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

It’s finally Spring!

Ed’s Plant World and the Surratts Library celebrate with workshops

Ed Marson, of Ed’s Plant World, is offering workshops, one in April and one in May, “for people looking to hone their skills with potting, planting, lawn and garden maintenance, landscaping and hardscape design.” Ed’s Plant World, on Branch Avenue in Brandywine, was founded in 1981 and continues to be our closest resource for plants, mulch, and almost anything else needed for your yard.

The Master Gardeners of Prince George’s invite you to Surratts-Clinton Library for Spring Gardening Workshops: Plants That Work Well in the Shade Workshop, on Saturday, April 21, and Vertical Gardening Workshop, Saturday, May 12.  Both begin at 2 PM.

D.C. police officer dies in Clinton crash

We were driving Old Branch Avenue on April 6, about 3 PM, when we saw yellow tape stretched across Piscataway Road, in front of the gas station.  And then I saw it: a crumpled motorcycle beneath the bumper of a car. I later found out that the bike belonged to a D.C. Officer, Jamal P. Shaw.

The Post reports the accident: “Shaw was going west on Piscataway Road when a westbound vehicle changed lanes in front of him … he was forced to take evasive action which caused his motorcycle to slide on its side. … then he was struck by a car going in the opposite direction.” Jamal Shaw died in the hospital; he was 27.

He grew up in Prince George’s where his parents still live, but in recent years he lived in Southeast and was assigned to the First District. He had a degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and planned on getting a master’s.  His parents, two sisters and a brother survive him.

The driver that hit him stayed at the scene. The County police are trying to identify the driver who changed lanes.

Air Expo at Pax River

The Blue Angels will perform at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo June 2 and 3 in celebration of the base’s 75th anniversary. The Expo will be a weekend of free, family fun, aerial acrobatic performances, ground exhibits, food, vendors and kids’ activities.


• Twenty kids from District Heights sang with the Cherry Blossom Parade Choir.

• Father Jeffrey Samaha celebrates the 40th anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, May 6 at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Forestville, beginning at 1 p.m. Luncheon will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  For information, call Chuck Vandenbossche, 301-233-1134.  Fr. Samaha is the chaplain at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital.

• The Surratt Society is saddened by the death of one of their longtime members and supporters, Betty Borrell, who died Dec. 30.  She was a Clinton resident and is survived by her husband Robert George Borrell Sr., two children and four grandchildren.

• Condolences to Serena Moore, organist for several local churches, on the death of her mother. Margaret Hopp, in Oregon. Mrs. Hopp died Feb. 19 at the age of 100.

• Condolences to my son-in-law, John Dobson Mudd, on the death of his cousin Brenda Marie Dobson, 68, who died at her home in La Plata on April 4.  She worked for the Charles County Board of Education and, later, in the family business, Southern Maryland Gas, Inc.  Survivors include her husband David; three children, Katherine, Braden and Loren, and nine grandchildren.


Bishop McNamara High School has announced their 2018 Moreau Scholarship Recipients. Among them: Tiffany E. Obina and Aaron Randolph Carmichael of St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, and Katelyn Marie Weslowski of St. Mary’s School, Piscataway.

I will be delighted to announce your graduate in my column. Call 301-735-3451 or email Let me know his/her school and plans for the future (college, military service, travel, Disney World, etc.).

Morningside & Skyline elections: 30 years ago

Morningsiders went to the polls May 2 (1988) and reelected two incumbents, Charles Kiker and Audrey Cook. There were write-ins for James Ealey and Jean Williams.

Skyline residents voted for Jim Prince, president, at their May 18 election.  Other officers: Elnora McCall, 1st vice president; Mabel Harper, 2nd vice president; Jack Boone, treasurer; Judy Busky, corresponding secretary; and Joan Lipscomb, administrative assistant.

Grand Knight of K of C in Forestville dies at 86

Clifford Lyle Bates, formerly of Hillcrest Heights, died at his home in Charlotte Hall on Jan. 20. He was grand knight of the St. Pius X Council of the Knights of Columbus in Forestville.

