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In and Around Morningside-Skyline 
By Mary McHale 301-735-3451

Removing the Mask: Domestic Violence Bystander Symposium

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 4915 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills, is the site for a domestic violence symposium on Sept. 21, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.  It partnerships with Prince George’s County Council District 8 and Councilwoman Anderson-Walker, Progressive Life Center, Inc. and Community Advocates for Family & Youth.

Intended for faith-based leaders and community members, the symposium will feature training, panel discussion, special guests and county resources.  “Empowerment comes from removing the mask and ‘Breaking the Silence’ of abuse.  Because everyone deserves a healthy relationship.”

Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for vendors and light refreshments.  The church’s pastor is Emmanuel F.Y. Grantson, PhD.  For more information, call Lisa Streeter, 301-909-6843.


Neighbors and other good people

My vote for Saint:  José Andrés!  Just as he did in storm-battered Puerto Rico, so he and his World Central Kitchen are now doing in the Bahamas, parts of which have been destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.  He will be feeding people.

Twanna Harper, the self-appointed Mayor of Clinton, has lived for more than 30 years in Clinton and is involved in the community.  Since she’s moved there, she notes that “a lot has changed in the Clinton area, some good, some not so good.”  But she is happy to be there.  She is also a Notary Public.   She invites you to check out her Mayor of Clinton Facebook page. “If there is anything I can help you with, I’m willing.”

St. Philip’s Sodality began its new season with a meeting on September 8.  Officers are Prefect Ligia Rojas, Vice Prefect Karin Yeatman, Secretary Toni Malloy and Treasurer Peggy Nanney.


Changing landscape

I drove into Suitland this week and got a real shock.  What did I see?  Nothing.  What used to be a dozen or more blocks with apartments and businesses, there was… grass.  I felt as though I was in another country.  Where did they take my Suitland?

Well, to start with, this $400 million dollar, one million square feet project will have 865 apartments, 98,000 square feet of retail and a 50,000 square foot performing arts center.  The first phase will include 219 townhomes and a 127-unit senior apartment building.

After 57 years, Dressbarn is closing.  I received a notice that in store & online full-price items are 40% off through Oct. 31.

I confess that I love Popeyes’ spicy wings and red-beans-&-rice.  I dropped by the Popeyes in Andrews Manor recently and could barely get inside the door.  Long, long, long lines of hungry customers waiting to get The Sandwich.  I turned around and left—no spicy wings for me that day.


Coming up

Bat & Beaver Walk at Clearwater Nature Center, Cosca Regional Park, Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Take an evening walk with a naturalist and look for night animals, including bats, beavers, insects and owls.  Fee, $4.  For ages 5 & up.

The 20th Annual Gingerbread House Contest & Show at Darnall’s Chance House Museum is coming up Nov. 29–Dec. 15.  Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in Adult, Child & Family entrees.  For rules and dates, call 301-952-8010.


Morningside Memories: Sept. 1960

Morningside School opened for school year 1960–61 with new PTA officers:  John McAllister, president; Jack Schoen, vice-president; Rebecca Howard, treasurer; Ruth Sapp, recording secretary; and Patricia Leary, secretary.

Committee chairmen: Rose Bookhultz, Mrs. Larsen, Anna Patterson, Shirley Salisbury, Dot Curcio, Florence Jones and Ruth Spaid.

Parents were urged to attend the first PTA meeting of the year.  “The room having the most parents join (percentage wise) during the drive will be awarded twenty-five dollars to be used for an educational field trip.”


Skyline’s journey to their 50th anniversary (continuing)

Skyline’s Presidents during the 1970s were: Dolores Steinhilber, Navy Capt. Raymond Perkins, Jack Power, Richard Wright, Chuck Henry, Grover Estep, Snuffy Snider, Jim McGrath, Jerome Jones and Charlie Tretler.

SCA filed Papers of Incorporation and, on August 23, 1971, we officially became Skyline Citizens Association, Inc.

The Skyline Homemakers organized with Dot Burgess as the first President.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic was held at Skyline School, $2 donation requested.  (This continued to operate every May for years.)

Then there was the Bookmobile.  We requested it and beginning in 1975, it showed up every Saturday, noon to 12:45, at the corner of Lucente & Offut.  There was always a line waiting to check out a book, or return one.

In 1977 we made big news.  A sewer line was due to be installed along Henson Creek, behind Ladd Road homes.  Out came the protesters, led by Skyline activist Judy Waby waving a huge banner proclaiming, “Only God can make a tree.”  Media turned out and Skyline made the evening news on TV.

