This week ended with a lot more glamour than it began with.
On the bright side, the state fair began on Thursday with all its fanfare and accoutrements. On the down side, 31-year-old Larry Williams Jr. was fatally shot at the 5400 block of 56th Place in an unincorporated county area just east of Riverdale Park early Friday morning.
The school year started on Monday and Marybeth Shea talked to some Northwestern High School students and parents, giving us a sneak peak into the first day.
Writer Linda Ellis brought us the story of St. Francis International School – the merger of St. Mark's and St. Camillus schools. Faced with declining enrollments and increasing deficits the Archdiocese of Washington approved the merger earlier this year. The school has two campuses, which are less than three miles apart, and both have been in operation for more than 50 years.
Though the Intercounty Connector highway that will link parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties could bring substantially more traffic and development to communities along U.S. Route 1—a route that cuts through Hyattsville. Few, however, expect the city to see much increased activity. Writer Rick Docksai brought us Hyattsville's perspective on the new artery.
In opinion news, Patch introduced Hyattsville to Tuesdays With Toby, a column about what to do around the region with your dog. The city also met writer Jessica Wilson, with her new mom's column. Writer Lonni Moffet told readers about saying goodbye to her college-bound daughter and what she and her husband are doing with an empty nest.
Patch also covered a forum for county executive candidates; talked with City Administrator Elaine Murphy about her plans for life after Hyattsville; met with Northwestern High's soccer coach Bret Loes and snapped some photos of kids at an ice cream social at Hyattsville Elementary School.
This week, look for articles about Frisbee, Toby's trip to the vet and the Northwestern football opener.