The State of News in Greenbelt, Prince George’s County and Maryland

UMD’s Conference on the “Local News Crisis” I recently attended a fascinating conference at the U.Maryland Merrill School of Journalism, along with Greenbelt News Review managing editor Anna Bedford-Dillow and dozens of other journalists from around the DMV. There was at least one Pulitzer winner in the audience of DMV-based journalists but I especially liked talking with the ones here ...

Study Records 70mph on Greenbelt Road Near NASA

UMD student volunteers Uchenna Ekwunife, Ethan Pham, Trinity Killip, Meseret Arnold, with their handheld speed radar. Not shown Miguel Rodriguez. Photo by Jeff Lemieux by Jeff Lemieux Student volunteers from UMD’s Information Studies program recently recorded speeds of 68 and 70 miles per hour during a 30-minute weekday radar study of Greenbelt Road near NASA. The recording site was the ...
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Eleanor Roosevelt’s Robotics Team Competes at World Championship

This April, 17 students from Greenbelt’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School traveled to Dallas, bringing 3 robots that they had designed and built. They traveled to the 2024 VEX robotics World Championship, which is billed as the largest robotics competition in the world. This year, 820 robots from 41 countries competed at this high-energy 3-day event. Each spring since 2007, the ...

Greenbelt and Greenbelters at the Corcoran School of Art!

Danielle at Greenbelt National Park watching community drumming with Katy Gaughan. Danielle Towers, a photojournalism major at George Washington University, first came to Greenbelt in 2022 to photograph our Labor Day Parade for an assignment, at the suggestion of the professor, who’d seen it herself. That’s when I met Danielle, as my friends and I were sitting along Crescent Road ...

Video: More “Pollinator Action” in My Greenbelt Garden

Bumblebees on a Seven-Son Tree. Like many Greenbelters, I’m alarmed by the decline of bees and other pollinators and want the plants in my tiny yard to help support them. So because the coleus I’d been growing in pots in my front garden attracted no wildlife at all, I asked garden blog readers (in this post) to suggest more pollinator-friendly ...

Greenbelt Declares Meat-Out Day – A Worthy Event!

First, Prince George’s County passed a “MeatOut Day” proclamation, urging residents to abstain from eating meat and consider the diverse alternatives available. The Council noted that “residents face a variety of chronic health conditions related to diet and the County Council is committed to improving the health of all of our residents.” We’re also encouraged to “consider the health, humane ...

Let’s Get the English Ivy Off Our Trees

English ivy growing in trees between the “Mother and Child” statue and the Granite Building in Roosevelt Center. Hey, Greenbelters! Now, before the leaves are out it’s pretty easy to spot English ivy growing in trees, where it can damage them. And a lesser-known harm is from the berries iti produces after it’s grown vertically and matures – berries that ...

The Patuxent Wildlife Refuge is a Great Place to Volunteer

From left, Barrie Hershkowitz, Greenbelters Steve and Janet Mirsky and Patty Green McCarty, and senior volunteer Dennis Hartnett.   I’ve posted my appreciation for the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge several times on this blog, including a First Visit in November, a Tram Ride in mid-March, and  the North Tract’s “Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day.” The 12,000+ acre refuge is just 15 ...

Catch the Works Now of these Outstanding Black Artists

Greenbelt is blessed with an abundance of events celebrating Black History Month – hope you’re partaking! I’ve particularly enjoyed the art shows. At the New Deal Cafe Top: Shaymar Higgs, curator of the show. Below: Lois Alexander-Lane speaking about her mother’s role in black fashion history, and artist Shanai Mushala. All month, the New Deal Cafe is filled with art ...

The reviews are in: the “No-Mow” campaign does more harm than good

At the time that Greenbelt first promoted “No-Mow April” in 2022, this garden writer, Master Gardener and lifelong gardener wrote “Beware No-Mow April” about its potential harm to turfgrass, citing U.Maryland lawn-care advice. Even if you’re anti-lawn, the most environmentally responsible kind of lawn is a thick, healthy one that prevents stormwater run-off and weeds while requiring no treatments of ...

