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November 2010 edition of Hyattsville Life & Times newspaper


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    A STREET pAvED WITh GREENDecatur Street in Edmonston is the greenest street on the East Coast, and maybe even the U.S. PAGE 3

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    AT ThE DRIvE-INPostcards from the Past talks about the days when drive-in movies and restaurants were popular in Hyattsville. PAGE 5

    by Krista Atteberry

    With less than one week on the job, Steve Yeskulsky, the citys new Rec-reation and the Arts Director, hit the ground running by helping out at the Hyatt sville Volunteer Fire Departments 5-mile run on Octo-ber 23. He was impressed with the more than 60 volunteers and the community spirit at the fi rst annual event, in which dozens of runners ages 10 to 75 competed.

    Before coming to Hyatt sville, Yeskulsky served as a program co-ordinator for six years with Floridas Sarasota County Government Parks and Recreation Department, where he did a thousand things . . . includ-ing mostly overseeing larger special events.

    Originally from San Diego, he graduated from San Diego State University with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in art history and cul-tural anthropology. During his time in San Diego, he was instrumental in organizing an art exhibition, Salon de San Diego, to help raise funds for an AIDS charity. Yeskulsky also enjoys writing for the Parks & Rec Business magazine and is a certifi ed Park and Recreation Professional and Playground Inspector.

    First on his agenda is gett ing accli-mated to the area and meeting more folks in the community. Also, once the city council approves the citys Parks Master Plan, which is expect-

    All work and all play

    by Paula Minaert

    In the not-too-distant future, the area around the Mall at Prince Georges and Northwestern High School could look very diff erent, because some major development projects are in the works there. Some of these projects are within the citys borders and some fall just outside. All will have an impact on life in Hyatt sville.

    1. Th e Landy Property Landy is owned by Marvin Blum-berg, a major developer in the Wash-ington region. He owns a 33.94-acre parcel of land located south of Northwestern High School and north of the mall. Most of this land is wooded and lies outside the city limits, except for a small portion at the northeast corner.

    Th e District Council which is the arbiter for development in Prince Georges County recently approved a Landy proposal for residential construction on part of that land: an apartment building of about 400 units that would be on the street line of Belcrest Road.

    Th e building would include the portion of land that is within the city. Th is has led to discussion on the city council of the city annex-ing the unincorporated portion so that the entire building would be in Hyatt sville, said council member Tim Hunt (Ward 3). His ward bor-ders the area of the proposed devel-opment and includes the portion within the city.

    Th is is Phase One of the project and

    Mall at Prince Georges area planning fornew, major development

    Where the wild things areby Fred Seitz

    Hyatt sville is frequently identifi ed as an arts community, but there is also a community of wildlife that lives both in our parks and backyards. Some residents have actively worked to encourage this by participating in the National Wildlife Federations Certifi ed Wildlife Habitat program.

    NWF started the program in 1973 to help wildlife and give people a way to connect with the natural world, ac-cording to David Mizejewski, a NWF wildlife biologist. Since then, 135,000 homes across the country have been certifi ed as wildlife habitats. Hyatt sville has 23 of them.

    fred seitzNicola Hains small pond is part of a certified habitat.

    SPOOKYFESTThe citys annual Halloween party drew about 200 people of all ages. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 10

    Local residents get their heirlooms evaluated at Hyattsvilles version of the Antiques Roadshow. PAGE 2

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  • worth what I paid for them, years ago, she told me. I was told the table was 1790 and the chairs about 1810.

    I had brought two tea sets to be ap-praised. My husbands great-grand-parents had brought one over from Ireland, with shamrocks painted on it. Th e other set came from my grand-parents house, and was pink and white with gold rims. Th e word Nippon was writt en on the bott om of each piece.

    As each person walked away from the table aft er consulting with Mr. Weschler, the others would come up and ask what the verdict was.

    My shells are a novelty, said Will Parkhurst. Not worth much. But I dont care.

    Doug Dudrow told the group, Th is is a pastel, American, from about 1910. Not worth too much.

    Will you sell it? Gloria Th omp-son asked him.

    No.If you have a break-in at your

    house, you know where to look, she told him. I love this picture.

    Debbie Franklin discovered that her table was a reproduction, made not in 1790 but in 1880. But it is worth what I paid for it.

    I was disappointed in what I learned about my two tea sets. Bobs family leg-end must have been mistaken, because the shamrock set was made in the 1920s even though the family came over before 1900. And the Japanese set, while it was made in the late 19thcentury, wouldnt fetch much, either.

    Its actually a dessert set, We-schler told me. See, these are berry dishes. But people dont entertain like they used to. And they dont want to hand wash anything.

    HPA president Kimberly Schmidt had brought in a framed map done in needlepoint. Well, its as cheap as I thought. But thats all right. My chil-drens great-grandmother made it as part of her exam to become a teacher in Canada. Th ats worth a lot to me.

    Shed also brought a silver and blue brooch, which she said she was happy to know she could wear without worry.

    Claudia Ferguson had to fi ght airport customs offi cials to keep the item she

    brought. She said that when she visited Cuba, her aunt gave her a bronze statue of a litt le girl standing on a chair, which had been in her family for generations.

    Customs said it was an antique and belonged to the government of Cuba, but I kept arguing with them.

    Th ey called in diff erent three people, but fi nally let me keep it.

    Stuart Eisenberg was pleased to fi nd out that his print wasnt worth very much. Its a page from a book that someone framed. But Ive been trying to get my brother to give me the mate to it, and hes always said no because he thought it was valuable. Now I can tell him its not.

    In total, 32 tickets had been sold. Weschler said that that was the best hed seen for a fi rst-time event. He also said that the items brought in ranged in value from $5 to $2,500. (Id missed that item somehow.)

    A fi nal comment came from Fred Hille, who came from St. Marys County. A good appraisal is about more than monetary value. Its also about tradition.

    Page 2 Hyattsville Life & Times | November 2010

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    executive editor Paula Minaert


    Managing editorSusie Currie


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    Writers & contributorsVictoria Hille

    Valerie RussellKimberly Schmidt

    Hugh Turley

    Board of directors Julia Duin - President

    Chris Currie - Vice PresidentJoseph Gigliotti - General Counsel

    Paula Minaert - SecretaryPeggy Dee

    Susie Currie - Ex O cioCirculation: Copies are distributed monthly by U.S. Mail to every address in Hyattsville. Additional copies are distrib-uted to libraries, selected businesses, community centers and churches in the city. Total circulation is 8,000.

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    by Paula Minaert

    Whats in your house? A Tiff any lamp? A Chippendale chair? An un-known Turner painting? Or did that teapot come from 1960s Indiana and not 18th-century China, as your grandmother said?

    Area residents searched through their homes in response to this question for the Hyatt sville Preser-vation Associations own Antiques Roadshow-type event on October 30 in the Municipal Buildings mul-tipurpose room. Th omas Weschler of Weschlers Auction & Appraisal Services brought his professional expertise to the occasion. Th e event, which raised money for HPA, lim-ited each person to two items and

    Jewels or junk? Residents get an answerprohibited antiquities, books, for-eign coins, s