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

Faith United Ministries offers free clothing, hot meal and more, Nov. 10

Faith United Ministries is hosting a Community Outreach on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 11 a.m.  They invite those in need to be their special guests at the Annual “Spreading Cheer This Time of Year” event.

They will be giving away free clothing, toiletries, snacks and a hot home-cooked soul-food meal.  They’ll also offer workshops and other activities that offer hope and inspiration.

Faith United Ministries is at 7905 Fernham Lane, in District Heights.  For information call 301-736-2383 or go to


Changing landscape

A new speed camera has been installed on Indian Head Highway, considered the most dangerous stretch of roadway in the area.  Slow down!

The Nice Bridge has been renamed by Governor Hogan.  It is now the Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge, named for a Maryland State Senator from Charles County.  The 77-year-old bridge had been named for Harry W. Nice, the 50th Maryland Governor who served 1935–1939.  The bridge connects Charles County and King George County, Va., on U.S. 301.

The Tucker Road Ice Rink design is being finalized and a great new rink is planned to open the winter of 2020.  The Tucker Road Ducks Hockey Team can’t wait.

The Kmart on Oxon Hill Road is closing.  “Everything priced to sell.”

ShopSmart Outlet and the adjoining pawnshop have closed in Andrews Manor Shopping Center.

But there is good news for the shopping center:  The Cafe Allentown restaurant, damaged in a recent windstorm, has been repaired and is now painted Halloween orange, with black corner stripes.  I saw a workman up on a very high ladder last week, removing the letters of the name.  The site has changed owners and I guess a new name will be posted soon.

Urban Barbeque is now open on McDonnell Drive in Forestville.  It has had great reviews by Skyline President Stan Holmes and my grandson Conor McHale.



Happy 74th (!) anniversary to Dorothy and Darrell Bush of Camp Springs.  They were wed October 23, 1943 when Dorothy was 17 and Darrell was 18.  He went off to war, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was injured.  After WWII, he worked 30 years for Pepco.  They are active members of Bethany Christian Church in Fort Washington, where family and friends held an anniversary celebration for them.

Ramona Britt is moving to South Carolina, near Charleston.  She called to let me know how sad she was to leave.  She was born in Washington, graduated in 1950 from Eastern High School, and since then has lived in Prince George’s—Forestville, Suitland and most recently in Laurel.  She is a longtime reader of this column and said she will continue to read it, in South Carolina.

Ernest Pendelton Magruder, a Washington Surgeon who grew up in Upper Marlboro, son of the clerk of the Court of Appeals, is one of those whose name is on the Peace Cross, which has been threatened for removal.  Dr. Magruder died in the early years of World War I.

The Knights of Columbus in Forestville has named their Knight of the Month for September, Amin Reeves; for October, Dave Cropper.  They also named their Family of the Month for September, Tom Corbett Family; for October, Robert “Jake” Jacobs Family.

Four teachers have been honored by the Archdiocese for their years of teaching at Bishop McNamara High School: Mary Mitchell-Donahue, for 35 years, and Anthony Johnson, Patricia Imes and Paul O’Brien, who have been teaching there for 25 years.


Ever wanted to be an archer?

Adult archery classes begin in January at William Beanes Community Center in Suitland.  Classes are open to ages 18 & up, and will be held Mondays, 7–8 p.m., Jan. 14 through Feb. 18.  The fee is $60.  For information, call 301-568-7719.

Help wanted at the VFD

The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department seeks administrative members.  From their web page: “Seeking admin volunteers of any age, any education level, any experience, any background.  Here are some examples: community engagement, mentoring young members, recruitment, program management, data entry, data evaluation, supply requisition and monitoring.”  For more information, go to


Morningside Memories: 60 years ago

In the fall of 1958, Hope Tickell reported on the first meeting of the season for the Women’s Civic Group.  President Arletta Jennings was handed the gavel by retiring Helen Hooper.  Other new officers were Frances Johanson, Gertrude Langford, Eleanor Snyder and Betty King.  Regular meetings were held the first Monday of the month, 8 p.m. at the old Town Hall.  “Visitors welcome.”

