Trump’s National Garden of Heroes in Greenbelt National Park?

We’re lucky to live so close to the hidden gem that is the Greenbelt National Park with its 1,200 acres of woods, trails and campsites. So close to DC and even a Metro station, it’s no wonder the park is popular with visitors to the area, domestic and international. DC residents sometimes camp there, too, enjoying an easy get-away in ...
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Keeping the Greenbelt Farmers Market Safe

By Gabriel Pietrorazio, Masters Degree Candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Every Sunday, vendors from all around Maryland venture to Roosevelt Center at 9 a.m. to set up their stands in the parking lot for the Greenbelt Farmers Market. But 2020 is an unprecedented season for the market – jugs full of hand sanitizer, face ...
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Tour Katrina’s Garden, Virtually

Today we’re showing off the last of 6 Virtual Summer Garden Tour videos created this year in lieu of in-person tours. For this one, gardener Katrina Boverman recorded a narration, provided the details below, and chose the opening and closing music. Karina selected music by Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes out of several clips offered by Greenbelt musicians. Ed Crowley, ...
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Golden Age Club Goes Virtual – on Zoom, Facebook and Internet

Photo by Rebekah Sutfin Sadly, the last in-person event of Greenbelt’s Golden Age Club was in early March. But it’s September now and the club is back with its regular Wednesday meeting schedule –  on Zoom this time, with plans through the end of the year. Events are open to all members, who receive the Zoom link via email. Nonmembers ...
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Virtual Tour of Sandra Lange’s Garden Oasis

Sandra Lange in her Greenbelt garden. Our next and almost last Virtual Summer Garden Tour is of a cool oasis created by the talented gardener Sandra Lange. Luckily for us, Sandra’s son David Barnes is a professional videographer and was available to work with her to create a PBS-quality tour, with Sandra providing the narration. It’s embedded below. But first, ...
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Lessons from Tony’s Troublemakers Over the Labor Day Weekend

By Gabriel Pietrorazio, Masters Degree Candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. On Sunday mornings, the Greenbelt’s Municipal parking lot usually is a bustling epicenter filled with customers, but not this weekend. The weekly Greenbelt Farmers Market had been cancelled because of the Labor Day holiday. Greenbelt’s famous Labor Day Festival had been cancelled, ...
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Economic Impact and Financial Viability of the Proposed Baltimore Washington Maglev

Guest post by Owen Kelley It is clear from emails flying around, Facebook posts, and items in the News Review that many Greenbelters are concerned about the impact on Greenbelt of the magnetically levitated (maglev) train that has been proposed between Baltimore and Washington. To explore the question of whether the maglev would bring economic benefits that would outweigh harm ...
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Nice Changes to Southway Entrance Garden

This year the median strip along Southway, Greenbelt’s historic entrance, has a new look, and it’s a lot more sustainable, too. Environmentally conscious gardeners salute the switch from mostly annuals (like New Guinea impatiens seen below a couple of years ago) to grasses and Black-eyed Susans! Also known as Rudbeckia, the popular perennial is drought-tolerant, long-blooming, cheerful as can be, ...
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Social Distance Amounts Illustrated, Revised

For months I’ve wondered how far apart I really am when I’m around people, so I solicited volunteer models to help me demonstrate distances in photos. Via the Greenbelters Facebook Group, John Zale and Hannah Ruth stepped up and joined me in the open area of 5 Ridge Road. We all instinctively felt that 6 feet is TOO CLOSE. Better ...
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Virtual Tour of Lesley Kash’s Garden

Our next Virtual Summer Garden Tour uses a very different technique to (try to) replicate the experience of touring a garden – which is the goal in this year without in-person tours. This video uses a music track instead of narration. For information about the garden, the gardener tells the story in text below the video on YouTube. Click here ...
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Where Greenbelters Exercise with Each Other Online

I know several Greenbelters who dearly miss not just their regular exercise class, but the fun and connection of doing it with friends. Or if not friends, at least the regular bunch they see every Tuesday or whatever. Seniors especially are the most isolated AND medically vulnerable, so have the greatest need for online fitness and socializing opportunities. (For example, ...
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Virtual Tour of Amethyst Dwyer’s Townhouse Garden

Our next video in lieu of in-person garden tours comes to us from a small townhouse in Old Greenbelt – a middle unit with no side yards, no less. Amethyst Amethyst Dwyer and Dorian Winterfeld bought their GHI unit 21 years ago, after living next door to it, admiring its gardens and interior renovations, and buying it as soon as ...
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Virtual Tour the Streetside Gardens of Lakeside Drive

The first video tour that we Old Greenbelt Gardening Boosters made with Greenbelt Access TV featured just one garden – that of Melissa Mackey. This time we’ve changed things up with a look at 10 gardens, all very visible to walkers and riders down Greenbelt’s Lakeside Drive. It’s my own favorite walking spot for daily exercise, despite the lack of ...
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Virtual Tour of Melissa Mackey’s Lush, Private Back Yard Garden

Phoebe McFarb, GATe Station Manager, seen in a film review. The Old Greenbelt Gardening Boosters, thwarted in our plans for in-person events this year (like everyone else), found a way to put on garden tours after all – three of them – virtually. For our Virtual Spring Garden Tour we solicited photos and used others that we took when they ...
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Self-Guided Woodland Plant Tours for 2020

Greenbelt Biota, a Facebook group of 397 members as of July 2020, calls itself Greenbelt’s Natural History Society. and indeed these folks KNOW the critters and plants of Greenbelt like nobody else. (They’re also one of the first to get listed here on the Directory of Greenbelts Organizations.) Their most popular events are the monthly nature walks through Greenbelt’s Forest ...
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Free Web Pages for Greenbelt Organizations!

Ad in this week’s Greenbelt News Review NEW! Greenbelt groups are invited to have their own web page created here at Greenbelt Online. Your page, like this one for the Golden Age Club, will then be shown in the Directory of Greenbelt Organizations. And your group doesn’t have to be officially “organized” – just a group of Greenbelters with a ...
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The Birds of Greenbelt

by Jamie Jorgensen Greenbelt Online invited Jamie, (co-founder of Greenbelt Biota) to list for readers the most common birds seen in Greenbelt, plus where and when they can be seen. To further aid beginning and intermediate birders he recommends these resources: the Merlin app for bird ID and Cornell’s eBird for creating lists of birds and exploring what other borders have ...
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McCarl’s Dental Group and the Pandemic

One of Greenbelt’s most essential businesses is certainly McCarl’s Dental Group, which I assumed has been severely impacted by Covid-19, like all dental practices. Sure enough, McCarl’s had to close for all but emergency and palliative care from March to June (almost 3 months). That’s how long it took for their two locations to make huge changes in order to ...
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New Deal Cafe Navigates the Pandemic

by Mark Cheater, Secretary and Newsletter Editor, New Deal Cafe After months of pandemic-related gloom, some rays of light are finally shining on the New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt’s popular cooperative restaurant, bar and arts venue. At the Cafe’s monthly meeting on June 22, plans were announced for a gradual re-opening for seated customers in July. Also, the board revealed that ...
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Modernist Architecture and Greenbelt History as Taught at UMD

I’m one of those retirees happily auditing courses at the University of Maryland – tuition-free. (Find out how here.) And in the spring of 2020 I was enrolled in the History of American Architecture course taught by Dr. Caroline Hickman,.a course that started on campus and switched to Zoom, like everything else. But this post isn’t about classes going virtual ...
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