Week in Review: UMd. Athletic Cuts, Route 1, Muppets and More
It's been a busy holiday week. Take a breather, and get caught up.
We started off the week with a feel-good story, about an Army Reserve unit that the City of College Park adopted. The troops visited the city and were honored at a luncheon at Ledo’s Restaurant.
Here's a not-so-feel-good-story: University of Maryland President Wallace Loh decided to take the recommendation of his appointed commission to cut eight athletic programs, in order to recuperate the department's budget. If the teams can raise money to fund their own programs for eight years by this summer, then their teams will live on.
It's a sad repeat of history for one swimmer at the university, who transferred from Clemson because the program there was being cut. Now, it might happen to him again. And we checked in with one athlete from the men's cross-country and track teams, which have one of the highest graduation rates at the university.
Patch also recapped the U.S. Route 1 visioning event, during which residents learned about the status of vacant properties in the city, and shared their ideas for what they'd like to see fill those spaces. The question remains though: Can residents' ideas become reality?
The Occupy Movement moved through College Park this week on a trek to Washington, D.C. The Food Co-op prepared breakfast for the demonstrators, who held a general assembly meeting on the University of Maryland campus.
Worried about making healthy decisions during the holiday season? You're invited by Living Well columnist Ann Brennan to join a network of support. Share your successes, and your failures as often as you like. Also, here are some tips from a dietician and a nutritionist.
Tuesday, city council decided to table its vote on the re-zoning application for the Cafritz Property, where land owners and developers hope to construct a Whole Foods Market, fitness center and additional retail space, offices and residential units. Patch also compared the projections from the preliminary traffic study to State Highway Administration data, showing how many cars currently travel on U.S. Route 1.
And, who's made it out to see the brand new Muppet Movie? Tell us what you thought!