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