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

District IV Commander Reilly talks about Citizens’ Police Academy, also about car warm-ups

Maj. Brian Reilly, the new Commander for District IV, was guest speaker at the February meeting of the Skyline Citizens Association. Among other things, he reminded us that warming up your car in the morning (without you in it) is illegal, even if the car is locked.

And he talked with pride about the Citizens’ Police Academy, Session #40 coming up March 27 to June 26, Monday nights 6 to 9 p.m., at the Training & Education Division, 8905 Presidential Parkway, 4th Floor, Upper Marlboro.

This training opportunity allows the community to become familiar with the Prince George’s County Police Department and provides exposure to officer-related training such as investigative procedures, conflict management, crime scene investigations, and much more.

In order to participate, participants must be nominated by a law enforcement officer and approved by the District/Division Commander or Civilian Manager. Nomination forms and instructions may be obtained at any of the seven District stations. (Or I can make a copy for you.)

For information, contact your local District station or Sgt. Erica Johnson, 301-516-5600 or email


K. Alexander Wallace, School Board Member for District 7, attended the February meeting of the Skyline Citizens Association and offered to help our community fight to keep a playground on the property that once was Skyline School.

Ed Kittrell, founder of Skyline Day, was at the meeting precisely to give an emotional plea for that playground and what it meant to him and his friends when he was growing up here.

Ed’s son, Deondre Kittrell was also there and told me that he has a part-time job with Park & Planning and is majoring in engineering at Prince George’s Community College.

Brenda J. Farmer, of Skyline, retired Aug. 1 from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with 38 years’ service.

Racheal Spruill, who lives near me on Skyline Drive, is majoring in biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her brother Johuaan Spruill is an engineering major at Prince George’s Community College.

Community outreach at SRBC

Suitland Road Baptist Church is once again opening its doors for Community Outreach, offering free food and clothing, on Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The church is at 6412 Suitland Road, Dr. Kelvin M. McCune, pastor.

Shrove Tuesday events

Christ Episcopal Church in Clinton invites you to their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 to 7 p.m. in Dun Hall. There will also be a Bake Sale and 50/50 Raffle. Info: 301-868-1330.

St. Philip the Apostle Parish is hosting Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the Parish Hall, Feb. 28, 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets: adults, $6; age 5 to 12, $3; and $20 for family. Four & under, free. Info: Ligia Rojas, 301-899-7789.

Knitting at the library

Free knitting sessions, led by an advanced knitter, are now being held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Road in Clinton. Bring a current project or one skein of worsted weight yarn (#4) and one set of size 7 needles. For more information, call 301-868-9200.

Knitting calms the brain, relaxes the soul, and allows a creative release of energy.

American Girl Book Club at Darnall’s Chance

Liberty Girls, An American Girl Book Club will be meeting at Darnall’s Chance House Museum in Upper Marlboro on Saturdays March 4 & 11, April 1 & 8.

Each week they’ll discuss a different Felicity book from the American Girl series with a Prince George’s County librarian, make a colonial craft, and enjoy period refreshments. The last session includes a book discussion, tea party, and dancing!

Sign up now (space is limited). $30 club membership fee includes all sorts of Revolutionary things. Info: 301-952-8010.

Changing landscape

The Maryland Transit Administration is undertaking a study of possible rapid transit from the Branch Avenue Metro Station through Surrattsville, Brandywine and into Charles County. Having driven south on Branch Avenue several times lately I can say it can’t happen too soon.

Suitland High grad, Calvert Commissioner dies at 74

Linda Lee (Sistek) Kelley, 74, a 1960 graduate of Suitland High School and former Calvert County Commissioner, died Feb. 1 at her home in Owings. At Suitland she was an award-winning majorette. Friends think she lived in District Heights during her high school years.

She worked at the Navy yard, Government Printing Office and Departments of Agriculture and Interior, retiring in 1990. In retirement, she served as President of the Dunkirk Area Concerned Citizens Association and was among the founders of Safe Harbor, a shelter for abused persons. She was Calvert representative to the Tri-County Animal Shelter.

Linda served four consecutive terms as Calvert County Commissioner, from 1994 to 2006.

She is survived by her husband Thomas A. Kelley, daughters Julie Lyn Spano and Alisa Jean Fisher, three grandchildren, three great-grands, and brothers William, Robert, Charles and Louis Sistek. Her funeral was at the First Lutheran Church of Calvert County.


Happy birthday to Larry Miller, Feb. 24; Kevin Gray and Sibyl Deily, Feb. 25; Angela Hutchinson and Thomas “TJ” Flaherty, Feb. 27; Terrence Flaherty, Feb. 28; Gerry Jolliffe, Feb. 29 (no real birthday for him for three more years); Winifred Lanehart, March 1; Karen (Elborne) Stern and Harold Titus, March 2.

Happy anniversary to Clifford and Nancy Lantz on Feb. 26, and to Freda and Michael McDonald, their 37th on Feb. 28.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


The Education Ministry at Westphalia extends an invitation to their Westphalia family and friends to join their children/youth in celebrating and honoring “Black History” on Sunday February 26, 2017. There will be a visiting choir and youth Minister. You will be able to indulge in a Taste of the Old South in between the two services.

The church is located at 9363 D’Arcy Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774. Pastor Rev. Dr. Timothy West, Senior Pastor. Telephone number is 301-735-9373.


You are invited to come and enjoy an evening of Downhome Gospel Music Saturday, March 25, 2017, 3:00 PM at New Hope Fellowship Cooperative Parish Family Life Center. The program will feature The Mighty Wonders, The Briscoe Brothers, Liturgical Dancers and many more performers. There will be a free will offering (proceeds will go towards the Family Life Center Building Fund). For more information, contact the church at 301-888-2171 or The address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772


Please join us Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM for the Southern Area Assessment Festival at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. The address is 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

For additional information, please call Lionel Harrell at 301-333-0963 or email him at


Count on us Math Help is available on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38 Mondays and Wednesdays. The two-hour call in show provides mathematical instruction to elementary and middle school students seeking homework help. Students can submit their math questions by emailing


Brandywine Elementary School Library and Courtyard was completed. The staff and students are thankful and very excited about their new environment. It is a beautiful library. Thanks to Brandywine North Keys Civic Association, Heart of America Foundation in coordination with GS Proctor & Associates along with several businesses operating in Brandywine. Also thanks to volunteers from the community who were sought to assist with completing the various tasks required by this project. This initiative was viewed as a way for companies and individuals to give back to the community.


Make summer memorable for students by enrolling them in a summer program offering  activities for grades 2-8. For more information, contact or call 301-546-0158.


The women at Clinton United Methodist Church will be doing some exciting things this year. They will sponsor a Dinner Sale and Mother’s Day Bazaar on April 29, 2017. More information to follow in a later edition.


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