He served in the Marines during the Korean War and--as an amphibious tank driver--saw battle at Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir. He was a Washington firefighter from 1954 to 1977, and was active with the National Guard, Civil Air Patrol, VFW, American Legion, Catholic War Veterans and was a leader with the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Margaret Paduda Bates, sons Clifford and Timothy, daughters Sharon and Peggy, brother Gerald, and seven grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Devaughn Branham, April 20; Jill (Gilmartin) Booth and Tiffany Jackson, April 21; Taylor Foster, April 22; Jim Reilly, David Titus and Barbara Sparks, April 23; Edna Lucas, April 24; Sue Stine McConkey-Mason, Daisy Young, Kenia Spivey and my grandson David McHale, April 25; G.A. DeFelice, April 26; and Michael Call, Apr. 27.

Happy anniversary to Jim and Pat Conlon, their 44th on April 20: John and Ruth Anthony, Jr., their 40th on April 22; Lewis and Trisha (Pitts) Woods, their 29th on April 22; and Janet and Brian Spivey, April 23.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Come sip, shop and relax the afternoon away at our Spring Craft & Vendor Fair Sunday, May 6 from 1:00–5:00 PM.   The event is  hosted by Romano Vineyard & Winery. Gerry Swarbrick will be performing live at the Fair. Food will be available for purchase. Vendors will be announced soon. The address is 15715 Bald Eagle School Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.


The Annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast will be held on April 28th at 8:30 AM. Rev. Brian K. Fleet will be our Guest Speaker, sponsored by the Evangelism Ministry. Stephanie Samuel is the Chairperson. Pastor is Rev. Dorothea J. Belt Stroman. The church address is 10700 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735.


The Columbia Air Center is located at Patuxent River Park’s Jug Bay Natural Area. The center was the first licensed African American owned and operated airport in Maryland. When you visit the center you will find that there is an outdoor exhibit that tells the story of the center. You will also learn about the group of African American aviators known as the Cloud Club. The address is 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Telephone number is 301-627-6074.


You are invited to come and celebrate St. Philip’s Day with us Sunday, May 6, 2018. Join us in our Worship Service at 9:30 AM. Our Guest Speaker is Evangelist Thomasine Brooks from “Save by Grace Full Gospel Ministry Inc.”, Pastor Dr. Holly Maxwell. Social hour immediately following the service. St. Philip’s Church is located at 13500 Baden Westwood Road Brandywine, Maryland 20613.


It’s been a busy two weeks for Miss Makayla Eugene who attends Gwynn Park Middle School in Brandywine, Maryland. Third Quarter Grading period ended with a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average), induction into the National Junior Honor Society, D.C Tap Festival (Jam Youth Project) performance and classes, Gwynn Park Middle Dance Team MAPDA 1ST place in all categories and Grand Champions, 3rd Place Solo Spinner.

Makayla who resides in Brandywine, Maryland with her parents Curtis and Stephanie Eugene and her sister Morgan Eugene, is also the granddaughter of Frank and Gwen Deville. We are grateful for the Village-Supporting Young Leaders.


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. presents the All Black Affair featuring the live band “Spur Of The Moment” and special guest “Maysa” at MGM National Harbor Grand Ballroom Friday June 22, 2018. For more information, visit  Early Bird sales end April 30, 2018. Red Carpet Entry 8:30 PM, 9:00 PM–2:00 AM, Dress to impress, DJ CYD. Food will be served. A portion of the proceeds will go to Women and Children Charities.


You are invited to Zion Wesley United Methodist Women Celebrating their XXIX Anniversary Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00 PM at Zion Wesley UMC, Waldorf. The church is located at 11500 Berry Road, Waldorf, Maryland. Rev. Gladman Kapfumvuti, Pastor. Mary Cooper, President and Irene Hawkins, Vice President.  Theme: “Youth Standing for Christ”. Speaker: Sister Pearl Chase, Asbury UMC 4004 Accokeek Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.

Special Guest: Footsteps of Faith and Guided by Faith from Redeeming Life Ministries International 7845 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677. Come out and show our children some love. Colors are red and white.


Prince George’s Community College offers activities for Grades 2–11. Register the campers for the highest grade they have completed. Make summer memorable and enroll today for OWL SCHOLARS CAMPS. Visit or call 301-546-0120.



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