Kenneth Scott, Sr.

Kenneth Andrew Scott, Sr., 75, a math teacher in Prince George’s for 38 years, died Aug. 18.  He was a native of North Carolina, earned a degree from the University of Maine and a master’s from Bowie State.  He taught at Thurgood Marshall Middle and Crossland High School, and coached basketball.  Survivors include two children.



Happy birthday to Davey Capps, Jr., Nov. 9; Linda Fortner Jumalon, Nov. 10; Cindy Lewis, Nov. 12; Robin Brown, Nov. 13; Tyrell Boxley, Nov. 14; Michael Spenard, Ty Poe, Bob Davis and Carolyn Holland Bennett, Nov. 15.

Happy 55th anniversary to Becky and Dave Capps, Nov. 9; and to Roseann and Franny Rohan, on their 55th anniversary Nov. 9.

Happy 70th anniversary to the Auxiliary of VFW Post 9619, chartered Nov. 13, 1948.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Cosmetology classes will be offered at Baden Community Center from January 14–February 10, 2019 Mondays and Wednesdays (Activity #: 20612-104A).  Fee:  $68 Residents/$98 Non-Resident.  You will learn basic safety and sanitation in all areas of cosmetology.  Hair Care Course includes hair styling, braiding, and cutting services.  You can also learn nail and skin care, and salon management essentials.  The address is 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.  Telephone number is 301-888-1500; TTY 301-699-2544.


In July 2018, Dr. Monica Goldson took over the leadership of Prince George’s County Public Schools.  A 27-year P.G.C.P.S Veteran, she marks her 100th Day as Interim Chief Executive Officer on October 30, 2018.  Happy 100th Day, Dr. Monica Goldson.


Grace United Methodist Church Annual Family and Friends Day Homecoming Celebration “(God’s Promise (Faith, Love, Joy)” will be Sunday, November 11, 2018 at our 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Worship Services.  Our Pastor is Rev. Robert E. Slade.  The church is located at 11700 Old Fort Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744.  Telephone number is 301-292-7828.

The Guest Speaker at the 8 a.m. worship service is Minister Earl Wallace from Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church, Norfolk, Virginia.  The Guest Speaker at the 10:45 a.m. worship service is Reverend Margo M. Gross, The Remnant Hope International Church, Great Mills, Maryland.


You are invited to join Board of Education Member (BOE) Sonya Williams for monthly coffee or tea November 17, 2018 at Starbucks in the Brandywine Safeway, Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Current Board events/matters.


Join us for our 10th annual green craft fair Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.  The Fair will feature vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials.  This indoor craft fair will feature local artists, non-profit environmental groups, and crafts for kids.  All ages are free.  The fair will be held at Watkins Nature Center.  Telephone number is 301-218-6702.


Learn about academic programs, research opportunities, support services, and student life at Bowie by attending our Open Houses and Information Sessions.  You will also receive valuable information on the admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and financial aid.  Tours of the campus, as well as opportunities to meet with faculty advisors, staff, and students, are also available.

Bowie State University will offer Undergraduate Open House Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts Center (morning), Student Center Ballroom (afternoon).  Register for the Open House.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at 301-860-3415 or toll free 1-877-77Bowie.

Transfer information session will be November 28, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. in the Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing Beacon Room.  Join us for Bowie State University’s Fall Transfer Information Sessions.  Come meet and speak with faculty and members of the Bowie State University’s transfer enrollment team to gain insight on the transfer admission process, academic programs, transfer scholarship opportunities and student organizations.  Space is limited.  Be sure to RSVP!  Register for a Transfer Information Session.


Watkins Park year-round heated and air-conditioned facility includes clubhouse, party rental room and five indoor courts. Adjacent outdoor, lighted courts available on a first come, first served basis.  Private instruction and group instruction are available for juniors, adults and seniors.

Watkins Park is located at 301 Watkins Park Drive,

Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774.  Telephone number is 301-218-6870.



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