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

Jeanne Casamento dies, co-founder of Hair Force

Lois “Jeannie” Casamento, owner of Hair Force, died at Calvert Memorial Hospital April 24 (4/24/24, as her daughter noted).  She was 84.

Jeanne (as everyone knows her now) was born in Cyclone, West Virginia, daughter of Charles and Helen Elkins.  She graduated from Oceana High School in Wyoming County, W. Va., where she pursued a career in the beauty industry. 

Which probably had a lot to do with her marriage to Philip Frank Casamento. Together they established Mr. Phil’s Hair Force in September 1972, on Old Alexandria Ferry Road, across from Andrews’ Virginia Ave. gate.

Phil died in 1972, leaving Jeanne to take over the shop which then became just Hair Force. She worked at the shop, touching the lives of many with her talent and passion. Daughter Tara is now in charge.

Jeanne is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Leonard, Sue and Frosty. Survivors include sons Philip and Gregory and daughter Tara; daughters-in-law Louise and Jennifer, and son-in-law Michael; grandchildren, Camron, Samantha, Nicholas, Helen, Addison and Zachery; siblings, Linda and Vicki. Services were at Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.

Kendra A. wrote about Hair Force: “This the perfect place for anyone who wants expertise with a welcoming atmosphere.... I’ve referred multiple male/female friends from base to go there and they all have positive experiences regardless of who they go to.” And yes, I’m a customer; Tina is my operator.

Town of Morningside

Mayor Benn Cann, Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Council Members Todd Mullins, John Anthony and Sharon Fowler, and the Town’s new Chief of Police Daniel Franklin, are at the annual Municipal League convention in Ocean City. Enjoying the sun and surf, I hope.

The Town’s monthly Work Session was  Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m. and the Town Meeting will be Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m.

Morningside kicks off Summer with an Ice-Cream Social and Roller Skating on Saturday, June 22, 5:30–8:30 p.m. You can enjoy a Hot Dog Dinner and the Ice Cream Bar. There’ll also be a Giveaway and Raffle Tickets for Sale. Admission is free. 

The annual Morningside Fourth of July Parade is coming up on Thursday, July 4. Volunteers are still needed to help with the Parade and Family Fun Day which follows. Fireworks at dusk! Call 301-736-2301 to volunteer. Morningside knows how to celebrate the 4th!

Slow down on Suitland Road—speed cameras are installed. 

Changing landscape

The Washington Post has warned us to “prepare to weather a scorcher of a summer in Washington.” But I’m tough—I’ve survived years of scorchers without air conditioning. 

In late 2011, the chain bookstore Barnes & Noble closed its location on M street in Georgetown. Now Barnes & Noble is returning to the building it vacated and will reopen this summer. Now, I want to know when Prince George’s will reopen one of its bookstores. 

A home at 5889 Suitland Road has sold for $285,000.

Donald Thornton dies at 83

Donald Lee Thornton, Sr., of Skyline, former Investigator with the Department of Human Services, died May 13. 

He was born in Norfolk and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1960.  After his marriage to Shirley Alston, he moved to Washington where he worked as a D.C. bus driver, Metropolitan Police Officer, and from 1985 to 2015, with the Department of Human Services. After retiring, he worked part-time for Walmart in Dunkirk.

He was a member of Deanwood Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Michael C. Turner. Donald served for four years as a Reserve Trustee.

Survivors include his wife Shernita; daughters, Tracy, Sonya, Jazlyn; sons, Donald Jr., Christopher Brown, Darnell Thornton; step-children, Mathew Carter, Shelby Wagner and Derick Whitmire; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grands; brother Tarawa; and a host of other kin and friends. 

Special thanks to his mother-in-law Bettie Garrett and his best friend, Harold Griffin, who gave him loving care. Services were at The Chapel of Thornton Funeral Home, with interment at Heritage Memorial Cemetery in Waldorf.

Remembering Mom and Dad

Dr. Richard Dyer Mudd and Rose Marie Krummack, were married 96 years ago June 20, 1928, at St. Mary’s Church in Ravenna, Nebraska. Every year on their anniversary, Dad would sing “Let me call you Sweetheart” as he turned Mom’s wedding ring around on her finger. He had first sung that to her when he proposed at a Chinese restaurant in Detroit.


Happy Birthday to Lucia Scott, June 16; Bill Kimbles and Jada Martin, June 18; Stephanie Phipps, June 19; Christian Nichols, June 20; my grandson Conor McHale, Aletheia Fadness, Mark Witherow Sr. and Antonio Jackson, June 21; and Gary Fadness, June 22.

Happy Anniversary to Steve and Cornelia Blankenship, their 19th on June 18; and Calvin and Debbie Brown, their 31st on June 20.