To be continued.


Jim Lombardi, Upper Marlboro attorney

James Lombardi, 83, Prince George’s County judge, former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a lawyer with a private practice in Upper Marlboro, died June 11 at his home in Annapolis.

He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a Baltimore row house.  He graduated from Loyola Blakefield HS, served two years in the Army, earned a bachelor’s at Catholic University and a law degree from American University.

Jim enjoyed acting and is proud to have played in 12 Angry Men in a co-production of Prince George’s Courts and Prince George’s Little Theater in 2001. He enjoyed sculling on Weems Creek.

Survivors include his wife Cindy Davis, three children, stepson and two grandchildren. Services were a St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis.



Happy birthday to Kenny Clark, Sept. 14; Elnora McCall, Sept. 15; Dolores McDonald, Steven Warren and Yolanda Dooley, Sept. 16; Kimberly Brewer, Everett Mason, Jr. and Joan Stakem, Sept. 17.

Happy 16th anniversary to Sal and Kathy (Blankenship) Biberaj on Sept. 14.






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By Audrey Johnson 301-922-5384


The Washington East District’s Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Johnsie Cogman’s Installation Service will be held October 27, 2019, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Westphalia United Methodist Church, 9363 D’Arcy Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774.


Join us the last Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Southern Maryland Hospital multipurpose room for the stroke support group.  Registration required.  Cost is free.  Please call 301-877-5858 for more details or visit the website:


Bowie State University Homecoming 2019 Bulldog Golf Classic will be October 8, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.  The 8th Annual Bulldog Golf Classic is to raise funds and awareness for the BSU Department of Athletics.  Join us at this 18-hole outing on one of the premier courses in the Washington, D.C. region.  Location is Oak Creek Golf Club, 600 Bowie Ville Manor Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774.  Cost for registration fees are per golfer $175 and per foursome $525.


Come and celebrate Homecoming October 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. and cheer on your BSU Bulldogs as they face off against Chowan University.  Location is Bowie State University Bulldog Stadium.  Cost for game tickets are general $20, BSU faculty/staff with ID $15, senior with ID $15 and non-BSU student with school ID $15.  Tailgate tickets are $100 for regular vehicles and RVs $150.


Happy Birthday to Jane Perry, Osayi Omoregbe, Chidinma Mlbakwe, Nancy Curtis, Mariama Davies, Ronald Jones, Pam Stahl, Donna Cain, Norman Noel, Alexis Proctor, Clarkie Kinard, Elijah Knight,  Samuel Kirk, Beonie Pearson, Idena Thomas, Karen Taylor, Curt Falby, Annie Cokes, James Dorsett, IV, Kizzy Savoy, Umaru Davies, Rebecca Mosley and Paul Jeffrey Kerrick  who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating birthdays in September. 


Happy Wedding Anniversary to Kevin and Jazzmyn Simmons, Franklyn and Joyce Isaac, Jose and Daphne Rojas, Wade and Gloria Garrett, Ted and Rebecca Mosley, Ronald and Evangeline Crawford, Owen and Audrey Johnson who are celebrating Wedding Anniversaries in September.


“The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual help, war-time veterans’ organization.  A community service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women in nearly 15, 000 American Legion Posts worldwide.  These posts are organized into 55 Departments, one each for the 50 states. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.”

“The American Legion’s national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington, DC.  In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities to the Legion’s standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has a regular full-time staff of about 300 employees.”

American Legion Clinton Post 259 is located at 9122 Piscataway Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735.  Telephone number is 301-868-2550.  Events at Post 259 are Bingo on Friday Nights at 7:15 p.m.

American Legion Brandywine Post 227 Auxiliary will sponsor a community indoor yard sale Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8 a.m.  Location is Post 227 Hall, 13505 Cherry Tree Crossing Road, Brandywine, Maryland.  The community yard sale will be “inside”; this is a rain or shine event.  We provide the table ($10 per table).  Contact Debby Pegg to reserve your table at 301-542-6573.  


Give blood.  Help save lives.  We will have a Blood Drive at Clinton United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 10700 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Please contact 800-REDCROSS or log on to (enter sponsor code “Clinton UMC”) to schedule your life-saving donation.


Christ United Methodist Church will celebrate their Homecoming Service Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11 a.m.  The address is 22919 Christ Church Road, Aquasco, Maryland 20608, Reverend Constance C. Smith, Pastor. 


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