Introducing Greenbelt Online to Greenbelt News Review Readers

Thanks to the Greenbelt News Review for printing the article below about Greenbelt Online in their June 17 issue. It’s titled: ”Introducing GreenbeltOnline.org.” (The other title I suggested was “Greenbelt Online is Ready your Eyeballs.”) Readers already familiar with Greenbelt Online may still learn something about Greenbelt’s history of community websites, and the growth of this one. Have you explored Greenbelt’s ...
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Roosevelt Center News: New Granite Building, and Cafe-Coop Collaboration Signed!

Current – the building’s main entrance in Roosevelt Center. New Granite Building Coming Soon Yesterday two events occurred with potentially huge and overwhelmingly positive impacts on Greenbelt, especially on Roosevelt Center.  First, David Frauenheim (of BeSmartHomes) posted these images on Facebook, with this exciting news of closing on the sale of old Professional Building the next day: Tomorrow is a ...
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Walking Greenbelt Lake with a City Park Ranger

A wonderful new event premiered last Saturday – a walking tour of Greenbelt Lake led by Greenbelt City Park Rangers. Attendees seemed unanimous in their praise of the event (especially our guides) and were glad to hear it’ll be repeated Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m. (Meet at the stage.) Our Ranger guides that day were Patrick Mullen, who told ...
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June 2021 Events in Greenbelt* – In-Person and Online

Greenbelt Online’s weekly round-ups of events in Greenbelt have been on hiatus since the Great Pandemic Shutdown of March 2020, but they’re coming back – starting with monthly round-ups like this first one.  We’ll return to weekly round-ups of Greenbelt events when Greenbelt opens fully with live music, theater, and more. IN-PERSON events – the ones we’ve missed for SO ...
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Video of Old Greenbelt Townhouse Garden, Spring 2021

I’ve been enjoying making videos lately, especially since the pandemic made in-person garden-touring impossible for a while. Mostly I’ve videoed other Greenbelt gardens but last fall I made this one of my own front garden’s make-over – I replaced an arborvitae hedge with flowering vines and replaced old grey siding with Wedgewood blue paint over a newly restored original block ...
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Contribute YOUR Greenbelt Cicada Photos and Videos!

Help us archive Greenbelt’s experience of the Brood X Cicadas by sending us your photos and videos to add to the collection. (Photos are best sent at 1,000 pixels width, mailed to editor@greenbeltonline.org.) Or tag Greenbelt Online when you post photos or videos on social media. What we particularly need more of are photos of cicadas with people, animals or ...
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A cartoon depicting the question: Is the maglev ridership forecast accurate?

The Federal Railroad Administration falls for an excessively high forecast of how many trips would be made on the maglev

Reference data suggest that the official ridership forecast is more than a factor of ten too high for the proposed Baltimore-Washington maglev A cartoon depicting the question: Is the maglev’s official ridership forecast accurate? With the maglev public-comment period drawing to a close, many residents in the area are rushing to submit their comments in time.  Greenbelt Online offers this ...
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Why I’m Optimistic about the New Deal Cafe

Last summer we reported on how the New Deal Cafe is weathering the pandemic., With life starting to resume here in Greenbelt, it’s time for an update. What We Miss Like so many Greenbelters and music-lovers across the DMV, I miss live music at the New Deal Cafe – award-winning live music. That’s what’s brought me to the Cafe two ...
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Signs of Greenbelt Coming Back to Life!

Greenbelters may be gearing up for their happiest spring ever – we’re SO damn happy to be able to gather outside again!! Still safely, of course. Drumming for Wellness What a spirit-booster it was to see community drumming in Roosevelt Circle again! A big thanks to Katy Gaughan’s Drumming for Wellness for making this Earth Day Drum Circle happen. It ...
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cartoon depiction of the cost and benefit of riding the proposed Baltimore-Washington maglev

Maglev riders would come from the wealthiest 2% of the Baltimore-Washington population

A simple calculation suggests that an individual would have to earn at least $363,000 a year for him or her to find the maglev ticket price worth the modest reduction in door-to-door travel time A cartoon depicting area residents reacting to the ticket price for the proposed Baltimore Washington maglev. Common sense tells us that few people would be willing ...
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Spring Garden Party Sunday April 25 – All Greenbelters are Invited!

(Originally published in the Greenbelt News Review.) Enjoy spring and fellow Greenbelters in the spacious and beautiful lakeside garden of Mary Lou Williamson from 10 to 4 on Sunday, April 25 (using our rain date, since Saturday’s forecast isn’t promising).The address is 38 Lakeside Drive. Covid precautions will be in place, of course. Guests are asked to wear masks whenever possible ...
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Weeding and mulching are satisfying, but I’m aiming to eliminate those chores with the right ground covers

The goal is super-low-maintenance I’m sure you all recognize this 21 by 11-foot island bed around the GHI sign at Ridge and Hamilton Roads. It’s very prominent and as of yesterday morning, half-full of weeds. And here it is after two hours weeding and mulching – by me, since I’ve adopted it. Is there anything as immediately satisfying as this ...
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cartoon of net emissions from operating maglev

Operating the maglev would increase greenhouse gas emissions, Federal Railroad Administration finds

According to the project’s draft environmental impact statement, operating the proposed Baltimore-Washington maglev would increase annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 200 million kilograms, contradicting the claims of maglev promoters A cartoon depicting how operating the proposed maglev would increase greenhouse gas emissions. Many Greenbelters are concerned that a magnetic-levitation train between Baltimore and Washington would not serve the ...
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Where Greenbelters are going for Live Music Outdoors (and More) in Spring 2021

Regular customers of the New Deal Cafe and fans of live music generally are SO eager to hear music in person again – not on  Zoom, thanks – that they’re willing to DRIVE to get to it. Which is what we have to do, since Greenbelt has been silent through the pandemic. Thankfully, some nearby towns have found ways to ...
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maglev vs. car choice icon

The Maglev would serve a small geographic area

Most maglev customers would start and end their trips near a maglev station, limiting the project’s utility to the region. The maglev’s draft environmental impact statement leaves it to the reader to piece this story together. How much time would riding the maglev really save you?  Enough that you’d pay the ticket price instead of driving directly to your destination? ...
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GATe Announces Best Greenbelt Community Videos!

Fun news! Greenbelt Access Television today announced the winners of its inaugural Rose Award for Best Greenbelt Community Videos (great idea!) and honestly, I’m thrilled! 1st Place – Walking the Maglev Path by Catherine Plaisant This video is not only very well done but it serves the important purpose of educating viewers about what we could lose if the proposed ...
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Covid-Safe Day Trips for Spring and Summer

In the last few days of delicious spring weather I’ve hit the road – to these day-trip destinations safe enough for me super-cautious senior like me. North Beach, Maryland About 45 minutes from Greenbelt, North Beach is my favorite for walking on the boardwalk and eating good Mexican food outdoors. Read and see lots more about it in my 2020 ...
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Greenbelt Blogger Busy with Other Blog – about Gardening

Loyal readers may have noticed a pause in new articles here on the Greenbelt Online Blog in the last few weeks (except for the latest in Owen Kelley’s brilliant research about the maglev) and I’m here to tell you why. My other blog, the team effort GardenRant.com that launched in 2006, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a new design, two ...
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Maglev would do little to reduce road congestion, says Federal Railroad Administration

The recently released d­raft environmental impact statement forecasts that a proposed maglev—a magnetic-levitation rail line—would have an insignificant impact on road congestion in the Baltimore-Washington region. The maglev’s ability to reduce car traffic in the region would be far smaller than one part in thirty, the ratio of red to black cars in this image. This information blows up one ...
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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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