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

New Frederick Douglass Bridge, over the Anacostia, planned

Washington is set to begin its largest construction project in history—replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which opened in 1950 over the Anacostia River and is one of its busiest commuter gateways, carrying 70,000 vehicles every day, and the route I take into the city.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled the design of the new bridge last week. The new, wider bridge will be built parallel to the current one, near Nationals Park. Sections of South Capitol Street will be re-created as a scenic boulevard. And the project includes reconstruction of the interchange with Suitland Parkway and Interstate 295.

Projected to open in 2021, the bridge is designed to increase pedestrian and vehicular safety, and increase access to the river. Video simulations of the bridge show a structure with parallel arches, a multi-use path and pedestrian overlooks. The green areas on each side of the bridge will provide space for community activities.


Dave Williams emailed the sad news that Ernie Bayne has died. He was a member of the Morningside Sportsman Club and a frequent Santa Claus. I’ll write about him next week.

I appreciate so much having my readers phone or email news. I don’t do Facebook (or anything else you have to hold in your hand), so I miss out on a lot of area news. Keep me informed.

Coming up

• 3rd Annual Capital Dragon Boat Regatta: Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., 600 Water St. SE, in Washington.

• Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor: a double feature, Cinderella (1950) and Cinderella (1997), on Sept. 3. Bring a blanket or low-seated chair, or sit on the Spanish Steps. Bring a picnic dinner if you wish (though there are plenty of food and drink options otherwise). Shows begin at 4 p.m.

BINGO at the K of C helps food pantries

The Knights of Columbus in Forestville has BINGO every Wednesday night. You can hope to win the $1,000 Bonanza Game, the $500 Treasure Chest Game or the $500 Jackpot. But if you lose, you know your loss helps some generous causes, from the local food pantries, to Pro Life clinics, annual Clergy and Nuns’ Nights, and more.

The doors open at 5 p.m., sales begin at 6 and early birds start at 7. And they have a New “Team Vivian” in the kitchen with a full short-order menu every week. By the way, they can also use volunteers.

Sarto Hall is at 3511 Stewart Road in Forestville. For information, call Bingo Chairman Robert Jacobs, 301-937-1145.

Changing landscape

I’m excited about the almost-finished new sidewalk at the motel corner of Suitland and Allentown roads. Now I hope some basic landscaping will be done and the road resurfaced.

But if I thought that work was taking too long, guess what: the two parallel Beltway bridges that carry the traffic over Suitland Road are going to be replaced. The bridges are 54 years old and considered “structurally deficient.” The project area will be two miles long, from the Auth Road overpass to the Pennsylvania interchange ramps. Work should be complete by 2020. Weather permitting.

May they rest in peace

There’s a sign in front of Texas Ribs in Clinton: “In Loving Memory, Judy our Pit Boss.”

Judith Ann Joseph, 72, of Clinton, a Prince George’s County Board of Education retiree, died July 19. She was the daughter of Susie (Pasano) and Joseph Esposito. In retirement, Judy worked 20 years at Texas Ribs, running KENO and serving carryout and was dearly loved by her co-workers and customers. She was the wife for 48 years of George Joseph, mother of Julie Joseph, sister of Linda Martin, Steven Esposito, and the late Petty, Florence, Rosie and Jimmy. By the way, one of Judy’s customers was President Obama who dropped by her carryout window for ribs.

David Stephen Dalpra, 56, of Temple Hills, who snow-skied his way through the Colorado and Canadian Rockies, cruised the Potomac, and hiked in Shenandoah National Forest, died May 7. He enjoyed being outdoors but by trade, he was an ironworker, though gravely injured on the job. He enjoyed tinkering and repairing, traits he shared to some degree with his late father, Clarence Dalpra. Survivors include his mother, Constance K. Dalpra; brothers Christopher and Curtis Dalpra; sister Gina Dalpra-Berman; and two nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Philip’s with burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

James E. “Jim” Miller, 98, of Potomac Falls, VA, and a 45-year resident of Camp Springs, died June 19. A native of New Rockford, ND, he attended Oregon State, joined the Army Air Corps and was responsible for training hundreds of bomber pilots, stayed on in the Air Force, was a pilot for the CIA and had multiple assignments at Andrews AFB, the Pentagon and NASA. In retirement, in 1968, he worked for Westinghouse on one of the moon-landing projects and then was an independent stockbroker. In 2003 he moved to Virginia. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Rita. Survivors include two children, KK and Archy, three grandchildren and a granddaughter.


Happy birthday to my granddaughter-in-law Heather McHale, Le August Brent and Mark Cummings, Jr., Aug. 19; Melody Barnes, Aug. 20; Austin Michael Fowler, Aug. 21; Wayne Anderson, Barbara Phipps and Gavin Michael Glaubitz, Aug. 22; and Joseph R. Maiden, Jr., Aug. 23.

Happy 14th anniversary to my dear next-door neighbors John and Stacie Smith, on Aug. 23.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Happy Birthday to Marcus Long, Brian Harper, Anna Tucker, Sanaa Simmons, Demetria Brook Knight, Emeka Mbakwe, Ben Caple, Karl Pinkney, Valentine Gant, Sr., Donovan Joiner, Kevin Augustus, James V. Dorsett, Norville Hughes, Rev. Stella Tay, Kourtney Diane Sims, Esther Neckere, Carlton Williams, Georgia Kinard, Janice Moore and Denia Parelta who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating birthdays in August.


Happy wedding anniversary to Elton and Janet Smalling, Wayne and Beverly Baker, Roy and Shela Sedgwick, John and Pamela Stahl, Cameron Barron and Betty Rivers, Umaru and Mariama Davies, Judy and William Terry who are Clinton United Methodist Church Members celebrating a wedding anniversary in August.


Café Agape creates a musical space filled by fantastic musicians, music fellowship, and informal dining. Proceeds from the Café benefit St. Paul’s outreach to community schools. David Cole, guitar, with Sharon Raquel, vocals, will appear Friday, September 15, 2017 from 7:00 PM–9:00 PM. The cost is $5.00. Location is St. Paul United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 6634 St. Barnabas Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745. Telephone number is 301-567-4433.


Join us for our Family and Friends Day August 20, 2017 at Clinton United Methodist Church. Minister Ritney Castine, Allen Chapel AME Church, Washington, D.C., will preach at the 8:00 AM service. Rev. Dr. Elliece Smith Bryant will preach at the 10:30 AM service. Brian Harper will be providing special music at both services. The church is located at 10700 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735. Rev. Dorothea Belt Stroman, Pastor. Church office number is 301-868-1281.


Join us August 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM for our Homecoming Service at Nottingham Myers UMC of the New Hope Fellowship Cooperative Parish Rev. Constance C. Smith, Senior Pastor. Guest Speaker for the day will be Rev. Brian T. Walker, Sr. Pastor, Grace Tabernacle Community Church. The church address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Church telephone number is 301-888-2171.


Financial Peace University (FPU) is returning to Clinton UMC starting Saturday, September 9, 1:00 PM. The classes will emphasize getting out of debt, saving money, investing for the future, and outrageous generosity in a way that is scripturally-based, practical, and proven.  The classes are held once a week for 9 consecutive weeks.  You must attend at least 8 of the classes to graduate. Register on line at  There will be a free preview on 9/3 after the 10:30 AM service (approximately 12:00).  The church address is 10700 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735. Church office number is 301-868-1281.



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