Welcome to Summer on June 20!

Top of Page






By Audrey Johnson 301-922-5384


Prince George’s County Public Schools is now hiring School Bus Drivers.  You will get paid CDL training, health insurance, retirement benefits, personal & sick leave, summer opportunities.  


St. Philip’s Church Baden Annual Dinner will be Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 12 p.m. until sold out. Dinners are Fried Chicken $18, Fried Fish $20, BBQ Ribs $20.  All dinners come with potato salad, backed beans, corn on the cob, green beans, and bread.  Ribs, Chicken, Fish pre-order June 23–July 12.  Dinners Pre Orders:  Vivian Rich 804-301-9530, Michele Chase 240-882-3369, Jackie Harper 301-385-2620, Shirley Cleaves 302-690-4260.   Sandwiches:  Fried Chicken $12, Fried Fish $14, BBQ Ribs $14, Hot Dogs $3. 

Celebrate Local Vendors.  Arts, Crafts, and Resale.  Fun and Games.  Bake Sale.  Vendor Tables ($20) Trenda Hall 703-201-3863.  The church address is 13801 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.


WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?  Juneteenth, June 19, 1865, or “Freedom Day” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States.  Understand the history and celebration the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States at National Harbor.  Freedom Day Celebration: Cultural performances will be June 19, 2024, from 5–7 p.m.  Celebrate Juneteenth at National Harbor with a variety of cultural performances on our Plaza Stage.  Check back soon for the schedule of performers.


June 19 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.  Celebrate Juneteenth at National Harbor and visit our Freedom Day Black-Owned Marketplace in the Capital Canopy.  Support the community and check out a variety of businesses, food, vendors and stick around for the cultural performances starting at 5 p.m. on the Plaza Stage.  Save the date.  We are back with a Juneteenth Celebration experience unlike any other on Wednesday, June 19 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.


The black caps and gowns worn by the students and faculty in the academic procession are of ancient origin. They have been the traditional costume of the scholar since medieval times and probably represent an adaptation of the ecclesiastical dress since many of the scholars of the period were members of the monastic orders.

An intercollegiate commission, in 1893, drafted a uniform code for costumes which has since been adopted by the majority of colleges and universities in the United States.  Each of the three academic degrees—bachelor, master, and doctor—has its own distinctive gown and hood. The bachelor’s gown is distinguished by its long point sleeve.  The master’s gown has a long, narrow, closed sleeve, extending below the knee; the arm is passed through a slit at the elbow.  In contrast, the doctor’s gown has a full, bell-shaped sleeve with three bars of velvet.  The opening of this gown is faced with wide velvet bands.  The velvet trim may be black or of a color indicating the general field of learning of the wearer, for example, blue for philosophy, green for medicine, or purple for law.

The most colorful and distinctive item of the academic costume is the hood which passes around the neck and extends down the back.  The doctor’s is the largest of the hoods and the bachelor’s the smallest.  The bachelor’s hood is often omitted.  The color of the velvet edging indicates the field of learning.  Reference:  American University and Colleges American Council on Education, 1968.


Congratulations to Tony, Sr. and Beatrice Chapman, Henry and Idena Thomas, William, III and Quivianna Stroman, Robert and Sandy Miley, Daniel and Carolyn Glee, SSG Joseph and Nadia Prah, Vincent and Ethel Cook who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating Wedding Anniversaries in June.


Congratulations to Dr. Karima Haynes (’15) who recently started a new position as director of the Campus Consortium Reporting Fellows Program at the Pulitzer Center.  Dr. Haynes leaves Bowie State University, where she has taught for 18 years and held positions as an assistant professor, coordinator for the print journalism concentration, and advisor to The Spectrum student newspaper. 


Save the date for our 13th Annual Bulldog Golf Classic Tuesday, October 8, 2024.  For more information contact Jennifer Coke, Executive Director of Philanthropy:  301-860-4778.  Proceeds from the Bulldog Golf Classic provides scholarship funding for student-athletes and helps to meet the growing needs of the Bowie State University Department of Athletics.

We look forward to seeing you at the 13th Annual Bulldog Golf Classic.  More details coming soon.  To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Coke.

“Happy Father’s Day To All The Fathers”





Top of Page

Would you like
to subscribe?
Contact our office:

15207 Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Tel: 301-627-0900
Fax: 301-627-6260

Advertising Inquiries:

Editorial Department:


The Prince George's Post
is brought to you by 
the following staff:

Senior Editor & Publisher:
Legusta Floyd, Sr.

General Manager
Legal Advertising Manager:
Brenda Boice

Legal Advertising Assistant:
Robin Boerckel

Lisa Duan

Paper Delivery:
James and Betty Murphy

Web Manager:
Kyler Kamp