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Movie review: Free State of Jones

| June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie review: Free State of Jones

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Engraved in my childhood memories is a plate from a history book of John Steuart Curry’s mural “Tragic Prelude,” which depicted an outsized John Brown leading the 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry. A rifle in one hand and Bible in the other, the wild-eyed, […]

A Greenbelt Connection

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Greenbelt Connection

Recently I launched a new website that curates gardening videos, and I’ve been blogging about it on the team blog Garden Rant (celebrating 10 years this month!). So I wasn’t too surprised when the Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me about his gardening videos. Patrick lives with his family in New Haven, where a neighbor happens to be the long-time […]

Movie review: A Bigger Splash

| June 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie review: A Bigger Splash

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. A swimming pool is considered an “attractive nuisance” in tort law, a property feature so inherently enticing that courts hold pool owners strictly liable for injuries to trespassers such as children, who are incapable of weighing the risk against the attraction. The presence of […]

Sorrow and Pride in Greenbelt

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Sorrow and Pride in Greenbelt

Two days after the horrific events in Orlando the good people of Greenbelt held a vigil for the victims. The event was initiated by GreenBeLT Pride, and I know the community thanks them for it – I sure do. Lauren Cummings spoke movingly and read the names of all the victims as a candle was […]

Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

| May 30, 2016 | 4 Comments
Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

Does anyone have problems in their GHI yard, or solutions to suggest for others? Then leave a comment here or even better, come to this weeks’ Board of Directors meeting to comment on a task force being proposed to explore solutions in GHI yards. (The meeting is Thursday, June 2 at 7:30.) Below is the proposal […]

Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

| May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

Some Greenbelters don’t even know we have a National Park just across Greenbelt Road, with campsites, trails, and more. So for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring Greenbelt Park, starting with a Big Events Update. June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration […]

Movie Review: “Money Monster”

| May 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
Movie Review: “Money Monster”

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Washed-out newscaster Howard Beale’s howl of rage at “the system” thundered on screens in 1976 and reverberated throughout popular discourse. Even if you never saw the movie, you knew the phrase. You […]

Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

The term “Plant Swap” may not convey what actually happened yesterday outside the GHI offices – the popular event organized by GHI’s Woodlands Committee. Above wearing a baseball cap is Mary-Denise Smith, who organized the event with help from committee chair Kathy Jarva. The swap is always open to all Greenbelters, not just GHI members. […]

Movie Review: Miles Ahead

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Movie Review: Miles Ahead

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. In graduate school, I shared an apartment with a music student. We were both Michigan girls, but couldn’t be more different, even though people always said that we looked like sisters. More accurately, I was the preppy kid sister in a Fair Isle sweater, […]

Greenbelt one of “10 Towns that Changed America”

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt one of “10 Towns that Changed America”

Greenbelt was one of just “10 Towns that Changed America” in the PBS series “10 that Changed America.”  Here’s the 5.5-minute segment of the show about Greenbelt. Click here to see the other nine: St. Augustine, FL; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Riverside, IL; Pullman, IL; Levittown, NY; Southwest DC; Seaside, FL; and the Pearl District […]