofrec-

Se pueden dejar sus electrónicos para el reciclaje gratis el sábado, 7 de abril, en 4633 Arundel Place, desde las 7 a.m. hasta la 1 p.m. Empleados del Departamento de Obras Públicas de la Ciudad estarán ahí para responder a sus preguntas. Llamen al (301) 985-5000 para aprender más. Empleados de Yuck Old Paint estarán ahí, también. Reciclan pintura expirada en su contenedor original por $5 por contenedor. ¿Preguntas? Llame (888) 509-YUCK (9825).

Campeones de Hyattsville

Los Árboles Campeones son los más antiguos y más grandes de su tipo dentro de un área determinada. Se evalúan según su altura, tamaño de corona y circunferencia del tronco. ¿Han visto un Campeón aquí en la Ciudad? ¡Hágannos saber! No necesitan ni siquiera ser el propietario de la tierra en la que se encuentra su árbol nominado. Así que díganos dónde están sus Campeones de Hyattsville por completar el formulario en línea en antes del 13 de abril. El Arborista de la Ciudad vendrá y evaluará todos los árboles nominados, y luego premiaremos a los nuevos Campeones de Hyattsville durante nuestra Celebración del Día del Árbol el 28 de abril.

Consultas Legales GRATIS Para Mayores

El 1 de mayo, mayores se pueden reunir con un abogado para hablar de directivas avanzadas y contratos de mandato para la salud. Este servicio va a estar proveído por medio de un esfuerzo junto de Hyattsville Aging in Place, Helping Hands in University Park, Maryland State Bar, el Condado de Prince George y la Ciudad de Hyattsville. Citas individuales y gratis de medio hora estarán disponibles desde las 10 a.m. hasta las 2 p.m. el 1 de mayo en el Edificio Municipal, 4310 Calle Gallatin. Habrá servicios de traducción e interpretación para ellos que no hablen inglés. Espacio está limitado y se requiere reservaciones. Para hacer su reservación, por favor llamen al (301) 887-3101.

2018 Mercado Agrícola y Serie Summer Jam

El Mercado Agrícola de Hyattsvile va a volver pronto en coordinación con el serie de Summer Jam.Y ESTAMOS BUSCNDO VENDEDORES: Está bienvenido cualquier agricultor local o del sur de Maryland que produzca frutas, verduras y proteínas deliciosas, además de productores y artesanos. Más información, Ellarose Preston,, www.hyatts-

Camp Magruder de Verano

¡Nos encantaría si sus niños entre 5 y 10 años se unieran a nosotros en Camp Magruder este verano! 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! Summer Camp Magruder: 18 de junio –24 de agosto Cinco sesiones de dos semanas c/u Cada sesión sale $250 para residentes de Hyattsville, cada sesión sale $300 para no residentes

¡Entrenamiento de Entrenadores!

Jóvenes de 13 – 17 de edad que están interesados en trabajar con niños y en desarrollar sus capacidades de liderazgo están invitados a participar en el primer programa de Camp Magruder para el entrenamiento de entrenadores y consejeros de campamento. Habrá dos sesiones de entrenamiento este verano –el 9 de julio hasta el 27 de julio y el 6 de agosto hasta el 24 de agosto. Participación puede satisfacer por lo menos 75 horas del requisito de aprendizaje-servicio del estado de Maryland. Aun mejor, ¡esta es una gran manera de ser competitiva para una posición de empleo en Camp Magruder! El programa sale $75 después de ser seleccionado por un proceso de solicitación y entrevista. Se aceptará solicitaciones hasta el 18 de mayo. Más información: www.hyattsville. org/CCIT.

