About Us:

Streetcar Suburbs Publishing Inc. provides hyper-local news and information for communities along the Route 1 corridor near Washington, DC.  Our award-winning monthly newspapers, the Hyattsville Life & Times and the College Park Here & Now, have recently been joined by The Laurel Independent to provide saturation coverage of three of Maryland’s most diverse and dynamic suburbs.  This website, StreetcarSuburbs.News, provides continuous and timely coverage of these same communities.

Streetcar Suburbs Publishing Inc. is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. Our newspapers are also members of the National Newspaper Association.

We adhere to high standards of editorial independence, equity and inclusion, donor and financial transparency, privacy and security, advertising acceptability, and conflict of interest. As always, we welcome reader input, news tips, writing, photographs and video on our Contact Us page.

Thank you for reading!

~Streetcar Suburbs Executive Editor, Kit Slack

Executive Editor:

Managing Editors:

Streetcar Suburbs

Kit Slack

Kit has been writing for the Hyattsville Life & Times since 2013, mostly on education and environment beats. She worked as managing editor in Hyattsville for two years, starting the summer of 2020.

Hyattsville Life & Times

Griffin Limerick

Griffin joined the Hyattsville Life & Times as managing editor in February of 2023. He’s taught writing for 10+ years & enjoys collaborating on newspaper work. He lives in Hyattsville with roots in Alabama.

College Park Here & Now

Paul Ruffin

Interim Managing Editor

The Laurel Independent

Katie V. Jones

Katie V. Jones joined The Laurel Independent as managing editor in 2022. She has been writing/editing for various publications for more than 20 years and is a graduate of The College of Wooster.

Newsletter Editor:

Associate Editors:

Digital Editor:

Streetcar Suburbs

Heather M. Zadig

Heather Zadig has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, College Park and has been writing professionally since 2015. She’s lived in Hyattsville with her family for a total of 7 years.

Hyattsville Life & Times

Heather Wright

Heather Wright has been with the Hyattsville Life & Times since 2016. She honed her interviewing & writing skills as a school psychologist and lives in Takoma Park with her husband, two children, yellow Lab and sun conure.

College Park Here & Now

Nancy Welch

Nancy joined Streetcar Suburbs Publishing as an editor in 2016 & helped launch both the College Park Here & Now and The Laurel Independent. She lives in Takoma Park, where she raises & trains service dogs.

Streetcar Suburbs

Jessica Burshtynskyy

Streetcar Suburbs Staff:

Business Manager

Catie Currie

Advertising Sales Managers

Miranda Goodson – Hyattsville Life & Times, College Park Here & Now
Amanda Berard – The Laurel Independent

Page Designer

Ashley Perks

Digital Manager

Jessica Burshtynskyy

Hyattsville Life & Times:


Dan Behrend
Chris McManes
Joanna Turner
Mark Betancourt
Juliette Fradin
Heather Marléne Zadig


Imke Ahlf-Wien
Jessica Arends
Heather Marléne Zadig

College Park Here & Now:


Julia Kyles
D.W. Rowland
Chris McManes


Rick Borchelt
Maxine Gross
Matt Menke
Paul Ruffins


Alexandra Alpert

The Laurel Independent:


Melanie Dzwonchyk
Angie Latham Kozlowski
Joe Murchison
Jessie Newburn


Bob Reilly
Jimmy Rogers

Board of Directors:


Stephanie Stullich

Vice President & General Counsel

Michael Walls


Joe Murchison


Melanie Dzwonchyk
Bette Dickerson
Nora Eidelman
Joseph Gigliotti
Maxine Gross
Merrill Hartson
Marta McLellan Ross
Carter Ross

Ex Officio

Katie V. Jones
Elizabeth Shirley
Griffin Limerick