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

Two chances to Breakfast with Santa

Morningside is holding its annual Santa Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. at the Morningside Firehouse. Kids can enjoy Santa’s Secret Shop, the magic Show and temporary tattoos. The menu incudes pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  Admission is $5 per person, but space is limited and you must pre-register. Call Katie Blade, 240-464-4272, or Sharon Fowler, 202-577-3575. If you bring canned goods or non-perishable items, for the needy,  your name can be entered in a raffle to win a gift.

St. Philip’s Church, in Camp Springs, is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 10, following the 9 a.m. Mass.  Menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee and juice. Admission, age 12 and up, $5; age 5–11, $3; under 3, free; and $25 per family.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

The Surratt House invites you to celebrate Christmas amid period decorations, with costumed guides. Special exhibits and seasonal histories through Dec. 10.   On the weekend of Dec. 9–10, there’ll be special activities for all ages, cookies and cider. Plus holiday discounts in the museum’s charming gift shop.

Admission: adults, $5; seniors, $4; children (5–18); $2; under age 5, free. Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12–4 p.m.   Museum (except gift shop) will close after Dec. 10 and reopen mid-January. At 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton. Info: 301-868-1121.


William Jackson III, a senior at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, is a student volunteer, putting in hours at the Morningside Town Hall. His boss says he is a “master shredder.” Will plans to go to Bowie State University or Prince George’s Community College next year and major in criminal justice.

LaPlata High School senior Sidney Monk is responsible for the 400 stuffed animals donated to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She collected the animals through friends, family and a special donation from the LaPlata Chick-fil-a.    The stuffed animals will be given to patients, both young and elderly, in need of something cuddly to hug.

Ange and Marlyn Meoli celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in their usual tradition—no gifts. Instead, donations went to Ange’s charity, Wounded Warrior Project, and Marlyn’s, the Howard County Food Bank. The Meolis moved from Auth Village to Howard County five years ago.

Former Morningsider Jean Nichols called to tell me she had gone three days without smoking. I’ll have to check and see how many days it is now.

Changing landscape

County Exec Rushern Baker joined other elected officials, medical, civic and business leaders and community stakeholders to break ground Nov. 30, for the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Largo. The state-of-the-art medical complex, part of the University of Maryland Medical System, is expected to open in 2021.

Affordable Dentures and Implants has opened on Woodyard Road in Clinton, next door to Clinton Hardware, “with some of the best rates in town.” Same-day service. At 9009 Woodyard Road, Unit 103. Info: 301-228-0740.

New traffic lights are up on Allentown Road at Suitland Road, but not yet turned on.

I drove down Pennsylvania Ave. (Rte. 4) this week and was astounded to see new sidewalks, curbing, lanes, and more. Impressive.

And speaking of impressive: My daughter Therese and I visited the newly-opened Wharf on Nov. 25 and were amazed at the development. New restaurants, condos, and more. Even little rocking horses for kids.  Strolling the walkway along the water was pleasant, with views of boats and ducks on the river and planes taking off from Reagan National. The Wharf is far from complete, but it’s a major addition to the changing SW Washington.

May they rest in peace

The Honorable William D. Missouri, 77, Circuit Administrative Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit, (Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties), 1997 to 2010, died Nov. 21 in Mitchellville. Born in Washington, he graduated from Bowie State and the University of Maryland School of Law. His bio lists hundreds of chairmanships, committees, boards and honors. He was the husband of Delores Missouri; father of six and grandfather of five. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Joseph’s in Largo with burial at Resurrection. The only time I ever served on a jury, he was the judge.

Tindaro Agatino “Guy” Smiroldo, 78, of Temple Hills, who retired as managing director of printing services for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, died Nov. 27. Born a U.S. citizen in Antillo, Sicily, Italy, he moved to Washington at age nine. He graduated from Anacostia High School, served with the Army, and then worked for the federal government for 40 years. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Tindara; daughters Linda, Diana and Milissa; three grandchildren, and his brother Onofrio Smiroldo. Mass of Christian Burial was at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Washington with entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.

Laney Hester #276, past president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #89, died Nov. 19.    I came to know him when my husband Jack was County Chief of Police and Laney was head of the union.


Happy birthday to Crystal Pruitt and Charles Boxley, Dec. 8; Beth Shipman, Dec. 9; Morningside Councilwoman Sharon Fowler and Diane Zirkle, Dec. 10; Michelle Anderson, Dec. 11; Bernie Barbour Pace, Thomas Shipman Jr. and Jim Trexler, Dec. 13.

Happy 15th anniversary to Johnny and Helen (Nichols) Richardson on Dec. 14.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Join us for a Concert featuring the sounds of Doo Wop mixed with Motown and Flash, Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8:00 PM. Part Harmony promises to continue to bring wholesome fun to everyone. Part Harmony is one of Baltimore’s finest a cappella groups. This group was established in 1984, three brothers, along with two cousins to bring joy to everyone who listens to their songs.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. Telephone number is 301-203-6070: TTY 301-699-2544. This Concert is free for all ages. Visit if you need more information.


Tot’s favorite puppeteer Bob Brown brings some special toys that do astounding things Thursday, December 14, 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM recommended for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten.  They will meet Ted E. Bear, the jolly stuffed animal; Carl and his crayon calliope performing wonderfully silly music, and many more of Bob’s friendly magic toys.

The performance is approximately 45 minutes long. Tickets cost $5/person. Buy your tickets today. Call 301-277-1710 (TTY 301-699-2544), ample bus parking. The address is Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, Maryland 20784.


“In my walking with the Lord I began to understand that we all have gifts and talents in which the Lord has called us all in some way to be of service whether it is in the church, or in our different communities. My father would often say “Everybody is somebody” and that stuck with me and encouraged me to want to do all I could to help others. I knew what my passion and gifts were so I began to ask the Lord to help me to walk with them. I always wanted to be an encouragement and a beacon of light and hope for those in the hospital and nursing homes. I have always had a special place in my heart for helping those who are hurting, and those who are just in need of someone to care for them. I called the Charles Regional Medical Center in LaPlata Maryland asking them if I could serve as a volunteer there to the patients.” I will submit Minister Forbes Journey as a Volunteer Chaplain in my next article.


Join visitors from across the nation as the Surratt House Museum re-traces the escape route of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln.  Travel from Ford’s Theatre through Southern Maryland, across the Potomac River into Virginia, and to the site where Booth was killed.

Tour includes full narration by an expert historian, fully coach bus, complimentary booklet on the history, visits to Ford’s Theatre, Petersen House, Surratt House Museum, Dr. Mudd’s House, and other privately-owned sites where Booth sought refuge. Lunch on your own is also included at Capt. Billy’s on the shores of the lovely Potomac River. Groups are welcome.

Please call 301-868-1121 or visit for further information on this adventure and other events and trips sponsored by the Surratt House Museum to be placed on their special mailings and E-blasts lists.



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