Fiesta del Aniversario de Hyattsville

La Carnaval celebrando el Aniversario de la Ciudad tendrá lugar en Parque Magruder pronto! Jueves, 12 de Abril (Carnaval): 5 – 9 p.m. Viernes, 13 de Abril (Carnaval): 5 – 10 p.m. Sábado, 14 de Abril (Desfile): 11 a.m. Sábado, 14 de Abril (Carnaval): Mediodía – 10 p.m. Sábado, 14 de Abril (Concierto & Fireworks): 6:30 p.m. Domingo, 15 de Abril (Carnaval): Mediodía – 5 p.m. Más detalles están en www.hyattsville. org/anniversary. Por favor tenga en cuenta que restricciones especiales del aparcamiento serán en efecto durante el desfile por la ruta desde Hyattsville Middle School por la Avenida 42 (desde la Calle Oliver), Calle Jefferson y Calle Hamilton (desde Calle Gallatin y 40th hasta 37th Place) hasta que llegue a Parque Magruder.

Red de Mentores

La Ciudad quiere trabajar con la comunidad para crear un programa de mentores para jóvenes en Hyattsville. Si quieren ayudarnos reclutar voluntarios o hacer una donación, por favor contacten a Sydney Cross, Coordinador Bilingüe para mentores, al (240) 825-5126 o a scross@ Recuerden: ¡La donación de bienes y servicios tiene tanto valor como donaciones de dinero!

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March 17

Mad Hatter Tea Party & Easter Bunny. Enjoy crafts, treats and visit the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Center Court at the Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy. Take Laughter with You. Second Annual Clowns Without Borders Benefit. $20. 6 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier.

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Thursday Night Open Mic. A vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, and musicians. Hosted by E-Baby. Tickets are $5; purchase in advance at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave. RSVP to

March 24

Annual Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser. Landscaping and garden supplies; gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; live bands and local food. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston. Her Story Art Installation. In-

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Film Series. Hyattsville Library will screen the documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble (2017).” Discussion to follow screening. 7 to 9 p.m. University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd.

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Clockwise from top: María Veroníca San Martín presented her work “Moving Memorials” at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair; Colette Fu, a speaker and exhibitor at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, has built the largest pop-up book (measuring a little under 14 by 21 by 5 feet), Tao Hua Yuan Ji, that people can actually enter into; Colette Fu designs intricate pop-up books made from photographs documenting the lives of Chinese minority groups. DESIGN MAGAZINE, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF CHILE; COLETTE FU; LAURENCE KESTERSON, COURTESY OF PYRAMID ATLANTIC ART CENTER
















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COURTESY OF ED KING DeMatha basketball players celebrate the programʼs 40th conference championship. The Stags have won more titles than all their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rivals combined.


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Maryland Private Schools Championship and WCAC trophies. A season that opened with nine straight victories closed with 10 in a row. Seven-foot sophomore Hunter Dickinson won his second consecutive event Most Valuable Player award in the ACIT final after accounting for a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Moore added 16 points, while Earl Timberlake

had 13 points, 10 boards and seven assists. The trio make up the nucleus of The Washington Post’s No. 1 team. All five starters are expected to return next year. Jones calls his squad “young, experienced and versatile.” The private schools tournament is the youngest of the three DeMatha won. In 2014, it replaced the D.C. City Title Game, which the Stags corralled 22 times. Dickinson totaled a career-high 31 points and 21 rebounds in the championship game and was named MVP.



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Moore, a 6-foot-4 guard, scored a personal-best 34 points in the WCAC semifinals against O’Connell. Dickinson had 12 points and nine boards in the WCAC championship game. His late steal helped seal DeMatha’s 54-53 victory over Gonzaga for its 40th Catholic league title. The pair were named firstteam All-WCAC. Jones said his players were able to withstand the burden of trying to win the Stags’ first WCAC crown since 2011. “They really embraced that and wanted to be the team that got us off the hiatus,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of them. I know how much they worked for this.” Winning the WCAC is a major accomplishment. Many consider it the best basketball conference in the country. “One good thing about playing in the WCAC,” senior Justin Gielen said, “is that you get to play against very good teams in a bigtime atmosphere.” The setting was certainly big-time when DeMatha beat Gonzaga, which earned three postseason tournaments championships last season. Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at American University’s Bender Arena, the Stags and Eagles combined for just nine turnovers. Timberlake led DeMatha with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Dickinson had 12 points and nine boards. Moore tallied 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Timberlake scored seven of the Stags’ final eight points. Down five with 4:10 to play, he ignited DeMatha’s late rally with a 3-point play. Moore then hit 1 of 2 free throws to pull the Stags’ within 51-50. After DeMatha’s Josh Wallace collected a defensive rebound, Timberlake nailed a contested 3-pointer over a defender. Jones immediately called a 30-second timeout with the Stags up, 53-51. It was their first lead since late in the third quarter. Wallace missed a layup with about 1:25 to go, leading to a 2-on-1 runout that Myles Dread punctuated with an assist to a driving Josh Watts. Gonzaga did not score again. “We locked in and made sure they didn’t get any open looks,” Moore said.

