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GREENBELT COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 or 4346 Tfce Grecnbelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc. Editor ' Donald H. Cooper Assistant Editor Sally Meredith Sports Editor William L. Moore, Jr. Business Manager William R. Stewart STAFF Peggy Arness, Mary Bonham, Ethel Carson, Shirley Levine, Joan McNamara, Ed Meredith, Delbert Mesner, Mildred Mesner, Joseph C. Mousley, Benjamin Rosenzweig, Eileen Sheriff, Joe Sheriff, Morris Terkeltaub, Glen Wilbur, Phil Wexler, Howard Custer, Waldo Mott. Volume 7, Number 4 September 11, 1942 What About the Schools? Crowded schools elbowed their way forward this week as Greenbelt’s No. 1 problem after the WPB turned down our request for a new building. When first announced the new elementary school was to be ready for the present fall term. The addition to Greenbelt High School was to have been completed at the same time. The money was declared to be available. Building materials were still obtainable. Delay followed delay. The gymnasium was dropped from the high school plans. The auditorium was erased from the plans for the new elementary school. Metal and other scarce materials were stripped from the specifications. The town officials reluctantly told us that our schools would be crowded for the 1942 fall term, as the new construction would not be completed before January of next year. Erection of new homes went on in the hundreds, but no foundations were dug for the schools. This was Greenbelt, the model town —Greenbelt, the planned community. But somehow these new planners, anonymous souls, failed to provide the schools we need so badly. Now at last, with the new houses all built and Greenbelt’s population about to be doubled, we get some action on our schools. We get a “no” from the War Production Board. We do not blame WPB; it has a job to do, and that job is to see that the war is won. The building of schools for these war-expanded communities was a job for someone else. We are not trying to pin the badge of carelessness or inefficiency on anyone in particular. Someone slipped, but we can take little satisfaction in learning the guilty party. In the future we can hope that “planned” communities will be built with adequate community facilities. Houses do not make a town. Our present problem is apparently one of adjustment to a bad situation. The solution to over-crowding of Greenbelt’s school children seems to be a double shift according to school and town officials. This will work a hardship on par ents already burdened with schedules readjusted to meet lengthened work hours. This will be a burden and a handi cap to our poorly paid teachers. Two shifts of school chil dren presents us with a health problem and a maintenance problem. The double shift is not a solution. It is a stopgap arrange ment. This is war, and we are not going to complain too noisily about even these restrictions on the education of our children. We do expect, however, that every possible step will be taken by our town administration, the county school board, WPA, FSA, NPHA, and WPB to bring us relief at the earliest possible moment. Note to Readers: The editor’s tires are just about worn through, and he will probably get no more for the duration. He has been taking copy to the print shop Tuesday mornings, bringing back proofs Tuesday nights, taking in copy Wednesday mornings, bringing back proofs Wednesday nights, taking in the dummy Thursday mornings, bringing back page proofs Thursday nights, taking in corrected page proofs Friday mornings, and bringing back 1,400 Cooperators Fri day evenings. He has not complained about it before, and he is not beefing now. He is just explaining that—you come in here; On the morning when that tire goes fiat for the last time on the editor’s car there will be no more Cooperator for you on Friday nights unless some one else is willing to play errand boy. We have no way to keep up this schedule by streetcar or bus, as the print shop is located in Bladensburg between The Hvattsvillc overpass and the Peace Cross. You have been receiving the town paper free. It was something we gave freely because it cost us only some of our time and effort. Can you help us with this print shop delivery schedule? If you can’t then this may be the end. GREENBELT COOPERATOR Get in the Scrap By this time we all know we are not going to win the war by listening to the news broadcasts or following the battle stories in the papers. You and I are going to win this war, neighbor. And if we are not in uniform, we are going to win it by purchasing war bonds, by paying our taxes promptly and cheerfully, by avoiding