Recycling Food Scraps and Composting in Greenbelt

by Hally Ahearn, Beth LeaMond and Susan Harris   The City of Greenbelt currently supports several opportunities for residents to recycle organic matter, to keep food scraps from creating methane at the landfill. You can participate in returning food scraps to the earth to nurture new plants and flowers by participating in one or more of the ways listed here. Why ...
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Countdown to the Inauguration on Greenbelt’s Sidewalk

Screen shot dated January 5, 2021 I was looking for some way to follow the countdown to the Inauguration, and found this one that will count down anything but was handily preset for January 20. I saved it to my phone’s home screen. But then I saw the latest drawing by Greenbelt’s best known sidewalk artist, whose works I’ve been ...
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Virtual Reception for Artist Paul Downs

Chrissy Wilkin, art teacher and art coordinator for the New Deal Cafe, held the cafe’s first-ever completely virtual art reception – for Paul Downs’s “Bridges,” now on display in the Cafe’s windows. In the announcement, Chrissy wrote: In celebration of 20 years of Stick Art at the New Deal Café, Paul Downs presents his latest show, “Bridges,” the first ever ...
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Visiting North Beach in Covid Times – the Video

Travel times recorded by Google Maps on Saturday 12/19 at 11 am. Since summer, I’ve taken a few day-trips to North Beach, Maryland, just an hour away but boy, what a change of scene. The water, small lapping waves, seagulls, and a sparse number of other humans. A safe respite. Like Chris Cherry, the pandemic has steered me toward video-making ...
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Would the Proposed Baltimore-Washington Maglev Increase Greenhouse Gas Emission?

By Guest post by Owen Kelley (This article was originally posted to the Prince George’s County Issues Forum on the Sierra Club website.) The Sierra Club is devoted to fighting climate change, and it does not take kindly to companies greenwashing projects that would actually increase greenhouse gas emission. For this reason, Sierra Club members should take a close look at ...
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Touching Holiday Video from Greenbelt Recreation

These are the faces of many of our Greenbelt city staffers and nonprofit service providers, seen lighting candles in the window of their facility and waving to the camera for a special holiday video. The YouTube text explains that it serves to “assure the community that all Greenbelt institutions and facilities are keeping watch through the pandemic and looking forward ...
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How the Greenbelt Arts Center Carries On During the Pandemic

The pandemic hit Greenbelt Arts Center like it hit indoor entertainment venues across the state and most of the country – like a ton of bricks. Like a destroyer of all plans, including most of its ambitious and impressive 2020-2021 season of 12 shows between August 2020 and July 2021. But they’ve found a way to thrive despite everything. According ...
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Four Greenbelt Bloggers Worth Checking Out

An age-old custom in the blogosphere (as old as things can be in that world) is to link to other relevant bloggers in a blogroll, like this one on the Blog page of GreenbeltOnline listing all known Greenbelt bloggers. (So if you know of any blogs by a Greenbelt resident, let me know in a comment here and it’ll be ...
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Thanksgiving Greeting

The weather’s so mild today, Greenbelters can eat outdoors! Something to be thankful for right there. Honestly, I started a Thanksgiving post about all the things I’m grateful for in Greenbelt that we’ve gone without this terrible year. Live music at the New Deal, live music in Roosevelt Center, movies at the OGT, live theater at the GAC, and eating ...
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News for Local Cyclists – Proteus and Bike Trails!

With the great cycling weather we’ve been having, I stopped by my bike shop of choice – Greenbelt-owned Proteus Bicycles in College Park – and discovered something new – their Proteus Brews coffee shop is now open, and Proteus has expanded winter hours. There will be indoor seating after the pandemic but in the meantime, the outdoor tables are under ...
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Halloween in Old Greenbelt, 2020-Style

Due to the pandemic, Greenbelt had to forego its grand Labor Day Festival this year, and most of its Halloween festivities, too. No Kids Costume Parade and Judging. No Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Walk. But decorations and scary displays were as elaborate as ever! So we thank Greenbelt’s Halloween fanatics for all their work and creativity. I hope I’ve captured ...
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This Year All Greenbelters Vote at Eleanor Roosevelt High School

With so many regular voting places closed this year, it was nice that all of us voted at the same place on Election Day, or dropped off our ballots there in advance. The name Eleanor Roosevelt inspires so many of us. But look what’s missing – Steny Hoyer signs! I found just one on the premises, but there was a ...
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HOW TO VOTE! Plus Yard Signs and Sidewalk Art

If you haven’t voted yet, DO IT! Here’s how: EARLY VOTING CONTINUES THRU TOMORROW – MONDAY, NOV 2 FROM 7 AM TO 8 PM The closest location to Greenbelt is just 9 minutes away (on a Sunday) – DuVal High School 9880 Good Luck Road Lanham MD. Voters have been reporting short lines to Greenbelt Facebook groups. Early Voting Wait ...
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Last Virtual Garden Tour of the Year: Rachel Channon’s Collector’s Garden

The final video garden tour of the season walks the viewer through the plant-packed garden of a true plant geek – Rachel Channon. She knows ALL the Latin names of her plants. I’d admired Rachel’s garden for years. I’ve also admired the blues music of Ed Crowley (of Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes fame), and was thrilled when he agreed ...
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Shayna and Eddie’s Covid-Times Wedding

Who doesn’t love a wedding story – especially one suddenly upended by the COVID-19 shutdown? For this wedding story we follow a couple creatively doing a 180 in their wedding plans, pandemic be damned. Shayna Skolnik first met Eddie Gonzales at a scientific conference in San Francisco (he worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and she for her own company ...
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Musicians Donate to the New Deal Cafe Auction – Live Music 2020-Style

Photo by Dean Boyd The New Deal Caf‌é recently completed its fund-raising auction, with over 100 offerings and over $14,000 in income to help them weather this long national nightmare for restaurants, especially the ones featuring entertainment. Music at the New Deal attracts people from around the DMV and beyond and has won the Caf‌é many regional awards and accolades ...
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New Video: My Front-Yard Make-over…with Vines and Paint

Through the pandemic, I’ve been having a lot of fun making “virtual garden tours,” using a new film editing program that’s powerful yet intuitive enough for even ME – a drop-out from more programs than I care to list. There have been seven Virtual Summer Garden Tours so far and this next one –  of my very own front garden! ...
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Dee and Tim’s Covid-Times Wedding

Masks created by Dee’s “sister-from-another-mister” Kathy Mitchell of On The Shore Embroidery.  Next in our series of stories about Greenbelters adapting to the pandemic is an especially happy one – of how two Greenbelters tied the knot and celebrated with friends and family – covid-safely. Where there’s a will… Original Plan Dee Sweeney and Tim Saurwein’s plan was for a ...
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Great Covid-Safe Day Trips: Sandy Point and National Arboretum

Sandy Point is at the western end of the Bay Bridge. If, like me, you want to take advantage of our fabulous fall weather but are tired of the same old neighborhood – Greenbelt – here’s a couple of very easy get-aways that are also covid-safe. Sandy Point, Maryland The first trip I recommend is to Sandy Point, just 35 ...
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Award-Winning Live Music at the New Deal Cafe!

Congratulations to the New Deal Café on its THREE wins in the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2020!! The New Deal Café won: FIRST PLACE in “Best Place to Experience Local Music.” THIRD PLACE in “Best Music Venue.” THIRD PLACE in “Best Place to Have Dinner With Live Music.” As music and bar manager Amethyst Dwyer posted on Facebook, “Wooooo ...
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