In and Around Morningside-Skyline
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451
Halloween Parade & Costume Contest for your pet (and
The Animal Services Facility is hosting a Fall Festival on
Saturday, Oct. 25, featuring kids’ activities, food & games, yard &
bake sales, and pumpkin & face painting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Halloween Parade
will begin at 12 noon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the best-costumed
dogs, cats and other pets. Owners may dress up with the animals.
In addition, there’ll be: rabies shots, $5; distemper shots
for dogs & cats, $15; and microchips, $25. Dogs must be on a leash and cats
in a carrier. Dog and cat adoption available, with reduced rates.
The Animal Services Facility is at 3750 Brown Station Road
in Upper Marlboro. Call 301-780-7200 for information, or go to
I had a phone call letting me know that, in recent columns,
I wished a happy birthday and a happy anniversary to Bruno Parco, formerly of
Morningside and Suitland, but, sad to say, he died in June. I’ll tell you more
about him in a future column.
Andrew Boone, grandson of David and Kathleen Giroux of
Morningside, is owner/photographer of Unique Zoom Photography. You can contact
him at 301-467-2791 or email@example.com.
Tony Covay, of Clinton, with his amp-driven guitar has been
a fixture just outside the main gate at Nationals Park this year. He plays
oldies, pop, rock and country. When the Nats win, he plays Celebrate and when
they lose he does stand by the Nats (to the tune of Stand by Me). Maybe you saw
him and tossed a coin or two in the Ziploc bag he sets out—or maybe not. But
watch for him next season, when we hope there’ll be even more and louder
Morningside’s monthly Town Meeting will be on Oct. 21, 7
p.m. in the Town Hall.
Jeff Lemieux, of Greenbelt, attended a recent public meeting
with County Exec Rushern Baker who was seeking citizen input for the state’s
forthcoming legislative session. Jeff suggested installing more bicycle lanes
in busy traffic corridors, such as Suitland Road. I have to admit, I don’t know
if I’ve ever seen a bicycle on Suitland Road. Pure suicide!
The John Deeres are busy working the lot that once was Pyles
Lumber. A Royal Farms Convenience Store is coming.
A great red oak on my block is being taken down. It is huge,
probably the biggest tree in Skyline, and—according to a tree expert—about 200
years old. But it is dying. And may be a danger to my neighbor’s house. As I
hear the chainsaws working, I can’t help remembering Joyce Kilmer’s poem: I
think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree./ A tree whose hungry
mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast./ A tree that looks at
God all day And lifts its leafy arms to pray./ A tree that may in summer wear A
nest of robins in her hair./ Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately
lives with rain./ Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a
May they rest in Peace
Paul M. Underwood, 90, a carpenter by trade and a Life
Member and past chief of the Allentown Road Volunteer Fire Department, died
Sept. 19. He was the husband of the late Kathrina M. Underwood, father of
Katrina Geeseman, Frank and George Underwood and the late Paul A. Underwood,
and brother of Charles Underwood. Survivors include eight grandchildren and
Christine A. Davis,
63, a graduate of Suitland High School, died at home in Jacksonville, Fla., on
Oct. 5. Survivors include her daughter Michelle Long, six grandchildren and
Donna Michele Ranere, 69, of Chesapeake Beach and formerly
of Spaulding Heights, a 1963 graduate of Suitland High, died Oct. 7. She was
born in Washington to Michael and Louise (Hardy) DeMarco and on Nov. 28, 1964,
married Ronald P. Ranere. She was an Information Specialist for E.P.A.,
retiring in 2009 after 24 years. Michele—as she was known—loved playing golf,
traveling, watching the Nationals, and hand dancing. Survivors include her husband
Ronnie, son Michael and his wife Dianna, three grandchildren, and her sister,
Happy birthday to Mary Louise Patterson and Frank McCrone,
Oct. 17; Paul Long, Andrew Nicholas Smith, Carol Kline DeGraba and Nola Cook,
Oct. 18; Betty Oppido, Oct. 20; Clyde Miller, Catherine Alvis, Jody Nyers and
Christina Ramsey Eckloff, Oct. 22; Mary Flood Dawes and Jane Wright, Oct. 23
Happy 34th anniversary to Michael and Anita
(Fulton) Freeman, on Oct. 18.
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Happy Birthday to James Dorsett, III, John Tyree, Camden
Seven Brooks, Jefferson Vitale, Madison Rae Stroman, Mark Hayes, Kaylee Davis,
Dwayne Wood, Khia Knight, William Stammer, Devin Panda-Wellington, Daniel
Samuel, Leslie Slaybaugh, Ulric Thomas, Erica Barron, Denise Bouyer Carter,
Barbara Washington, Iheanyi (Junior) Mbakwe and George Taylor who are Clinton
United Methodist Church members celebrating their birthdays during the month of
Happy Wedding Anniversary to Jeffrey and Mia Kerrick, Dwayne
and Melva Wood, Lawrence and Roseline Omoregbe, Clarkie and Georgia Kinard who
are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating their Wedding
Anniversaries during the month of October.
IT’S CASINO TIME
Come join us on our Pre-Veterans’ Day Casino
Midway-Harrington Casino and Slots in Harrington Delaware with lots of fun,
50/50 and good old socializing on Sunday, November 9, 2014.
Bus will leave Park-N-Ride, Clinton, Maryland at 10:30 AM and
St. Philip’s Church at 11:00 AM and return at approximately 7:30 PM. Cars can
remain parked at the church if parked at the lower parking level.
There is a $10.00 rebate plus the full Buffet Meal. Donation
is $40.00. There are absolutely no refunds. All tickets must be paid in full by
November 2, 2014. Sponsored by Shirley A. Cleaves. For tickets contact Shirley
A. Cleaves (302) 690-4260 or Doretha A. Savoy (301) 233-3136.
NEW HOPE FELLOWSHIP SPAGHETTI DINNER THEATRE
Come out and enjoy the best spaghetti in Southern Maryland
(Croom, Brandywine and Aquasco) on Saturday November 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM-8:30
PM. This Spaghetti Dinner Theatre is sponsored by the Children’s Ministry.
Pastor is Rev. Constance Smith.
Spend an evening with members of New Hope Fellowship, family
and friends invigorating your taste buds with spaghetti. Main course will be
served with salad, garlic bread and tea. Homemade Pound Cake and small –bite
cupcakes served with ice cream for desert.
Dinner will be served at the Family Life Center located at
15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Donation is $12.00.
Five years and under is free.
Contact persons are Wanda Contee 301-404-6513, Valerie
Pinkney 240-350-5105 and Jina Jackson 301-787-4422.
A STAGE PLAY
Jocelyn B.D. Moore & JM Entertainment presents A Stage
Play “Conversations in Faith) Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM.
Conversations in Faith is a stage play based on the book (of the same name) by
Jocelyn B. D. Moore. It is a fictional work based on historical facts.
Come out and enjoy an entertaining and inspiring
production at Oxon Hill Library Large Meeting Room) located at 6200 Oxon Hill
Road Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745. For tickets visit www.Char.Town.com.
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