College Park utilizes AARP program to become an age-friendly community – Streetcar Suburbs News

A work group composed of six members of the College Park Senior Advisory Committee aims to make the city more age friendly through the AARP Livable Communities program.

“Don’t let the AARP title fool you,” said Robert Thurston, the 61-year-old chair of the work group. “It’s not just for seniors. It’s to try to improve the community … for all.”

On Sept. 8, 2020, councilmembers passed a resolution in support of the city’s participation in the AARP Livable Communities program and authorized plans

County planning board approves new housing development – Streetcar Suburbs News

The Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved the development of The Hub, a mixed-use student housing project on the north side of Knox Road in College Park.

After approving the preliminary plan of developer Core Campus Manager, LLC (Core Spaces) on Oct. 8, the board approved the detailed site plan Oct. 15.

The plan will create a 0.72-acre parcel of land by combining six lots and razing two duplexes that were built in 1953.

The apartment building will have 161 dwelling units,

Dr. Fauci Addresses Prince George’s Vaccine Concerns

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On Monday, February 8, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined County Executive Angela Alsobrooks in a webinar discussing concerns surrounding Covid-19 vaccines.

“The light at the end of the tunnel is vaccines,” Fauci said. “The way you end this terrible scourge that we’ve experienced over the last greater than one year is to get everyone protec

Theater Expects to Reopen Once Staff Gets Vaccinated

Old Greenbelt Theatre remains closed out of concern for the safety of its staff and patrons despite County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ announcement March 11 that theaters may reopen at 50 percent of their maximum capacity.

“We will not reopen until our staff can be vaccinated,” said Caitlin McGrath, executive director of the theater.

The county health department just entered Phase 2 of vaccinating eligible residents and those who work in the county, which includes people 60 years or older, es

Fire Department Hosts First Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

The Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. hosted a two-day Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. Greenbelters took pictures with the Easter Bunny. Sparky the Fire Dog joined the photo event on Sunday.

Lisa Hegwood, the department’s special events and public outreach chair, said this first-time event was organized by the department and Ladies Auxiliary of the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department.

“We thought that it was really important for

Greenbelt Schools Are Open; Only Some Students Attend

As the public schools in Prince George’s County reopen, Greenbelt students and teachers are entering classrooms that are different from the ones they remember.

“It kind of feels like a ghost town,” said Patrick Gleason, an Eleanor Roosevelt High School English teacher, about returning to the school.

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Monica Goldson announced plans to reopen schools February 17. In the first phase of the timeline, which began April 8, famili

As millions quit jobs for new opportunities, ‘Great Resignation’ shows no signs of waning

WASHINGTON – From 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., Janika Bates was attending to her jam-packed schedule as a digital producer for Turner Sports, which included watching sports games into the early morning hours, editing game highlights and posting segments of the athletes’ press conference interviews online.

After leaving her job of three years in July, the 26-year-old Atlanta resident now spends her mornings meditating, journaling and reading before creating content for social media.

“… Everything that’s e

Supreme Court hears arguments on Texas abortion law Monday

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday over a Texas law that relies on private citizens to help enforce restrictions on most abortions.

Laws like the Texas Heartbeat Act go against the nearly 50-year-old precedent set by Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case in which the court ruled that a pregnant person has the right to procure an abortion.

With a more conservative court, pro-choice and pro-life activists are closely watching this case, as well as a challenge to a Missi

Abortion bans disproportionately impact marginalized communities, activists say

WASHINGTON – As reproductive rights are being restricted in nearly two dozen states, marginalized communities, including people of color and LGBTQ people, are being disproportionately impacted, according to activists.

A variety of abortion restrictions have been passed in 21 states, with others pending in state legislatures, according to data assembled by the Guttmacher Institute, a policy research center focused on abortion issues. Many of those laws are facing legal challenges.

One of those

A racist caricature ran on newspaper fronts for decades

Readers of The Commercial Dispatch and dozens of other Southern newspapers in the early 20th century were greeted often, sometimes daily, sometimes on the front page, with “Hambone’s Meditations,” a racist caricature of a stereotypical Black man reminiscent of minstrel show characters.

He had overdrawn lips, often smoked a pipe and spoke in non-standard English that was nearly undecipherable, such as “I RUTHER DAT OLE BULL-DAWG BITE ME DAN TER TEAH MAH BRITCHES ENDURIN’ DESE HAHD TIMES!” On mor