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

MD 4 at MD 337 Interchange Project won’t be complete ‘til 2028

That means Pennsylvania Avenue at Suitland Parkway.  And, apparently it’s already underway. 

The purpose is “to improve traffic operations and safety and increase roadway capacity to address existing demand and accommodate future traffic growth.”  

The project team will construct a new diamond interchange to replace the existing signalized intersection at MD 4 and Suitland Parkway.  It will:

• Realign Pennsylvania Avenue Service Road and Armstrong Lane, 

• Reconstruct on- and off-ramps to Joint Base Andrews,

• Construct a new signalized intersection at Presidential Parkway and Central Park Drive.

• Construct a new two-lane ramp over MD 4 and westbound Suitland Parkway.

Work will take place mainly during off-peak traffic hours, including daytime and some overnight periods. The project is estimated to be complete by fall 2028.

More information, 240-354-1456 or 240-467-0500.


I love a Parade—and we had one

Not sure if I could make the trip from 4304 Skyline Dr. to the Parade-watchers under the Baptist tree, I actually drove the half-block to the church parking lot and found a handsome guy headed for the Parade who had an arm to lend.

I was delighted to see Suitland Road Baptist Church there with water, pamphlets for all ages, and chairs. I chatted with their pastor, Dr. Kelvin McCune, who promised to come visit me in the near future.

I took advantage of one of the chairs and sat next to Stephen Matthews, a retired fireman who lives on John Street in Skyline. He gave me information to pass on to my grandson Richard who wants to be a firefighter.

The Parade started with all the usual pomp, including the usual candidates walking along, pushing for votes. (It was so hot I’d vote for anyone who marched up Suitland Road hill in that heat.) Members of the Clerk of the Court, the County Sheriff’s Office, Prince George’s Sheriff’s office John Carr and George Nichols, County Judges asking us to vote them in, the president of Skyline Hills, and others who moved too fast. I sat and talked with Adel Benjamin and Dyone and Charles Mitchell and waved to familiar faces sitting in the chairs.    

Mostly, I stood at the curb, waving my flag. Marchers and drivers waved back.  Skyline Citizens Association passed by with their well-decorated float and Skyline Queen Yvonne Garvin.   

A handsome red 1955 Bel Air drove past  along with other vintage autos.  

The stars of the show had to be the Star Struck dancers dancing by, doing great steps in 97 degree heat. 

As the Parade ended (too soon), my neighbor Stacie Smith saw me to my car.  Three of the Daughters of St. Anne (the order that staffs the convent behind my home) headed home, disappointed that they had come late and missed some of the excitement.  I gave Sr. Hy a ride home after she helped me into my car. 

Now, I have my flag ready for July 4, 2025.


Town of Morningside
 
Thank you, Morningside, for a delightful Parade and glorious fireworks!  

Morningside’s Monthly Town Meeting will be July 16, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.  Info: 301-736-2300.


Neighbors & other good people

Jolene Ivey is running for County Council At-Large in the August 6 Special Election coming up.  She has served as County Council Chair, and before that, as a broadcast journalist and state legislator.

Father James A. Fangmeyer, Jr., newly ordained, has been assigned as parochial vicar, pro-tempore, at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Upper Marlboro. 


Academia

Maykla Monique Holmes-Williams will be attending Averett University in Danville, Va., on a track scholarship.  She’ll major in Biology, with plans to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine.  She currently holds a Certificate in Nursing and graduated from a high school in St. Mary’s County. Maykla is the oldest granddaughter of Stanley Holmes, former President of the Skyline Citizens Association.

Author Frank Cottrell-Boyce has been named the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Among some of his books: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Great Rocket Robbery” and “The Astounding Broccoli Boy.” Waterstones is a British book retailer.

Prince George’s County Public Schools is hiring School Bus Drivers. Among the amenities: paid CDL (Commercial Driver’s License Program) training, health insurance, retirement benefits, personal and sick leave, summer opportunities. Info: pgcps.org/drivewithus


Changing landscape

Metro fares are set to rise by 12.5 percent.  Maximum rail fare will increase from $6 to $6.75.  Base rail and base bus fares will go from $2 to $2.25.  Late-night and weekend charges will also increase.  

There are several new laws in Maryland, taken effect on Monday. They include Liquor delivery, indoor vaping ban, Noise abatement monitoring systems, Stop sign monitoring systems in Prince George’s, a Ban on legacy admissions, and more.

A home at 6809 Lou Lane, in Morningside, has sold for $225,000.


William Chesley dies at 100

William Thomas “Uncle Billy” Chesley was born October 5, 1923, and died April 22, 2024, a span of 100 and a half years. His obituaries don’t say much about his long life, but he is buried at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery; he must have been in the military. 

He was the father of Cora Rose (Tom) and William Chesley Rusununguko (Kimberly); brother of Georgia Chesley. Also survived by eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He was predeceased by his daughter Phyllis and siblings Robert, Walter and Frank Chesley, Charlotte Young and Dorothy Williams. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Philip’ Church on May 11.