“They really embraced that and wanted to be the team that got us off the hiatus. I’m extremely proud of them. I know how much they worked for this.” “Great team defense.” Timberlake made 1 of 2 from the charity stripe for his club’s final point. He subsequently grabbed a Dread miss, was fouled and missed the front end of a 1-and-1. When asked if his nerves got to him as he went to the line in the fourth period, Timberlake at first played it off. He then fessed up. “I was a little nervous,” he admitted. Fortunately, his errant shots didn’t cost his team the title. “Earl makes the game-winning free throw after hitting the 3 that [took] us from being down to being up,” Jones said. “He made huge plays for us.” The Eagles called timeout with 21.8 seconds remaining to set up the potential game-winning basket. They never got it off. Dickinson salted the victory with a steal beyond the free-throw line. He was fouled but also missed the first of a 1-and-1. The game clock showed no time remaining. The officials conferred and put 1.8 seconds back on. It’s a good thing for DeMatha the clock originally ran out. Otherwise, the Stags could have been assessed a technical foul for players leaving the bench area. The Eagles’ final, desperation shot from beyond half court bounced off the backboard. Moore grabbed the ball and tossed it high in the air. DeMatha was once again WCAC champions. “I watched [the last shot] and just prayed to God it didn’t go in,” Moore said. The 2017 Stags lost in the WCAC semifinals and the first round of the ACIT. Moore, who missed the majority of his sophomore season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, said winning his first WCAC title was “definitely” the biggest thrill of his basketball career. Jones was particularly happy that his four seniors finally got the opportunity to experience a WCAC championship. It was his first in seven years and seventh overall. “It’s been so long since we won one,” he said, “it feels like the first one.” Chris McManes (mick-maynz) covers DeMatha basketball for the Hyattsville Life & Times.

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tion at any time by the city. The city will always attempt to seek alternatives before cancelling a public reservation, including relocating the event or finding a suitable alternate date. Room reservations may be made up to four months in advance. REQUESTS FOR STREET CLOSURES Last year, the city received 18 requests for block party street closures, which was an increase from nine requests in 2016. This increase led the city to update the related policy. “The street closure policy was updated last summer ( July 2017), in part because the city was receiving requests for nonblock-party street closures, which were not specifically addressed in the previous policy,” said Rollow. According to Rollow, most of the nonblock-party street closure events in the last few years were co-sponsored by the city and did not require permits. “Events that are not city partnerships would apply through these policies and, after staff review, could be granted a street closure permit, granted a permit with fees changed for city services (for example, continuous police presence), or denied a permit,” he wrote. The policy states its purpose is “to encourage and support neighborhood and community events by clarifying the pro-

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cess for requesting special events requiring street closures.” The policy defines events that will be considered for street closures, including neighborhood block parties and parades and processions. Not all streets in the city can be blocked off, though, including arteries used for emergency access. Other streets are under the jurisdiction of the State Highway Administration or the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, or may be privately owned, and the city does not have the authority to close these streets. Special events not requiring a permit include public events hosted by the City of Hyattsville, events that are part of city contracts and funeral processions conducted by a licensed mortuary. The approval process for street closures is twofold. According to the policy, if a special-event street closure would impact home access, the application must be accompanied by a petition showing approval by residents on the block. (A neighborhood block party requires 51 percent approval; special events, parade/ procession require 75 percent approval.) The chief of police and a designee review all applications. Requests for street closure should be submitted as far in advance as possible. For more information on these policies or to make a reservation, contact the Hyattsville Administrative Office city clerk, 4310 Gallatin Street, Third floor, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 301.985.5000.