Day Trips and Short, Fun Outings from Kim Keyes

Greenbelt writer Kim Keyes, we recently learned, doesn’t JUST write. She also makes videos, and has a new playlist called “The Baltimore and  Washington, D.C. Area that Tourists Rarely See” and it’s a great addition to our blog category “Day Trips.” We thank her for expanding our horizons and confirming that our area is incredibly rich in places to visit ...

Greenbelt’s Rep. Glenn Ivey is having a busy first term.

I was listening to the podcast “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” about the bipartisan-by-design Ethics Committee that’s able to do things like – in the news this week – investigate Matt Gaetz for possible sex-trafficking, lobbying violations and obstruction of justice. The committee has equal party representation, so neither is in the majority. Rep. Steny Hoyer, who represented Greenbelt for decades, ...

Greenbelt Community Conservation Landscape and Demonstration Project: You can do this in your yard, too.

By Catherine Plaisant (plaisant@umd.edu) All photos by Catherine unless indicated otherwise. With the planting of an interpretive sign at the end of December, the Greenbelt Community Conservation Landscape and Demonstration Project is reaching completion. The interpretative sign A team of neighbors living near 65 Ct. Ridge Road worked together – and with Greenbelt Homes Inc. (GHI) – to obtain a ...

Greenbelt Council Elections – the Need for Charter Reforms is Clearer than Ever

The following letter by Mark Cheater and me was published 1/18/24 in the Greenbelt News Review.  Here it includes a correction suggested by the editor. Title: “Charter Fixes Needed for Council Elections The tragic loss of Councilmember Ric Gordon has highlighted problems in Greenbelt’s charter that need to be fixed. These fixes would respond to legitimate complaints about the lack ...

Greenbelt Online’s 2023 Highlights and What’s New for 2024

Top traffic posts and pages of 2023. As one does at year-end (or a little late in my case), here’s a capsule look at what happened on Greenbelt Online during 2023, and changes coming in 2024. Top Traffic Pages The Top 10 traffic-getting pages on the site in 2023 were: Home, how to prune your our hedges, how to shop ...

FBI Update: “Downsides,” and Trump Now Opposes FBI Leaving DC

As promised, Greenbelt Online is following breaking news about the FBI headquarters projected relocation to the Greenbelt Metro Station, and adding links to news items to our chronological archive here. Most news stories since our first blog post about the Greenbelt announcement have repeated statements of opposition from Virginia office-holders, and mentioned that the FBI’s Inspector General is reviewing the ...

Maryland’s New FREE Daily Call Check for Residents 65+

Good news for me and my fellow Maryland seniors – if you need the safety of a daily check-in, there’s no need to pay monthly for an automated phone check-up service. Maryland now provides that service for free if you’re 65 or older. It’s the first state in the country to do that! How it works You’ll get an automated ...

5 More Stories you Missed while our Emails were Paused

Here’s the second and final batch of blog stories that our subscribers didn’t receive by email while our subscription service was “paused” mistakenly. (Here’s the first batch of five.) Five Posts that Our Subscribers Didn’t Receive “Wild Reels Film Festival Highlights Outdoor Recreation“ featured the outstanding new film festival in Greenbelt this year – the Wild Reels Film Festival – ...

What Greenbelters do for exercise and nature when it’s cooooold outside

Winters here in Greenbelt are pretty mild and getting milder, but last week, with freezing weather, I was reminded that I hate walking or biking (or doing anything) when the weather is that wintery. (While yes, appreciating that it could be so much worse. I spent my college years near Lake Erie, so I KNOW.) Swimming Indoors in Cold Weather ...

Great DC Outing for the Holidays – Trains and More at the US Botanic Garden

Euglossine orchid bee pollinating a vanilla orchid flower in the train exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden. If you’re looking for something fun (and educational) to do between now and New Year’s Day, the U.S. Botanic Garden gets my enthusiastic vote, especially since their beloved trains are running outdoors! (Thanks to covid, and now permanent.) It’s weather-permitting, of course, but ...