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Volume 6. Number 47 Greenbelt, Maryland' July 10, 1942 , Five Cents Schools Here To Be Placed On Two Shifts Relinquishing all hopes of addi tional school facilities for Green belt students by the fall term, local educational officials this week announced tentative plans for placing both the elementary and high schools on twice-daily shifts. Bids on the construction contract have not yet been called for, as the plans approved recently by the chief engineer of Farm Security Administration must sub sequently meet the approval of the War Production Board, before bids can be received. Stressing the fact, that shifting the school hours will not affect the standard of education, Mrs. Catherine T. Reed, Elementary School principal, explained Wed nesday that, except for gym classes and recess, the students will spend the same amount of time in the classrooms. Study periods, however, will be elimin ated and all homework will have to be done at home, she added. Paul Barnhart, High School principal, said that while the sit uation was not as acute at the High School as at the Elementary School, it will be necessary to place his pupils on a double session basis, until arrangements have been made for additional SDPce. Spring census figures of both schools showed 550 elemen tary students and 250 high school students, according to Mrs. Mary > Jane Kinber, head of the Tenant Selection Department. She added that estimates can not at this time be made as to the number of additional pupils who will reg . ister next fall, as it is not known l yet at what rate the Defense will be occupied. MKroval of WPB Required ~, . , Approval of the War Pro " Hoard can :,ot be given KV are convinced that the ■Bools are heavily over said Mrs. Kinzer. Town Manager Roy S. Braden said at (p ♦W'iune Town Council meeting that numerous changes had been made to reduce the amount of vital f materials used, until a minimum had been reached. Included in the was the exclusion of f. auditoriums in both the new ele mentary school and the addition to the High School. He added that at that time (June 1), even if bids were called for imme diately, legal procedures and actual construction time would be such that the schools could not be completed before January 1, 1942. On that basis, it appears evident now that school facilities will remain as they are well into the 1943 spring term, by which time the balance of the 1000 De fense homes are expected to be occupied. Legion Picks Estes As New Commander fj Virgil Estes replaced Jennings Craig as commander of the Green belt Post of the American Legion in the annual election of officers held Thursday, July 1. Also elect ed were: Lambert W. Brezina, senior vice commander; Edward C. Kaighn, junior vice commandei, and John J. Davidson, finance offi cer. Bart J. Finn was appointed adjutant by Comdr. Estes. Installation of officers will be held at the next meeting, Thurs day, July 6, at the Legion House. P-TA Delegate Attends State Conference Mrs. Denzil D. Wood, repre senting the Greenbelt Elementary School Parent-Teacher Associa tion. attended the tenth annual conference of the Maryland State Congress of Parents and Teachers sponsored by the University of Maryland June 23, 24 and 25. One other delegate attended from Prince Georges County, Dr. Hopkins of Oxon Hill, represent ing the new County Council. Mrs. Catherine T. Reed, principal of Greenbelt Elementary School, at tended unofficially. Delegates numbered 75 and represented 13 (Continued on Page 4) G. C. A. To Hold Summer Dance After the financial success of the spring dance held by the Greenbelt Citizens’ Association June 20, on which $25 profit was made, a mid-summer dance is planned August 1, it was an nounced at a meeting of the G. C. A. executive committee. Jack King’s orchestra, which supplied the music at the former dance, has again been secured, with its feminine vocalist, Rose Marie Shiller, said G. C. A. Presi dent Stanley Ostler. Mr. King’s group, said Mr. Ostler, was veiy well received, drawing many ap proving comments from "those present. James Smith, chairman of the ways and means committee, ex pressed the opinion that local en tertainment will increase in favor as tire and gas rationing force the public to stay at home for re laxation. Evidence of this, he said, was in the attendance at the last dance—nearly 200—which was the largest attendance at a Greenbelt dance since the Defense Rally. Tickets will be on sale in ad vance at 45 cents, at the door, 50 cents, offering a saving for pur chasing tickets early. Full Landscaping Of Defense Homes Still In Doubt The Cooperator discovered Mon day that the landscaping contract which was recently let for the completed defense houses includes only work on the top soil. Addi tional contracts will have to be granted for sodding and seeding and the planting of hedges to com plete the landscaping of the new homes. No estimate has been given for the time which may elapse before the entire landscap ing is