Week In Review

Here's a quick run down of what happened in Patch world last week.


An accident closed part of the intersection of Queens Chapel and Queensbury roads.

One car turned in front of another car and when they collided, they hit a Metro bus, said Sgt. Chris Purvis of the Hyattsville Police Department. One person was taken to a hospital but there were no serious injuries, he said.

Marc Bashoor, acting fire chief for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, was on ABC's Good Morning America early Monday morning and spoke about the dangers of ceramic fire pots that burn gel fuel. The ceramic fire pots are used to repel insects. But last month a Long Island, NY, teen was burned when the flammable gel splattered from a ceramic fire pot that exploded. Now he's fighting for his life.



Resident Sue Nym wrote a letter to the editor about Hyattsville’s code enforcement.

“Now I understand the importance of following city codes, but neither of these seemed very valid. Certainly not the second one, which gave me *one day* to fix but was hard to remedy. Moreover, it didn't cite the city ordinance that I was being nicked on, so I'm still not convinced that it was anything more than the inspector's opinion.”

The intrigue behind a little-known grape, called the Norton, is the main plotline of Todd Kliman's new book, "The Wild Vine," which he introduced to a crowd at Greenbelt's on Sunday.

Kliman, a 10-year resident of Hyattsville, grew up in Greenbelt and is food and wine editor and restaurant critic of Washingtonian magazine.



The remediation that began early this spring to clean up the visible oil at King Park has officially been completed, according to Steve Yeskulsky, director of the Hyattsville Department of Recreation and the Arts. A heating oil tank underneath the ground is being cited as the initial cause for the spill.

Councilman Obie Patterson described residents in his district as “prisoners in their own homes.” Councilwoman Andrea Harrison wanted to know what could be done to keep prostitutes plaguing a neighborhood behind bars and Chairwoman Ingrid Turner wondered how crime could be going down while murder rates were up.



Staff reductions and increased class sizes are expected for county schools to adhere to the new fiscal year 2012 budget, but local parents are clearly still disturbed by the changes after a public hearing in Upper Marlboro Wednesday night.

For this week's viewfinder photographer Chris Suspect decided to focus on the signage we see around our city on a daily basis.For those of you who are interested in photography in our city, Suspect is thinking of organizing a photo walk on June 25 in the early evening. The walk will start at the intersection of Route 1 and Queensbury Road ending at Rhode Island Reds for food and drinks before the business closes its doors.



Hyattsville police have no new information about but according to one city councilman, the site of the crime – – has been the site of other mishaps in the recent past. Carlos Lizanne (Ward 4) lives three houses down from where a 13-year-old boy was shot in the hip by another juvenile who allegedly opened fire on a group of children who were playing at the corner of Nicholson Street and Maryhurst Drive.

The , the and bus rapid transit are the top transportation priorities for the Washington metropolitan region, according to results of a survey of transportation experts released Thursday. But experts surveyed list only one of those priorities—bus rapid transit—in the top three on a list of “game-changing” transportation investments that would have the greatest impact on the region in the next 20 years.


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Patch ran a few photos and a review of traveling through the Virginia countryside.


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