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

Meet Morningside’s new Chief of Police: Lt. Wesley Stevenson

After the retirement of Chief Amos Damron and a two-month search for a replacement, Morningside has reached into its ranks for one of its own, Lt. Wesley Stevenson Jr.

Wesley Stevenson was born and grew up in Washington and graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1982.  His professional career began a year later when he joined the U.S. Army.

In 1985 he transferred to the National Guard Reserve and served in Operation Desert Storm.  He joined the Department of Corrections in 1985, serving for 17 years.

After graduating from Prince George’s Community College in 2002, he joined the Edmonston Police Department.

In 2004 Morningside Chief Damron hired Wesley Stevenson as an officer in the Morningside Police Department where he has worked through promotions to the rank of lieutenant.

Lt. Wesley Stevenson will be sworn in as Chief on Oct. 19.  After 13 years in the Morningside P.D,  he’ll have another title.


Town of Morningside: Halloween & more

The Town Work Session will be Tuesday, Oct. 12.  The Town Meeting, and swearing in of the new Police Chief happens Tuesday, Oct. 19. 

As autumn leaves summer behind, there’ll be Halloween fun, Senior Luncheon, and Christmas; activities to be announced.  Watch this space.


A Morningside Memory

In September 1981, 40 years ago this month, Morningside Mayor Jerry Glaubitz and his wife Jean travelled to Lexington, Ky., for a reunion of all those who had served on the cruiser USS San Francisco.  Jerry was aboard in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese bombed the harbor and the American fleet.  The death total of Americans was 2403.  But Jerry survived and went on to be elected National President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors.

On Dec. 7, 1991, the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Jerry and Jean—along with President George H. W. Bush—attended the commemoration at Pearl Harbor.  

On Dec. 7, 2021, the country will be commemorating the 80th anniversary.


Retreat to Loyola

Loyola on the Potomac is open and holding retreats.  Coming up are Ignatian Weekend Retreats for Women, Oct. 15–17, and for Men, Oct. 22–24.  There is also a special retreat for woman, “Stress, Resilience, and Hope,” Oct. 8–10.  Fee is $245; $195 for 1st time retreatants and adults age 35 and younger.

Monday, Oct. 18 will be the Fall Day of Prayer.  Fee: $40.

Loyola is beautiful, a retreat house and chapel in a forest, on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River (I’ve seen bald eagles flying over) in Faulkner, Md.  For information, call 301-392-0800.  Incidentally, people of all faiths attend these retreats.


Changing landscape

The 9/11 sign outside Texas Ribs, in Clinton, promises, “We will never forget.”

Hobby Lobby craft store is coming soon to Ritchie Station Marketplace in Forestville.

A new Dash In gas station is opening soon at the intersection of Woodyard and Old Alexandria Ferry roads.  Sign says they’re employing.

At least some of the runaway zebras are still at large.  Report to 301-780-7242 if you spot them.

Someone wrote NextdoorMorningside asking if there’s a dog park in the area.  It turns out the new Rollins Avenue Neighborhood Park in District Heights does indeed have a dog park.  It also has tennis courts, full basketball court, picnic pavilions with grills, playgrounds, a community garden, drinking fountains, and a walking loop.

A house at 6008 Goodfellow Drive in Skyline just sold for $356,000.


High School reunions

Suitland High School’s Class of 1965 is planning a multi-year reunion on November 6 in Annapolis. You can find everything you need to know by going to

I tried to find information about Crossland reunions, without success.  It does appear, however, there’s one coming up Oct. 23—I don’t know for what graduation year.  Maybe you know something about Crossland reunions; give me a call at 301-735-3451. 

By the way, officers of the Crossland Alumni Association are: President Anthony Tilghman, Vice President Sabrina Addison, Treasurer Sylmeryl Higgins and Secretary Brittany Boone.


Mary’s Covid-19 report: white flags on the Mall

Part of the National Mall, near the Washington Monument, has been blanketed with more than 630,000 white flags, each one representing an American who died of Covid. The flags will remain through Sunday, Oct. 3.  It’s worth a visit.  And prayers for all those families.

As for Covid this week in Maryland:  as of Wed, Sept. 15 there were 1,189 new cases and 12 new deaths.  That brings the total of Covid deaths in Maryland to 10,217.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced in a recent interview, “We’re very proud of the fact that we’re one of the most vaccinated states in the country.”


Flora Nivera, loved working in the maternity ward

Flora C. Nivera, 91, of Oxon Hill and Temple Hills, who retired as a registered nurse in 1995, died Aug. 26 in Rockville.

She was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the U.S. because her father was personal steward for the Admiral of the US Atlantic Fleet in Washington.    She began graduate studies in Nursing at Catholic University, but her studies were interrupted when she met Jacinto Nivera who worked at the Pentagon and for President Eisenhower.  They married in 1956.

Flora worked at various hospitals including the former Casualty Hospital on Constitution Avenue and Cafritz (later, Greater Southeast Community Hospital).

