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Two Greenbelters George Boyce and Eva Fallon are turning the abandoned dry-cleaning store in Roosevelt Center into a community clubhouse—Club 125. On Christmas Eve, I visited the club and took photos of them cleaning up the place.
The former dry-cleaning store is attached to the Greenbelt Theater and adjacent to the Greenbelt Co-op. Its address is 125 Centerway, thus the name of the new club. The original owners of Greenbelt Cleaners and Tailors sold the business after more than 40 years. The new owners could not make a profit and decided to walk away. The store has been empty since April 2012, and George Boyce and his wife Eva Fallon took over the lease on December 1, 2012.
On Saturday, November 17, Greenbelt’s Mishkan Torah Synagogue celebrated the 80th birthday of its long-time member Frank Pearlman and the City of Greenbelt’s 75 anniversary with an evening gala program. The title of event was “Frank & Greenbelt, Aging With Grace,” and it was attended by members of the synagogue, the City Council, and Greenbelt residents.
Saul Oresky (center) leads the Havdalah service which is a Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and is performed on Saturday night. Holding the Havdalah candle on the left is Rachel White Greenfield and on the right is Jeffrey Rosen, tonight’s master of ceremonies.
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
Staff members of the Greenbelt News Review held a retirement luncheon for three longtime volunteers of the paper: Leonie Penney, Meta Lagerwerff, and Marie Wong. The lunch took place at Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Greenbelt Road.
Sir Walter Raleigh Inn is in Berwyn Heights, across Greenbelt Road from Greenbelt Middle School. Opened in 1970, this is an old fashioned restaurant known for its prime rib and salad bar. Here Marie Wong, one of the honorees of today’s luncheon, arrives.
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…”
The advertisement in the Greenbelt News Review reads: “ESTATE SALE THIS WEEKEND – June 1, 2, & 3. Rain or shine. Entire household including antiques, glass and ceramics, furniture, paintings, bronzes, kitchen items, Depression glass, books and more. Thousands of items. Friday/Sat/Sun, 9 – 4 each day. Sunday is 1/2 price day.”
Tim and Dave chat in front of their parents’ house. Their parents Bill and Stella bought this GHI house in 2000 and greatly enjoyed living in Old Greenbelt. From their home it is a short walk to the Roosevelt Center, library, and Community Center, and they participated in many activities and made many friends. One of the their regrets, Tim tells me, was that they had not moved to Greenbelt earlier. Bill passed away in 2009 and Stella recently in April 2012.
For many years Frank has hosted a backyard barbecue at his GHI house on Independence Day that has become a tradition of sort. This year he has a schedule conflict so he moved it to Memorial Day. He invited me to the party as a photojournalist, and as I am interested in capturing both public and private events that tell the way Greenbelters live in this 75th anniversary year, I eagerly accepted his invitation. These are the photos.
Red, white, and blue are the colors for today’s party. On the door the sign says; “Welcome! Please join us in the back yard. Enter here and walk through the house.”