Hyattsville CDC Holiday 2009 Newsletter

Image The Hyattsville CDC is pleased to present the Holiday 2009 issue of our newsletter. <!– To access the newsletter directly, please click on the link. –> Be sure to read about the great holiday promotions and events in Hyattsville and throughout the Gateway Arts District.

Chairman’s Note

Greetings friends and fellow Hyattsville residents:

The Hyattsville CDC is very pleased to celebrate its eighth holiday season serving the Hyattsville Community. It continues to be a privilege to work on bringing public art and sustainable revitalization initiatives to the City. 2009 has been a tough, but memorable year for many of us. Our nation made history with the election of President Obama, but even our robust local economy has taken dramatic hits that have been felt throughout the Hyattsville and Prince George’s County area in the form of foreclosures, stalled new developments, and faltering businesses. But the CDC’s Board of Directors remains steadfast in their vision to support the growth and development of our City and its residents.  The CDC staff has been working hard on initiatives that will renew our economic development momentum.

As you go on your way this winter season, please remember that Hyattsville has a quite a few small businesses that provide an excellent array of merchandise that will make great and thoughtful gifts. As you are gearing up for the holidays, I encourage you to “Think Local First”, so that we can continue to benefit from the small businesses within our community for a long time to come.

Happy Holidays,

Mike Franklin, Chairman




Executive Director’s Note


Welcome to the Hyattsville CDCs Holiday Newsletter.  Our continuing message to carry through into 2010 is “Think Local First”, and our goal here at the CDC is to encourage residents to make as many of their gift purchases local ones during the 2009 holiday season. As we all well know, 2009 has been a tough year on many fronts, in particular for small businesses. Many retailers are able to experience an economic boost during the holiday season, and the small businesses in Hyattsville are no exception.  Please read through the newsletter to get a glimpse of some of the promotions being offered by our local businesses this holiday season.

In addition to retail promotions, there will be two great holiday markets taking place in December, along with 3 holiday events sponsored by the Hyattsville Department of Recreation and the Arts. Last but not least, I am happy to report that Pilgrim’s Quandary was installed at Post Park Apartments in Hyattsville.  This project was a successful public-private-artist collaboration, and we look forward to facilitating the investment of more public art in Hyattsville.

Please have a safe and festive holiday season!

Stuart Eisenberg


Major Community Planning Effort in the Works

The Hyattsville CDC will be spearheading the City’s Community Visioning Process and the update to our Community Legacy Revitalization Plan.  This is your chance to have your voice heard on what our community is doing well and where we need to invest our resources to build an attractive, pedestrian-friendly community and sustainable local economy for the future.  Beginning after the Martin Luther King Holiday, neighborhood level community input sessions will start. Residents will begin to assess the performance of our community’s 2004 strategic revitalization plan and we’ll be tapping into the Hyattsville community and stakeholders’ sense of civic needs. Community inputs will continue through the month of March 2010. Stay tuned for the posting of the official calendar of meetings.

Local Arts Update

A Pilgrim’s Quandary Installed at “Art on the Plaza” and Post Park Apartments:  In early 2009, Gateway Arts District artist Alan Binstock won a juried competition for his sculpture called “ A Pilgrim’s Quandary”.  The 2000lb sculpture was finally installed in October 2009, and can be viewed in all its glory on the plaza of the Post Park Apartments located at 3300 East West Highway.  Make sure to swing by and take a look at the newest public art sculpture in Hyattsville.  Take a look at some of the pictures from the installation process.

Alan is a sculptor, yogi and an architect for NASA.  Alan’s preferred mediums are stone, glass, and steel, with occasional use of other materials.  To learn more about Alan Binstock and his artwork, please visit his website at:



City of Hyattsville 2009 Holiday Events.  For more information, please visit:

Holiday Tree Lighting, Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 7pm: Hyattsville’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Magruder Park (40th Avenue at Hamilton Street) and will include holiday music, a visit from a special guest and the lighting of the City tree. Refreshments will be served

Holiday Breakfast w/Santa, Saturday, December 5th, 2009 10:00am: You are cordially invited to have Continental Breakfast and get your picture taken with our special Holiday Guest on Saturday, December 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyattsville Municipal Building Multipurpose Room (4310 Gallatin Street). The cost is $5.00 per person for breakfast and a picture or $3.00 per person for breakfast only. Seating is limited so reservations are required. Please call 301- 985-5020 for reservations


Light up the Sky Contest, Tuesday, December 15th, 7:00pm

Judging for this year’s Light up the Sky Contest will take place between 7 and 9p.m. on Tuesday, December 15. To facilitate the judging, please turn on your porch light. Winning houses will be chosen from each ward in the City. All decorated houses in Hyattsville are automatically entered in the contest. Prior to the judging, a special Seniors tour will take place at 6:00 pm. To make reservations, please dial 301.985.5020. For more info on the tour, please visit:

The Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ), presents its 2009 Christmas Concert. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 4pm.  Concert will take place at First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville (6201 Belcrest Road). The concert is FREE. For more details:


Think Local First: Holiday Promotions

Saturday 5, 12, and 19: Route 1 Market Place: The Hyattsville Market Place will take place over the next several Saturdays. The market runs from10-3pm, and will feature handmade works from established an emerging artists, gardeners, farmers, designers, crafters in the local area.  To find out more information about the Marketplace, please visit


Saturday, December 12, 2009: Cool Yule Arty Part: and DCC are sponsoring The Holiday Fine Art Festival. This event will take place at the Gallery at the Lustine Center and will feature vending from area artist. The event takes place from 1pm until 7pm. For more information please visit:

Saturday, December 12, 2009: The Gateway Arts District is hosting a Fine Art and Craft Holiday sale from 2-6pm. In addition to the sale, there will be open studio and gallery tours.  For more information, please visit:


Arrow Bicycle: (1) $25 off any purchase of $150 or more- via gift card mailer. Sign up for newsletter for more info. (2) Last minute gift sale Dec. 18 – Dec. 20.  10% off anything in the store. ( 301.531.9250


Tangled Skein: All books and kits are 20% off. Sale goes through December 24th, 2009.


The Basket Gourmet Shop: $3.00 off a minimum $30 purchase.  This offer is not valid on wire orders. Mention newsletter to receive the discount.  Promotion expires January 30th 2010. Please visit the shop’s website at:


Design Studio: Design Studio Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of 20 local artists. The exhibition runs until December 27th, and includes artwork, small sculptures, jewelry, music recordings and other items that make fantastic gifts. Please make sure to stop the exhibit at 5702 Baltimore Ave.


Community Member’s Corner


Façade Improvement Program: The Hyattsville CDC and the Neighborhood Design Center are partnering together to provide in-kind design services to local business owners and commercial property owners along Route One in downtown Hyattsville.  The properties included in this round of façade improvements are: 5124 (Under the Coconut Tree), 5126, and 5130 Baltimore Ave.  Phase one of this process was funded by the generous support of the Cafritz Foundation. The CDC will be seeking additional funds to implement the physical improvements in the coming year.


NOTICE:  The Mayor and City Council recently adopted a new stimulus program, for home purchases in the City of Hyattsville.  Eligible homeowners who purchase a home after October 1st, 2009 may be eligible for a $1,000 payment. To read more about its program, please visit the City of Hyattsville Website or call the City’s finance department at 301.985.5000.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, November 2nd-January 15th, 2010. Citywide leaf collection. For more information, please visit:
  • Monday, December 7, 14, 21- 7pm – 9pm: City Council Meeting, Hyattsville Municipal Center
  • Monday, December 7th, , 6-8pm: Annual Volunteer Event
  • Tuesday, December 8th, starting at 7pm, Hyattsville Elementary School: Community Meeting. Topic: school and safety issues on 43rd
  • December 8th, 2009 from 9-11am: Holiday Shopping at Wal-Mart. $4.00 Roundtrip. To make a reservation, call 301-985-5020.
  • December 10, 2009 from 2-7:30pm: Blood Drive at City Municipal Building:
  • December 11, 2009 from 6-10pm: Capital Area Foodbank Annual “Stuff a Truck” food drive. Giant Food Parking Lot, 3521 East West Highway

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Small Business Corner

*Small Business Assistance: The Prince George’s County Small Business Initiative is a great resource for emerging and small business in Hyattsville and throughout the County.  SBI provides access to capital, contract awards and comprehensive entrepreneurial training. For more information about the resources available, please visit:

*Don’t forget that the Hyattsville CDC’s website boasts a number of resources for small businesses. Visit our online Business Directory to see a complete listing of Hyattsville businesses.  Visit our online Business Resource Guide) for links to useful entrepreneurial information.

Please email any directory additions or updates to

Are you a small business in Hyattsville, and have a success story that you would like to share with the community?  Are you a new small business and what to advertise your services to the Hyattsville Community?  Please send an email to

About Hyattsville CDC:

The Hyattsville CDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to develop arts and public spaces, spur economic development, encourage widespread leadership for community revitalization, and promote educational activities for children, youth and adults in Hyattsville.

Donate:  Please consider donating to support or various economic, community and arts related programming. Hyattsville CDC is a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit, as such all contributions to the CDC are tax deductible. To donate, please visit: /donate.

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