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an entire history of our region on up to Baltimore. Marcavitch’s book brings this story to life. Hyattsville has a rich architectural history. Take the Pyramid Atlantic building where the Maryland Milestones office resides. First a church, then a theater, then a bowling alley and pool hall before the city stabilized it and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center began its reconstruction in 2015, the building — in its structure and reclaimed appearance — tells a story of the city’s history. Marcavitch also aims to preserve the history of a city in the midst of a major revitalization. He hopes to help citizens understand through the history of Route 1, for example, that traffic is not all bad. “Traffic is a sign of something good. It means there are people who want to be here,” he said. “The funny thing is we’ve got all these new town homes filled with people who don’t know their homes were built on an old car dealership. They may think the Lustine Building is interesting, but they don’t know why. This is an automobile-centric neighborhood, in its history.” Marcavitch cites Chester Liebs, author of Main Street to Miracle Mile, and his description of “miracle miles” as roads that serve cities the way major arteries serve a heart. The history of Hyattsville, as explained in Marcavitch’s book, can be seen as the remnants of the miracle mile between the hearts of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

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the community? His general interest in architecture blossomed into a passion for the history of roadside communities. Marcavitch grew up in Western Pennsylvania, an area of the country where the coal industry and transport of steel left its imprint on communities and the land. He wondered how the interplay of residence and travel looked elsewhere. Working for Maryland Milestones, an ATHA Inc. program that strives to connect Maryland citizens to their history, has been a good fit for Marcavitch. The program has been educating Marylanders since 2012 through literature distribution, public signage, cultural enrichment programs and more. Part of its focus is to raise awareness of how transportation has impacted the communities and geographies of the area. An example of such efforts is Maryland Milestones’ collaboration with the College Park Aviation Museum to develop programs celebrating the 100th anniversary of airmail in our region, beginning this August. Marcavitch’s most recent endeavor is sure to interest any citizen of Hyattsville who has wondered about the traffic patterns and commerce in the Arts District. Marcavitch explained that, in his role as civic educator, he has found that people are uninformed about the history of Route 1 in Hyattsville and its effect on Hyattsville’s downtown. It is Marcavitch’s hope that this book will answer the questions his office receives most frequently, about parking, traffic flow and Hyattsville’s downtown area. In order to better share the history of the city and other communities in the Route

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES This 1939 photo shows Route 1 looking north. Author and Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. Executive Director Aaron Marcavitch describes the scene this way: “On the left is the Woolworth building where [Pressing Towards the Mark Evangelistic Ministry] is. The Federal Diner building also still exists — though now painted bright pink. The Verizon building is the most surprising, as it only shows four levels — instead of the much taller building today. The current building still retains that peaked pediment, but the building is a few stories taller. Significant to me is the amount of on-street parking and gas stations.”

1 Corridor, Marcavitch has researched how Route 1, the former major transit road between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., has shaped the adjacent communities. Marcavitch said he wants people to understand that “Route 1 has always been a pass-through road. It’s been a highway. From its earliest construction as a turnpike, to its being forgotten next to the railroad development of the 1830s, to its being rediscovered at the turn of the century,” he said. In his book, Marcavitch tells the stories of the different forces who fought for control of Route 1 during such important transitions.

