Greenbelt in 2012

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

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Greenbelt Panorama: Snow Day

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December 26

It snowed the morning after Christmas. This was the first snow of the winter of 2012.

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December 27, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Greenbelt on a Foggy Winter Morning

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December 2

On Sunday morning, I woke up early to take sunrise photos. I was greeted with a dense fog. I set out with my camera anyway.

Playground at where Ridge Road meets Crescent Road

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December 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt Panorama: GHI

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On Friday afternoon, before the annual Festival of Lights tree lighting ceremony, I took some panoramic photos of some GHI courts and a couple of apartment buildings on Crescent Road.

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December 1, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Greenbelt Mail Carrier Darrell Cherry

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November 3

On a recent Saturday, I followed one of Greenbelt’s mail carriers Darrell Cherry as he delivered mail to GHI residences on Ridge Road.

16B Ridge Road, with a 15-star, 15-stripe flag

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November 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt’s First Family

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September 30, October 1

Who was the first family in Greenbelt? Cathy Knepper’s book “Greenbelt, Maryland: A Living Legacy of the New Deal” contains this intriguing sentence on page 209: “At the 1988 Labor Day festival… celebrants also unveiled a plaque marking the first home occupied in Greenbelt, 1G Gardenway, whose residents moved in on September 30, 1937.” On Sunday, September 30, 2012, exactly 75 years after the first residents moved into Greenbelt, I went to 1G Gardenway to check out the plaque.

1 Court Gardenway

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October 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

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A GHI Block Party

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June 24

The 1,600 townhouses in GHI are arranged in several superblocks connected with inner pathways. Within each superblock are many courts which are several rows of homes facing each other and sharing a common area. Courts are the social units in GHI as these are the neighbors who watch each other come and go and know each other best. There are also occasional social events such as court yard sales and court cookouts. The photos below are from a GHI block party involving two courts on Ridge Road.

The invitation says: “Come and meet our new neighbors! Come and greet your old friends. Please bring a potluck dish to share, and maybe something to drink. An outdoor grill will be available…”

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June 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

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GHI Earth Day Invasive Species Removal

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April 21

GHI manages nearly 86 acres of forested woodlands, and one of the biggest problems these woodlands face is invasive plants. These non-native plants can crowd out native ones and disturb wildlife habitat, causing a great deal of damage to the ecological system. On Saturday, April 21, GHI’s Woodlands Committee organized an Earth Day invasive species removal. Committee members and volunteers trimmed vines and branches between 58 and 62 courts of Ridge Road.

Matt Berres, GHI’s Director of Maintenance Operations and staff liaison to the Woodlands Committee, comes with gloves and tools. On the left are Woodlands Committee members Kathie Java and Richard Olsen.

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April 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

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GHI Woodlands Committee Spring Thaw

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March 24

GHI owns 250 acres of land and about one-third of that (86 acres) is woodland. The Woodlands Committee “leads efforts to protect and manage the GHI woodlands, fosters their ecological health, encourages GHI members to enjoy nature recreation that has minimal environmental impact, and supports plant and animal biodiversity.” On Saturday, March 24, I attended the committee’s annual Spring Thaw Social at the GHI Administration Building.

This display shows some of the Woodlands Committee’s activities: “trail improvement, woodland walks, invasive plant management, educational workshops, common area improvements, advising GHI Board, volunteering to protect our woodlands.”

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March 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

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GHI Communications Committee Meeting

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February 27

At GHI, the Board of Directors, which sets policies and makes decisions, depends on the work of committees and task forces, which study specific problems referred by the Board and suggest solutions. There are several Board-appointed standing committees including architectural review, buildings, companion animal, finance, investment, woodlands, and communications and a smaller number of task forces that work on short-term projects such as ad-hoc yard line, addition maintenance program, by-laws, and rental task force. The committees and task forces generally meet once a month, and on February 27, I attended a meeting of the Communications Committee.

The Communications Committee’s charter states: “To enhance communication with and among members of the Cooperative and the staff of Greenbelt Homes, Inc. through informing, educating, and reporting using a variety of communications channels as outlined in this Charter, including print and electronic media and community events. We provide strategic direction across these communication platforms to assist the Board and staff of GHI in their efforts to improve communications with and among members and produce quality external communications that reflect a leading Cooperative in accordance with the vision of the Board.”

Attending tonight’s meeting at the start are from left Ed Fallon, Marat Moore, Kristi Fletcher (Chair), Sheri Swaim (Staff Liaison), Anna Socrates, and Jo-Anne Fournier. The committee meets in the front lobby of GHI administration building.

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March 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

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GHI Town Hall Meeting

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February 4

Greenbelt Homes, Inc. is the housing cooperative that owns the 1600 historic homes in Greenbelt. The members of the co-op elect a nine-member Board of Directors to set policies and make decisions, and one of the responsibilities of the board is to appoint a general manager to carry out day-to-day operations. In December 2011, long-term general manager Gretchen Overdurff retired, and the board hired Eldon Ralph, then Assistant General Manager, as the new General Manager of GHI. On February 4, a town hall meeting is held at Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department to introduce the membership to the new general manager and to discuss the visions and tasks facing the cooperative.

The title of the meeting is “GHI in 2012 and Beyond”: “GHI’s President Tokey Boswell will introduce the new General Manager, Eldon Ralph. They will discuss the leadership’s vision for the cooperative, the Board’s strategic plan and the major challenges ahead. Members will be encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback to the Board members and senior staff who will be in attendance. If you want to make a difference and have your voice heard, be sure to attend this meeting.”

Tokey Boswell, President of the Board of Directors, opens the meeting and introduces General Manager Eldon Ralph.

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February 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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