completed. The finishing touches have been put on a group of 154 defense homes and the town administration expects that these houses will be occupied in the very near future. This group of houses was sche duled to be completed by the first of March of this year, then re scheduled for June first, but a final date has not been set. The final test to determine the effi ciency of the heating units in the homes has been started. When this test is completed the only de lay in the opening of the group will be for laying the concrete walks and roads. There is a very long waiting list for the defense homes whie.i are as yet unfinished, it was dis closed by Mrs. Mary Jane Kinzer, tenant selection officer. Of the 196 defense homes now occupied, one group was rented in December of last year and the other in February of this year. Originally, the entire group of 1,000 homes was expected to be completed a year from the time they were first started last June. Numerous delays have impeded the progress of the construction. Valet Shop Revises Home Delivery Schedule In order to further conserve tires and equipment the Valet Shop announces a new schedule for laundry and cleaning delivery service, General Manager Thomas Ricker said this week. Hereafter Monday and Wed nesday are to be the pickup and delivery days. On Monday the truck will call at homes on Crescfent Road from 28 to 62 in clusive, all of Parkway, Eastway, Hillside Road, Woodland way, Forestway, Northway, and on Ridge Road from 30 to 50 in clusive. Home service for Wednesday will cover Ridge Road from 1 to 29 inclusive, Crescent Road from 1 to 26 inclusive, all of Southway, Garden way, and Westway. S. Oppenheimer, manager of the Valet Shop, has asked the co operation of residents in planning laundry and cleaning needs to fit the restricted delivery schedule. Defense Units Highlighted Parade on 4th Greenbelt’s defense units high lighted the July 4th parade in one of the largest displays on record. Only the floats were fewer in number than for previous parades. Stanley Ostler, president of the Citizens’ Association, expressed himself as well pleased by the pa rade’s success and effectiveness, and expressed the hope that by next year defense groups might not be necessary in a country once more at peace with the world. President Ostler paid special tribute to the following organiza tions for cooperation in the Inde pendence Day celebration: Athletic Association, Latter Day Saints Relief Society, Credit Union, Greenbelt Consumers Serv ices, Parent-Teachers Association, Gun Club, Garden Club, American Legion, Health Association and the Hebrew Congregation. Defense Stamp Prizes Nearly SIOO was given out in prizes of defense stamps for pa rade decorations and costumes and for the athletic contests held in the early afternoon of the 4th. Mrs. Sophie Rogers gave out the awards to the following list of winners: Best decorated patriotic costume —Marylyn Bierwagen (firecrack er), Conrad Roehling (tramp), Betty Wondrum (band leader); best decorated wagon or auto — Josephine Shafer (ship for de fense), Phyllis and Howard Chas anow (Uncle Sam and Miss Vic tory), Eddie Hall (F. D. R.) ; best tricycle or scooter Marylyn Breerwood (S. S. Maryland), (Continued on Page 3) Car Sharing Transportation from Greenbelt to Washington has be come a more acute problem than ever before with the ra tioning of gasoline, and the freezing of automobile and tire stocks for priority use. Public transportation is too expen sive, too slow and too crowded to be satisfactory. For many months the Citizens’ Association ran a one man transportation exchange so that drivers with room to spare could find passengers, and so that people who wanted rides could find drivers who would carry them. We were sharing our cars in Greenbelt two years before the rest of the country took up the idea under pressure of the war. Now the Citizens’ Association transportation exchange has ceased to function and there is nothing to replace it except sporadic notices posted on the bulletin board in the bus station. We notice that some drivers are still taking their cars to Washington unfilled. This is probably not their fault. We know they would carry their neighbors if proper contact could be established. Beginning next week the Cooper.itor will run a trans portation exchange column as a regular service for Green belt residents. We will list “Rides Wanted” and “Pass engers Wanted”, as the information is submitted to us for publication. If you want to ride with someone give us something like this: “RIDE WANTED—to Interstate Commerce Commis sion, 8:30 to 5:15. John Doe, 7-Z Crescent Road.” If you have room for another rider in your car here is a sample of what could be used: “PASSENGER WANTED—to 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, leave Greenbelt 7:15 a. m., return 4:45 p. m. Smith, 59-A Gardenway. Your notice will be published free, but not for more than two successive weeks. Naturally the Cooperator and its staff accepts no responsibility whatsoever for obtaining