hoarding and cheling, by refusing to listen to and pass on rumors. And we are going to win by collecting scrap for salvage. To keep our factories in full operation, to out-produce the slave nations, we must be junk men for the moment. Waste was almost a national characteristic. We gloried in our ability to buy things we did not need, and then throw them carelessly aside. We filled our houses, our yards, and the neighboring country-side with junk. Now we are wiser. We are cleaning up our houses—emp tying the trunks, storage rooms, attics, and closets of all the metal gadgets and rubber whatnots not essential to our regular use. We are cleaning up the yards, the shops, the woods—salvaging a fortune in rusting metal and rotting rubber, while we make our neighborhood a cleaner and more pleasant place to live. We are looking for beds made of brass or iron, electric cords, old toasters, heaters, and irons, pots and pans, broken scissors, tricycles, wagons, and skates, batteries, license plates, discarded rakes, shovels, metal ash trays, tools, and tire chains, rubber gloves, old hot water bottles, and that second spare tire that will not last another 50 miles. If it is made of metal turn it in. If it is made of rubber turn it in. Next week 1300 Greenbelt families will join the nation in getting in the scrap. Now Greenbelt is a little different from most small towns. We lack the usual vacant lots, old sheds, and fenced-in back yards full of junk. In this we are fortunate. Our efforts will not be as productive as those of some other towns, but our efforts must not be lessened by this prospect. Rather we must work a little harder. In the woods around Greenbelt are rusting cars abandoned long ago. There are lengths of cable used in construction of the town. There are hinges and stoves, and plumbing fixtures of old houses torn down or abandoned. The town employees are already at work combing cer tain areas for this treasure trove. We can help. In 45 minutes Sunday the editor piled up nearly a truck load of rusting metal scrap from the area around his garden. You can do the same. A phone call to Arthur Rysticken, head of our Civilian Defense Corps, will bring a truck around to cajry anything too heavy for you. * ./■ After the special bins in the Shopping Center have been filled to overflowing for the duration of the coming week, permanent scrap depots will be set up at the Service Station. This will give you a single central place to which you can continue to bring your odds and ends after the cur rent drive is completed. It is all just as simple as that. Come on, neighbor, get in the scrap. |To the Editor — | Defending the Chimes To the Editor: With tears streaming down my cheeks into my beer I read of the sad plight of one Joseph Fitzpat rick. He can’t sleep because the chimes disturb his peaceful Sunday morning tranquility. Tch! Tch! Here we are engaged in a ter rible war, with no cuffs on our pants, eggs at 60 cents a dozen and thick juicy steaks just a mem ory, and Mr. Fitzpatrick comes forth with an official protest against the chimes. Poor fellow. Did you ever live in a city, Mr. Fitzpatrick, where streetcars come screeching along the tracks regu larly every Sunday morning; or on a farm where the roosters raise just as much hell on a Sunday morning as they do any other morning? I’m afraid, Mr. Fitz patrick, that your quest for peace and quietude will not be gained until you go knocking at those pearly gates. If the dong, dongs of the chimes annoy you, just what in hell will you do about the ZOOM, ZOOMS of the Army planes they may pos sibly place at the local airport? Or, maybe someday the Army will get us and we’ll wind up in Tokio or Berlin where I imagine there’ll be the damndest noise you ever heard. Furthermore, they get you up at 5 a.m. in the Army. Looks like tough sledding and little sleeping, eh, Mr. Fitzpatrick'? —Cliff Cockill. Enjoys Chimes To the Editor: Let us hope that the Rev. Johns ton will continue to play the chimes Sunday mornings. They are en joyed by all. 1 am a member of the Greenbelt Catholic Church. —Leo M. Slaughter. Wanted: Tolerance To the Editor: I’m sure many other letters will be received expressing similar opin ions in regard to complaint against disturbance allegedly caused by chimes music emanating from the “chapel” on the Sabbath, but for the record this reflects my attitude. To those whom such music is sacred, objection to hearing it at any time seems sacriligious. How ever, I am positive the playing thereof is not meant to interfere with the normal pursuits of any one—not even one who prefers sleep to the worship of God at that hour. But criticism directed toward community in such a manner