Behind the Step Club Door

Ever wondered what goes on down the stairs from this sign across from the Co-op and behind Domino’s in Roosevelt Center?  The answer is: 33 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week. 2 Narcotics Anonymous meetings per week 3 Chemically Dependent Anonymous meetings per week One Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings per week 2 Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings per week Which poses ...
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Meet the Greenbelter who Bought Proteus Bicycles

Laurie Lemieux, a long-time Greenbelter and avid cyclist, recently bought Proteus Bicycles on Route 1 (with Proteus employee Ben Bassett) and you can meet Laurie and cycling husband Jeff tomorrow at the Farmers Market.  They’ll be conducting a bike clinic, giving out tips for beginners, maps of PG county trails, and instruction in changing flat tires and adjusting bikes to ...
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Angella Foster: Dancer, Teacher, Arts Administrator

alight dance theater director Angella Foster Aspiring artists of all types, listen up!  Everyone may be telling you to have a Plan B, your Plan B doesn’t have to mean giving up what you’re passionate about  – what we used to call “selling out” back in the ’60s.  If you’re a savvy artsy type (NOT an oxymoron) like Greenbelt’s Angella ...
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The case for moving your money, preferably to a credit union (Greenbelt’s?)

The Move your Money Project was started three years ago as a campaign to encourage Americans to get their money OUT of institutions that are too big to fail and into smaller, local institutions – and for lots of good reasons. started that aims to empower individuals and institutions to divest from the nation’s largest Wall Street banks and move ...
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Outdoor clothes-drying is alive and well!

Project Laundry List is a nonprofit promoting the outdoor laundry-drying and fighting the hundreds of (ridiculous) homeowner association rules that prohibit it.  Even in relatively with-it Columbia, MD!  I’ve spread the word in frequent blog stories on this national blog and elsewhere (I love their Top Ten Reasons to Line-Dry) and was pleased to find clothes lines are the dominant ...
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Front Garden Re-Do

Front (service-side) garden “before” As an avid gardener now making a living as a garden writer, I’ve gotta have a garden.  No question.  But the one I toiled in for the last 26 years was too much for this baby Boomer, so downsizing to a townhouse hits the spot.  Not an end unit, mind you – some of those lots ...
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Bathroom Renovation Before and After

Before I moved into a block home in Old Greenbelt (from Takoma Park) about six months ago and am finally ready to start showing off the renovations I’m doing. First up, the bathroom, which contained the original 1937 tub and medicine chest but a fairly new sink and vanity cabinet – which I hated. Plus some yucky-colored tile. So here’s ...
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