Paula MinaertBY PAULA MINAERT — I am always struck every time I meet with the sense of community that characterizes Hyattsville. The latest example is from Ward 5 Councilmember Nicole Hinds Mofor, who writes to express her thanks for the outpouring of support she received when she faced a health crisis earlier this year. It’s a great reminder of what community is.

Now here’s a brief look at what else is going on around here.

Interested in the Green Streets project in University Hills? Come to a meeting, see the 30-percent design and talk to engineers. September 12 and 13 (the content of the meetings will be the same) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 7501 Adelphi Road.

Hyattsville Aging in Place is hosting several talks this fall. On September 12, Dr. Stephanie Trifoglio, a local geriatrician, will speak on aging well at the Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, at 7 p.m.

On October 3, nutritionist Cathy Stasny will speak on nutrition issues as we age.  And on November 14, a representative of a local hospice will speak on what you need to know about hospice.

All events are open to the public.  For further details and announcements of future events, check out the Web site at

On September 20, the City of Hyattsville will host a workshop on Medicare ─ in time for open enrollment season this fall. It’s one of a series that Senior Services Coordinator Emily Stowers is holding at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month.  The workshops, called the Aging Gracefully Educational Series, are held in the city’s multipurpose room at the Municipal Building.

It may seem too soon to think about winter, but word is we’re in for lots of snow this year. The Code Enforcement Advisory Committee will focus on the city ordinance about snow removal from sidewalks, which caused such consternation in the big snowfall a few years ago. September 25, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Prangley Room of the Municipal Building.

After a threatened cancellation, the 113 University of Maryland shuttle bus will continue running for at least another year ─ and its route has expanded. It now goes to Queensbury Road and down 42nd Avenue as far south as Farragut Street. Student groups agreed to a fee increase so the university Department of Transportation Services could take over the funding. It seems a lot of students want to come to Hyattsville.

Now for some sad news: After 63 years of serving the area, Fleisher’s Jewelers is closing its doors. The family-run business, located in the Queens Chapel Shopping Center, will be open at least until October 31. Look for sales during the month of October.