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

She made beds for The Little Sisters of the Poor

Celia “Ceil” Julian, 99, a founding member of St. Philip the Apostle Parish and a longtime resident of Camp Springs, died July 28 in her native Ohio. She was born April 12, 1915, in Neffs, Ohio, to Polish immigrants Walenty and Antonia Fijalkowski.

Following high school graduation she worked for Firestone Rubber Company in Akron, Norfolk Navy Base during WWII, and for the United Mine Workers Retirement Fund in Washington. She married Dominic Julian and they bought a home on Henderson Road.

Ceil was a founding and active member of St. Philip’s Parish and a member of the Sodality. Along with her friend Bernice Burdette, of Skyline, she volunteered at The Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home in Washington, where they made the beds for residents.

In later years she moved to Annapolis to live with her son and his family. And then she returned to Ohio where she was lovingly cared for by her niece and goddaughter Karen Martinek.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Dominic; son Timothy; three brothers and a sister. Survivors include her daughter-in-law Leslie, granddaughter Alana, a sister-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews.


Charlie Phillips, of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, was recently honored for his 65 years with the department. Currently, he serves as vice-president.

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé is just one of many VIPs who landed at Joint Base Andrews for President Obama’s African Leaders Summit held last week in Washington.

What about the bat?

Last week I told you I interrupted my column-writing to deal with a bat flying in frenzy inside my house. I got emails and calls asking what I was doing about it, and offering suggestions.

Well, I had the bat in the library with the door shut tight. As several advised me, I called Animal Control. The lady at A.C. said they would come out and remove it—as soon as I located it!

Hey, the bat was in a library with three walls of books floor to ceiling, baskets of toys, piles of papers. A thousand places for a bat to hide. I called son John. He left work, came over and with a ladder, a flashlight and a large towel he began to work the room, moving books, shining a light behind the desk, rifling through toys, moving carefully down the first wall. And then he found it, on a chessboard propped up on the floor by the dictionary. John threw the towel over the bat, hurried out and dumped him on the front lawn. “Oh,” he said, “I think he’s dead.” And John was sad.

But after he left, I checked the lawn, and the bat was gone. For good, I hope. Now, how did it get in?

Vendor Fair & Flea Market at the Morningside VFD

The parking lot at the Morningside Fire Department will be turned into a Vendor Fair and Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 10’ x 10’ space can be reserved for $25. Call Kellie at 301-568-6390 for information. The event is sponsored by the Boulevard Heights Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Schools are open—drive carefully in school zones

Here’re some details on the schools in Morningside and Skyline. Note that all are well under capacity

Benjamin D, Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy has 40 teachers and 556 students (capacity, 796) in grades K-8. Matthew McCrea is acting principal. The falcon is mascot and the students do not wear uniforms.

Imagine Foundations at Morningside is a charter school, once known as Morningside Elementary. Peter Thompson is principal, and there are 15 teachers and an enrollment of 365 (capacity, 500). The children (grades K-5) wear uniforms and have an eagle as mascot.

Mark Dennison has returned as principal of Skyline Elementary School. There are 25 teachers and an enrollment of 214 (capacity, 228). They wear uniforms, and have a tiger as mascot.

Changing landscape

Construction on the new Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center at Joint Base Andrews is underway. I can see (and hear) it from Allentown Road.

The ill-fated N.Y. Chicken, Fish & Grill that opened in Andrews Manor Shopping Center in 2012, was destroyed by fire Thanksgiving night of the same year and remained a burned-out eyesore for more than a year. It has finally been demolished. The space where it lived its short life has been fenced, along with the landscaping, making it look like a shrine.

Joseph Barr, Jo-Rett veterinarian, dies

Dr. Joseph Barr, proprietor of Jo-Rett Veterinary Clinic in Fairmont Heights for almost 60 years, died July 11. He was a 1950 graduate of Tuskegee Institute School of Veterinary Medicine and the first African American veterinarian in the metro area. He was a charter member of the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

An avid boater, he and his wife took many cruises on their yacht, Do-Jo Too, and were members of the Seafarers Yacht Club of Annapolis. Survivors include his wife Doretta, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Wayne Anderson, Barbara Phipps and Gavin Michael Glaubitz, Aug. 22; Joseph R. Maiden, Jr., Aug. 23; my son in Florida, Brian McHale, Aug. 25; Edith Hull, Aug. 26; Shirley Holmes, Chris Busky, William Fowler and twins Anthony and Avery Simmons, Aug. 27.

Happy 66th anniversary to Aubrey and Annetta Pridgen, on Aug. 27


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  



The best kept secret Soul Food Café is no longer a secret. Come out on Friday nights and enjoy Soul Jazz Music performed by Tony Woods from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Thursday 4:00 PM-9:00 PM, Friday 4:00 PM-10:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 Noon-10:00 PM and Sunday 12 Noon-8:00 PM. Join us for Sunday Brunch 12:00 Noon- 3:00 PM. De Soul Café is located at 7651 Matapeake Business Drive Brandywine, Maryland 20613.

DeSoul Café have something to satisfy your palate from seafood to soul food. Call ahead 301-782-9752 for carry out orders. We also provide catering services. Come out and enjoy dinner with family or friends.


Come join us September 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at Union Bethel Church in Brandywine, Maryland. You will be able to connect with regional employees that have current job openings. Come prepared to be interviewed. Dress for Success and bring your resume. For more information call Bethel House Inc. at 301-372-1700.


The classes take place in the indoor heated pool located inside the Colony South Hotel’s Fitness and Sports Club. Class times are Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM. The address is 7401 Surratts Road Clinton, Maryland. Contact number is 301-877-4806.


The Educational Farm located at 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774 is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM: Sundays 11:30 AM-4:30 PM. Come and view year-round livestock, displays that includes ducks, goats, rabbits, and many more. You can walk through the interpretive gardens and stop by the Gift Shop.


Seniors (Prince George’s County residents only) are allowed free use of both the pool and fitness center during these times on Monday’s, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 AM-12:00 Noon. Ages are 60 and up. The cost is free. The location is Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex 8001 Sheriff Road Landover, Maryland 20785. Contact number is 301-583-2400: TTY 301-583-2483.        


Seniors re invited to join Club 300 for the Summer Walking Program. You will be walking through Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Natural Area together. Walking is an easy way to stay in shape. The Summer Walking Program is free. The Park is located at 16700 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro Maryland. Telephone number is 301-446-3400.


John Isabelle Acres Farm, Inc. in Brandywine, Maryland has Hay for sale. Contact Frank Deville, Manager for reasonable hay for cows, horses and goats at 301-466-8360.

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