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

Andrews celebrates 70th anniversary with September air show

Mark your calendar for the return of the Andrews Air Show, coming up Sept. 16–17, featuring the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, performing fast-paced acrobatic maneuvers of two, four and six planes flying in formation. Also the Special Operations Command Para-Commandos Parachute Team and lots more.

Admission is free but if you’d like Premium Seating ($25 plus $2.50 fee) or Front Line (adults, $125; ages 4–12, $60; plus fees), call the event directly at: 805-687-0158 ext.111 or go to Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.  Aerial performances begin at 11:30. Go online to learn about parking (at FEDEX Field) and what you can, or cannot, bring with you.

The event celebrates the 70th anniversary of what is now Joint Base Andrews.

Night Out Against Crime

Both Morningside and Skyline will be hosting Night Out picnics on Tuesday, Aug. 1.   Drop by either place for food, activities, and to meet your neighbors and police officers.  There’ll probably be a few candidates to shake hands with.  I’ll be at Skyline.


Barry Wade saved the cat. As Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Morningside, he was called by a woman concerned about a cat in her yard.  Barry arrived to find the cat with its head caught in a salmon can.  With difficulty, he freed it.  Barry spent years as an Animal Control officer; I guess that experience helped prepare him for such emergencies.

Mary Dean, of Morningside, is back from the graduation of her grandson Justin Coffren at Ohio Tech in Cleveland. Justin, who is now back at Tech to attend an extra class, is the son of Crystal and Craig Coffren, of Brandywine.

Ananya Vinay, age 12, of Fresno, CA, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the 36th round by spelling “marocain” (a dress fabric made with a warp of silk or rayon). Among other words she had already spelled were “konditorei,” “heiligenschein” and “wayzgoose.” The Bee was held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor.


Stephen Lamont is the new principal for St. Philip’s School in Camp Springs. He comes

to St. Philip’s from St. Bartholomew School in Bethesda where he was principal, and has taught math and served as vice principal at Archbishop Carroll High School.

Caitlin Woods, who graduated this spring from Southern High School, will attend Fordham University in the fall. Her dream was to go to school in New York and she made it happen. Caitlin is the daughter of Trisha and Lewis Woods, of Lothian, granddaughter of Jan and Bob Pitts and the late Robert and Anne Woods, and great-granddaughter of the late Dolores and Claude Pitts. The Woods and Pitts families were across-the-street neighbors years ago, on Allies Road in Morningside.

Shred time

Free Shred Day, Saturday, July 22, at Central Baptist Church of Camp Springs, 5600 Old Branch Avenue in Camp Springs, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Visit the Farmer Market at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital on Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m. Info: Charmaine Smalley, 301-627-8469.

Maíja Cafe, 8319 Old Branch Road in Clinton, offers “Authentic African Cuisine.” For information, call 240-348-7091.

My nephew Rick Mudd, visiting from New Mexico, treated me to a good breakfast at the Allentown Cafe in Andrews Manor Shopping Center. My first time going there. You might be interested in their Fish Special (whiting) Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes one side and soda, for $6.99.

Changing landscape

County Exec Baker, Police Chief Stawinski, Sheriff High and other public safety officials broke ground July 12 for the County’s new state-of-the-art firearms range and tactical training village on a 132-acre parcel between Ritchie Marlboro Road and Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro.

I’m really, really excited: it looks as though sidewalks and curbs are finally going in at the corner of Suitland and Allentown roads, in front of the motel.   Can a new road surfacbe far behind?

May they rest in peace

Glenn Davis, 96, who lived years ago at the corner of Skyline Drive and Suitland Road, died April 16 in Fall Branch, TN. He served in the Navy during WWII and was a 32° Mason. He was the husband of Eunice and the father of Jerry, Ramona and Joanne.

Sharon (Micoly) Hurd, 74, formerly of District Heights and a 1960 graduate of Suitland High, died June 30. In 1942 she graduated from the Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing. Survivors include her husband R. J. “Jack” Hurd, three children and four grandkids.

Marjorie G. Allen, 89, a Clinton resident for 56 years, died June 30 at Georgetown Hospital.  She was a Boston University graduate and, later, an Air Force wife. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, William A. Allen, sons William Jr. and David, and three grandsons.  Services were at Grace Gospel Worship Center in Clinton.


Happy birthday to Allyssa Frederick, July 18; Mary Hay and Jeff Frederick, July 21; Ryan Simms and David Cook, July 22; Virginia Price, July 23; Angela Surratt, July 24; Bill Curcio and Thomas DeGraba, July 25; Florence Cray and Jennifer Booth, July 26; Floyd Shields, Connie Robbins and Patricia Rosetta, July 27; Matthew Gryskewicz, Kenny Hunt and Jason Nichols, July 28; Gary Barnes, July 29; Helen Rawlett and Helen Cordero, July 30; John Short, Paula Boxley and Howard C. Booth, July 31.

Happy 45th anniversary to Percy and Barbara Crawford on July 22; and happy 17th to Steve and Tessie Johnson, also on July 22.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed Aminta Hawkins Breaux as the new president of Bowie State University. Bowie State University in Prince George’s County, serves more than 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students and offers 41 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, two doctoral programs and 14 graduate and advanced study certificates. Areas of focus at the school include computer science, information technology, nursing, natural sciences and education.


“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), is also known as Title V. This program provides part-time work-based training opportunities at local community service agencies for older Prince Georgians who have poor employment prospects and are unemployed. SCSEP assists individuals in finding employment opportunities in the community through a variety of supportive services such as personal and job-related counseling, job training, and job referral. SCSEP providers also educate employers about the benefits of hiring older workers.” For more information please visit: http//


What is Link? Link allows all PGCPS students access to library services using their 9-digit ID Number with PGCPS in front, no sign-up needed! For example, PGCPS 100100100. The PIN is the last four digits of the student’s ID. Students can sign on for free online study and homework help, like: Ask Us Now Research Help, E-Reference Books, Brain Fuse Live Tutoring, Lynda Tech Tutorials, etc.  Students may borrow up to 3 items at a time and never have overdue fines.


Enjoy an evening of fun for the entire community with National Night out Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6:30 PM–8:30 PM. There will be live entertainment by Let It Flow Band, that will captivate audiences with a stirring mix of Hip-Hop, contemporary jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and a few “old school’ classics. Enjoy free food (while supplies last). There will be face painting, inflatables, games, safety information and many more activities. The event is free for all ages. The location is Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, Maryland 20748. (Rain or Shine). Telephone number is 301-203-6000: TTY 301-699-2544.


You are invited to join us for a Seafood Feast catered by Thompson’ Seafood, Saturday September 23, 2017 from 4:00 PM–7:00 PM at our Family Life Center New Hope Fellowship, Nottingham-Myers Campus. The address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Rev. Constance Smith, Pastor.

The menu includes crab balls, steamed shrimp, baked and fried fish, fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, green beans, hush puppies and drinks. Donation $45.00. For more information, contact the Nottingham-Myers Church Office at 301-888-2171 or e-mail



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