Garden Make-Over at the GHI Office – Phase One

GHI members and visitors will remember this main entrance to the office on Hamilton Place, where old, overgrown Junipers encroached on the doorway and were then sheared back with electric tools. This is the view leaving the building’s other entrance, with lots of needle-browning and branch die-off caused by shearing – the type of pruning that’s fast but unfortunately, ultimately ...
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Solar Farms in Greenbelt?

by Jeff Lemieux Several years ago, I wrote about trying to transform some of Greenbelt’s empty parking lots into usable space. Here’s an idea: what about community *solar farms? I have four locations in mind so far:  1) the southmost (virtually unused) field at Northway fields, or at least the huge outfield section, 2) the far back parking lot at ...
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New Documentary about the Greenbelt News Review

If you love Greenbelt or are simply curious about it, you won’t want to miss Defending Utopia: The Greenbelt News Review at 80. That’s the new one-hour documentary about the paper – and Greenbelt itself – by Greenbelt documentarian Susan Gervasi, commissioned to celebrate the paper’s 80 years of continuous service to the town. The title comes from the libel suit against ...
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How to Elect Challengers to the City Council? Bullet Voting

Greenbelt has an unusual system for electing its city council and mayor, which I find curiously undemocratic. Council members all represent the entire city – they’re “at-large” – unlike in most cities where council members represent geographic wards or districts. There are some big problems with an at-large system. At-Large Voting Gives Incumbents a Nearly Insurmountable Advantage over Challengers This ...
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Fitness at the Greenbelt Fitness and Aquatic Center

This is an updated version of a 2014 overview here. The information here is current as of October 2017. I’m a huge fan of the city-owned Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, thanks to learning of its fitness facilities during a guided tour with Cheryl Conrad back in 2013. She recently helped me update this overview. Overall Review Before getting into the details, ...
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City Council Candidate Videos

Greenbelt videographer Andy Zmidzinski offered  candidates for Greenbelt City Council the chance to talk to voters in a short video, and all seven challenges and six incumbents took advantage of the opportunity. Thanks to them, and of course to Andy Z! CHALLENGERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER INCUMBENTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER NOW VOTE NOVEMBER 7 – OR EARLIER! ...
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Aquatics and Events at the GAFC

Aqua Zumba Party by Souzan Noaman, Administrative Assistant at GAFC The Greenbelt Aquatic & Fitness Center (GAFC) offers a large variety of classes for all ages (birth-60+) throughout the year. We operate 365 days/year continuously with complete shift staff. With the very competitive daily admission rates and membership fees, patrons have access to the entire facility including the use of the indoor ...
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Greenbelters Biking the Anacostia River Trail

Greenbelters are discovering and even commuting to work via the bike path from Bladensburg Waterfront Park into D.C. or farther south along the river, thanks to the section south of Bladensburg that opened in October of 2016. It’s the much-anticipated completion of the Anacostia River Tributary System of trails. And it’s beautiful! Info and maps Anacostia Trails map (pdf) by ...
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On Camping in Greenbelt: A Volunteer’s Experience

By Glynn Wilson GREENBELT, Md. – Like a modern day Henry David Thoreau, I moved out of a house in town into the woods three years ago. The best place I found to camp near the nation’s capital turned out to be Greenbelt Park. Three years later, on the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birthday, I end up back here as ...
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Corner Make-over and Greenbelt’s Black-Eyed Susans

Last fall I wrote about the jungle-to-garden make-over I’d just started at the corner of Westway and Ridge Roads. To refresh, here’s what it looked like. I passed it every day and let’s just say it didn’t help my mood. I jumped at the chance to do a make-over – with donated plants and months of weeding. A year later here’s the ...
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Greenbelt (Almost) Gets a Great New Bike Trail

by Jeff Lemieux Greenbelt is putting the finishing touches on a great new bike trail that connects Cherrywood Lane, a key bike route that goes past the Greenbelt Metro station, with Branchville Ave, which is the main access road to Lake Artemesia and an entry point to the extensive Anacostia tributary trail system. The new connector trail allows cyclists to ...
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Off the Beach at North Beach

Recently Greenbelter Christine Doran took her kids to North Beach for the day and reviewed it here on the blog. Much discussion followed in the Greenbelters Facebook group and I was prompted to go see the place for myself by commenter Brian Real, who told us he grew up there. He suggested that if access to the beach seems kind of ...
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Barbara Stevens Retrospective Art Show

Ray and Barbara Stevens Editor’s Note: The Barbara Stevens Retrospective Art Show is on view at the New Deal Cafe now through July 24. Speaking of the New Deal, Barbara created the History of the New Deal Cafe, an interactive website. Ray and Barbara have lived in Greenbelt for 27 years.  by Elizabeth Barber The last movement of many many musical ...
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Visiting the “Lost” Town of London

by Greenbelter Lauren R. Silberman, Deputy Director, Historic London Town and Gardens  I first visited Historic London Town and Gardens in 2006. To be honest, I’d never heard of it before but was intrigued that there was a place nearby that told the story of a “lost” colonial town. Not only that, but London Town also offered several acres of woodland ...
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Day Tripping to North Beach, MD

by Christine Doran I took my kids (aged 8 and 11) to the shore last Thursday. It’s been quite a few years since we tried one of the beaches within day-trip distance of Greenbelt, and I hadn’t been impressed by the oily, staining, orange sand at Sandy Point back then. However, local friends assured me that the other beaches had ...
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Composting and Zero Waste in Greenbelt

The latest Greenbelt Minute video from Andy Zmidzinski ...
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Day Tripping to Sandy Point

I’d seen the beach at Sandy Point State Park many times as I glanced quickly to the left while crossing the Bay Bridge on my way to the ocean, but had never seen this view – up close, looking back at the bridge – until recently. This is just 35 minutes from Greenbelt (off-rush). It cost me just $4 to ...
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New Deal Cafe News – June 2017

Greenbelt’s New Deal Cafe now has a monthly e-newsletter and I’m posting them here, too – because the Cafe is our Living Room and Night Spot. Selfishly, it’s very important in my life. So I teamed up with manager Heather Brooks to create e-newsletters and it’s been fun – the perfect volunteer gig for me. More jobs they need volunteers for ...
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Wildflowers and Pollinators at Buddy Attick Park

Greenbelters, have you noticed the serious blooming and buzzing action going on at Buddy Attack Park right now? It’s happening in the fabulous “Wildflower Area and Pollinator Garden, which is nicely sited between the open lawn and the woodland picnic area. It’s high-visibility, but protected by simple post-and-rope barrier and the signage. Thank you, City of Greenbelt!! But here’s my ...
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1st New Deal Cafe News and Alert

Click here and subscribe to receive these e-newsletters directly via Mailchimp. Greetings from Greenbelt’s New Deal Cafe To members and fans of the New Deal, welcome to your first e-newsletter! With new management and kitchen teams in place, we’re coming up for air and launching regular updates – because there’s LOTS going on. Alert! The Café Needs your Help NOW ...
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