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

100 firefighters battle suspicious blaze at popular restaurant

Tuckers Restaurant and Lounge, on Old Marlboro Pike, was destroyed by fire early June 17 after a 911 caller reported smoke coming from the roof. Damage is estimated at $2 million and the cause is suspicious. Here is the report from the Morningside VFDs website:

At approximately 3:30 AM on Wednesday, June 17th, a Box Alarm was sounded for Tucker's Restaurant

Engine 27 arrived as the second due engine shortly after the first arriving officer confirmed the working fire in a one-story strip mall.

After securing the first due engine's water supply, the crew of Engine 27 deployed a back up line to assist Engine 23 with a fire in the attic/roof area of the structure. After approximately 30 minutes, the Incident Commander sounded evacuation tones due to an imminent collapse hazard

A Second and Third alarm was sounded, bringing approximately 100 Firefighters and support personnel from throughout Prince George's County; as well as mutual aid from Calvert County, Fairfax County, VA, Arlington, VA, and the District of Columbia. The bulk of the fire was knocked down at approximately 5:30 AM. Despite the size of the fire and the collapse of the roof, there were no injuries. The fire remains under investigation and has been ruled incendiary by the Prince George's County Fire Marshal's Office.

Tuckers Restaurant first opened its doors back in 1969 and, as County Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady said, It certainly will be missed by a lot of people in Prince Georges County.

Celebrate the 4th in Morningside

The annual Morningside Independence Day Parade will kick off from the firehouse at 11:30 and march or cruise up Suitland Road to the VFW. Ill be under the big tree at the Suitland Road Baptist Church. Wave as you go by.

For a perfect ending to your July 4th celebration, come and enjoy the always-excellent Morningside fireworks at dusk.

Off to Ocean City

Morningside officials spent this week in Ocean City at the annual Maryland Municipal League Convention. They included: Mayor Kenneth Wade; Vice Mayor Bennard Cann; Council Members Sharon Fowler, Todd Mullins and Bradley Wade; Clerk-Treasurer Janice Diggs, Chief of Police Amos Damron and Lt. Wesley Stevenson.

Farmers market

National Harbor Farmers Market is open every Saturday and Sunday for fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and seasonal displays from Miller Farms of Clinton. For information go to


My first Morningside/Skyline column ran in the July 8, 1976 issue of the Enquirer-Gazette, 39 years ago this week.

I wrote about the Summer Playground at Morningside School where leaders were Sharon Hoffman, Ann Marie Morgan and Paul Curry. At Skyline School, leaders were Jan Eggers, Walter Geissdorfer and my daughter Elaine.

Mayor Glaubitz was headed for the Maryland Municipal League Convention with Councilmen Lester Ryan, Harry Musser, Charles Kiker and Bert Etienne; Clerk Rebecca Capps; Town Engineer John D. Emler; Town Attorney, Harry E. Taylor Jr.; and Morningside Chief of Police Matt Rosch.

Rita Tewell was the newly-elected president of the Skyline Homemakers. Other officers were Ann Gardner, Betty Rayle and Barbara Graves. One of the members, Dot Burgess, suggested putting out a Skyline cookbook.

The Morningside Seniors planned a picnic July 10 at Bernice Burdettes house. Morningside Baptist Church had Summer Bible School coming up. The Bookmobile would be at Randolph Road Circle on Thursday. And Frank Brizzi, of Skyline, had just returned from a hunting trip, with a bear.

May they rest in peace

Keith William Neale, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Morningside, died at home on June 17. He was born in Washington, son of Robert and Edythe Neale, and grew up on Poplar Road. He attended Morningside Elementary, Foulois and Crossland, and, his brother Wayne remembers that Keith bagged groceries at G. I. Market. Later, he lived in Washington where he was program analyst for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He retired in 2000 and moved to Fort Lauderdale. He did volunteer work in Rehoboth Beach, particularly for the Sundance fundraiser for Camp Rehoboth. Survivors include his husband and partner of 32 years, Arthur Dochterman; and brothers Bruce (Patricia), Wayne (Sherrill), and Lance (Sandra); four nephews and a niece.

Alberto Joseph Al DiPompo, 67, of West River and formerly of Temple Hills, died at home on June 8. His parents emigrated from Italy in 1950 to Argentina and later to Washington. Al graduated from St. Francis Xavier School in SE Washington, John Carroll High School and the U. of Maryland. He served 34 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, retiring in 2004 as an Assistant Director, and then became a substitute teacher for the Anne Arundel Schools. Al had a second career as a barber, his home base being the Esquire Barber Shop in Marlow Heights. He was preceded in death by his brother, Luke. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Deborah; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jeannine DiPompo.


A special greeting for St. Marys Church in Piscataway on their 375th anniversary.

Happy birthday to Gloria Grapevine, Pat Richardson Conlon, Sarah Booth and Jack Hay II, July 3; Grace Carruth, Matthew Ryan White and Nya Nichols, July 4; Jean Ihrig and Timothy Hollowsky, July 5; Chrissy Bennett and Marie Golihew, July 6; Father Kevin Cusick, Charles Tony Haley, Rev. Dr. Kelvin McCune and Jimmy Gromen, July 8; Anthony Curcio?Bobbitt, July 8; Karlyn Davis, John Anthony III, July 9 (1983); my grandson Zak Seidman, on July 9, and his mom, Elaine (McHale) Seidman, July 10.

Happy 4th of July to my readers, and
God bless America!



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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS, Inc. 5th Annual Golfing for Education Tournament was held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the Country Club at Woodmore, Mitchellville, Maryland. More than 94 business leaders and community partners participated in the Annual Golfing for Education Tournament hosted by the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS Inc.

The Foundation was established in September 2012. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to promote and enhance the quality of Prince Georges County Public Schools. The Foundation seeks the financial support, business experience and expertise of the private sector to improve student learning and to ensure that PGCP students are equipped with the requisite knowledge, skills and resources to become college and career ready.

Proceeds from the tournament support scholarship and other education-related programs for Prince Georges County public school students. The Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $151,000 to 40 deserving PGCPS graduates. The Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $345,000 to 132 graduating seniors since 2012.


A free summer meals program will be offered for all children aged 18 and under at various Prince Georges County Memorial Libraries while school is out for summer break. Locations, hours, addresses and phone numbers are listed for these branches on the website


SKC Early Education Centers offers a summer program for Pre-K Program, toddlers, infants, before & after care summer program. Watkins Park Center located at 70 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 20774 is now open. Center hours are Monday thru Friday 6:30 AM-6:30 PM. Register now because spaces are filling fast. For more information call 301-249-5431 or visit

SKC creates an environment that fosters opportunities for the development of the child in the areas of spirituality, self-confidence, curiosity, sensory-motor skills, inner security, initiative and persistence, social skills and skill development.


Prince Georges County Public Schools is operating on a four day work week schedule from Monday, June 22, through Friday, August 21. Schools and offices will be open Monday through Thursday with extended hours to provide students, parents, and employees more flexibility during the summer months. Core business hours are from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Contact the school or office before visiting to verify hours.


“Your Thoughts, Our Menu”. First class caterer for all occasions. CEO is Yvette Williams. Visit our website at or call 240-691-9125 or 240-508-7459 for more information.


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