rides or riders or for consequences resulting from any con tacts made. We will merely publish your requests for rides or for riders. Making the contacts and any other arrange ments after that is your responsibility. Place your notices in the Cooperator box back of the drug store door opening onto the plaza, or through the mail slot of the door to the Cooperator office, room 202 over the drug store, or mail to “The Greenbelt Cooperator, Greenbelt, Maryland”, or phone Greenbelt 3131 Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Co-op Stores | Will Elect 4 § - In August Four new directors will be elect ed for Greenbelt Consumer Serv ices Inc. at a quarterly meeting to be held August 5 in the Audi torium. Nominations must be sub mitted to the G. C. S. office over the drug store on or before July 28. Door prizes will be special attractions to encourage members to be at the meeting promptly at 8 p. m. The first drawing will be held at 8:15. Only members will be eligible for door prizes, and they must be present to receive them. Before the close of the meeting there will be a second drawing for another door prize. In addition to the election a proposed amendment to the by laws providing for a nominating committee will be considered. Outgoing directors are Frank Lastner, now chairman of the nine-man board, Harry Hyman, Denzil Wood, and Clifford Moyer. Directors are elected for one year. Nominations must be submitted on forms provided at the G. C. S. office and already mailed to all members. Two signatures are re quired to nominate a person. Homeowners Group Split Following FHA Reverse Their building contract having expired July 1 without indication of encouragement from the Fed eral Housing Authority, several of the Greenbelt Homeowners Co operative members have decided to build at Hillwood Manor instead of in Greenbelt. Canteen Unit Serves Luncheon For Next Week A cafeteria for 50 persons will be set up next week, Tuesday through Friday, by the Canteen Unit of the Greenbelt Civilian Defense Corps, Mrs. Daniel Neff announced last night. A luncheon will be served in the social room of the Elementary School from 12 o’clock on as a part of the Canteen Unit’s training program. Newest of Greenbelt’si defense groups, its 15 members have com pleted 20 hours of study on nu trition and were graduated from that part of their training course Tuesday night. Mrs. Laura Browning, home economics teacher at Hyattsville High School, is in structor for the unit. Will Feed Minute Men Mrs. Neff said that any profit from next week’s cafeteria trial will be used by the Canteen Unit to provide free refreshments for the Greenbelt Company of Mary land Minute Men, who drill every Tuesday night at the Elementary School and on the nearby athletic field. Coffee and sandwiches will be prepared for the 50 local men for four weeks beginning July 21. This, too, will be a part of the canteen training. “Completion of this training schedule,” said Mrs. Neff, “will provide our town with the one thing it lacked in its civilian de fense organization. In case of air raid disability to our power lines, or for that matter in any disaster which would make the providing of quick meals necessary on a large scale, we hope to be fully prepared.” Members of the unit, all women, are: Mesdames C. Barnhart, H. Hall Sr., M. Keith, N. Beck, A. Slye, S. Houlton, A. Littlefield, G. Free man, K. Clark, C. East, A. Gaw throp, H. Brautigan, A. Lipschick, M. Sage, and D. Neff. Weekly Concerts For Each Block Wednesday evening band con certs are in prospect for each block in Greenbelt. H. Hartford Downs, head of the parents board of the town band promised this after commenting on the success of the first of the series, held Wednesday in D block to honor Mrs. D. E. Pence, mother of Mrs. Roy S. Braden. The boys and girls of the band met at the school and marched to the park area in the south part of D block about 7:30. After they had played a short program they were served with lemonade and cookies by several appreciative neighbors. Shortly after 8 p. m. the band paraded back to the school. Mr. Downs said that the next block to be favored would not be announced in advance, since he felt there was advantage in the surprise aspect of this novel sum mer arrangement. Children's Craft Classes Begin Approximately 25 children, 10 years of age or over, were present at the first craft class Monday afternoon and more than 35 chil dren between (> and 10 years came to their first class T uesday after noon. The summer’s craft classes are under the direction of Mrs. Doris Armstrong of the Recrea tion Department. The older group spent the aft ernoon working on paper craft and sewing. Bean bags, pot hold ers. and burlap jackets have been started by some of the girls while the boys and other girls are using Halloween paper to make ash trays and coasters. Reed for bask ets, paper for drawing, and other equipment is on order. The younger children have in dicated their desire to make bean bags, fancy paper plates, and scrap books.