Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

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Greenbelt Welcome Packets

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July 12

New residents moving into Greenbelt receive welcome packets from their homeowner associations or apartments. These packets include a Welcome to Greenbelt handbook and various handouts from city departments and local organizations. The packets are put together by the city’s Public Information and Communications Coordinator Beverly Palau with the help of volunteers.

In the June 28 issue of the Greenbelt News Review, in the City Information section is this announcement: “Five hundred welcome packets will be assembled on July 12th at 6pm at the Greenbelt Municipal Building. Volunteers needed to help. If you would like to include your pamphlets, coupons, etc. in these packets, please bring them to the Greenbelt Municipal Building, 25 Crescent Road by July 9th.”

Judy Briskman goes through welcome packets from last year and recycles outdated handouts. Materials that are not time sensitive will be repackaged tonight.

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July 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Family Fit Night

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July 6

Family Fit Night is a quarterly youth program offered by Greenbelt’s Recreation Department. The description in the city’s Recreation Activity Guide reads: “GET ACTIVE! Join family and friends for a night of fitness activities that will get you moving. Hula Hoop Dance Challenges, hot shot drills, jump rope endurance, inflatable orb racing, and much more! Families with children ages 5-16 are welcome. Greenbelt, an official Let’s Move! City, created the Family Fit Night program in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. All participants are eligible to enter a raffle for Recreation Department prizes. Location: Springhill Lake Recreation Center Gym; Date: Friday, July 6, 2012; Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm.”

This display at the entrance to the gym lists various activities offered by the Department of Recreation, from seasonal celebrations to artful afternoons, visual and performing arts programs, and sports events. On the table the white sheets are for people who want to keep track of their scores in tonight’s 7 activities.

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Written by eric

July 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt July Fourth Celebration: Long Post

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July 4

On the Fourth of July, the place to be in Greenbelt is Greenbelt Lake. There residents from near and far gather for picnics and they are entertained by the Greenbelt Concert Band and the Greenbelt Drum Circle. When natural light goes out, fireworks light up the sky above the lake. This year, a special fireworks show has been planned to celebrate the city’s 75th anniversary.

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July 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt July Fourth Celebration: Short Post

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July 4

On July 4th, Independence Day, the center of activity in Greenbelt is at Greenbelt Lake. People from all parts of the city and surrounding communities come for an afternoon of picnics, a concert by the Greenbelt Concert Band, a participatory drum circle, and fireworks over the lake.

The Greenbelt Concert Band, directed by Thomas Cherrix, performs at the Greenbelt Lake bandstand.

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Written by eric

July 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt Day Naturalization Ceremony

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June 3

Each year the first weekend in June is celebrated in Greenbelt as Greenbelt Day Weekend. In June 1937, Maryland State Legislature approved Greenbelt’s city charter, establishing the first city manager/council form of government in Maryland. During Greenbelt Day Weekend, a host of events take place in the city, from youth triathlon to baseball all-star game, art activities, and concert by the Greenbelt Concert Band. For the past four years, a naturalization ceremony has also been held in the Greenbelt Community Center.

The sign on the Community Center door says that the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) will “begin processing candidates” at 12 noon and “administer the Oath of Allegiance to U.S. citizenship candidates” at 1 p.m.

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June 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt Pet Expo

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May 12

Greenbelt’s annual Pet Expo takes place in May both inside and outside the Community Center and features information tables, demonstrations, a rabies clinic, and a companion animal beauty contest.

Shawnne Spencer (right, D.V.M., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) and Rebecca Myers (left) of Beltsville Veterinary Hospital give a dog a rabies shot in front of the Greenbelt Community Center.

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May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Public Works Open House

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April 21

On Saturday, Greenbelt’s Department of Public Works hosted an open house at its facility on Crescent Road by Buddy Attick Park. Visitors toured the facility, climbed into tractors, saw exhibits by the department and local organizations, and enjoyed hot dogs and other refreshments.

An open house sign by Buddy Attick Park points to the Public Works facility.

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April 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Youth Musical Homeward Bound

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March 10

Each year in March, the Greenbelt Recreation Department presents a youth musical. Participants come from area middle and high schools, and they practice in the evenings and on weekends. In 2012 the musical is “Homeward Bound” based on Homer’s epic “The Odyssey.” The book, music, lyrics and stage direction are written by Christopher Cherry. I attended the performance on March 10 at the Community Center.

The play opens with Lord Antinous and Lord Amphinomus (two suitors of Penelope, in red) leading the Ithacans in singing, “We’re Ready For A Marvelous Party.”

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March 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

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75th Anniversary Committee Meeting

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February 13

Members of the Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee were appointed by the City Council, and the Committee has been meeting every month since April 2010 to plan a year-long series of events to celebrate Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary in 2012. On February 13, I attended the first full committee meeting of the year and took these pictures.

The committee meets in the Greenbelt Community Center. Attending tonight’s meeting are from upper right Lois Rosado, Betty Timer, Barbara Havekost, Barbara Young, Carol Malveaux (co-chair), Isabelle Gournay, Frank DeBernardo, Janubi Devendra, Dave Mills (co-chair), Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, and Megan Searing Young (staff liaison to the city).

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March 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

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