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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How the Pandemic is Impacting the Greenbelt News Review

For our series of articles about how the pandemic has impacted Greenbelters, it’s time to check in with the Greenbelt News Review (GNR).#chroniclethemonent Size and Content of the Paper In the APRIL 9 issue,.the paper announced that due to the industry-wide downturn in advertising income during the pandemic, it would be downsizing issues from 12 or 16 pages to just 8, ...
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“Ode to Quarantine” by Katy Gaughan

Greenbelt’s favorite drumming facilitator Katy Gaughan performs her “Ode to Quarantine” for us. She’s multi-talented! ...
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Vigil for George Floyd in Roosevelt Center

Franklin Park resident Carla Johns calls herself a “behind-the-scenes person” who “doesn’t like being front and center.” So it was a challenge for her to step up and organize a candlelight vigil for George Floyd – but she did it and it was just what this community (and this attendee) needed. Carla began posting this notice on local Facebook groups ...
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Old Greenbelt Virtual Spring Garden Tour is Online!

Combining photos, videos and comments submitted by 18 Greenbelters with photos of 5 more gardens taken surreptitiously from the street, the new Virtual Spring Garden Tour is 23 gardens strong! Though virtual, many can be seen from the street or sidewalk, and several others are open for visits with the gardener by appointment. Thank you to the great gardeners of ...
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Welcome to New College Park Newspaper!

The launch of a new print newspaper in nearby College Park is counter to the tide of papers closing, and great news for local journalism. So congratulations to College Park, a city that’s had NO newspaper or news website for – well, I don’t know how long, but too long. The May 2020 issue of the College Park Here and ...
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How Greenbelt Co-op Has Responded to the Pandemic

GM Dan Gillotte It takes a shutdown for us to fully appreciate our local grocery store, and that goes double for Greenbelt’s own Co-op Grocery and Pharmacy – suddenly the most important business in the lives of so many Greenbelt residents, including yours truly. So I checked in with the new general manager (as of April 13) Dan Gillotte by ...
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One Realtor’s Pandemic Hurdles…and Relief in the Garden

Homes are still selling right now, but there are fewer to choose from, and only serious buyers are shopping. By Kim Kash, of Caprika Realty The real estate business slowed way down for several weeks during the pandemic shutdown, and as a Realtor I had a lot more free time on my hands. I’m using the past tense because just ...
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Coronavirus Lockdown Greenbelt Minute by Andy Z

From Greenbelt Access Television, a Greenbelt Minute about the 8th week of our pandemic shutdown. Thanks, Andy Z! ...
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Virtual Spring Garden Tour of Old Greenbelt – Coming Soon!

Back in February, the Old Greenbelt Gardening Boosters announced its formation and a roster of projects to help Greenbelters garden. Most are on hold indefinitely but one project – organizing an Old Greenbelt Garden Tour – has simply gone virtual! What are Old Greenbelt Virtual Garden Tours? The “tours” will of course be online, consisting of photos, videos and commentary ...
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Greenbelt Recreation/ARTS goes Virtual

Our next report on Greenbelters adapting to the pandemic zeroes in on the City of Greenbelt’s own Recreation/Arts Department, which on April 12 launched its Virtual Recreation Center, encouraging greenbelters to “find opportunities for all ages to explore, connect, learn, and play while we practice social distancing…We are in this together! #greenbeltrecreation.” Indeed we are! I asked Art Supervisor Nicole ...
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Getting my Affairs in Order – for the Cats!

It was in the first week of the pandemic shutdown that a friend threw me for a loop by asking, “Have you made arrangements for someone to take your cats if you die?” Uh, no. Hadn’t given it a moment’s thought. Sure, we can all be struck by lightening in our youth but at 71, it’s time to get real ...
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Greenbelt Museum and the Pandemic

Time to check in with the Greenbelt Museum to find out how they’re weathering the pandemic shutdown. They’re keeping surprisingly busy. #MuseumfromHome Director Megan Searing Young writes about the new #Museumfromhome blog posts: We had to temporarily close the doors of the Museum as of March 15 in order to conform to social distancing criteria, but we wanted a way ...
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Faces of Greenbelters during the Pandemic, and Contest Winners!

Contest Winners! To entice Greenbelters to share their pandemic/shutdown experiences, Greenbelt Online announced a contest, with two prizes of $50 credit at locally owned restaurants for one winner chosen at random and another winner we’re calling the “Editor’s Choice.” We received videos, poems, narratives, and lots of photos. Here are our favorites. The Greenbelt Museum has offered to be the ...
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Susan Taylor’s Pandemic Song “Zoom Nightmare”

Greenbelt resident Susan Taylor is plenty busy during the pandemic, at home working AND performing videos for the (virtual for 2020) New England Folk Festival. “The Pandemic Song: My Zoom Nightmare” is a parody song commenting on the physical distancing practices, supply chain shortages, working from home gaffes, and unexpected crushes on public figures experienced during the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
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Pandemic Poetry Moment

Empty Roosevelt Center and city playground. “Today I Didn’t…” by Julie Winters Finish my work and jump into the shower and put on my favorite purple blouse, the one with the scooped neck that I hope entices; I didn’t consider which earrings might match which bracelet; didn’t hot-roll my hair like it was still 1987, because lord knows my hair ...
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Katy Gaughan’s Drum Circles go Virtual

by Katy Gaughan Hi!  I’m Katy Gaughan and I am so grateful to be living in Old Greenbelt during the 2020 Pandemic. The small town feel helps with the isolation and the miles of walking paths helps with my wellness routine. I find that I’m happiest when I take 3 walks a day! But the best part of being in ...
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