A nephew in his published obit said, “I don’t know of any person that was more positive and upbeat than Uncle Billy.” 

 
Milestones

Happy Birthday to Laverne Peggy Simms, Krista Lanehart and Laura Thompson Hoffmann, July 14; Helen Jurney, July 15; Norma Wright and Gary Lewis, Jr., July 16; my granddaughter Claire Mudd, and Michael Busky, July 17; former Morningside Police Chief Stephen Armhold, July 17; Allyssa Frederick and Russell Butler, July 18; Mike Fowler Sr and Eddie Hall, July 19; Kaye Proctor, Donna Buchin, Dorothy Gessner and Tina Nichols, July 20.

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Brandywine-Aquasco
By Audrey Johnson 301-922-5384

REV. DOROTHEA BELT STROMAN

Rev. Dorothea Belt Stroman was honored for 38 years of Ministerial Service at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland on Sunday, June 9, 2024, hosted by Clinton United Methodist Church. Dorothea Joanne Belt is the third offspring born to the late Dorothy & Joseph Belt, Jr. She is the proud mother of one son, William B. Stroman, III; mother-in-law of Quivianna Davis Stroman; the doting mother of a granddaughter, Madison Rae Stroman and two grandsons, William Boyd Stroman IV and Mason Alexander Stroman, adopted grandmother of Anthony G. Davis.

Pastor Stroman began her ministerial service as Associate Pastor at Simpson-Hamline United Methodist Church in Washington, DC (1986–1988). She was later appointed to attend school (1988–1989) and thus began work on her Doctor of Ministry degree, followed by her service as Associate Pastor of Outreach at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC (1989–1991). Pastor Stroman then served as Senior Pastor at Albright Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC (1991–2004) before her appointment as pastor of Clinton United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Clinton, Maryland for the past 20 years (July1, 2004–June 30, 2024).

Pastor Stroman has taught several courses—Basic Lay Speaking: Advanced Lay Speaking: Lay Pastoral Caregiving: Preaching: ‘From Your Heart to Theirs,” and “Leading Worship” for at least 27 years in the Washington-Columbia District and the Washington-East District.

In addition, Pastor Stroman has received several citations from the Sing and Praying Bands of Maryland, Prince George’s County government officials, the State of Maryland government officials, Hearth Hospice, and the Prince George’s County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) .

Pastor Stroman has served on the Washington-Columbia District Committee on the Superintendency and the Committee on Ordained Ministry. She also served on the Baltimore-Washington Conference Committee on Disabilities and was a Mentor for the Washington-East Committee on Ordained Ministry.

Pastor Stroman is a contributor in The Woman of Color Study Bible, 1993. An excerpt from a sermon titled, “The Potter Shapes Our Lives, Turning Flaws into Strength,” appeared in the Washington Times, February 14, 2000. She is currently the published author of a Christian fiction titled, The First Man.

Pastor Stroman is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, The Crystal Dove (50+years), Alpha Zeta Chapter, Baltimore, Maryland. During the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Centennial, which was celebrated January 2020, Rev. Stroman was one of the recipients of The Zeta 100 Award for Religion, which recognizes career accomplishments, leadership, and dedication in their field. In addition, Rev. Stroman received recognition in the field of Religion during the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Alpha Zeta Chapter Finer Womanhood Awards Ceremony (March 2021).

In her 38 years as a faithful servant and spiritual leader, Pastor Stroman has been highly visible
 
and active within the communities she has served, thereby making many friends along the way. During her tenure at CUMC, several ministries were formed, including the Mental Health, Evangelism and Young Adult ministries, and the Young Adult Choir, and most recently, the Media Audio Visual Ministry. The Mental Health Ministry, which supports National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and many other charitable groups, agencies, and ministries, was established in 2005 under Pastor Stroman’s leadership. The Evangelism Ministry, especially their monthly visit at Future Care-Pineview, Clinton, Maryland (third Sunday) and the Fall Revival in September, provides kindness baskets to District V Police, in Clinton, MD and Prince George’s Fire Department #825, in Clinton, MD. In 2023, the Media AV Ministry was officially established to enhance the worship experience online and via conferences call members.

Additionally, under Pastor Stroman leadership, the Clinton United Methodist Church, a Prayer Garden was constructed in 2023, on the west lawn of the church’s grounds. A dedication ceremony was held on April 29, 2023, for the prayer garden, which was built around three existing crosses.

EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: B.S. Degree in Home Economics, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, May 19,1973. Inducted into Kappa Omicron Phi National Home Economics Honor society in 1977. Outstanding Young Woman of America 1981. Master of Divinity Degree, Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC May 10,1986. Listed in the 1986 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Certificate of Training in Clinical Pastoral Education, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

MINISTERIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Ordained a Deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, June 19, 1986. Ordained an Elder in the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference, June 12, 1988. President Joseph Biden Lifetime Award.

JULY WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations to Bonnie and Daniel Droter, Karl and Romonia Pinkney, Ugo and Mamou Mbakwe, Anthony and Joelle Oghogho who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating Wedding Anniversaries in July.

 

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