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

Halloweenie Roast Campfire at Clearwater Nature Center, Oct. 27

Take the kids to the Cosca Park in Clinton on Saturday, Oct. 27, 12 to 3 p.m. for a non-scary event, the Halloweenie Roast Campfire.  Enjoy crafts, games, live animals and pumpkin-decorating.  Also, s’mores, cider and hotdogs—with roasting sticks provided.   Open to age 2 and older.

There’ll be two costume contests, at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.  Themes are: best animal, best original and most earth-friendly.  Costumes are suggested but not required.

The fee is $5 ($7 for non-resident).   Clearwater Nature Center is at Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Road in Clinton.  For information, call 301-297-4575.


Changing landscape

The Prince George’s Board of Education has been asked to consider building an auditorium for Benjamin D. Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy in Morningside.    

B Thrifty Super Thrift Store has a sign up at the closed Value Village in Andrews Manor Shopping Center, announcing they’ll be opening soon.  Meanwhile, the American Rescue Worker thrift shop in Capitol Heights has closed.

Allentown Cafe in Andrews Manor Shopping Center suffered serious damage from high winds several months ago and has been shuttered.  Now, the exterior has been repaired and painted.  Looks good.  I don’t know when it’ll reopen.

The new Replacement Bridge over MD 381, Brandywine Road, is due to open this month.

Fans of the National Air & Space Museum have less than two months to visit favorite attractions before a massive renovation closes portions of the building.  Beginning Dec. 3, two galleries will be closed for a start of a 7-year (!) renovation.  The entire project is due for completion by 2025.

National Children’s Museum, which began in Washington and moved a couple of times—most recently to National Harbor where it closed in 2015—is slated to reopen on or near the Mall next spring with “magic from the first moment of entry.”


Your vote counts!

Early voting for the upcoming Election begins Oct. 25 and continues through Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  In the Morningside/Skyline community, the closest polls are at the Suitland Community Park School Center, 5600 Regency Lane (just past Andrew Jackson Academy).

Election Day is Nov. 6.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  How to register and other information can be found at 


And speaking of voting...

The City of District Heights held a special election on Monday, October 1 for the Ward 2 Commissioner.  Pamela Janifer beat Oscar Broadie by three votes to become the newest Ward 2 Commissioner.


Open House and a show

Bishop McNamara High School, in Forestville, is holding an Open House on Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For information, visit their website:

By the way, Gilbert & Sullivan’s delightful Pirates of Penzance is coming up at McNamara in November.  Tickets may already be on sale.


Halloween is really coming

Trick ’r Treating in Morningside and Skyline will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the annual Morningside Costume Judging contest at 8.

BOO-TAC-U-LAR!  Enjoy a fun-filled evening at Tucker Road Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Take a ride on a haunted trail, s’mores around the fire, games, costume contest, and much more.  For ages 12 & under.  Fee: $5 (non-resident, $7).  Info: 301-248-4404.


Morningside Memories: 40 years ago

The County Schools formed a School Closing Task Force in the fall of 1978 to study what action should be taken regarding under-capacity schools.  Each school was represented by three parents, one person in the community who had no children in school, a teacher and the principal.

From Morningside School: Principal John Krause, Margaret Dickens (teacher), Elizabeth Swats, Phyllis Kordek, Margaret Dunnigan and Anna Patterson.

From Skyline School: Principal Barbara Beall, Nancy Lewis (teacher), Adele Walls, Juanita Chaplin, Gerald Rankin and Russell Kyser.


May they rest in peace

Janet Ann “Jan” Pitts, 74, of Lothian, died Aug. 3.  She’s survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert, who grew up in Morningside, son of the late Claude and Dolores Pitts of Allies Road.  Jan is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Trisha and Lewis Woods (formerly of Morningside); grandchildren Robert (Stephanie), John (Katrina) and Caitlin; great-grandchildren Emory and Dexter; and sisters-in-law Patricia Pitts and Claudia Harnsberger.  Jan will be remembered for her love of cooking, baking and shopping.

Macy C. West, 86, of Fort Washington, devoted member and Lay Visitor at Oxon Hill United Methodist Church, died Sept. 22.  She was a native of North Carolina.  Survivors include her husband Robert Elmon West; son Keith and daughter Lynn Linde; sister Ruth Honeycutt; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Services were at Oxon Hill Methodist with burial at Cheltenham. 



