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What’s Up with the Greenbelt Community Church

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
What’s Up with the Greenbelt Community Church

Next up in the blog series about Greenbelt’s “houses of worship” is the Greenbelt Community Church (GCC) in the heart of Old Greenbelt. History, and Lots of Greenbelt Connections The GCC, a member church of the United Church of Christ, was one of the first churches in the new town of Greenbelt, opening in 1951, […]

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Can you Go Car-less in Greenbelt?

| January 19, 2014 | 9 Comments
Can you Go Car-less in Greenbelt?

Some old friends have been following my move here and are interested in making the move (from Silver Spring), but wonder if they can manage living here with only one car or eventually no car.  Good question,  so I consulted several frequent users of public transportation, and thanks to Matt Johnson, Mary Denise Smith and […]

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Taproots Environmental Science at Greenbelt Middle School

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Taproots Environmental Science at Greenbelt Middle School

I’m happy to partner with the Greenbelt Community Foundation to publish reports from its many awesome grantees, in addition to continuing regular blog stories about the Foundation itself.  First up is this report from the Middle School’s environmental science program “Taproots”.  It’s photo-packed and fun!

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What’s up with the Greenbelt Patch?

| January 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
What’s up with the Greenbelt Patch?

Lately several Greenbelters have asked me “Is Greenbelt Patch still alive?” or variants thereof, so here’s what I know: the content is no longer local to Greenbelt, except for the weather, provided automatically with a widget.  Some of the post are about Maryland, but much of it is national and even international. From perusing the […]

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Elfa Help for Small Houses NOW Through Feb 11

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Elfa Help for Small Houses NOW Through Feb 11

Since downsizing to a GHI home I’ve had to get much better at storage, and increasingly I’m using adjustable metal shelving to help.  The particular brand I use is Elfa, available at The Container Store, and I love it.  It solves storage problems AND is infinitely adjustable – because you can return/exchange its parts any […]

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Let’s Rebuild Greenbelt Road as a “Complete Street”

| January 5, 2014 | 13 Comments
Let’s Rebuild Greenbelt Road as a “Complete Street”

Making Greenbelt Green Again, Starting with Greenbelt Road Over the last 50 years, the state of Maryland has widened our suburban local arterial roads to the point where they’re like mini-highways, complete with on-ramps and partial cloverleafs, speed ramps, double (and triple) turn lanes, with limited sidewalks and no bike lanes. This design is ugly, […]

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Those Crazy Polar Plungers!

| December 31, 2013 | 2 Comments
Those Crazy Polar Plungers!

Today, under clear skies and with temperatures in the high 30s, the third annual Polar Plunge was ON!  It started with Aquatics Coordinator Mitch Kallemyn giving the safety instructions, which I found interesting.  No jumping in the deep end because when you jump in cold water – and water temp today was 37 degrees – […]

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What’s up with Paint Branch Unitarians?

| December 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
What’s up with Paint Branch Unitarians?

So far, this blog has profiled St. George’s Episcopal, Mishkan Torah Synagogue and Greenbelt Bahai’s.  Next up?  The good folks at the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church  in nearby Beltsville.  I attended a recent service, and spoke with long-time member and Greenbelter Jeri Holloway to get a feel for the church and its members. The […]

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1000 Days of Greenbelt Nature – on Kickstarter

| December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
1000 Days of Greenbelt Nature – on Kickstarter

UPDATE:  The project got full funding through Kickstarter!  Harold Anderson’s Kickstarter campaign is down to the wire, with just 24 hours to go to meet its goal, so go there now and donate!  Just watching this video by Harold inspired me to support the project.  Give it a look. See, 1000 Days of Greenbelt Nature […]

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Winter Concert

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Winter Concert

I’d heard great things about ERHS’s music program, and their recent Winter Concert didn’t disappoint. The combined Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir, under the direction of  Michele Fowlin, sounded great, as you can hear for yourself. I learned that the school has (at least) three string orchestras, including the Roosevelt Strings above and Symphony Orchestra […]