In retirement, she enjoyed international travel, especially with Filipino group tours to holy sites.  She loved to crochet, knit, garden, and especially go fishing and crabbing with Jacinto.  She enjoyed activities at Harmony Hall and Camp Springs Senior Center.

She was predeceased by her husband Jacinto and son Eugene.  Survivors include daughters Nadine, Brenda and Eileen, and six grandchildren.  Services were at DeVol Funeral Home with burial later at Arlington.



Happy birthday to Alice Lucke and Judy Hansel Waby, Sept. 27; Marshall Carson and Tim Ward, Sept. 28; my brother Tom Mudd and former Morningside Town Clerk Janice Diggs, Sept. 29; Peggy Nanney and Jessica (Williams) Proctor, Sept. 30.

Happy 58th anniversary to André and Cynthia Jordan, of Skyline, on Sept. 28.

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By Audrey Johnson 301-922-5384


Get ready, it’s Casino time again.  So come join us on our trip to Delaware Park Raceway & Casino in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, November 20, 2021.  Bus will leave St. Philip’s Church at 11 a.m. and Clinton Park-N-Ride at 11:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 9 p.m.

Fun package includes a $30.00 slot play rebate plus ole school music, 50/50, and cake sales.  Masks are required at all times.  Tickets must be purchased by November 2, 2021.  Donation is $45.00. 

Absolutely no refunds.  Come help celebrate Shirley Ann’s 72nd Birthday.  You are welcome to bring your own spirits.  Sponsored by:  Shirley Ann Cleaves.

For tickets contact Doretha Savoy (301) 233-3136, Vivian Rich (804) 301-9530, Shirley Cleaves (302) 690-4260.


The establishment of Baden Agricultural High School was the beginning of a movement inaugurated by the people of the community to conserve one of their most valuable assets, their boys, and girls.

Believing the chief cause for their children leaving the community to be the character of education given, fitting them for the city’s workshop and office instead of adapting them to the environment of country life, the more progressive spirits of the community asked and received from the General Assembly of 1910 an act authorizing a bond issue for the erection of a school, the dominant aim of which would be to awaken in its pupils a just appreciation of many advantages of country life.

The school was planned, designed, and built by local talent.  It was the first agricultural high school in the State as well as the first consolidated rural school in Southern Maryland.

In addition to the experimental school plot each pupil was required to have a farm or home plant project.  According to the Annual State Report for 1922 the largest returns were shown by the pupils of Baden High School with a labor of 1,520.01 or an average of $108.57 per pupil.  Information received from Public Schools of Prince George’s County 1950–1980 (Prince George’s County Retired Teachers Association).


Bowie State University Office of Alumni Engagement Live at 5 is back.  The Virtual Alumni House is OPEN and our very own President, Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, welcomed us back on Tuesday, September 8 at 5 p.m. on the Office of Alumni Engagement’s Facebook Page.  A lot has happened during the summer, and we talked all about it with Dr. Breaux.  We also have new giveaways and raffles.  Join the virtual BSU Alumni Community.  Follow the virtual conversation on all social media platforms!  Facebook:  @BSUOAE, Twitter:  @BSUAlumniOffice, Twitter:  @BSUAlumniOffice


The BSU Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, LGBTQIA Resource Center, and the Office of Residence Life will host the Inaugural BSU Tunnel of Oppression Tuesday, October 12 from 6–8 p.m. in the Bowie State University Student Center.

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event highlighting contemporary issues of oppression in our society.  Tunnel of Oppression topics generally raise awareness about specific areas of oppression across identities and communications (including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender/gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, age. etc.) and explores the opportunity for social change.  This year’s inaugural tunnel will focus on ableism, nationality, sexual orientation, social class, sexual assault, and police brutality. 

We need alumni volunteers.  This is an awesome opportunity to connect with students over these very important topics.  There will be a virtual training for all volunteers.  Volunteer Information received from email sent to me from BSU.


Incumbent teacher’s systems representative Douglas Prouty has been elected to a second term on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.  As a member of the 15-member Board, Trustee Prouty will help oversee $2.6 billion in annual pension payments to nearly 415,000 current and future retirees.

As the only potential candidate to submit the required nominations to appear on the ballot, Trustee Prouty was certified, in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations, as elected to fill the post.  His new four-year term began August 1.  A Board member since August 2017, Trustee Prouty serves as Vice Chair of the Board’s Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.  Information received from a Newsletter for Retirees from the Maryland State Retirement & Pension System. 


First day (Kindergarten) to last first day (Senior) Makayla (Simnia) Eugene is going into her Senior year with a 4.4 cumulative GPA (4.8 her junior year.) with only one B since kindergarten.  She is honored to be a Co-Captain of the Frederick Douglass-High School dance team.  SGA Officer, National Honor Society, IB student, and Amazon student liaison with 250 service hours.  Congratulations Makayla on all your accomplishments.  Hope that you will have a very successful school year.


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