Happy birthday to Clyde Miller, Catherine Alvis, Jody Nyers and Christina Ramsey Eckloff, Oct. 22; Mary Flood Dawes, Oct. 23; Daniel John Fitzgerald and Anna Norris, Oct. 24; Donna Anderson, Oct. 25; Orva Heissenbuttel, Linda Ferguson Sandoval, Juanita Starke and Christopher Flaherty, Oct. 27; Diane Cvitko, Oct. 28; my grandson  Isaac Gallegos, Oct. 29; Denise Williams, Kim Miller and my daughter Kathleen Shearer, Oct. 30; Don Eisenberg, Oct. 31; and Carolyn Follin, Nov. 1.

Happy 60th birthday to NASA, founded July 29, 1958.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


The Maryland General Assembly official citation was presented be it hereby known to all that sincerest congratulations are offered to Owen and Audrey Johnson in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Owen and Audrey Johnson to Bowie State University and the children of Maryland.  Their lifetime support of community projects is sincerely appreciated.  This citation was presented on the 27th day of September, 2018 by Delegate Susie Proctor of Charles and Prince George’s Counties Legislative District 27A at Bowie State University.


Family and friends gathered together Friday, September 28th and gave us a surprise 45th Wedding Anniversary Reception.  We had the opportunity to renew our wedding nuptials and celebrate a beautiful ceremony with family and friends.  This was a first-class act that covered everything for a beautiful Wedding Ceremony.  We sincerely would like to thank everyone deep from the bottom of our hearts for all the care and love you showed us.   Your kindness and caring mean so much to us.  Love from Owen & Audrey Johnson.


Clinton United Methodist Men will celebrate their Annual Men’s Day on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Dr. William Peterson, Deliverance Free Will Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Maryland will be the guest speaker at our 8:00 a.m. service.  Rev. James Johnson, Springfield Baptist Church, Washington, DC will be the guest speaker at our 10:30 a.m. church.  At 3:00 p.m.—Annual Men’s Day Extravaganza—Men’s Choirs from various churches.  President, Barron Neal, Lay Servant.  The church is located at 10700 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735.  Rev. Dorothea J. Belt Stroman is our Pastor.  Visit us at www:// to see some of the spectacular things that we are doing.


Happy Birthday to Melvin Thomas, Anthony Lewis, James Williams, Crystal Savoy, Kim Jackson, Nye-omi Dorsey, Jason Jackson, Cynthia Wilkerson, Elijah Dorsey, Jameka Williams, Geneva Butler and Gerald Adams who are Nottingham Myers Church members celebrating their birthdays in October.  Happy Wedding Anniversary to Tyrone & Lisa McKelvy who are Nottingham Myers Church members celebrating a Wedding Anniversary in October.


Join Board Member Sonya Williams for monthly coffee or tea October 20, 2018 at Starbucks in the Brandywine

Safeway from 8 a.m.–9:30 a.m.  Discussion Topic/Current Board events/matters.  PGCPS/Great by Choice, f Sonya Williams PGCPS.D9


Early voting days are Thursday, October 25, Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, Sunday, October 28, Monday, October 29, Tuesday, October 30, Wednesday, October 31 and November 1, 2018.  There are eleven Early Voting sites.  All Early Voting sites will be open 10:00 a.m–8:00 p.m. daily (including Sunday).  For more information contact the Prince George’s County Board of Elections at 301-341-7300 or visit their website at email:


Public: The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority Inc. will host a Sunday Smooth Jazz Brunch on November 11, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Public).  Location is Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.  All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.  For tickets or more information, contact fundraiser at  Tickets cost $65.


Happy Birthday to John Tyree, Camden Knight, Shellie Sims, Kaylee Davis, Madison Rae Stroman, Dwayne Wood, Khia Knight, William Stammer, david Samuel, Ulric Thomas, Erica Barron, Barbara Washington, Iheanyi (Junior) Mbakwe, and George Taylor who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating birthdays in October.


Happy Wedding Anniversary to Lawrence & Roseline Omoregbe, Clarkie & Georgia Kinard who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating Wedding Anniversaries in October.



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