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

Here’s what happened  to the pilot

In 1952 a plane from Andrews crashed into a Morningside home, claiming three lives.  The pilot had bailed out.

I’ve often written about it.  The pilot was charged with manslaughter. But I never knew the outcome, until …

Former Morningsider Jody Nyers did some research. A Wikipedia response indicates the pilot was found not guilty since he was taking orders as instructed by six officers in the tower. For more about the case, you can go to Snyder versus United States.

Thanks, Jody. Skyline Flea Market  at MVFD

The Skyline Citizens Association is hosting its Annual Flea Market, on Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Morningside Firehouse. There’ll also be hotdogs, desserts and sodas. Tables, $15. To reserve, call Suzanne, 240-838-6412 or Spivey, 301-967-1320.

Choral Society season finale at Mount Calvary

The Maryland Choral Society will conclude its season with a concert at Mount Calvary Church, 6700 Marlboro Pike, Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., featuring Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Michael Rickelton’s The Lark at Heaven’s Gate Sings, and the debut of Hear the Voice of the Bard. General admission, $20; seniors & students, $15; 10 and under, free. 

Forum on elderly violence

Denise C. McCain, Executive Director of the Prince George’s Family Justice Center, will discuss domestic violence, particularly as it affects the elderly, on Saturday, May 20 at Clinton United Methodist Church, 10700 Brandywine Road, 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

All are invited. Just sign in.  There’ll be a continental breakfast.  Come, bring a relative or friend.  For information, call 301-868-1281.  Mental Health Ministry, Beverly W. Baker, Chairman; Dorothea Belt Stroman, pastor.

Bingo at the K of C

The Knights of Columbus has Bingo every Wednesday night at 3611 Stewart Road in Forestville (behind Big Z Liquors). $1,000.00 Progressive Bonanza Game, $500.00 Treasure Chest Game, a Speedball game, a $500.00 Jackpot game and much more. The doors open at 5, sales begin at 6 and Early Birds start at 7. They also offer a good meal, reasonably priced.

People (and eagles)

Morningsiders went to the polls May 1 and re-elected two incumbents, Vice Mayor Bradley Wade and Council Member Todd Mullins. There was a write-in for former Town Councilman John Anthony.

A very special happy birthday today (May 18) to Morningside’s Mayor Benn Cann!

Happy 100th birthday to Virginia Gerald, mother of Skyline’s Membership Chairman Yvonne Garvin.

Bishop Roy Campbell, Washington’s new Auxiliary Bishop, administered Confirmation at St. Philip’s Church on April 27. Bishop Campbell has been pastor of St. Joseph’s in Largo since 2010.

Mr. President and First Lady are proud parents of Honor and Glory, so named by about 30,000 voters. Honor is female; Glory’s sex yet unknown. The family is doing well, in their bald eagle’s nest high up in a tree in the National Arboretum.


Reserve your bunk for the next Live-in Recruiting Weekend at the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department June 2–5. Go to

Prince George’s Dept. of Corrections is also hiring.  They offer paid annual and sick leave, health, dental, vision

and life insurance, uniform allowance, paid holidays, 25 years retirement. Qualifications: You must be at least 18, U.S. citizen, 5 years permanent resident, have a high school diploma and a valid driver’s license.  Info: 301-952-7385 or 301-324-4438, or //

Changing landscape

Aldi Camp Springs will soon undergo a 9-week complete renovation. First three weeks, it will be open; last six weeks, it will be closed. This renovation will expand usable floor space and increase product.

A Restaurant Row is scheduled for the Branch Avenue metro area, and it will have the new immigration office.

Horace & Dickies Seafood & Chicken! has opened at 5601 Allentown Road, across from Malcolm Grow Medical Center.  They offer 25% off for military, police and fire department personnel with active duty I.D.

The Save-A-Lot store in District Heights was due to close May 2. But management decided to give it another chance.  They had a Grand Re-Opening on May 5.

China Sea, in Suitland, has closed. It was a thriving restaurant when we moved here in 1958, and my favorite place to dine. But I’ve seen it go downhill, like Dino’s and Silver Hill.  Is there a good restaurant left in Suitland?

May they rest in peace

Carolyn Hartsock Fonner, Suitland High 1963 grad, died this week at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.  When I get her obit, I’ll write more about her. I do know she was active in planning Class of ‘63 reunions.

Betty Lee (Rutledge) Nagro, 85, longtime resident of Camp Springs, died April 19. On June 23, 1957 she married Benny Nagro. They were members of St. Philip’s Parish where they were involved with music ministry and were ushers. For a time Betty, Benny and daughter Brenda all sang with me in the choir. Benny died in 2015.  Betty is survived by her children, Brian Michael Nero and his wife Maria and Brenda and her husband Kevin McMonigle (who lived in Skyline), three grandchildren and nine great-grands.


Happy birthday to Kaylin Barbour, Otis Jones and Ellen Ashby, May 19; Aidan Kilbride, May 20; Crystal Foster, Juanita Hood, David Sanford and Linda Holsonbake, May 22; Ricci Lee Jr., Betty Call, L. Dorothy Jones, Nancy Sawyer, Dory Babecki and Chester Lanehart IV, May 23; Edna Lucas and former Councilman Harry Messer, May 24; Dennis Cook, Norma Edwards and my son John McHale, May 25.

Happy anniversary to Dennis & Leigh D’Avanzo, their 28th on May 20; Ronnie & Karen Ellis, their 51st on May 20; and John & Nichole Barbour. May 25.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


New Hope Fellowship Cooperative Parish Women’s Day Celebration will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM. The guest speaker will be Rev. Shonda Nicole Gladden Pastor of Allen Temple AME Church Marion, Indiana. Our theme is honoring women around the world. The service will be held in the Family Life Center at Nottingham Myers United Methodist located at 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.  Rev. Constance Smith is our Pastor.


Watkins Nature Center features live animal exhibits, including amphibians, birds of prey, invertebrates and reptiles.  The Little Shop of Nature has unusual children’s items. You will be able to borrow a trial discovery backpack to explore six miles of easy to follow, color-blazed trails.

There is also an attached kitchenette and auditorium available to rent for receptions, meetings and workshops. The capacity is 90. Address is 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774. Telephone number is 301-218-6702.


Summer Fridays at National Harbor you can play corn hole, hopscotch, hula-hoops, Connect Four, and lots more activities with friends. You will also be able to enjoy performances by Bobby McKey’s, giveaways and listen to the DJ spin your favorite jams. You can join the best sunset view in the DMV. Get your flip-flops on and bring your camera and have some fun.


CSS is a caring agency serving Southern Prince George’s & Northern Charles Counties.  CSS offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteering at CSS can be a few hours a month or a few days per week. CSS volunteers are retirees, students, families-people from all walks of life. Their office is located at the Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., (Corner Brandywine Rd. and Missouri Ave.) Brandywine, Maryland.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 AM–4:30 PM, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 AM–4:40 PM and by appointment. Email: Website is Telephone number is 301-372-1491.


Join us for Hat, Heels and Tea, entertainment and silent auction June 3, 2017 from 12:00–3:00 PM at our Family Life Center Nottingham Myers United Methodist. The address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Donation is $20.00. For more information, contact the Church Office at (301) 888-2171,, e-mail:


Happy birthday to Patricia Washington, Lawrence Dorsey, Jordan Jackson, Kim Montgomery, Elandra Dorsey, Markell Peterson, II, Andrienne Johnson, Jina Jackson and Chantel Wright who are Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church Members celebrating their birthdays in May.



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