as to question the veracity of the minis ter is indeed a sordid exhibition. Intolerance smacks not of a prin ciple of democracy and surely is not a flattering attitude. —L. B. Stainback Jr. Happy Memory of Chimes To the Editor: I have pleasant memories of my earlier years at home when I hear the Sunday morning chimes. In our small suburb of Washington there was only one church which had chimes, but the Catholic church there rang them twice a day—every day. To many the sound is inspiring. Anna Elizabeth Miller. Pat On The Back To the Editor: Kindly discontinue my notice in your paper for transportation to Suitland, Md. Through your efforts I am glad to say I have obtained transpor tation to and from work daily. I wish to thank you for this ex cellent service in your paper. —Nathan Feldman. Friday, September 11, 1942 Community Church “The Message of The Church in War Times” will be the theme of the sermon to be preached by the Reverend Wilmer Pierce Johns ton at the Community Church Sun day morning at 11 p. m. The chil dren’s story will precede the ser mon. For the benefit and convenience of those parents who desire to at tend the morning services, the nursery has been established again. The church school will meet at 9:30 a. m. A feature of this Sun day’s meeting will be the introduc tion of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Irving and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stevens in the senior department. These young people are to have i harge of the Sunday evening meeting of the young people of the freshman and sophomore high school group. Sunday evening at 8 p. m. the spiritual and social welfare com mittee will meet in the pastor’s study at 8-B Parkway Road. Wednesday evening at 8 p. m. the church governing board is meeting with the regular mid week group for the purpose of dis cussing and shaping into final form the revised constitution of the church, for presentation to the annual meeting on Thursday, Sep tember 24. All who are interested in the revision of the constitution are especially invited to be pres ent at this meeting. The choir will meet for re hearsal regularly every Friday at 8 p. m., in the music room of the Elementary School. All inter ested in singing with the choir are invited to contact Walter J. Slo comb, Jr., at 5-D Parkway, phone 6251, or at the time of rehearsal. During the week beginning Sep tember 13, Rev. Johnston will visit members of the church living on Ridge Road between Westway and Southway. Visits will, as a rule, be made between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30 p. m. Hebrew Congregation Sundown tonight ushers in the first of the two most important Jewish holidays of the year. The first, “BAMBhanah”, (beginning of marks the be gin Heim to the time the Tarah (Holy Sinai. The second, (Day of Atonement) marks the turning to and beginning of a clean page in the individual’s life. Rosh Hashanah, extending through Sunday is a joyful holi day including special High Holiday Services, with reading from the Torah. Friends and relatives visit each other, partaking of specially prepared food and drink. Yom Kippur, on the other hand, following a week later is marked by a full day of prayer and peni tence. The 24 hours, commencing at sundown, September 20, are spent without partaking of food of any kind, in atonement for sins committed during the past year; and forgiveness for these sins is asked in prayer. , . High Holiday Services here in A Greenbelt will be held in the Nur sery Room at 14 Parkway, and will V be conducted by Sam Gottesman. ■ Services will be held as follows: For Rosl. Hashanah— Friday evening, Sept. 11, 7:30; Saturday morning Sept. 12, 8:30. Saturday evening, Sept. 12, 7:30; Sunday morning, Sept. 13, 8:30. For Yom Kippur— Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 7:09; Monday, all day, Sept. 21, begin ning at 8:30. One Year Ago (From the Cooperator of Septem ber 12, 1941) The Health Association replaced its board of directors; Dr. Silagy stayed—Greenbelt High School’s new principal, C. Paul Barnhart, introduced changes in curriculum —Elementary School opened with record enrollment of 387 pupils in elementary grades and 84 in the kindergarten—Schedule for adult education arranged Nursery School held open house for parents —Lionel C. Patrick resigned as manager of the Food Store; Thom as B. Jeffries appointed acting store manager—The Town Coun cil granted the parents’ board of the Food Store;Thomas B. Jeff ries appointed acting store man ager—The Town Council granted the parents’ board of the band $375 towards furnishing their long-desired uniforms—Miss Elsie Yuretich resigned as superintend ent of the Greenbelt Hospital.