Pictures he found at the National Archives were the best sources of information for Images of America: US Route 1 Baltimore to Washington, DC, Marcavitch said. “There is a collection of photographs taken by the Bureau of Public Roads (later named the Department of Transportation). They would bring photographers. They might be working on any one of a number of projects, but the result is a massive collection of images from 1915 on, showing the entire history of the region.” As Route 1 was the only way out of Washington, D.C., for years, Marcavitch explained, these photographs document




ATHA Inc. will have a sneak-peek book talk on March 18 at the Berwyn Heights Town Center. For more information on the book or Maryland Milestones, visit its founding company’s website,

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MissFloribunda Dear Miss Floribunda, I appreciate finding potted primroses at the Hyattsville Horticultural Society seed sale every year for a reasonable price, and always buy a few to beguile myself during the last grey days of winter. Primroses have special significance for me because much of my childhood was spent in the British Isles, where they are wildflowers and as much a harbinger of spring as the cuckoo. Actually, reverence for them goes back to the druids, and they often pop up in English history and poetry. Queen Victoria and her prime minister Disraeli exchanged bouquets of these blossoms. Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats are among the many poets who celebrated them. Jill Barklem illustrated her Brambly Hedge books about Primrose Woodmouse with them, and in my opinion the Primrose Fairy is the most delightful of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies. I do have a question about them. Might they survive if I plant them outside? They have never rebloomed inside and eventually droop and die in their pots. Various neighbors have advised me to stop coddling them and to just enjoy them as indoor plants for as long as I can. You seem to know quite a bit about the Hyattsville microclimate, so I am counting on you to tell me what’s possible or impossible. I do so long to see primroses next spring in my own garden. Potty About Primroses on Oglethorpe Street Dear Potty About Primroses, Thank you for sharing this fascinating information about the primrose (Primula vulgaris). I have had what I euphemistically call “qualified success” with them in my garden, the few surviving ones hardly visible under shrub roses that have grown over them. Aunt Sioux, however, has had great success with primroses, and they even multiply under her care. I had been meaning for some time to ask her for her secrets, and, inspired by your letter, I consulted her. She has always been my go-to person for native wildflowers, but her interest and expertise go beyond our borders to the native plants of other countries. As you mention, the primrose grows naturally without cultivation in Great Britain — and, indeed, in all of Western Europe. In fact, on my visits to my sister Polyantha and her family in Normandy, I have admired carpets of them beneath the trees in apple orchards. When I mentioned seeing primroses in orchards to Aunt Sioux, she smiled archly and asked me to recall

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ing dry spells, even though their seasonal disappearance keeps her from knowing exactly where to water. Nor does she plant seeds of any other plant in that area, knowing primroses’ aversion to unchosen companions. Of course, in their native woodland habitat there must be some undergrowth, but certainly nothing like our wiregrass. You would do well to reserve a spot devoted to only your primroses, or place them near trees and shrubs whose root systems would be deeper and not likely to compete. The Japanese primrose (Primula japonica) is easier to grow because it can tolerate poor drainage, and our own native evening primrose (Oenothera) tolerates full sun, poor soil and competition, but neither has the same romantic associations for you. The Japanese primrose is long-stemmed and comes only in shades of purple and pink, omitting red or the distinctive shade of yellow traditionally associated with primroses. The simple flowers of our native evening primrose are usually a vivid yellow, which makes them look like the primula you love, despite being only distantly related. But these flowers don’t nestle in tidy little rosettes of green leaves in early spring. Instead, they borne in mid-summer on tall, rather rangy stems with spiky leaves. If you would like to acquire more of your favorite primroses, the Hyattsville Horticultural Society will be offering them — along with seeds for heat-resistant varieties of vegetables, gardening books, vases and gardening implements — at the Community Forklift Garden Party on Saturday, March 24. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please look for our table among those of other tempting vendors and introduce yourself.

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March 2018 Hyattsville Life & Times  

DeMatha wins three postseason basketball tournaments; City Councilmembers propose projects for FY2019 budget; Images of America: US Rte. 1 f...

March 2018 Hyattsville Life & Times  

DeMatha wins three postseason basketball tournaments; City Councilmembers propose projects for FY2019 budget; Images of America: US Rte. 1 f...