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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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).#chroniclethemoment 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! NOTE: By contributing these pandemic stories, photos, et cetera, Greenbelters are making an unconditional donation of the material to the nonprofit Greenbelt Online.org and the Greenbelt Museum/City of Greenbelt, which reserve the right to keep, lend, or otherwise dispose of the donated material, and may ...
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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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