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On the Future of the Greenbelt News Review

| December 11, 2013 | 1 Comment
On the Future of the Greenbelt News Review

Soon after I moved to Greenbelt I realized how important the venerable News Review is to life here, especially compared to the role played by the Takoma and Silver Spring Voice newspapers, for which I wrote when I lived in that area.  Like the GNR, the Voice was free, but just monthly, and it always […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Greenbelt Arts Center

| December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments
Behind the Scenes at the Greenbelt Arts Center

It was seeing the fabulous production of “Avenue Q” last month at the Greenbelt Arts Center that got me wondering – how do they get such a talented cast?  And that just led to more questions about the place so I gave general manager Betsy Marks Delaney a poke and she obliged me with a […]

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Exciting Future for the Greenbelt Theatre

| November 26, 2013 | 1 Comment
Exciting Future for the Greenbelt Theatre

The Impact of Reel to Reel I noticed a new fund-raiser in Old Greenbelt – to bring “reel-to-reel” to the Greenbelt Theatre.  As a cinema novice, I asked film historian Caitlin McGrath, president of the new Friends of Old Greenbelt Theatre group, to explain the technology and why I should care about it. The system […]

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Greenbelt’s Connection to Lawn-Pesticide Ban

| November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
Greenbelt’s Connection to Lawn-Pesticide Ban

Takoma Park made news last summer when it became the first town in the U.S. to ban lawn pesticides on not just public but also private property.   As a garden writer with a particular interest in lawns, I jumped on the story for the national blog GardenRant and shopped it around to newspaper reporters.  (One […]

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Eat Crepes for the Community Foundation! Also, “Like” on Facebook!

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eat Crepes for the Community Foundation!  Also, “Like” on Facebook!

You already love the hot crepes at Greenbelt Farmers Market, but now there’s another reason – even an excuse for dieters – to order a couple of them this Sunday.   Miguel of Crepes at the Market has pledged to donate 50% of the day’s proceeds to the Greenbelt Community Foundation. Which has me really […]

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What’s up with the Baha’i's?

| November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
What’s up with the Baha’i's?

Next up in the series of profiles of houses of worship are the Bahai’s of Greenbelt, whom we see every year at the Labor Day Festival and tabling at other events, but I bet very few residents know anything about the religion.  Though I’ve never practiced the religion myself, my former tenant/housemate of 6 years […]

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Congrats to Proteus Bikes – Third Best in the U.S.!

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Congrats to Proteus Bikes – Third Best in the U.S.!

The Active Times has named the 50 best bike shops in the whole U.S. of A. and our own Proteus is number 3!  Here’s the announcement in a recent Proteus e-newsletter: We were happy enough to be one of the 80 nominees for The Active Times’ 50 Best Bike Shops; however, to not only be […]

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Switching to a Greenbelt Dentist

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Switching to a Greenbelt Dentist

Since moving to the D.C. area in 1971 I’ve always gone downtown to the dentist – to the Dupont Circle or Farragut Square neighborhoods – even when I lived in the suburbs.  I never challenged the need for the schlep because the best professionals are in the city, right? But since moving to Greenbelt and […]

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Fall Color by Kevin Parker

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Fall Color by Kevin Parker

Photos taken November 2 by Greenbelter Kevin Parker. Thanks to Kevin for contributing his photos to Greenbelt Live.  Click here to see the rest of his Greenbelt fall foliage photo set.

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On Greenbelt Lake

| November 3, 2013 | 2 Comments
On Greenbelt Lake

Thanks to Bill Cornett for the wonderful video! Here’s Bill’s introductory text on Vimeo:  On a spectacular day in late October I attached a GoPro camera to the back of my kayak with a pole, and went on a paddle around Greenbelt Lake. Accompanied by some excellent music from danosongs.com and a descriptive voiceover, I […]

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